Robert Earl Keen will play Slowdown on Thursday.

And before he came to town, Keen was a guest on my podcast, “Guest List.”

“Guest List” features interviews with musicians, and previous guests include 311, Elle King, Whitey Morgan and lots more.

You can download and listen to “Guest List” on iTunes, Google or Spotify. We also post the episodes to

On Keen’s episode, I talked to the Americana singer-songwriter about touring Texas, his Christmas shows, crafting a good setlist, how he doesn’t consider himself country and his own podcast, “Americana Podcast: The 51st State.”

We also talked about recording new music.

“I recorded some stuff earlier this year, but I haven’t made a plan,” Keen said. “I think about it every day, but right now my touring stuff is really heavy. I have this podcast going on. I’m working with a guy, and we’re gonna write a novel based on the Christmas song. I don’t know how I got busy all the sudden. I used to spend days looking out windows. Now I don’t.”

Tune in to the podcast, and then go see him Thursday at Slowdown. Tickets are available at

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Hullabaloo Music Festival is back

Flooding in March wreaked havoc upon Falconwood Park, the home of Hullabaloo, but things are back up and running in time for the three-day music festival.

Headlining the festival are reggae rock foursome The Expendables, groove-reggae DJ Boogie T, funk DJ Manic Focus, singer-songwriter Keller Williams and self-described “lethal funk” band Kung Fu.

Full festival and single-day passes are available at

New performing arts venue kickoff

Omaha Performing Arts is having a kickoff event Saturday to debut its new music venue.

The Mammel Courtyard Concerts will feature all kinds of genres, including indie artists, rockers and country singers, in the courtyard green space in the middle of the Holland Performing Arts Center.

Saturday’s kickoff party will feature Lincoln rock band Freakabout, Omaha dream rock band Oquoa and Omaha indie rockers Field Club. The event begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 via Ticket Omaha, and the venue is 21-and-over.

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Kevin Coffey is the entertainment editor and critic, covering music, movies, video games, comic books and lots more. Follow him on Twitter @owhmusicguy. Phone: 402-444-1557.

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