James Armstrong, 6 p.m. Wednesday, Zoo Bar. James Armstrong is a true blues survivor, who was poised to go on go on a career-making world tour in 1997 when a man with a knife invaded his home. While fighting off the invader to save his small son, Armstrong was stabbed by the invader, causing him to lose the use of and feeling in his left arm. But Armstrong came back, learning slide guitar, and had an album two years later. He's been recording and touring since, establishing himself as one of the top traditionalists on the blues circuit.
Pop Evil with Don Jamieson, Them Evils, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Bourbon Theatre. Michigan's Pop Evil is one of the best hard rock bands going and they're back in Lincoln for the first time in a couple years. The show will feature songs from last year's "Pop Evil" and you might get a chance to talk some football with frontman Leigh Kataky, who played in college and is tight with Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio.
Obie Trice, 8 p.m. Wednesday, The Royal Grove. Detroit rapper Obie Trice made his name in D12, got signed by Eminem to Shady Records and put out a classic with his 2003 debut "Cheers." Trice, who lives with a bullet in his skull from a 2005 shooting, is celebrating "Cheers" on his 2018-2019 tour -- and bringing some songs from a promised new release.
Wade Bowen with Stoney Larue, 8 p.m. Thursday, Bourbon Theatre. The last time Wade Bowen came to Lincoln, he, Kip Moore and Randy Rogers had a guitar pull at the Rococo Theatre. Things will be rockin' harder at the Bourbon as the Texan whose country has a dash of Bruce Springsteen is joined by Oklahoman Stoney Larue for a Red Dirt night.