Blue House with The Rent to Own Horns, Funky Soul Blues, Friday September 18, 2020 6:30pm & 9:00pm Shows (Limited Seating)

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We are pleased to announce our soft re-opening using our new COVID-19 policies and procedures and limitations.

First, we have partnered up with J Gilbert’s to offer FOOD as a 3-course Prix-Fixe menu only.  The dinner will include; House Salad, Entree choice of; 8oz. Steak, Fish, or Chicken, and Dessert; Chocolate Velvet cake (see menu below).  However, you must pre-order the FOOD in advance of attending the show when booking your music ticket/reservation.  We will not have food available for walk-ins except for the Charcuterie board, unfortunately due to the preparation of the Prix-Fixe menu.




8oz FILET cooked medium with ASPARAGUS  and MASHED POTATOES or





 When booking a music ticket, please choose the prix-fixe ticket link and make a choice of either Steak, Fish or Chicken.  In addition, we will be offering a Charcuterie board as a separate cost of $25.00, provided by J Gilbert’s, this item can be ordered at the club.

We are excited to present J Gilbert’s Prix-Fixe menu and we know it will be the perfect match with our Music and Beverages.  Please note, as always, there is a 2 beverage minimum including non-alcohol beverage per person.

Second, we will only allow 50 people per show to protect the customers, the staff, and the artists.

We hope to grow this slowly while keeping our customers 6 ft. from each other to practice social distancing

We’ve instituted a number of new measures to help insure the health and comfort of our guests.

These steps include but aren’t limited to:


Laminated/Protected Menus which are sanitized and wiped between uses
Black Nitrite Gloves to be used and replaced throughout shift
Sanitation stations at host stand and within the club
Fresh table linens between every set
Face masks for all employees
Limited seating and distance restrictions
Tables limited to parties of six
Accepting all sick requests from staff and performers
Enforcing self-quarantine for staff members who travel
Portable digital units to pay the bill without anyone touching credit cards, receipts, or bill folder.

Thank you for your patience and understanding, we want to bring you the full Jewell experience as quickly as possible but we know it’s critical to act slowly and deliberately.

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$5.00 credit towards final bill for College Students, must show student I.D. when you arrive

6:30pm Show  | 65-75 minute performance | Doors open at 5:30pm |

$15 tickets advanced, $20 at the door (due to limited seating to create social distancing)

Beverage Service and pre-order Food Service only (aside from the Charcuterie Board appetizer)


9:00pm Show | 65-75 minute performance | Doors open at 8:30pm |

$15 tickets advanced, $20 at the door ( (due to limited seating to create social distancing)

Beverage Service and pre-order Food Service only (aside from the Charcuterie Board appetizer)

No Valet

Discount parking located on 12th st and Capitol under Marriott Parking garage (get validation ticket at Jewell as you leave)

A $5.00 credit will be applied to the students bill (towards music, food & beverages), students must show I.D.


Joe Putjenter

Joe is the drummer, lead singer and founding member of Blue House.

The idea of Blue House came about over some drinks with my friend Joel Bute, who was Blue House’s first bass player. We asked Jon Novak to join and he brought along John Wolcott to form the original line up for Blue House. Joel came up with the name, and although I never intended to sing, I ended up singing most of the songs.

Eventually, some horn players started showing up consistently at a weekly jam, and Jon started writing charts. The charts brought in some of the best players in the region, and the Rent to Own Horns were formed.

My main musical influences have been Taj Mahal, Billy Cobham, Maurice White, Willie Dixon, Chick Corea, Joe Zawinul, Paul McCartney, Mark Pellegrino and anything from Staxx and Motown.

Other than the many national acts with whom Blue House has had the opportunity to share the stage, I have been lucky enough to have played with the late great Dizzy Gellespie, Joe Bonamassa, the late great Son Seals and Mato Nanji of Indigenous.

Blue House is more than a just musical adventure for me, it’s family and friends.
That includes not just the members of the band, but the multitudes of fans we have come to know over the years.

Brian England

My professional music career began at the age of 16 with a 3-piece band formed by myself and two of my brothers. We were quite versatile if not actually good: Pop music, Polkas, Waltzes – you get the idea. After high school I attended North Texas State University in Denton, Texas, and almost graduated before dropping out to join a band – Treasure Island – in Dallas.

In the late 1980’s I returned to Omaha and played with a number of local bands: Shades and Danger, Rock City, Flair, Fishheads, Mighty Jailbreakers and others. I joined Blue House in 2016 and have enjoyed doing my favorite thing ever since: playing a Hammond B3 organ in a blues band!

Dave Eames

As the newest member of Blue House I am excited to be a part of group that has a rich legacy of music performance in the midwest. I took up the guitar at 14 and immediately started singing and playing in bands covering rock hits.

As I studied the guitar deeper I was influenced by Jimi Hendrix, George Benson and Stevie Ray Vaughn. I have been on the Omaha music scene for many years and performed with Deja Voodoo, The Pounders, and Shurthing most recently. Last year in 2013, my corporate band, The Telematics, entered in Fortune Magazine’s Battle of the Corporate Bands and performed at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame for the finals.

Music will always be a big part of my life and performing with Blue House is pure joy.


Joel Edwards

Born in Des Moines, Iowa and moved to Omaha, Joel received a BA in music education in 1977 and received a MS in Audiology in 1984 and Doctoral Degree Au.D. from ATSU in Phoenix Arizona 2010. Joel is currently an audiologist for Boys Town National Research Hospital West Hospital and serves as a coordinator. Joel taught hearing science and was an adjunct professor a UNO Department of Communicative Disorders and taught 10 years.

Joel’s trumpet teachers include Jim Hill, recording jingle artist for the Minneapolis and Omaha areas in the early 70”s, Gene Badgett (Trumpet Omaha Symphony in 1973-77), Dennis Schneider (University of Nebraska-Lincoln) 1980-83, John Henes, Chicago Metropolitan Opera trumpet section (Alexander technique for trumpet) 1995.

Joel Edwards performs with various groups in the area that include the Solid Brass Quartet, Omaha Brassworks, Omaha Trumpet Ensemble, Lincoln Trumpet Ensemble, Omaha Big Band, Resurrected Swing Big Band and Gooch’s Las Vegas Jazz band that performs in Omaha regularly.

Joel has also performed with Ray Charles, Temptations, Four Tops, The Mighty Sam McClain, Johnny Mathis, Omaha Symphony Pops Orchestra and has played trumpet on many Broadway shows coming through the Omaha Metro that include Grease, Cinderella, Annie, Sound of Music, Damn Yankees, Crazy For You, Dream Girls (Dianna Ross Story), How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Fiddler on the Roof, Spamalot to mention a few. Also listed to his credit is the longest running locally-produced professional show called Bee Hive, music review of the 50’s and 60’s rock era.

Joel has been a member of Blue House with the Rent-to-Own Horns for over 20 years. Blue House is a blues band that mixes a twist of blues with powerful 3 part horn lines and interludes that separate us from other local and national blues bands. Blues house was on my radar before I was asked to join the band. The term rent to own horn section was not a mistake. The horn parts were original charted by our original guitar player, Jon Novak. The parts were fairly intricate and interesting to play. Many trumpet players wanted to play in the band because of the well orchestrated charts. It is the tension or ying and yang between the horn section and rhythm section that set us apart from many other groups. It is great to be a “Rent to Own Horn” section player.


Mike Gallegos

Mike Gallegos has been the bass player for Blue House since 2000. Mike Sapphire Gallegos Esquire as most of know him, is the glue that holds the band together. He previously spent a lot of time with group The Confidentials.


Stan Harper

Stan (Noodles) first appeared at a gig at the old Arena club in the late 90’s. Stan, the artist formerly known as Kitonak Droopy McCool credits his previous gig with Max Rebo Band (formerly Evar Orbus and His Galactic Jizz-Wailers) as early training leading to his gig with Blue House. His vocals and sax playing had a “spacey blues” quality that helped round out the Rent to Own Horns and the Blue House sound.
Curiously, there was no record of Stan’s existence prior to joining Blue House. Immigration issues and questions about his “alien” status ensued and temporarily derailed his career until he could produce a birth certificate that cited Uranus as his place of origin.

“He’s out of this world” – “Rolling Stone Magazine”
“A musical spirit not of this earth” – “Downbeat”
“Cosmic, simply cosmic” – “Billboard”

Stan has played saxophone and taught music in the Omaha metro for over 25 years. He received his Bachelors degree in music education in 1996 from UNO. Currently he teaches from his private studio as well as vocal music for the Omaha Public Schools.
As a musician, Stan is currently a member of Bluehouse with the Rent to Own Horns, and the Omaha Big Band. He and his wife Rene’, a vocalist, have a small acoustic group-Harper and Stan also leads The Little Harper Big Band. He has shared the stage with Connor Oberst of Bright Eyes, Steve Allen, Lou Rawls, The Supremes, The Temptations, The Four Tops, The Jim Widner Big Band, the Nebraska Jazz Orchestra, Luigi Waites, Bob Mintzer, Dave Pietro, Chip McNeal, Kim Richmond, Dave Scott, Tom Kubis, Scott Whitfield, Claudio Roditi, Wayne Bergeron, Steve Raybine and others. Also keeping a busy freelance schedule, he has recently played for shows, Beehive, Nunsense, Fame, and “grew up” touring with the Broadway show “Anything Goes”.

Most importantly!! Stan is a proud papa to two amazing, beautiful girls, and a one hip little grandson.

Scott Vicroy

All I ever wanted to do was play in Buddy Rich’s band. That never happened but back in 91 or 92 I got called to play with a horn band called Blue House at a blues festival at the old Jones Street Brewery. We opened for Luther Allison, played our set and then the heavens opened, flooding everything in a complete downpour. Besides getting soaked, I remember good charts and an infectious groove that left me wanting more. Even though Joe P. isn’t Buddy Rich (he’s dead), I’m grateful to have enjoyed Blue House as my musical family for 20+ years.

Early years were spent playing bassoon, clarinet, and saxophone in high school in New Jersey and Indiana. Music school followed with degrees in bassoon performance from DePauw University and University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In between there was a year at North Texas State studying saxophone and playing in the lab bands. Currently I teach middle school band and orchestra in Lincoln.

Along with Blue House I have been fortunate to also play with Nebraska Jazz Orchestra, Lincoln Municipal Band, my sax quartet, Group Sax, and pit orchestras for many traveling shows coming thrugh Omaha and Lincoln. I’ve had the pleasure to share the stage with: Frankie Valli, Lou Rawls, Maroon 5, Johnny Mathis, Kenny Rogers, Wayne Newton, Arlo Guthrie, Ray Charles, Ben Vereen, Kevin Mahogony, Karrin Allyson, Temptations, Platters, Red Skelton, Bob Newhart, Marilyn Maye, Rosemary Clooney. With jazz greats: Don Menza, Freddie Hubbard, Pete Christlieb, Kahil El’Zabar, John Fedchock, Ryan Kisor, Robin Eubanks, Jim Snidero, Terrence Blanchard, Victor Lewis, Claudio Roditi, Marvin Stamm, Dave Stryker, Bill Watrous, Bobby Watson, Claude Williams, Jay McShann, Eldar Djangirov, Joe Locke. Performances in pit orchestras for touring broadway shows have included: Spamalot, Chicago, Producers, Grease, Dream Girls, Crazy for You, Big, Damn Yankees with Jerry Lewis, Hello Dolly with Carol Channing, Cinderella with Ertha Kitt, Annie with Sally Struthers, State Fair with John Davidson, Victor/Victoria with Toni Tenille, Chorus Line, Elf, West Side Story, and a 1-year tour with Sweet Charity.


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