Music Issue 2010: In Memory — It’s True!

I’ve probably told you the story about the first time I heard Adam Hawkins play. It was in the basement at an after-hours party in midtown Omaha. I’d seen his ungraceful entrance to the party — somehow slipping and falling up the uphill driveway — and so I was perhaps even more impressed when he strummed an acoustic guitar and intoned striking lyrics to a soon-to-be rapt crowd in the...

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Music Issue 2010: Top 20/Next 10

The process of compiling our fifth annual lists of the area’s Top 20 Bands and the up-and-coming Next 10 felt a little different this year. In a local musical landscape that’s seen an abundance of breakups, stalled ensembles and splintered side projects, it was tougher to make decisions. But there is still considerable talent among us, as our lists (in no particular order) reveal. Perhaps...

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Holiday Hope

Lash LaRue’s Toy Drive for the children on the Pine Ridge reservation kicks off in earnest this week. If you’re reading this Wednesday, Dec. 1, head over to The Waiting Room at 7 p.m. for the free CD listening party. Christmas for Pine Ridge: Vol. III Live at The Waiting Room will be spinning on the sound system and available for sale. Many of the 15 local musicians who donated original...

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Musical Identity Crisis

Quartetto Gelato would like to change your mind about chamber music. The Canada-based foursome doesn’t just regurgitate the same sonatas and arias that are standard for every classical musician. Quartetto Gelato makes classical music a performance piece. The repertoire includes everything from opera and classical, to folk and gypsy songs, and Neapolitan standards, all done with a passionate...

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Hear Nebraska Benefit, NextAid loom

* In the absence of an Omaha-Lincoln light-rail (don’t get me started … ) it takes a lot for me to make the trek to Titletown, even for the best of events. But if you travel I-80 southwest just once this year it should be this Friday, Dec. 3, for the Hear Nebraska Benefit at Bourbon Theatre featuring Orion Walsh, Shaun Sparks and the Wounded Animals, and Bandit Sound. Hear Nebraska bills...

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Still Ungrateful

With this issue's deadline pressing heavily on my shoulders a full week before the paper will hit the stands (thanks to a lousy print schedule), I was left pondering a topic for this week. That's when I stumbled upon something I wrote in 2005. It was a time just after the Omaha music scene hit its peak and was beginning the slide down the other side of the mountain. We were all still cocky. Omaha...

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