* First a note, courtesy of The Reader's publisher / editor John Heaston: There was some ado made about Aksarben Cinema and concerts at Stinson Park in the Aug. 18 issue of The Reader. Aksarben Cinema founder and president Bill Barstow contacted us last week to tell his side of the story.
"As a locally-owned, independent cinema, no one supports live music at Stinson Park more than we do," Barstow explained. "Going back nine months, even before we opened, we've been at every concert there and hope to see more."
Barstow and his family business, Main Street Theatres, opened Aksarben Village's anchor attraction with a state-of-the-art facility featuring expanded seating, a full bar, bistro menu, private rooms and a glass-enclosed "master control room" for their entirely digital system -- only the second in the nation. Originally hailing from Plattsmouth, now headquartered at Aksarben Cinema, Barstow takes their commitment to local independents very personally.
That commitment runs even deeper for MAHA, the indie-themed festival organized by close personal friends of Barstow's. "We can't get anymore with the program in supporting MAHA," said Barstow. "We were enthusiastic supporters from day one and our family was there that day to enjoy the music and support the event."
* Digital Leather fans who supported the band's Kickstarter.com fundraising campaign now have a taste of the band's Infinite Sun LP. The band sent out a download link to the record this past week. Up next is the physical release, including a special edition to those who contributed online. That should be out any moment from Volar Records. Frontman/DL mastermind Shawn Foree also confirms the band has signed a deal to release two future records on indie stalwart Absolutely Kosher. What those releases may entail remains undecided; Foree has bits and pieces for at least three releases in the works.
* Indie rockers Viva Voce are pairing their Wednesday, Sept. 14th show at Duffy's Tavern, 1412 O St. in Lincoln, with a Tuesday, Sept 13th in-store performance at the Old Market Homer's Music store, 1210 Howard St. in Omaha. The band released The Future Will Destroy You earlier this year on Vanguard Records. The Lincoln show starts at 9 p.m. and is $8 in advance or $10 day-of-show. The in-store is free and starts at 7:30 p.m.