* Local music website HearNebraska.org is taking over the Holland Center, 1200 Douglas St., Friday, June 7th with a unique show featuring Nebraska-rooted acts Digital Leather, Big Harp and Kill County. The show, which is part of the Holland's 1200 Club series, will be filmed by NET Television for a future public televison broadcast. Tickets for the show are available at ticketomaha.com.
* Local musicians, comedians and actors are teaming up to present a new monthly event that pairs live sketch comedy with live music in a variety show format. The first iteration of LIVE! is scheduled for Saturday, June 1st at the Studio Gallery, 4965 Dodge St. at 9 p.m. Mixed martial arts fighter Houston Alexander is set to host the first show. Dylan Rhode is spearheading the comedy side, while All Young Girls Are Machine Guns' Rebecca Lowry is booking the music side of the event. The cast of actors, writers and directors of the shows auditioned for their spots and will rotate throughout the show's run. Those looking to play the show's future installments can contact Lowry at AllYoungGirlsAreMachineGuns@gmail.com, while potential hosts should email Rhode at email@example.com.
* The Omaha Chamber Music Society hosts its 13th annual Summer Concert Series, on consecutive Sundays starting June 16th and running July 7th. The 3 p.m. shows include performances by violinist Amy Sims, a former Omaha Symphony concertmaster, on July 7, and by trumpeter and historic instrument expert Allan Dean on June 30. All shows take place at the First Central Congregational Church, 421 South 36th St., starting at 3 p.m. For more information about the series, visit online at omahachambermusic.org
* Memorial Day weekend was highlighted by a host of local bands, including one surprising revelation on Friday night. Big shows fell to the wayside, mostly thanks to Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings last minute cancellation at their free Monday show. That meant Friday's show at the Sweatshop Gallery, 2727 North 62nd St., became my show of the week. The show served as a tour kickoff and single release party for local basement garage-pop act The Dad, who played a energetic set that brought a new shoutalong punk angularity to what used to be a fizzier, sweeter concoction of lo-fi pop songs. It's a welcome evolution for this band that is now one of the leading bands of Omaha's house show circuit. But the night's biggest surprise was Sister Kisser, a female-fronted shot of classic punk aggression delivered with conviction and covered in the sort of back-alley squalor. The singer Emma in particular sold the set by being confrontational by literally pushing the audience into a frenzy.