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Artist interviews, mostly previews of upcoming show

Here are some shows that stand out as notable music experiences for 2015, in no particular order. I missed a lot of concerts this year, too, so this is just the view from my corner of the dance floor. Elvis Costello at The Rococo in March p... more

Jan 1, 2016 11:00 AM Music

Before you read the words “The Blues” and turn the page, check out what Scott Kirk wants to tell you. “I have been saying for years now that the music world is starving for a change,” Kirk, owner of The 21st Saloon, says. “This is where I ... more

Oct 1, 2015 11:38 PM Music

 Josh Hoyer's thought-provoking and dance-floor friendly original soul-R&B is laid down by a top-notch band. Their hard-driving, heartfelt sound got the attention of Wilco drummer and celebrated producer Ken Coomer this past summer. Jos... more

Oct 1, 2015 1:02 AM Music

The Old Market is certainly known as Omaha’s happening place. No surprise, then, that it’s a site for something new, entirely fresh: a concert on May 16 at Kaneko of music of today, works in progress, written by people still emerging into t... more

May 8, 2015 1:00 AM Music

With blinds drawn and a dark, mostly wood-paneled interior, Burke’s Pub sits nearly empty on Monday night.  It’s a relatively dim dive in the heart of Benson, home to such well-lit and sharply decorated establishments as Lot 2, Krug Park, B... more

May 5, 2015 7:00 AM Music

Matt Whipkey is saying goodnight to the girl of his dreams – the one named Penny, who tapped into Omaha’s collective memories of summers’ past. His 2013 double-album Penny Park: Omaha, NE: Summer 1989 played as a nostalgia trip that stretc... more

Jan 28, 2015 6:47 PM Music

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Chip Duden

Anyone in the Omaha/Lincoln music scene who has had the good fortune of befriending B.J. Huchtemann knows just how dedicated she is to Roots music. You can see it at every show she attends. From her own big band roots to a college epiphany ... more

Dec 28, 2014 2:34 PM Music

If the Omaha-based group The 9s sounds like a new band to you, it’s not. The 9s have been playing around the Omaha area since 1998. Originally a six-piece, the current incarnation is comprised of guitarist/vocalist Jason Birnstihl, bassist ... more

Jul 16, 2014 9:49 AM Music

Doug “SA” Martinez of Omaha’s 311 answers the phone from his home in Ojai, California, while attending to one of his young daughters. Throughout the conversation, he routinely stops mid-sentence and calls to his daughter, “Hold on Nova, Dad... more

Jul 2, 2014 5:01 PM Music

“When the Buddy Holly show happened, I went from complete obscurity in this cover band, playing for 20 people to playing sold out shows for two months. I wanted to see how long we could keep it going. 12 years later, we are a national act,”... more

Jun 13, 2014 5:33 PM Music

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Backstage Entertainment

On a very wet Sunday night, Staind and Sevendust performed at Stir Cove in Council Bluffs, IA. Earlier in the day before the down pouring rain, lightning, and thunder. Backstage Entertainment had the opportunity to interview Lajon and Clint... more

Jun 8, 2014 9:15 PM Music

Cyndi Lauper’s signature look always involves a different hair color of some sort. These days, it varies from a salmon-like pink to an almost pure white. Although, at the 2014 Grammy Awards, she was sporting a vibrant red look. Nonetheless,... more

May 28, 2014 8:41 AM Music

The moment was “devastating.” On August 23, 2010, “hip-hop violinist” Lindsey Stirling stood before the judges on the popular television variety show “America’s Got Talent,” and received an appraisal of her recent performance. She had jus... more

May 27, 2014 9:49 AM Music

Ranked the 64th in the Top 100 Amphitheaters in the world by Pollstar, Stir Cove has been a summer staple in the Omaha area for the past several years. Under the Harrah’s Casino umbrella, the Stir Cove Concert Series has executed some incre... more

May 14, 2014 1:58 PM Music

On Wednesday, April 2nd the much anticipated show with Taking Back Sunday and The Used came to Sokol Auditorium in Omaha, NE. Many fans remember that the show was supposed to take place a few months back but had to be rescheduled. I think... more

Apr 28, 2014 5:21 AM Music

Tom Iansek and Jo Syme emerged on Australia’s music scene as Big Scary in 2006 with a recognizable chemistry, genre-defying spirit, and a less-is-more approach to songwriting. Their chemistry is undeniable and a force to be reckoned with. T... more

Apr 28, 2014 1:54 AM Music

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Backstage Entertainment

There were two great shows going on in Omaha on Friday, March 7th. The 402 Arts Collective hosted Red Jumpsuit Apparatus and the Slowdown hosted T. Mills. Both shows attracting a large crowd at each venue. During the night, Backstage Ente... more

Mar 12, 2014 7:11 AM Music

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Backstage Entertainment

The Omaha Civic Auditorium hosted The Roadshow on Sunday, January 26th. Bringing acts like We As Human, Andy Mineo, Jamie Grace, Third Day, Skillet, and more to the auditorium, the night was filled with uplifting messages, restoring faith... more

Jan 31, 2014 2:21 AM Music

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Backstage Entertainment

The Hell Pop Tour featuring In This Moment, Motionless in White, Kyng, and All Hail The Yeti came through Omaha on Wednesday, November 20th. The tour has been going great from what many of the band members have said as we got the chance t... more

Nov 27, 2013 1:01 AM Music

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Backstage Entertainment

"This Tour is AMAZING!! That is all. Carry on." That is a direct quote on Facebook from the band Thy Will Be Done posted the night before their show in Lincoln, NE, on November 13th. That pretty much summed up the night as well. Trivium, ... more

Nov 22, 2013 9:57 AM Music

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