Jesse D. Stanek

The touring game has changed drastically in the past decade, with bands often foregoing the 25-dates in a van route for several performances at festivals around the country. With ridiculously rising gas prices, the festival option allows ... more

Aug 28, 2013 10:27 PM Music

During a tumultuous weekend in March of 1979 (the same weekend as the Three Mile Island nuclear incident) a little upstart band from the working class neighborhoods of Birmingham, England called The Beat played their first show. Playing a... more

Mar 12, 2013 12:06 AM Music

The jazz trio has long been the minimalistic backbone of this fiercely improvisational art form. Usually consisting of stand-up bass, drums and melodies courtesy of a horn, piano or guitar, these three pieces usually take a balls-to-the-w... more

Feb 28, 2013 12:22 AM Music

Friday, October 19; Saturday, October 20 Kevin Nealon The Funny Bone 17305 Davenport St, Suite 201 Village Pointe Center Friday at 7:30 PM and 9:45 PM and Saturday at 7 PM and 9:30 PM $25, 21 and over 402.493.8036 Funnyboneomaha.c... more

Oct 16, 2012 10:04 AM Art

I will always remember Kevin Nealon as the tall, straight-faced and wry character on Saturday Night Live (SNL) from the late 1980s through the mid 1990s. Perhaps he’s better known these days as the loveable, dopey dope-smoker Doug Wilson ... more

Oct 16, 2012 10:02 AM Art

Ten years ago I sat in my basement with a good friend who also happens to be a songwriter, puzzling over a double disc record Southern Rock Opera released by the then unheard-of Drive by Truckers. While the scorching guitars owed a debt t... more

Oct 19, 2011 12:58 AM Music

October 13 An Evening With Gillian Welch Rococo Theatre, 140 N 13 St., Lincoln $25 General Admission, $27.50 Reserved 8 p.m. Gillian Welch writes and performs songs steeped in timeless Appalachian flavor and gives her comp... more

Oct 13, 2011 2:29 AM Art

Jimmy Tamborello is best known for his work as a member of The Postal Service, where he teamed with Death Cab for Cutie’s Ben Gibbard and in 2003 released the gorgeous Give Up which is still Sub Pop’s second-best selling record of all tim... more

Aug 4, 2011 4:13 AM Music

With the rise of instrumental rock bands like Explosions In The Sky, the Scottish-band Mogwai has caught the ears of many listeners and critics who might have previously shied away from the somewhat taboo nature of instrumental rock in the ... more

Apr 28, 2011 4:10 AM Music

When you put the new Black Joe Lewis and The Honeybears record Scandalous into iTunes, its blissfully ignorant simplicity lists the genre as “R&B.” And while there are R&B flourishes, the categorization does a major disservice to th... more

Mar 31, 2011 4:15 AM Music

In 1945, Bill Monroe brought banjo expert Earl Scruggs into his Blue Grass Boys backing band (which also featured guitarist Lester Flatt) and in essence created the musical genre which would become known as Bluegrass. Through the 25 or so y... more

Mar 24, 2011 3:25 AM Music

Most people would consider Kris Kristofferson’s accomplishments as a songwriter and musician enough to qualify his as one hell of a life well-lived. But Kristofferson has succeeded at everything he’s tried in his life, whether it be acting ... more

Feb 23, 2011 11:52 PM Music

Colorado-based two-piece Big Gigantic plays a bombastic mixture of jazz rhythms and electronic dance beats. Featuring saxophonist/producer Dominic Lalli and drummer Jeremy Salken, Big G’s music was made for dancing and the duo have been abl... more

Feb 10, 2011 2:26 AM Music

David Garrett was born in Germany to an American ballerina mother and a German Lawyer father. By the time of his fourth birthday he had already began exploring the violin and forging a deep connection with an instrument he would come to mas... more

Feb 7, 2011 11:30 PM Music

Before you start questioning the source of the band name here, I offer one word to clarify: Trombone. The brass family instrument is usually found in Big Band Jazz, Dixieland Jazz, Ska and occasionally in other genres as a token or backing ... more

Jan 20, 2011 11:45 PM Music

Sixteen years ago when The Pizza Shoppe opened at 6056 Maple Street, Benson was a much different neighborhood. As music venues popped up, including one connected to The Pizza Shoppe called The P.S. (or Pizza Shoppe) Collective which opened ... more

Jan 20, 2011 11:40 PM Music

Jan. 20 Con Dios w/ The So-So Sailors O’Leaver’s, 1322 S. Saddle Creek Rd. 9:30 p.m., $5, Con Dios is the new local supergroup featuring the songs of Phil Schaffart. Schaffart plays guitar and sings and is ably backe... more

Jan 20, 2011 3:38 AM Art

Having sharpened its teeth performing at festivals the world over, including Tennesse’s Bonnaroo, California’s High Sierra and Africa’s Festival au Desert, Toubab Krewe has captivated a devoted and growing fan-base through intriguing melodi... more

Jan 13, 2011 2:37 AM Music

* Band of Horses, Infinite Arms (Columbia/Fat Possum) — BOH had opening tours with Widespread Panic and Pearl Jam this year, and perhaps that reflects the band’s overall appeal better than anything. Infinite is an epic rock ‘n’ roll record,... more

Dec 30, 2010 2:43 AM Music

Dec. 17 Southpaw Bluegrass Band 1020, 5013 Underwood Ave. 9 p.m., FREE, 991.1020 Omaha’s Nebraska-grass ambassadors Southpaw Bluegrass Band (SpBB) will celebrate eight years of picking first-rate original bluegrass music Frid... more

Dec 16, 2010 5:47 AM Art