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Summer Concerts in Omaha Through Labor Day

Another season of live summer music is here, and Omaha is ready to party. This year, choose from upwards of 100 top-notch shows – with more added to the concert calendar daily. These local and national acts from June until Labor Day include mainstay events and under-the-radar shindigs alike – some are free, while others […]

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A Place for Everyone

Amelia Drake has heard that businesses shouldn’t try to be everything to everyone. But when it comes to The Berkley, the venue located at 19th and Leavenworth Streets she opened with her sister in late fall 2021, she sees opportunities to serve a wide swath of the community. “Every day I’m in the club, I […]

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Our Stage Still Need Saving

 It was the very beginning of the pandemic scare. We had already started wearing masks. It felt uncomfortably close standing next to each other at the Slowdown that Friday night, March 13, 2020.  Virtuosic bassist extraordinaire, Thundercat had brought together people from many walks of life who had decided it was a big enough show to […]

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Ten Questions with The Beths

The Beths’ bandleader/singer/songwriter Elizabeth Stokes is an indie-rock firecracker who, along with her bandmates, creates hook-filled self-deprecating gems reminiscent of acts like ’90s heartbreakers That Dog., current-day dream wonders Alvvays, and fellow down-under-er Courtney Barnett (though Courtney’s from Australia while Stokes and Co. are from the land of hobbits, New Zealand). Unlike Barnett, The Beths […]

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Not Like Anybody Else

If the triumph of pop stardom is universal name recognition, then those who only need a first name, whether given or invented, are the royalty amongst royalty. Beyoncé, Elvis, Madonna, Prince. Perhaps even Adele, Kanye, Rihanna, Bono and Björk. Each of these singular names generates a face so burned into our collective consciousness that it […]

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Finding Healing and Joy

To get some context on creative life and challenges during the pandemic, I reached out to a few local and national folks. I started with Scott Scholz, who is the librarian at the Polley Music Library in Lincoln. Polley is a public music library on the second floor of the Bennett Martin Public Library in […]

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Slow Stoics Profile

The Slow Stoics define their genre as “Celestial Crunk.” To understand what that means requires listening to their music. With clear psychedelic and progressive rock influences, upon careful examination, what “Celestial Crunk” is becomes clear. It’s the genre of choice for the Slow Stoics.  Thommy and Danny Berger-Deroos, coupled with a close friend, Adam Eschliman, […]

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Secondhand Serenade at Barnato

December 17 Secondhand Serenade with The Dangerous Summer and SayWeCanFly 8 p.m. | $35 Barnato Secondhand Serenade, led by singer-songwriter John Vesely, had a strong 2007, fusing acoustic power-pop, piano balladry and the prevailing emo-laden musical trends of the time. Since then, the band has released four albums under the alliterative moniker. Vesely’s stripped-down set […]

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Stars Turn it Up

Some big shows highlight the month of April, starting with the Monday, April 11, 6-9 p.m., show from Tommy Castro & The Painkillers at Lincoln’s Zoo Bar. Castro is celebrating a milestone as a blues bandleader with a 30th anniversary tour. Castro’s latest CD is “A Bluesman Came to Town,” on Alligator, and he was […]

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Common Ground

M34N STR33T is the brainchild of Brenton Gomez (alias Conny Franko) and Adam Haug (alias Haunted Gauntlet). The name anchors them to the place where they created the music: 34th and 33rd streets in Gifford Park, running north to south through midtown Omaha. Haug sees this as the mean in a mathematical sense, the common […]