Rollercoaster

roller coaster

  It’s a rollercoaster. I’m fortunate to have a full-time “day job” outside of The Reader that quickly moved to have as many people working from home as possible. I’m fortunate I’m still employed with insurance. I’m so grateful. I know others who are not as lucky. Meanwhile, working from home comes with its own challenges […]

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Hoodoo Update

Héctor Anchondo by Blake Harris

WRITER’S UPDATE 3/17/2020: As everyone is aware, the impact of Covid-19 is changing hourly. The result is venues are closing, including Lincoln’s historic venue, The Zoo Bar, artists are cancelling or being forced to cancel tours, and artists, venues and those employed there (and in all our small businesses) are potentially going without their usual […]

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Omaha Artist Goes Global

Héctor Anchondo by Blake Harris

WRITER’S UPDATE 3/17/2020: As everyone is aware, the impact of Covid-19 is changing hourly. The result is venues are closing, including Lincoln’s historic venue, The Zoo Bar, artists are cancelling or being forced to cancel tours, and artists, venues and those employed there (and in all our small businesses) are potentially going without their usual […]

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Blues Heats Up

Jeff Jensen and Brandon Santini, leaders of Tennessee Redemption. Courtesy Endless Blues Records

It may still be winter, but plans are already underway for this summer’s blues-roots festivals. Playing with Fire founder and organizer Jeff Davis shared plans for the 2020 Playing with Fire concerts, announcing a new venue for this summer’s shows. In an email to The Reader, Davis said the concerts will be held at the […]

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What’s the Buzz

Rick Holmstrom, Mavis Staples

Looking back at 2019, here, in no particular order, are some shows that brought me joy. Jon Dee Graham & The Fighting Cocks played at B Side of Benson Theatre in July with Bonnie Whitmore opening and holding down the bass in the band. Graham’s rock ‘n’ roll reflections on the happy moments and challenges […]

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Blue Christmas

December is a big month for most of us, on the run and juggling lots of events and work or school obligations. Every year, the Toy Drive for Pine Ridge and other local events focused on giving rather than getting, put the season in perspective. Since 2003, organizer and longtime local musician Lash LaRue (aka […]

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Musical Moves

Big news for fans of the weekly early Thursday shows hosted by the Blues Society of Omaha (BSO). The series was held at Chrome Lounge for the last several years, but the venue abruptly closed after Saturday, Oct. 12, making the announcement on Facebook. They reopened Saturday, Oct. 19, for a final rock show. Meanwhile, […]

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Plenty of Treats

Lincoln’s Catherine Lohmeier reports that offline editing of Remember the Drumstick, a documentary about Lincoln’s fried-chicken-restaurant-turned-rock-club that brought some of the hottest bands to Nebraska in the 1980s, is nearing a first-draft rough cut. The project is coming together with Sharonda Harris Marshall serving as associate producer and editor. Lohmeier and company host a costume […]

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Funky Soul to Western Swing

As September creeps into fall, bands transition from the last festival dates back to club shows and ramp up their regional tours. Special events come our way, too, such as Austin’s funky soul-rock band Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears playing a show at O’Leaver’s Tuesday, Sept. 17, 9 p.m. O’Leaver’s also hosts O’Leaversfest Friday-Sunday, […]

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