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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Ten Music Visions for 2020

I’ve been making music predictions for 20 years; never have I missed the boat more than last year’s. 2019 Prediction: Next year, crazed music aficionados will take it one step further as we see the first album released on reel-to-reel tape. Reality: While online store The Tape Project does offer a handful of reissued classics […]

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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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Trans-Siberian Orchestra 2019 Winter Tour at the Mid America Center: Christmas Eve and Other Stories

From “Wizards in Winter” to “Christmas Canon,” one very iconic holiday music act has been rocking arenas for 25 years. The sounds of the Trans Siberian Orchestra have long been dominant on the holiday scene, since the formation of the band in 1996 when it debuted its iconic rock opera. A Christmas Trilogy soon followed, with seven […]

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Slayer’s Reign Comes to an End

Slayer’s aesthetic felt very appropriate for their Monday night show at the CHI Health Arena. Skulls, crosses (albeit upside-down ones), and black attire were prevalent for the California thrash metal band’s final Nebraska show.  The funeral paraphernalia was appropriate because, after last night’s show, the band only has seven more performances before pulling the plug […]

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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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