* Omaha Entertainment and Arts Awards nominees as well as some of the area’s other top talent will be on stage at various Benson neighborhood venues Friday, December 6th. The OEAAs winter showcase will once again team up with Benson First Friday for an all-inclusive trip through Omaha’s music, arts and comedy scenes. Tickets to hit up all participating venues are $10 at any of the showcase bars. Musical performers include The Electroliners, Conchance, Matt Cox Band, Steve Raybine, The Whipkey Three , Josh Hoyer & The Shadowboxers, John Klemmensen & the Party, Edem, John Larsen, Michael Wunder, Island Alumni, the Sub-Vectors, Travelling Mercies, the Hector Anchondo Band, A Wasted Effort, Black On High, The Decatures, Rock Paper Dynamite, Moses Prey, The Bishops, Artillery Funk, Brett Vovk , Plaque Blague, Jimmy Hooligan, The End In Red, Narcotic Self, Belles & Whistles, The 9s, DJ Shor-T, Field Club, Kaitlyn Hova, Mojo Bag, eNVy, Dominique Morgan and Vago.
*Local band Talking Mountain and O’Leaver’s Pub, 1322 South Saddle Creek Road, to put together a semi-secret bill on Friday, November 29th. The Black Friday/day after Thanksgiving show will feature M34N STREET, Talking Mountain and a third secret guest that has yet to be revealed.
* Stephen Bartolomei may call New York home these days but the revered singer-songwriter still connects with his closest Omaha friends to make music. The latest from the Mal Madrigal mastermind is All the Ghosts, which is billed as by Stephen Bartolomei and His Comrades. Those comrades include Ben Brodin, Ryan Fox, Michael Saklar, Dan McCarthy and John Kotchian. The LP comes out in December, which should line up with Omaha area shows once the holiday season beckons Bartolomei back west.
* All Young Girls Are Machine Guns will play their first full-band show since June Thursday, November 14th at the Waiting Room Lounge, 6212 Maple St. The band will unveil a host of new songs, while sharing the stage with Field Club and a special appearance of the Benson Soul Society. All Young Girls frontwoman Rebecca Lowry recommends bringing your dancing shoes to this one.