OEEA Nominee showcase
Downtown Benson, between 65th and 64th Streets
7 p.m., $10 tickets at the door gain access to all venues, oea-awards.com
The 8th annual OEAA Nominee Showcase kicks off this Friday in Benson in conjunction with Benson First Friday. Expect more than 50 acts featuring Omaha’s top music acts, comedy, spoken word poetry and visual arts. The venues hosting the event are as follows: The Waiting Room, Barley Street Tavern, The 402, Pizza Shoppe Collective, The Sydney and Burke’s Pub. Before I highlight the night’s musical offers, let us touch on the comedy and poetry and where about to find it. The Barley Street Tavern will presend Collabo Comedy, The 402 hosts poet Ben Wenzl, Greg Harries and comedian Heather Jones and the P.S. Collective will feature comedians Tracie Mauk and JC Morgan. Some of the bands to make sure you don’t miss, as reccommended by myself, are All Young Girls Are Machine Guns (The Waiting Room, 7:50), Hector Anchondo (Burke’s Pub, 12:50), Rock Paper Dynamite (Barley Street Tavern, 10:40), Brett Vovk (The Sydney, 8:25), Mariachi Las Cecilias (The 402, 7:00) and eNVY (P.S. Collective, 9:40). This year’s nominated visual artists who’s work will be on display are Jamie Burmeister, Kim Reid Kuhn, Mary Zicafoose, Bart Vargas, Paula Wallace, Iggy Sumnik, Brion Poloncic and Jeff Kin. Best of luck making it out to every set.
– James Derrick Schott