Jan. 7 The 9s Stir Live and Loud, Harrah’s Casino, Council Bluffs 9 p.m., $5, 712.329.6000, harrahscouncilbluffs.com There’s this … thing going around. A sort of neo-soul/funk. It’s apparently all the would-be rage. Just look at the last thing Ariel Pink did. Unlike the golden days, the performers are predominately white. Filtered through the lens of latter-day irony. The 9s, one of Omaha’s answers to this trend, promotes itself as “a hybrid of 70s jazz rock, 80s funk, soaring stadium rock with a healthy dose of wink-and-a-nod thrown in,” and has the requisite cockiness to go along. It may be a bizarre new musical world — that sort of “ironic or not?” mentality of all things musical — but at least with Omaha having its own practitioners, it’s not altogether unfamiliar. Having opened for P-Funk certainly doesn’t hurt. Incidentally the next night, Jan. 8, local funk-soul outfit Satchel Grande takes the Stir stage.


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