Blue Martian Tribe, Kris Lager Band play eighth annual Frostival charity concert; Photos of Leaves Brown, Mildred Bonk at Tugboat Gallery; NPR renews Tiny Desk Concert contest

Blue Martian Tribe, Kris Lager Band play eighth annual Frostival charity concert

The jam and roots rock community is giving back this weekend

Omaha band Blue Martian Tribe, Tribal Equinox and Rad Kadillac host the eighth annual Frostival charity concert at Slowdown tomorrow night. Blue Martian Tribe will be joined by Kris Lager Band, Linear Symmetry, Funk Trek and Le Figs Duo. Rock And Roll Suicide will play a slate of Prince and Talking Heads Covers.

“Over the past 8 years many amazing organizations have benefited from the generosity of the fans, artists, vendors and all who have come together to make this event a reality,” says Rad Kadillac’s Justin Kadlec. “It’s just a great effort by everyone and we’re honored and excited to be a part of this event.”

It promises to be a fun night of music, but organizers haven’t slouched on the trimmings. Visual effects man Craig Mustard is planning an elaborate light show with 3-D mapping. There will be a raffle for items like concert tickets and local artwork, and happy hour drink specials from 6-7 p.m. Tickets are $15, or $10 with unopened toy donation or non-perishable food item. All food/toy/cash donations benefit Open Door Mission. RSVP here.

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Photos of Leaves Brown, Mildred Bonk at Tugboat Gallery

HN contributor James Dean stopped by Tugboat Gallery last night to catch intimate, eclectic performances by Lincoln’s Leaves Brown and Mildred Bonk. See Dean’s photos below:

Leaves Brown

Leaves Brown | Tugboat Gallery | 12/17/2015Leaves Brown | Tugboat Gallery | 12/17/2015

Mildred Bonk

Mildred Bonk | Tugboat Gallery | 12/17/2015Mildred Bonk | Tugboat Gallery | 12/17/2015

photos by James Dean

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NPR renews Tiny Desk Concert contest

Ever wanted to perform behind the desk of All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen? Now might be your chance.

NPR has renewed its Tiny Desk Concert contest for a second year, looking for “a great unknown artist” to grace its office stage. Last year, the news outlet received more than 7,000 entries. Here’s last year’s winner, Fantastic Negrito:

This year’s judges include Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys, Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig of Lucius, soul singer Son Little, All Songs Considered co-hosts Boilen and Robin Hilton. Entries are accepted starting Jan. 12 through Feb. 2 and can be submitted here.

Let us know if you plan to submit a video; we’d love to hear from you. Here’s Bonehart Flannigan’s entry from last year, shot and edited by our very own Nickolai Hammar:

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Concert Round-Up: Weekend Edition

It’s going to be another packed weekend of shows, including a couple of album releases and quite a few charity events. Let’s get to it.

Tonight, Lincoln singer/songwriter Wendy Jane Bantam will release Tin Tales at Crescent Moon Coffee with her band The Lost Boys. Most of these songs were released earlier in the year as part of a project funded by the Lincoln Arts Council. Bantam recorded at both Studio PH and Fuse Recording Studio.

Bantam is somewhat of a troubadour, having toured internationally to Turkey, Indonesia and England. She says it’s the enjoyment of hearing and incorporating new sounds that drives her.

Playing with musicians from all over is great because we’re able to teach each other, and have a great time getting lost in the music,” Bantam says.

She will be joined onstage by a set of Lincoln musicians in Dr. John Walker, Terry Schmitt, Jeff Iwanski, Marty Steinhausen, Mark Leeker and Brian McGovern. RSVP to the 7 p.m. show here.

Tonight, Milk Run hosts A Raleigh Science Xmas with Marcey Yates, Xoboi, Jocelyn and DJ Cold Cuts. The Raleigh Science folks are also taking gift and non-perishable food donations for discounts at the door. The ugly-sweater-themed show is $10, but $5 off with gift and $3 off with food donation. RSVP here.

Also tonight, Sower Records storms Benson, as The Bottle Tops, Jack Hotel, Root Marm Chicken Farm Jug Band and Mike Semrad and the Likes play Barley Street Tavern. It might be an opportunity to hear some new music; both Semrad and Jack Hotel have new albums in the works. RSVP to the show here.

Tomorrow night, Lincoln’s Omni Arms plays its album release show at The Bourbon with Silversphere. You could venture to call this album long-awaited, as the electronic rock band has been teasing it since early Spring. RSVP to the 8 p.m. show here.

And Sunday, Scru Face Jean performs Vega with Omaha native rapper Skate Maloley. The Lincoln emcee just returned home from his third national tour of the year, and is in the process of planning his own headlining tour to kick off 2016. His latest mixtape Another Night dropped Oct. 17 and reached as high as number-three on nationwide mixtape site Hot New Hip Hop. Read more about Scru Face Jean in the interview we published yesterday. RSVP to the 8 p.m. show here.

Scru Face Jean – Another Night

For the rest in a packed weekend of shows, head to our statewide calendar at hearnebraska.org/events. If you do not see your show or one you plan to attend, email us at news@hearnebraska.org. Keep those story ideas, song submissions and news tips coming.
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Andrew Stellmon is Hear Nebraska's managing editor. Reach him with news tips and story ideas at news@hearnebraska.org.