Free, all-ages Hear Nebraska concert at Barnett Park in McCook. Activities start at 1 p.m. with volleyball tourney, human foosball and more. Music begins at 5 p.m. along with the beer garden and food.
Come young. Come old. Celebrate Good Living in Greater Nebraska!
JAGAJA (indie pop)
JAGAJA (jăg·guh·jaw) is a pseudo palindrome acting as a reflection for the musical co-op of twin brothers Gabriel and Graham Burkum. The band is based in Omaha, Nebraska, and is fronted by Gabriel (bass) and Graham Burkum (guitar). The frontmen split lead vocals and harmonies, creating a sound that is best described as hypnotic yet turbulent, sometimes anthemic, psych-pop punctuated with ruminating, day-dreamy riffs. JAGAJA is the departure from the Burkum’s former endeavor, Skypiper, a power-pop outfit that has been performing since 2007.
High Up (soul/punk)
High Up singer Christine Fink moved to Omaha to be closer to her sister, notable singer songwriter Orenda Fink (Azure Ray, etc.) back in 2012. Down South in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, Christine had been known to exercise her theatrical roots at the the local karaoke bars – and to great effect. The first time Orenda saw Christine sing at Sheffield’s Old Town Tavern her jaw dropped as she watched her sister bring the house down. After a few years in Omaha, Orenda noticed that Christine brought the house down no matter where she was singing- with people of all ages and walks of life lining up to buy her drinks and even give her requests to sing their favorite soul songs. But Christine was depressed, feeling aimless, shuffling between minimum wage jobs, and the thrill of the weekend performances wore off quickly. One night, the two began to talk about the future, and Orenda insisted that Christine should try and do what makes her happiest- perform for people. After much discussion, they decided to start High up, a collaboration mixing elements of indie, punk and soul that showcased Christine’s powerful vocals and Orenda’s seasoned songwriting. The band draws from a wide variety of influences- from Janis Joplin, Sam Cooke, and Screaming Jay Hawkins to Dead Kennedys and The Birthday Party.
J. Crum (hip-hop)
What happens when you take a foundation of hip-hop and add influences of rock, jazz, pop, and indie styles? You’ll find inspirational hip-hop artist Joshua Crum aka J. Crum. The midwest based musician is breaking out the box of your typical rap music. Josh began writing lyrics at age 16, and dropped his first mixtape at age 17. Since 2005, He has been actively pursuing his music ministry and career. He has added singing and worship leading to his forte and has been combining those aspects to his ministry since 2008. The inspiration for his sound is very widespread, ranging from Florence + The Machine to Lupe Fiasco; from Kanye West to Fall Out Boy. Crum serves as Co-Worship Leader at G2:20 Youth Ministry, and although he’s unrestricted as a musician and artist, his passion lies in creating powerful counterculture music for his generation.
All We Seem (ambient rock)
THANKS TO OUR PRESENTING SPONSOR: Nebraska Department of Economic Development
THANKS TO OUR STATEWIDE SPONSORS: Peter Kiewit Foundation, Nebraska Community Foundation, Nebraska Cultural Endowment, Humanities Nebraska, Nebraska Loves Public Schools, Pinnacle Bank, Union Pacific Railroad, Center for Rural Affairs
Thanks to our Community Sponsors: Prairie Roots Festival Community Hospital – McCook, McCook Community Foundation Fund, Red Willow County Tourism Board, McCook National Bank, ACME Printing, McCook Chamber of Commerce
**Hear Nebraska takes to the road, bringing local music to Greater Nebraska communities during its third-annual Good Living Tour, presented by Nebraska Department of Economic Development. Each concert, carefully curated by Hear Nebraska, featured a lineup of original, diverse Nebraska acts, with at least one band native to each town – representing an array of musical genres and styles – from indie rock to country to hip-hop to blues.
On the day of each concert, Hear Nebraska staff and performing artists will lead an educational workshop designed to give every community the tools and knowledge to increase the presence and support of original music in their community. These workshops will be responsive to each community’s desires and infrastructures, focusing on what what is possible and what will have the greatest impact.
***For more, visit goodlivingtour.com