words by Black Cohosh | photos by Shannon Claire with help from Jordan Ellis
Lincoln death-western band Black Cohosh found itself facing the same problem as many other blossoming bands: Albums cost money to make, and bar shows don't pay well. They decided on a new approach to fundraising and started the Secret Cafe.
After replacing the furniture at upright bassist Nick Svoboda's house with tables and chairs, they invited friends, family and local music supporters to stop by for a home-cooked Sunday brunch. Hear Nebraska contributor Shannon Claire of B-Side Images was there to capture the action on May 20, the band's second such event.
Patrons were treated to such delights as banana oat nut pancakes, collard greens and bacon, "prairie burn home fries" and Shannon's own "B-Side eggs," cooked to order and served up by band members themselves in exchange for a sliding-scale donation. There were album preorders available, as well as a raffle for a "Black Cohosh On Demand" performance at the time and place of the winner's choosing.
All funds raised will go toward production costs of the debut Black Cohosh album, due to drop at their CD Release Bash held June 23 at where else but Farmer Bill's farm. The event will include kite-flying, fireworks, a cookout, live music (supporting bands TBA), a bonfire and most likely some howling at the moon.
Curious? Look for the band at HN's X-Rated Showcase, June 17 at Duffy's Tavern.