Josh Hoyer & Soul Colossal embarks on first European tour; Floating Opera releases new full-length album; KZUM announces 39th birthday bash

Josh Hoyer & Soul Colossal embarks on first European tour

In the last three years, Josh Hoyer & Soul Colossal has spent hundreds of days on the road. For the first time, the band’s hard touring schedule will take it overseas.

The Lincoln soul act embarks on a month-long European tour this March, hitting Germany, Holland, Belgium, France, Spain, Slovakia and Austria. In all, that’s 28 concerts in 31 days.

Tour will happen 11 months removed from Soul Colossal’s latest album Running From Love, which feels like a long time for Hoyer’s prolific crew. That album marked its third studio album in three years and fourth overall, including live direct-to-disc record Cooked Raw.

View a complete list of tour dates below. The band’s last in-state show before it heads to Europe will be at Zoo Bar Friday, Feb 24 (RSVP here.)

Find the full list of tour dates here.

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Floating Opera releases new full-length album

Lincoln chamber pop act Floating Opera has been around the block more than a few times, its principal songwriter Richard Rebarber anchoring the group for three decades.

The band has renewed its lush, vibrant pop sound with a brand new full-length record, Pop Song On The Elevator Down, which it released over the weekend via Tremulant Records. It is the band’s fifth full-length release and first since 2009’s Pony Up a Go-Go. Find it here.

Floating Opera returns to the live stage at this year’s Lincoln Exposed, where it play Bodega’s Alley on Friday, Feb 10. The band will also appear live on Hear Nebraska FM on Monday, Feb 27.

Listen the album’s lead track “Meantime” below:

 

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KZUM announces 39th birthday bash

Lincoln nonprofit radio station KZUM will host its 39th birthday bash this Saturday, Feb 4, at Duffy’s Tavern. The concert will feature performances by Kait Berreckman, Mad Dog & the 20/20s, Hakim, Levi William Band and Verse & the Vices as well as DJ sets by Spencelove and Polar Bear throughout the evening.

The concert, which commemorates KZUM’s first official broadcast on Valentine’s Day 1978, immediately precedes the station’s first on-air pledge drive of 2017 as it reaches for its $300,000 fiscal year goal, which would qualify it for continued funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

KZUM will also release its third local music compilation, which includes the evening’s performers as well as material from Bogusman, Hector Anchondo, Andrea von Kampen, Red Cities, Walk By Sea, The Hottman Sisters, Ozark Hutch, Edem Soul Music, The Morbs and The Inbetweens.

RSVP to the show here. Doors open at 7 p.m., with the $5 cover benefitting KZUM.

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Concert Round-Up

The Waiting Room’s New Music Monday series concludes tonight with an all-metal lineup featuring More Than Blood, Sovereignty and Rift. The all-ages show starts at 7 p.m. and is free. RSVP here.

Also tonight, for you homebodies, Hear Nebraska FM takes the KZUM airwaves from 8-10 p.m., playing two hours of all-Nebraska music. Tune in via 89.3 FM in Lincoln or stream at kzum.org.

Plan for the rest of your week in shows with our statewide calendar here. Send all news tips, story ideas, song submissions or other goings-on to news@hearnebraska.org.

Andrew Stellmon is Hear Nebraska’s managing editor. Reach him with news tips and story ideas at news@hearnebraska.org.