Omaha Girls Rock throws Madonna-themed fundraiser benefitting camps; Third-Annual Sowerfest announced; Queerfest 2017, Big Al’s Free Music Festival this weekend

Omaha Girls Rock throws Madonna-themed fundraiser benefitting camps

After years of serving young women aspiring to make their way in the music industry, Omaha Girls Rock is throwing its first ever fundraiser, styled after a pop icon.

Local supergroup Material Girl will perform several hits by Madonna Saturday as part of OGR’s inaugural fundraiser. The long-tenured singer is well-known for both her vocal expression and boundary-pushing performances, which strongly relates to OGR’s teachings of individuality.

Material Girl, the newly-form eight-piece band, features the likes of Annie Dilocker (Dirt House, Miwi La Lupa), Kate Williams (Wagon Blasters, Township & Range), Eris Koleszar (The Boner Killerz), Amanda DeFord (Crybaby, Bonghammer), Hanna Meyer (Screaming Plastic), CeCe Pebbles, Kat Ludwick, & Kait Berreckman.  

In keeping with its theme, attendees are invited to come dressed as their favorite Madonna. The show will also feature raffle prizes, Plinko, a photo booth, testimonials from OGR campers and volunteer awards. Cost to attend is $35 and all proceeds help further the nonprofit’s mission to to empower young women to find their unique voice through creativity, music education and performance.

RSVP here.

Can’t make the show but wish to contribute to Omaha Girls Rock? Do so here.

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Third-Annual Sowerfest announced

Lincoln folk and Americana collective Sower Records has announced its third-annual showcase of local talent.

Sowerfest happens at Noon on Saturday, Oct. 15 at Lincoln’s Antelope Park and features seven performances and a host of speakers. Musical acts include Kait Berreckman, Jack Hotel, The Bottle Tops, Will Hutchinson, Emily Bass & the Near Miracle, Matt Cox and Mad Dog & the 20/20s.

This year presented by Young Professionals for Credit Unions, the event also aims to unite community and create transparency and outreach for the local credit union movement. Find more information and RSVP here.

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Concert Round-Up: Weekend Edition

The weekend is almost upon us and with it come a fresh batch of cool events. Our picks are below. Head over to our statewide event calendar here for more, and contribute your own events in the comments or add them to the website here.

Thursday

Screaming Females, Street Eaters, Boner Killerz at O’Leaver’s – The New Jersey-based independent rock trio led by shredding guitarist Marissa Paternoster returns to Nebraska for the third time in a calendar year tonight. The band recently released a new single, “Black Moon,” its first since 2015 LP Rose Mountain. It hits The Club this time with Berkeley punk band Street Eaters and locals Boner Killerz. 9 p.m. show, $10, RSVP here.

Friday

Toadies with Local H at The Waiting Room – The classic ‘90s alt-rock band Toadies comes through The Waiting Room tomorrow night with Chicago rock band Local H. Known primarily for its debut album Rubberneck and its famous single “Possum Kingdom,” Toadies have experienced a resurgent second act this side of the 21st Century led by original founding members Vaden Todd Lewis and Mark Reznicek. Most recently, Toadies released its seventh studio album The Lower Side of Uptown this past July. 9 p.m. show, $20 advance/$25 day-of, RSVP here.

Saturday

Queerfest 2017 at The Bay – This Lincoln event aims to celebrate and empower local queer artists by providing them a dedicated platform. It features several local musicians and slam poets and support from local organizations like OutLinc, Star City Pride, LGBTQA Resource Center at UNL, PFLAG Lincoln and Verge. It starts at 4 p.m. and alternates musical act and poet until 10 p.m. The event welcomes all ages. RSVP here.

Big Al’s Free Music Festival and Food Drive at O’Leaver’s – Omaha musician Al Hatfield hosts his 10th-annual food drive concert at O’Leaver’s, featuring a host of local acts and comedians. While attendance costs nothing, all canned food and non-perishable items brought to the door will be donated to Food Bank of the Heartland. RSVP here.

PEARS, Big Ups, Russian Girlfriends, DSM-5 at Lookout Lounge – New Orleans hardcore punk band PEARS leads this huge billing at Lookout Lounge that also includes New York nerd punks Big Ups, Albuquerque pop punk band Russian Girlfriends, Fargo pop punk band Triple Deke and locals DSM-5. 8 p.m. show, $12 advance, $15 day-of, RSVP here.

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