Photo coverage: Umoja Choir & Friends, Joyce Manor/Waves, KZUM’s Soup & Songs; Omaha Under The Radar application deadline approaches; Grieves, Wax Tailor early this week

Photo coverage: Umoja Choir & Friends in Blackstone

This weekend presented a handful of intriguing shows and community events, so we’re started today’s column by rounding up the best shots from our coverage.

It begins in the Blackstone district, where multimedia intern Arianna Bohning went Friday to catch a special performance by the Umoja Choir in support of their debut album. They had some help from the likes of Mesonjixx, Butanese musician DB Tamang and dancer Sarah Rowe. Together in the old Pulp space, with a strong audience turnout, the choir raised more than $1,500 toward its GoFundMe campaign to cover recording costs. Learn more about Umoja’s founding and its bond with Omaha’s refugee community here and see Bohning’s photos below.

DB Tamang

Umoja Choir

Sarah Rowe & Friends


Photos by Arianna Bohning

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Photo coverage: Halfloves, I Forgot To Love My Father, A Ferocious Jungle Cat at 1867 Bar

HN visuals editor Lauren Farris popped down to 1867 Bar for Iowa City indie rock band Halfloves and locals I Forgot To Love My Father and A Ferocious Jungle Cat. Halfloves has performed often in Nebraska, especially since releasing its dark, textural eponymous debut album in March 2016. See Farris’ photos below:

I Forgot To Love My Father


A Ferocious Jungle Cat

Photos by Lauren Farris

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Photo coverage: Joyce Manor, Wavves at Vega

HN contributor Alex Durrant shot at Vega Saturday night, when San Diego garage punk band Wavves and Torrence, Calif. emo rock band Joyce Manor performed to a packed house in the Railyard venue. The two bands are currently on a nationwide tour with Culture Abuse (who opened the show; they are not pictured). See Durrant’s photos below:


Joyce Manor

Photos by Alex Durrant

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Photo coverage: The Lightning Bugs at KZUM’s Soup & Songs

And finally, Arianna Bohning finished the weekend at Lincoln’s Ferguson House, where swing band The Lightning Bugs kicked off KZUM’s third-annual Soup & Songs. The monthly concert series stages local acts in the historic, intimate setting through March. Lloyd McCarter brings a stripped-down honky tonk set to the Ferguson House on Sunday, Dec. 17; find the full schedule here and buy advance tickets at (Sunday’s show sold out, you’ll wanna get them early).

See Bohning’s photos below:

Photos by Arianna Bohning

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Omaha Under The Radar applications due Dec 1

Less than two weeks remain to apply for Under The Radar, Omaha’s fifth-annual contemporary and experimental music festival happening July 25-28, 2018. The application is free and is due no later than Friday, Dec. 1. Find it here.

Launched in 2014, Under The Radar strives to support innovative performers and creators living and working in the Midwest. In the time since, it has presented more than 200 artists from more than a dozen cities throughout the U.S., connecting local and regional performers through different genres and a host of educational opportunities. Organizers Amanda DeBoer Bartlett, Stacey Barelos and Aubrey Byerly have expanded programming recently to include the Generator Series in partnership with the KANEKO.

Find more information on entry and performance guidelines here.

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Concert Round-Up

The coming holiday weekend is typically a good one for show, but the early week has some appetizing bites. Our picks below, with more at our statewide calendar here. Add your own using our contribute feature here; simply copy and paste a Facebook URL into the form or enter manually.


Grieves with ProbCause, Conny Franko at The Waiting Room – Seattle-based hip-hop artist Grieves (Benjamin Laub) comes to The Waiting Room Monday, on tour of his fifth studio album Running Wild. After delving into darker themes on 2011’s Together/Apart and 2014’s Winter & the Wolves, Grieves brings lyrical levity to his catalogue while maintaining his confessional style. Recorded in Stockholm with Swedish producer Chords, the record incorporates elements of classic soul, rock and trap. Chicago rapper ProbCause and Omaha’s own Conny Franko open the show. 8 p.m., all-ages, $16 entry. RSVP here.

Hear Nebraska FM on 89.3 KZUM FM – HN’s two-hour radio show returns with a heaping helping of the latest and greatest in Nebraska music. Tune in from 8-10 p.m. via 89.3 FM in Lincoln or stream at and the Tune-In app. Follow us on Facebook here.


Wax Tailor w/ Dirty Art Club at Slowdown – Come dance your tail off Tuesday night with French trip-hop producer Wax Tailor (Jean-Christophe Le Saoût). Le Saoût is at the forefront of the European electronic scene, combining music from throughout the 20th Century with electro-cinematic samples, evolving throughout his five-album catalog to take on blues, psych-rock, soul and hip-hop. He is currently on a 20-day U.S. tour, accompanied by Charlotte, N.C. lo-fi psychedelic outfit Dirty Art Club. 8 p.m., main room show, all-ages, $17 advance/$20 day-of, RSVP here.

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An earlier version of this article has been updated to reflect that The Lightning Bugs are a swing band, not folk.