“Hear Nebraska — Live at the 1200 Club”
We teamed up with Omaha Performing Arts and NET Television to create an “Austin City Limits”-style concert at the Holland Center’s 1200 Club in Omaha in June 2013. The venue offers an intimate, listening-room atmosphere that provided an interesting contrast to the bars and clubs usually played by the bands on the bill, Kill County, Big Harp and Digital Leather. NET’s crew filmed the performance and produced three half-hour and one hour-long segments this May, which are running statewide on NET Television. Tune in.
“Hear Nebraska: Volumes 1 & 2”
In 2011, we compiled “Hear Nebraska: Vol. 1” on CD, featuring 12 songs from 12 diverse Nebraska bands as a small sampling of the vast array of music this state offers. Entirely Nebraska-produced, it featured donated art by Doe Eyed, mastering by Focus Mastering’s Doug Van Sloan, screen printing by Screen Ink and packaging by Porridge Papers. In 2013, a successful Kickstarter Campaign allowed us to release “Vol. 2” on 12-inch, solid-orange vinyl, featuring donated work by Doe Eyed and Focus Mastering. These are excellent collections of artists contributing to the state’s writhing, pulsing, expanding creative class. Add them to your collection.
Supported by the Nebraska Arts Council and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment, as the Omaha Venture Group, HN Radio is an online music player that allows Hear Nebraska to present user-friendly, Nebraska-focused audio programming — album streams, song premieres, live recordings, podcasts and interviews — to a worldwide audience. Fully responsive, the HN Radio player puts curated Nebraska music playlists — a new one each week — in the palm of one’s hand. The player’s second iteration will allow us to create embeddable HN Radio playlists that are custom to and for Nebraska organizations — cities, nonprofits, businesses, etc.
Sponsored by Cooper Foundation, presented by the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce and curated by Hear Nebraska, the third-annual, 10-week Hear Lincoln concert series connects members of Lincoln’s diverse music scene with downtown’s business community, at noon each Friday on the corner of 13th and O. Growing every year, it’s a chance to get out of the office and into the sun, watch a one-of-a-kind show, and eat awesome food from local food trucks.
Nebraska Vinyl Archive
Spearheaded by Omahan Peter Cales and featuring oversight by humanities scholar and University of Nebraska-Lincoln music professor Tom Larson, the Nebraska Vinyl Archive will leverage Nebraska’s cultural, intellectual and historical resources to create a searchable online archive of all the sleeves, labels, artwork, liner notes and other visual materials from vinyl albums and 7″/45 rpm singles released by Nebraska-based artists. Its first phase recently funded by Humanities Nebraska, the project will reach back to archive the work of the first Nebraska recording artist, Lloyd Hunter’s big band effort “Sensational Mood,” and will continue to the present day and beyond to include our state’s current and future recording artists.
This popular event pairs a four-course meal by an outstanding local chef with an intimate performance by a Nebraska musician. Previous events have featured food by renowned vegan chef Isa Moskovitz and music by Laura Burhenn (The Mynabirds, Postal Service, Bright Eyes) and legendary indie folk artist Simon Joyner. Omaha World-Herald food reporter’s take: “Sometimes things happen in our city that make me feel like I’m somewhere else. Somewhere cooler, more adventurous, probably on the coast. But last night was one of those nights in Omaha that makes me remember that I live in an incredibly cool city.
“Hear Nebraska FM”
Hosted on Nebraska’s only community radio station, KZUM 89.3 FM, “Hear Nebraska FM” airs in Lincoln and streams online worldwide every Monday night from 8-10 p.m. Hosted by Chance Solem-Pfeifer and Jacob Zlomke, the show features an hour of Nebraska music and audio stories, including more than 50 in-studio performances and interviews by Nebraska musicians. The performances are collected on our website and Soundcloud. “HNFM” introduces KZUM’s broad audience to music they can love from their own backyard.
Hear Nebraska’s annual fundraising concert series (since 2011), Take Cover features Nebraska musicians each playing two songs: a reinterpreted track from other Nebraska musician; and one original. The events run each January, and include shows in both Omaha and Lincoln. The shows feature eclectic, stirring performances, including folk acts covering electronic originals and good friends paying each other respect on stage. It’s a great way to learn about your favorite musician’s influences, and for artists to see their own work reimagined.
Omaha Girls Rock Compilation
As a benefit for Omaha Girls Rock, Hear Nebraska produced a digital compilation of songs by female Nebraska musicians. All proceeds go to Omaha Girls Rock, which hosts a camp every summer that teaches girls how to play instruments, form bands and write songs, aiming to give them the confidence to use their voice through music education and performance. Released in August 2013, the “Omaha Girls Rock Comp” features songs aiming to inspire a similar kind of empowerment.
Nebraska Music Retreat
Each year, Hear Nebraska staff, contributors, friends and statewide musicians spend a weekend in a beautiful Nebraska setting. All are welcome for a camping trip filled with playing music around campfires, swimming, relaxing and camaraderie. In its first two years, we retreated to the Niobrara Sanctuary in the Nebraska Sandhills. In 2013, our group camped in teepees at Platte River State Park. We plan to change the retreat’s location each year. The Nebraska Music Retreat is an opportunity for us to connect with each other and with the the state’s land.
Hear Nebraska Presents
Hear Nebraska hosts regular Hear Nebraska Presents concerts with local and touring acts. They’re straightforward shows, curated to bring local and touring acts, such as Sour Boy Bitter Girl, Frontier Ruckus and Eli Mardock to local venues and Nebraska audiences. The concept is simple and it sits at the heart of our mission.
Love Drunk Video Tours
Love Drunk Studios produces live, one-take music videos featuring artists performing in nontraditional spaces, such as a hospital helipad, rooftops and small businesses. The collective, led by creator Django Greenblatt-Seay, has produced more than 120 videos which have each premiered on hearnebraska.org, as well as on many national media sites. In 2011 and 2012, Hear Nebraska and Love Drunk embarked on two, 15-day cross-country tours, shooting a video for a new band in a new city each day. The entire time, the crew served as ambassadors for Nebraska music, and created connections between dozens of national music scenes.
NE @ SXSW
Each year, we send a crew to Austin, Texas, to cover South by Southwest music festival. The weeklong festival offers staff and contributors a chance to sharpen their skills among some of the nation’s foremost music journalists. Our coverage provides our audience with an introduction to up-and-coming bands all over the country, as well as reviews showing how Nebraska bands fare to a foreign audience. HN’s presence — both in person and through social media — is just another way we work to establish Nebraska music on international radars.
Frequently, working musicians have to work second and third jobs to pay the bills — many of which don’t provide health insurance benefits. The Affordable Care Act required many of these people to secure health insurance on their own, or face a financial penalty. In March 2013, Hear Nebraska teamed up with Nebraska Appleseed and Nebraska AIDS Project to produce Rock Enroll, a free concert at Omaha’s Slowdown featuring music by Omaha rapper Conchance and rockers Rock Paper Dynamite, aiming to help musicians, music industry employees and others gain information about and access to health insurance.
An idea (let’s face it, totally ripped off) from Denver record label Suburban Home Records’ Drunk Dial Hotline, 231.HollaHN (231.465.5246) is a free voicemail service that allows anyone to leave Hear Nebraska a message. From news tips to live songs to tour check-ins and concert reviews, we want to hear it. You might even hear it on this site. Just one rule: Make it interesting.