DIO Fest survey calls for community input; Weekend coverage features Walk By Sea album release, Scru Face Jean; Evanoff, Blood or Whiskey tonight

DIO Fest survey calls for community input

Do-It-Ourselves Fest will return from a two-year hiatus in 2017 to untie community members in free learning, knowledge sharing and live music. What will that involve? The fest is leaving it up to you.

DIO Fest has called for community input into this year’s event, releasing a survey today via its Facebook page which asks participants about workshops, volunteering and bands. Their statement is below:

“In your wildest Do-It-Ourselves Fest dreams, what would you learn about for free? What skills do you have to share with your community? If you were booking your own local music festival, which bands would be on the bill?

If you have a sec and would be willing to, could you please fill out this short survey so that Do-It-Ourselves Fest 2017 can be exactly what its community needs it to be.

Also, if you’re interested in getting involved with planning this year’s festival, please let us know. It’s gonna be big this year.”

In the past, DIO Fest has hosted workshops on live sound engineering, photo transfer, gardening and self-defense while staging local DIY music acts. See our coverage from its 2015 event here.

Take the survey here.

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Photo coverage: Walk By Sea, Better Friend, See Through Dresses at Duffy’s Tavern

HN intern Lauren Farris went to Duffy’s Tavern on Friday for Walk By Sea’s album release show. The Lincoln indie rock quartet’s I Am What Survives Of Me is its debut LP, after releasing EPs in 2014 and 2015. Omaha indie rock band See Through Dresses and Lincoln post-rock band Better Friend played the show in support.

I Am What Survives Of Me is available now via Walk By Sea’s Bandcamp page. See Farris’ photos below:

See Through Dresses

Better Friend

Walk By Sea

Photos by Lauren Farris

Editor’s note: HN intern Zach Visconti plays in Walk By Sea.

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Photo coverage: Scru Face Jean at Vega

HN intern Connor Lepert went to Vega Sunday night to catch Lincoln rapper Scru Face Jean with a host of guests. Scru is fresh off the release of his latest full-length album Trillennial, and a potentially door-opening trip to Nigeria (which you can read about here).

See Lepert’s photos from a wild show below:




Phippa & Curtis Beard


Bryan Chamberlain


Danny Youngkin

Scru Face Jean

Photos by Connor Lepert

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Concert Round-Up

Tonight, Boulder, Colo. band Evanoff comes to Vega. Founded by guitarist and producer JJ Evanoff, the band blends elements of classic rock and electronica into its highly-danceable brand of groove. Pure Brown opens the show with an acoustic set. 9 p.m., $5, RSVP here.

Also tonight, Celtic punk band Blood Or Whiskey hits Lookout Lounge. The band has rocked the Irish punk crowd for more than 20 years. Currently on tour with Dropkick Murphys, it headlines this show on an off-date. Local act Ill Noise opens the show. 7 p.m., $8, all-ages, RSVP here.

And one final note, on tonight’s Hear Nebraska FM: Floating Opera’s appearance has been rescheduled to a yet-to-be-determined date due to our host’s bout with the flu. We’ll be back next week.

Email upcoming shows, new music or other goings-on to news@hearnebraska.org.