Earthstock Music Festival III w/ AZP, BOTH, Hottman Sisters at Vega

Earthstock III featuring AZP, BOTH Official, and The Hottman Sisters

April 15 | 8PM | All Ages | $2 Students | $8 ADV, $10 DOS
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UNL’s 3rd annual Earthstock Music Festival will include AZP, Both, and The Hottman Sisters! All proceeds benefit the Lincoln Bike Kitchen.

Earthstock is a month-long celebration to involve UNL students and the Lincoln community in building an understanding about the urgency and feasibility of sustainability. Throughout the month, the Earthstock team will be hosting events around Lincoln with the goal to empower the community to engage in environmental activism.

AZP – “The rock/soul act has been Lincoln’s top draw for a few years now, but watching them hammer through “Anchors Aweigh” and sell instrument breakdowns as inescapable highlights indicates they’ve figured out something about working a room. It’s like they’re playing to the crowd precisely on their terms — big terms — instead of responding to particular ebbs and flows. That’s something major music festival acts do.” -Chance Solem-Pfeifer, Hear Nebraska

Both – In 2012, an eccentric new voice emerged from the midwest of hip-hop music in the U.S. BOTH’s latest project “BOTHsucks” extended play stood out from the cornfields; it was their 2015 label debut through Make Believe Recordings, not just beats and rhymes, but soulful kicks, drums, deep bass, and conscious flow. In an age of gimmicks BOTH only gives authentic love and passion creating a brilliance in their dynamic style in music.
Skylar Reed (aka Scky Rei) and Nate Asad (aka INFNTLP) stumbled upon their journey together after meeting through a mutual friend Brandon Taylor (aka Beezy). There was instant chemistry from their mutual love of J.Dilla, Madlib, 9th Wonder and more. In 2012 the duo worked out a test run with Scky Rei’s solo project “Pronounced Sky+Ree.” It quickly caught the attention of Make Believe Recording’s Keith Rodgers after listening to the project in L.A. for its distinctive sound of raw storytelling, futuristic boom-bap beats, and soul-driven hip-hop music. BOTH began to make their presence felt, with their love for music and soulful vibrations both in recording and in live performance.
2014 saw their independent self-titled release of the BOTH album, with two of the twelve tracks featuring Los Angeles artist Chuck Maloney (formerly Dusty Chucks) and Chicago’s savemoney member Kami De Chukwu. This project led into touring throughout the Midwest, including dates with rock legends Desaparecidos and Neva Dinova. The project also landed them a nominee for Best Hip-Hop/Rap for the Omaha Entertainment & Arts Awards.
In 2015 curiosity grew about the duo and they began playing to larger and larger crowds. These shows include sharing the stage with Kid Ink, Icky Blossoms, Young Fathers, Mas Ysa, Joey Fatts, Maxo Kream, Saba, and plenty more. After supporting Twinsmith on a few dates in spring, Scky and Loop went on to play in festivals such as Maha Music Festival, Indy Festival (KC), Lincoln Calling Festival, Holland Stages Festival, and Grassroots Festival. The exposure gained from playing with artists from Atmosphere to Mac Miller and Kid Cudi really put the duo into focus on following their label debut release through Make Believe Recordings. The “BOTHSUCKS EP” hit iTunes on August 7th with high anticipation that landed them three OEAA nominations for Best Hip-Hop/Rap, Album Of The Year, and Artist Of The Year. The duo took home two out of three awards in 2016 for both Artist Of The Year and Best Hip-Hop/Rap.
Scky Rei and INFNTLP are headed back into the studio, taking their time touches to their forthcoming project, setting out on a building bigger North American tours and working on singles along the way for the fans to enjoy. Stay tuned for what BOTH has in store next.

The Hottman Sisters – Jessica and Heather Hottman are sisters that started playing music together at a young age. From singing the National Anthem at the College World Series, to composing music for local production companies, to singing for television commercials, their careers have varied across the musical spectrum. In the Spring of 2010, they began playing shows as a band with other local musicians in their hometown of Omaha, Nebraska. While attending college, they continued playing in the metro area, as well as in surrounding cities like Lincoln and York, Nebraska.
At the start of 2015, they decided to start fresh as their own musical duo known as The Hottman Sisters, hence their last name “Hottman.” Jessica began writing all new material and collaborating with her sister Heather, while the duo started performing their new material at various open mic nights and shows. In the Spring of 2015 they began collaborating with musicians and sound engineers to create a seven song album. The sisters also made an addition with their young and fierce drummer John Evans, who joined The Hottman Sisters project in November of 2015. Since then, the sisters and John have been steadily booked with multiple shows per week in both Omaha and Lincoln, NE. They have played venues such as The Waiting Room Lounge, The Slowdown, Reverb Lounge, Pageturner’s Lounge, The Sydney, The Pizza Shoppe, Burke’s Pub, the SP CE Commons, and much more. Highlights have included playing the BFF Femme Fest 2015, the Gifford Park Farmer’s Market 33rd Friday Celebration, recording a Sonata Sessions with Hear Nebraska, and playing a secret set at a Sofar Sounds: Omaha show.
Their shows are characterized by spunky and rhythmic drums, edgy, electric guitar tones, and full throttled vocal harmonies. The sisters have also had the opportunity to sing the National Anthem, showing a much different side to their musical abilities. They have brought out this acapella, three-part harmony, with their third and youngest sister Tiffany Hottman at venues like: The Ralston Arena (Lancer’s Hockey), The Baxter Arena (University of Nebraska at Omaha Women’s Basketball), and the Caniglia Athletic Field (University of Nebraska at Omaha Men’s Soccer).
In the Fall of 2015, The Hottman Sisters were nominated as Best New Music of 2015 and they were also featured in the Omaha World-Herald as “Band of the Week” in January of 2016. This band was also on the Hear Nebraska featured scene list of bands to watch for in the 2016 year.
“I love The Hottman Sisters. They are unapologetic badasses and the sooner everyone knows that, the better. Their songwriting is clean and well-crafted and their performances are magnetic.” ~Kait Berreckman Band
The group is just a few months out from putting out their first record and is planning to do lots of touring in the 2016 year.