Give to Lincoln report; Jazz In June lineup released, features educational sessions; New David Nance single; Photo coverage: Oddisee & Good Compny, Olivier St. Louis, Mesonjixx at Slowdown; Weekend concert-update

Give to Lincoln report

Lincoln’s day of nonprofit giving is over and we’re issuing a heartfelt thank you to all who participated, not only for HN, but for all great Lincoln organizations.

Thanks to you, we raised $14,611 from 93 unique donations throughout the day. The Lincoln Community Foundation will add a proportion of its matching fund to that total based on our share of the nearly $3.7 million raised by all organizations.

With all we have going on this year, every little bit helps. Those donations will help fund programs like the Good Living Tour and Lincoln Calling, as well as the music community journalism we produce throughout each week.

Now, it’s Omaha’s turn. Omaha Gives is Wednesday, May 25. Help us continue to support and document our state’s thriving and growing music scene now through next week here.

Miss our annual report? Get a taste of all that we accomplished last year:

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Jazz In June lineup released, features educational sessions

June is almost here, and that means Lincoln’s Tuesday evening summer staple returns with a new look.

Jazz In June has released the performance lineup for its 26th-annual series, which brings local and national jazz artists to UNL’s Sheldon Art Gallery every Tuesday night in June. This year features five-time Grammy winner Terence Blanchard, The Rad Trads, LeFrae Sci and Sonic Black featuring Lakecia Benjamin and Bill Wimmer’s Project Omaha with Victor Lewis.

New this year, each concert is coupled with an aspect of community engagement. LaFrae Sci and Sonic Black will engage in a Master Class and Community Jazz Workshop on June 6. Project Omaha and Victor Lewis will lead a master class on June 14 at the Glenn Korff School of Music.

On June 20, The Ross Media Center will screen Spike Lee’s satirical musical drama Chi-Raq, followed by a Q&A with Blanchard, who scored the film. And on June 27, the Rad Trads will do a special performance for Lincoln Public Schools’ Pathfinder Education Program.

The Jazz in June Market — featuring local vendors and artisans and local food and drink — opens at 5 p.m. each Tuesday, with music beginning at 7 p.m. Concerts are free to attend with a $10 suggested donation, and VIP seating is available through the Lied Center Box Office. Find more information on the workshops and schedule here.

June 6 — LaFrae Sci and Sonic Black
Community Engagement: 10 a.m. Master Class at Glenn Korff School of Music; 2:30 p.m. Community Jazz Workshop at at F St Community Center

June 14 — Bill Wimmer’s Project Omaha with Victor Lewis
Community Engagement (June 13): 3 p.m. Master Class at the Glenn Korff School of Music

June 20 — Terence Blanchard
Community Engagement: Special screen of Chi-Raq at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m., with Q&A following early screening

June 27 — The Rad Trads
Community Engagment: 10 a.m. performances for Pathfinder Program (partnership with LPS and Lancaster County Youth Services)

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David Nance featured by NPR’s ‘All Songs Considered’

As Omaha lo-fi rock artist David Nance gears up for his next release, the national attention on it also grows.

“Negative Boogie,” the second single and title track from Nance’s forthcoming album, premiered yesterday via NPR’s All Songs Considered. And goodness, does it wail. Kevin Donahue beats his drums to a pulp, Tom May’s bass throbs relentlessly and Nance’s frenetic, maxed-out guitar thrusts are enough to induce either confusion or dance.

The album is out July 14 on Ba Da Bing Records. Nance launches a Midwest/East Coast tour at Zoo Bar July 19. See the full dates and hear “Negative Boogie” below:

19 July / Lincoln at The Zoo Bar
20 July / Kansas City at The Mini Bar
21 July / Lafayette, Ind. at The Spot
22 July / Indianapolis at State Street Pub
23 July / Lexington, Ky. at Best Friend Bar
24 July / Asheville, N.C. at The Lazy Diamond
25 July / Raleigh, N.C. at Neptune’s
26 July / Washington, D.C. at Slash Run
27 July / Philadelphia, Pa. at Kung-Fu Necktie
29 July / New York at Alphaville
30 July / Jersey City, N.J. at Montgomery Hall
31 July / New Haven, Conn. at Cafe 9
1 August / Cleveland at TBD
2 August / Detroit, Mich. at UFO Club
3 August / Chicago at Cafe Mustache
4 August / Minneapolis at TBD
5 August/ Mankato, Minn. at The Nakato
6 August / Sioux Falls, S.D. at Total Drag

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Photo coverage: Oddisee & Good Compny, Olivier St. Louis, Mesonjixx at Slowdown

HN contributor Bridget McQuillan went to Slowdown Wednesday night to catch D.C.-native rapper Oddisee with full band Good Compny. Olivier St. Louis and Lincoln R&B artist Mesonjixx opened the show. Of note: former Mesonjixx drummer Kekeli Dawes sat in behind the kit.

See McQuillan’s photos below:

Oddisee & Good Compny

Olivier St. Louis


Photos by Bridget McQuillan

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Photo coverage: Druids, Laughing Falcon, Super Moon at Duffy’s Tavern

HN intern Lauren Farris stopped by Duffy’s Tavern last night to catch Iowa stoner metal band Druids with Omaha’s Super Moon and Lincoln’s Laughing Falcon. See her photos below:


Super Moon

Laughing Falcon

Photos by Lauren Farris

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Concert Round-Up: Weekend Edition

I don’t know about you, but it’s been some kind of week. Why not unwind with some live music? We’ve got some picks below, and a fuller listing at our events page here. Tell us what shows you’re going to in the comments.


Secret Weezer, Lonely Estates, Chris Twist, Number One Hit Kids at O’Leaver’s – It’s the debut show for Secret Weezer. Earlier in the week, we featured Love Drunk episode 138, during which Lonely Estates vocalist Braden Rapp played acoustic song “You Should Know” inside Hitchcock Nature Center. Watch below and find the full feature here. 9:30 p.m. show, $5, 21-plus. RSVP here.


The Beat Seekers, Graveyard Smash, The Boner Killerz, the Shidiots, DJ Crybaby at Lookout Lounge – Omaha four-piece rock band The Beat Seekers releases its fourth album Battle Cry For a Declaration tomorrow night at its de facto home base, Lookout Lounge. New editorial intern Sam Crisler profiled the band and lead vocalist Keith Fertwagner in a story (his first for HN) that ran yesterday; check it out here. 8 p.m. show, $5 (or $10, which includes CD), all-ages, RSVP here.

The Way Out, Mesonjixx, Kait Berreckman at Harney Street Tavern – this show doubles as a fundraiser for Benson First Friday Femme Fest, which this year happens in Benson on Sept. 1 and on a smaller scale in Lincoln on June 2. The 9 p.m. show is free, though Femme Fest will be taking donations to support both its 2017 concerts. RSVP here.


Bleachers with Flor at Slowdown – Jack Antonoff’s solo pop project Bleachers comes to Omaha with a new batch of songs on the way. The band’s third album Gone Now drops June 2 on RCA. We saw the Fun. guitarist and crew two years ago at No Coast Music Fest and really enjoyed how grand everything was, so maybe you will too. 8 p.m., $26 advance/$29 day-of, RSVP here.

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