Good Living Tour concert stays dry during downtown Hastings rainfall; Oquoa, Manny Coon play Hear Grand Island tonight; Concert Round-Up features The Sydney benefit concert

Good Living Tour concert stays dry during downtown Hastings rainfall

The Good Living Tour narrowly avoided its first bout of trouble last night in Hastings, waiting out a spell of rain that split the concert into both indoor and outdoor sets.

The first drops fell upon downtown Hastings at roughly 6:30 p.m., forcing the first two acts, Star Belle and Jack Hotel, down the street into the Lark. A steady rain splattered for about an hour before subsiding, the sun re-emerging as For The Birds and See Through Dresses  provided a one-two punch to finish the concert outdoors.

In the humid Nebraska summer, a rain-related incident felt bound to occur. The weather forecast had become progressively worse throughout the day until 5 p.m., when the crew decided to strike the stage after having nearly finished constructing it.

photo by Andrew Dickinson

Meanwhile, the roughly 60-person crowd that had gathered at W 1st St and N St. Joseph Ave walked four blocks west to The Lark, where Star Belle and then Jack Hotel both played acoustic sets. The former emitted bubbly positivity in its warm harmonies, which seemed to keep spirits high. Jack Hotel garnered applause on a few occasion after mid-song solos, high praise from a crowd well-attentive to those sort of string/jazz band cues.

photos by Andrew Dickinson

Outdoor delay lasted only about an hour, the precipitation getting heavy enough to cool the air. Sun broke through the passing clouds as For The Birds loaded onto the restocked stage at 8 p.m. The Hastings rock quartet played with great chemistry, the combination of precision and sheer joy perhaps born of many a late-night basement jam session.

See Through Dresses played as sharply as ever for what was its first Hastings show. The indie rock band careened through “When Summer Ends” and shredded “Little Apple Rot,” wrapping up in the fading light of dusk.

photos by Lindsey Yoneda

HN’s concert tour heads to Norfolk today, where Twinsmith, Rothsteen, Baker Explosion and DJ Really Real play in the Northeast Nebraska city’s downtown, 3rd and Norfolk Ave. RSVP here.

See photos from last night’s show below:

photo by Lindsey Yoneda

photo by Andrew Dickinson

The Listening Room executive director Robin Harrell stands behind The Lark’s bar Thursday night during the Good Living Tour concert | photo by Andrew Dickinson

See Through Dresses watches Star Belle at The Lark | photo by Andrew Dickinson

 

photo by Andrew Dickinson

photo by Andrew Dickinson

photos by Andrew Dickinson

photos by Lindsey Yoneda

photo by Andrew Dickinson

photo by Andrew Dickinson

photos by Lindsey Yoneda

photos by Andrew Dickinson

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Oquoa, Manny Coon play Hear Grand Island tonight

Grand Island’s free outdoor concert series rolls on tonight, with Omaha indie rock band Oquoa and Lincoln folk act Manny Coon playing downtown at Railside Plaza. The concert starts at 7 p.m., with food trucks arriving at 6 p.m. RSVP and check out the remaining schedule here.

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Concert Round-Up: Weekend Edition

Tonight, The Sydney hosts its Fuck The Patriarchy benefit for victims of rape and domestic violence. Proceeds from the silent auction (which starts at 5 p.m.) and raffle drawings (all-night) benefit Heartland Family Service Domestic Violence Shelter and Planned Parenthood of the Heartland. Musical performers include Kait Berreckman, Rebecca Lowry, Dominique Morgan and more. Entry is $5 or Heartland Family Service wishlist item. RSVP here.

Saturday, Omaha indie rock band Oquoa releases its new EP In Oneir on tape at an O’Leaver’s show. It premiered the first track, “Loose Ends,” yesterday via HN; read about/listen to it here. Bien Fang, Lodgings and Another Afternoon open the show. Entry is $5, RSVP here.

There is plenty else going on this weekend. Plan your route with our statewide calendar here. If you do not see your show or one you plan to attend, add it in the comments or add it to the site via our contribute feature here.

Andrew Stellmon is Hear Nebraska's managing editor. Reach him with news tips and story ideas at news@hearnebraska.org.