Ground Floor hosts guitar maintenance workshop; Josh Hoyer & Soul Colossal shares futuristic “Natural” video; Bridge Beats summer music series kicks off Friday; Lush Bruise Crew, KZUM’s Stransky Park tonight

Ground Floor hosts guitar maintenance workshop

Omaha’s Ground Floor Guitar just opened, and it’s already providing more than retail.

The new Blackstone music shop, 3909 Farnam St, offers its first musician’s workshop tomorrow evening at 7 p.m. Hosted by its guitar tech John Svatos and general manager Josh Soto, the session will cover guitar maintenance while attempting to demystify the terminology — action, fret buzz, etc — associated with a typical guitar set-up.

Musicians can be a sensitive bunch as we all have egos,” Soto says. “So our goal is to make it an inviting atmosphere where there are no dumb questions and [participants] will leave feeling better and more confident.”

Soto says Ground Floor will begin weekly themed workshops with rotating subjects. He hopes to cover amps, pedals, tone, tubes and anything else guitar-related.

“I really want people to know that we are here to be a service to our community,” Soto says.

Friday’s hour-long workshop starts at 7 p.m. All ages and experience levels are invited, and attendees are free to bring in their own instruments to address specific concerns. RSVP here.

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Josh Hoyer & Soul Colossal shares futuristic “Natural” video

Josh Hoyer & Soul Colossal premiered a brand new video yesterday via online publication The Vinyl District. The clip, set to a remix of Running From Love track “Natural,” depicts a couple going through the motions in a “robotic” relationship. When one half starts sneaking around with another person, his partner exacts revenge.

The article itself is laden with familiar Nebraska tropes —references to football, corn and token surprise at “such a funky, soulful sound” coming from Lincoln. It’s here if you’re interested, or bypass it and watch the video below:

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Bridge Beats summer music series kicks off Friday

Live music returns to Omaha’s Bob Kerry Bridge this weekend, this year with a fun artistic twist.

Omaha Parks & Recreation’s Bridge Beats summer series kicks off Friday evening with dance cover band Waiting For Weekend. The bi-weekly series aims to provide family-friendly activities while making use of the revamp concert space under the bridge.

“It allows our department to showcase art and culture … [and] the plaza is a great place to go friday night before the weekend,” says Special Projects Coordinator Emily Burgess.

New in its fourth year, Bridge Beats will feature a “Chalk Walk” with a handful of 3D street chalk artists. Jennifer Chaparro will create a mural this Friday that emphasizes the National Park Service’s “Find Your Park” initiative. Local artists Kristin Pluhacek and Matt Seeley are featured later in the series.

Friday’s concert starts at 6 p.m., and Ox ‘n’ Bull BBQ Food Truck and Harney Street Tavern will be on hand. Patrons are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs, blankets and food as well. RSVP here.

See the entire summer schedule below:

June 10: Waiting for Weekend
June 24: The Bishops & Dilemma
July 8: Lemon Fresh Day
July 22: Hector Anchondo Band
August 5: Peace, Love, Etc.
August 19: The Prairie Gators

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Concert Round-Up

Tonight, David Nance’s Lush Bruise Crew plays O’Leaver’s, 1322 S Saddle Creek Rd. Nance has a solo album, More Than Enough, due out June 17 on Ba Da Bing Records. Pre-order here. Frequent touring partners in Los Angeles-based band Itasca perform as well, along with local support from Vegetable Deluxe. RSVP to the show here.

In Lincoln, the Railyard’s Summer Blend series continues with The Tijuana Gigolos. The outdoor live series — presented by the Downtown Lincoln Association, BancWise, and Vessel Live — takes place every Thursday through July 28. View the entire lineup here. RSVP to tonight’s 7 p.m. show here.

KZUM’s Stransky Park series rolls on tonight with The Wildwoods. The Lincoln folk trio released its sophomore full-length album Take A Chance in February. The free outdoor concert series at 17th & Harrison also runs every Thursday at 7 p.m. from now through Aug. 18. RSVP to tonight’s show here.

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