Hear Omaha today; OEAAs Summer Showcase this weekend; Super Ghost on tour; Adam Hintz leaves Meadowlark

Lincoln electronic experimental project Powerful Science released its cassette, Personalityness, at Duffy’s Tavern last night. HN contributor James Dean was on hand to snap a few photos of the performance with Calm Fur and Jacoby.

Powerful Science at Duffy's Tavern | June 3, 2015
Calm Fur at Duffy's Tavern | June 3, 2015
Jacoby at Duffy's Tavern | June 3, 2015

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Omahans looking to spend the weekend with local music talent won’t have to stray far from Maple Street.

Omaha Entertainment and Arts Awards is hosting its ninth annual Summer Showcase Friday and Saturday across six Benson venues. The event features more than 70 mostly Omaha-based acts on various eclectic lineups all over the main strip.

OEAA President Emily Engles says that the showcase provides an opportunity for musicians to gain exposure. Acts donate their performance to the OEAAs — a 501c3 non-profit — in the hopes of being nominated by their fans for the 2016 awards and adding a nomination or possible win to their résumés, Engles says.

“The addition of being an ‘award-winning’ band in Omaha could carry weight when attempting to book shows out of town,” Engles says. “It’s an attention getter.”

The high concentration of acts is a dream for local music fans, who can submit their public nomination for their favorite acts beginning tomorrow night. But it’s also important for the OEAA voting academy to see as many potential nominees as possible, Engles says, so that they may have well-researched ballots come award time.

The two-day event kicks off tomorrow night at 8 p.m. Tickets for the weekend are $15, or $10 per night. According to Engles, proceeds collected at the door assist in funding the annual award show each winter.

All venues are 21+ except for PS Collective and The Waiting Room Lounge. See the complete schedule below, and read more about the OEAAs here.

Here’s the showcase schedule:

Friday, June 5

The Waiting Room

8:00 p.m. – 8:40 p.m.  Unscene Patrol
8:55 p.m. – 9:35 p.m. Pleiades and the Bear
9:50 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.  Belles & Whistles
10:45 p.m. – 11:25 p.m.  All Young Girls Are Machine Guns
11:40 p.m. – 12:20 a.m. Rothsteen
12:35 a.m. – 1:05 a.m.  Oketo

The Sydney

8:00 p.m. – 8:40 p.m.  24 Hour Cardlock
8:55 p.m. – 9:35 p.m. Brazil Mills
9:50 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.  Michael Campbell
10:45 p.m. – 11:25 p.m.  Loveland
11:40 p.m. – 12:20 a.m.  GetchaSum
12:35 a.m. – 1:05 a.m.  Like Noise But Louder

Barley Street Tavern

8:00 p.m. – 8:40 p.m.  Polka Police
8:55 p.m. – 9:35 p.m. Mola-B
9:50 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.  Aly Peeler
10:45 p.m. – 11:25 p.m.  Hand Painted Police Car
11:40 p.m. – 12:20 a.m.  Shivering Flowers
12:35 a.m. – 1:05 a.m. The Ronnys

Burke’s Pub 

8:00 p.m. – 8:40 p.m.  Jazz Brown and the Afterthought
8:55 p.m. – 9:35 p.m.  Naked Sunday
9:50 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.  Township & Range
10:45 p.m. – 11:25 p.m.  Sebastian Ghostbachz
11:40 p.m. – 12:20 a.m.  Pancho & The Contraband
12:35 a.m. – 1:05 a.m.  Prairie Gators Band

PS Collective

8:00 p.m. – 8:40 p.m. Thumper & Generation One
8:55 p.m. – 9:35 p.m.  Emily Ward
9:50 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. Virginia Tanous
10:45 p.m. – 11:25 p.m. Escape from Alcajazz
11:40 p.m. – 12:20 a.m. Jump The Tiger

Reverb Lounge

8:00 p.m. – 8:40 p.m.  Jessica Errett
8:55 p.m. – 9:35 p.m.  Kait Berreckman
9:50 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.  Jus. B
10:45 p.m. – 11:25 p.m.  Citizen’s Band
11:40 p.m. – 12:20 a.m.  Marcey Yates
12:35 a.m. – 1:05 a.m. Latin Threat

Saturday, June 6

The Waiting Room

8:00 p.m. – 8:40 p.m. Fallible
8:55 p.m. – 9:35 p.m. Coincide
9:50 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. A Wasted Effort
10:45 p.m. – 11:25 p.m.  The Bishops
11:40 p.m. – 12:20 a.m. Low Long Signal
12:35 a.m. – 1:05 a.m. Carson City Heat

The Sydney

8:00 p.m. – 8:40 p.m. Grumble
8:55 p.m. – 9:35 p.m.  Exit Sanity
9:50 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. P-tro
10:45 p.m. – 11:25 p.m.  Stereo Rocket
11:40 p.m. – 12:20 a.m.  Black Velvet
12:35 a.m. – 1:05 a.m.  The Clincher

Barley Street Tavern

8:00 p.m. – 8:40 p.m.  Calling Cody
8:55 p.m. – 9:35 p.m.  Battling Giants
9:50 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.  Virgin Mary Pistol Grip
10:45 p.m. – 11:25 p.m.  Phoenix Rising
11:40 p.m. – 12:20 a.m. Uh Oh
12:35 a.m. – 1:05 a.m.  Two Shakes

Burke’s Pub

8:00 p.m. – 8:40 p.m.  Steve Byam
8:55 p.m. – 9:35 p.m.  The Impulsive
9:50 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. The Willards Band
10:45 p.m. – 11:25 p.m.  CJ Mills
11:40 p.m. – 12:20 a.m.  Swampboy Blues Band
12:35 a.m. – 1:05 a.m. ShooK on3

PS Collective

8:00 p.m. – 8:40 p.m.  ROYO
8:55 p.m. – 9:35 p.m.  Clark & Company
9:50 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.  Jocelyn
10:45 p.m. – 11:25 p.m.  Orion Walsh
11:40 p.m. – 12:20 a.m. Baker Explosion


8:00 p.m. – 8:40 p.m.  The Midways
8:55 p.m. – 9:35 p.m.  Mitch Gettman
9:50 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.  Dominique Morgan
10:45 p.m. – 11:25 p.m.  The Sub-Vectors
11:40 p.m. – 12:20 a.m.  The Electroliners
12:35 a.m. – 1:05 a.m. Lucas Kellison

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Adam Hintz, co-owner of Meadowlark Coffee and co-curator of its Songwriter Sundays, has moved on from the South Street coffeeshop.

In an email to HN, Hintz explains that he will sell his half of the business to co-owner Nathan Simpson, with whom he opened Meadowlark more than 10 years ago and whom he credits with maintaining its atmosphere. During that time, Hintz says he is most proud of the open community environment they have fostered.

“I fell in love with coffee culture at the age of 16,” Hintz says. “Meadowlark is a love letter to those experiences I had growing up in a diverse environment.”

In relation to Songwriter Sundays, Hintz says he expects some small changes, but is positive that Meadowlark will continue to provide a sounding board for local artists.

“The mission of giving our local sound a place to be heard will always be what makes Meadowlark important,” Hintz says.

Hintz plans to pursue a degree that will allow him to work with Nebraska’s outdoors, preserving its prairie and forest. He hopes to see more Nebraskans floating the Niobrara River and hiking in Wilderness Park, for instance.

“Our state has a lot of beautiful places to celebrate,” Hintz says. “Much like it has so much music to enjoy.”

Read about Hintz’s Top 5 Nebraska shows here.

Adam Hintz Portrait | 9-14-2014

photo by Will Stott

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Omaha’s Super Ghost is currently out on a brief Midwest tour.

Last night, the indie rock quartet hit Vaudeville Mews in Des Moines before heading north to Madison, Wisc. They have two dates in Omaha planned for June 9 and 11, the latter of which will be a Lookout Lounge show with Odd Man Out, Like Noise But Louder and Ohio’s City Cop.

Super Ghost is nearing release of a new EP, which will be available via a limited run of cassette tapes. This will be the first new recorded material for the band since expanding to four members.

See tour dates below:

June 03 – Vaudeville Mews, Des Moines
June 05 – University of Wisconsin-Madison
June 06 – House Show, Minneapolis, Minn.
June 09 – Lucy’s Pub, Omaha
June 11 – Lookout Lounge, Omaha
June 17 – LEMP, St. Louis
June 18 – Northern Sands, Lawrence, Kan.

Super Ghost at Urban Outfitters

photo by JP Davis

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Shows start early today, as the inaugural Hear Omaha kicks off at noon with Matt Whipkey. It’s the first of ten free downtown Omaha concerts this summer, featuring a diverse mix of Omaha acts. The series is sponsored by the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce and First National Bank.

See a complete schedule here, and RSVP to today’s show here.

Later, Philadelphia indie rock band Hop Along plays Slowdown with Field Mouse and Lithuania. RSVP here. Hop Along just released Painted Shut May 4 on Saddle Creek Records. Listen to our podcast team review the LP below, and stay tuned later today for our feature interview with frontperson Frances Quinlan.

In Lincoln, Brooklyn-based funk band Evolfo plays Zoo Bar with A Ferocious Jungle Cat. RSVP here. The show will be a homecoming for Evolfo’s trumpet player and musical director Kai Sorensen, a native of Blair. Read our brief interview with Sorensen here, in which he talks about Evolfo’s formation and his musical history with Will Harman of A Ferocious Jungle Cat.