Kait Berreckman Band, Field Club captain inaugural Hear Grand Island concert; Ridgelines EP out today; Junkstock, Flatwater Music Festival, The BAY re-launch this weekend

Kait Berreckman Band, Field Club captain inaugural Hear Grand Island concert

The inaugural Hear Grand Island series starts tonight, launching a summer of Friday night concerts in the city’s Railside Plaza.

Omaha acts Kait Berreckman Band and Field Club lead the way, playing 3rd St and Wheeler Ave at 7 p.m. Eighteen acts, ranging from funk to indie to country, will follow over the next 10 weeks, and at least one act per week possesses Grand Island ties.

Tonight, like all Hear Grand Island concerts, is free and open to all ages, and there will be food vendors on hand. Festivities start at 6 p.m. each week. See the full-lineup below, and RSVP here.

Friday, June 24
* Field Club (indie rock)
Kait Berreckman Music (rock)

Friday, July 1
Eric in Outerspace (heavy pop/garage rock)

Friday, July 8
* Parallel Paths (electronic)
Dominique Morgan (R&B)

Friday, July 15
* Briner Briner (indie rock)
A Ferocious Jungle Cat (funk)

Friday, July 22
* Bed Rest (rock)
The Dilla Kids (hip-hop)

Friday, July 29
Bien Fang (grunge pop)
*Manny Coon (folk)

Friday, August 5
* Cruz Control (reggae)
Commander Kilroy (rock)

Friday, August 12
*For The Birds (punk)
All Young Girls Are Machine Guns (soul)

Friday, August 19
Oquoa (rock)
* Banjo Loco (banjo)

Friday, August 26
* The Killigans (folk punk)
E Rawq (R&B)

(And huge thanks to HN’s sponsors: Eagle Distributing of Nebraska, The Independent, Dinsdale, The Grand Theatre, Grand Island Convention & Visitors Bureau, Necropolis Group and The Chocolate Bar.)

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Ridgelines EP out today

Ridgelines — the electronic project of Omaha musician Mike Johnson — drops its second EP today, and you can hear it in its entirety below. Johnson has previewed EP II in prior weeks, performing “who wakes up” for us in the woods and releasing a video for “it’s okay.”

Though brief, EP II is positively atmospheric in instrumentation and aesthetic, playing much like a fight to stay grounded in the very same headspace. “deep end” chugs and clicks like machine and “good luck” whirrs and whistles eerily, both dissipating well-before becoming stale.

Even the album’s guest voices feel distant, albeit very purposefully. Marcey Yates and Mola-B’s verses on “it’s okay” sound piped in through an intercom. Guest poet Jade Lacy feels trapped in a dream on “who wakes up.” It all makes for deep, introspective work.

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Concert Round-Up: Weekend Edition

There’s a ton to do this weekend; perfect, given the longer days. Find a more complete listing at our statewide calendar here. If you do not see your show or one you plan to attend, as always, please leave it in the comments or add it yourself using our contribute feature here.


Flatwater Music Festival at Hastings’ Prairie Loft – The 10th-annual Flatwater Music Festival kicked off last night at the Prairie Loft with Gracie’s Uncles. The festivities continue tonight with Andrea von Kampen, The Bottle Tops and The Talbott Brothers. Music starts at 6 p.m. Then tomorrow, doors open at 11 a.m. for food, music workshops and live performances on the Shady Stage. Featured acts The Wildwoods, The Railsplitters and Bonnie & the Clydes go on at 6 p.m. Find complete details, and a look inside the festival’s growth, in our feature here. RSVP here.

Junkstock – Elkhorn’s outdoor summer festival celebrates its fifth anniversary this year, already underway with Hector Anchondo Band, a plethora of food vendors and myriad kinds of junk. In addition to live music, expect to find architectural salvage, repurposed pieces, antiques, primitives, vintage clothing and much more. There’s also a Kid’s Zone all weekend, with magic shows, face painting, bouncing, balloons and other activities. See the full music schedule below, and get complete festival details here. RSVP here.

Friday, June 24, 2016
8:20am – 9:20am K&E
10:00am – 11am HAPPY TOGETHER
11:40am – 1:40pm HECTOR ANCHONDO BAND
2:20pm – 4:20pm SCHOOL OF ROCK
5pm – 6pm MATT COX BAND

Saturday, June 25, 2016
9am – 9:40am FRONT & CENTER
10:20am – 11:20am BRICH & KILLION
12pm – 3pm HI-FI HANGOVER
3:40pm – 4:40pm THE TALBOTT BROTHERS
5:20pm – 6pm THE FERGESENS

Sunday, June 26, 2016
10am – 10:40am POLKA POLICE
11:20am – 12:20pm THE BISHOPS

Jagaja album release with Lot Walks, Medlock at The Waiting Room – Omaha indie-pop band Jagaja releases its debut self-titled LP tonight at The Waiting Room. It came about quickly, with founders Gabriel and Graham Burkum announcing it late last year. Jagaja shared its first single, “Hypno Girl,” with a video earlier this week. Lot Walks and Medlock open the show. Entry is $12, RSVP here.

Night Push, Leafblower, Sweats at The Commons – the Near South Lincoln DIY space features a trio of rock bands early this evening. Leafblower is down from Omaha for its very first show, and includes members of New Lungs and Noah’s Ark Was A Spaceship. Sweats comprises Brendan McGinn (Her Flyaway Manner), Justin Kohmetscher (Dirty Talker) and Jordan Elfers (Unmanned, Universe Contest) and plays just its third show. Night Push isn’t new, but still rocks. Show starts at 7 p.m., RSVP here.


The Bay’s two-night venue launch – Lincoln indoor skatepark The Bay unveils its brand new venue and facilities this weekend with concerts Saturday and Sunday night. Read about The Bay’s social mission and revamp (including the brand new coffee bar) in our feature here. Both concerts start at 6:30 p.m. Nitro Burger will be on-hand grilling both nights. RSVP here for lineup and complete details.

SchillingBridge Rhythm & Brews – SchillingBridge hosts the second-year of its Rhythm & Brews concert in Lincoln’s Fallbrook neighborhood (575 Fallbrook Blvd). Featured acts include Evan Bartels and the Stoney Lonesomes, The Hottman Sisters, Bolzen Beer Band, Mesonjixx, The Nashville Rejects and Sweeney/Stearley. There will also be food and SchillingBridge’s locally crafted beer and wine. Tickets are $12 today, $15 tomorrow. RSVP here.