Maha Music Festival, Proseeds team up for free Stinson Park concert; Matt Cox announces fifth studio album; Continental Drift Music Festival celebrates five years this Saturday; Sam Beam & Jesca Hoop tonight

 Maha Music Festival, Proseeds team up for free Stinson Park concert

Maha Music Festival and nonprofit donation facilitator Proseeds have announced a partnership on a local music showcase on the festival’s home turf.

Proseeds Rocks the Park happens Saturday, June 18 at Stinson Park, and will feature 2015 Maha alumnus All Young Girls Are Machine Guns with other up-and-coming local acts and one touring band. The event builds on the Saturdays at Stinson concert series, made an official Maha showcase as part of the nonprofit festival’s mission.

“We love featuring emerging artists from Omaha and being able to highlight some great original bands at the site of our festival is a great opportunity, especially on a weekend when our city is hosting so many visitors,” said Maha Music Festival executive director Lauren Schomburg. The concert will coincide with the annual College World Series.

In addition to All Young Girls Are Machine Guns, Proseeds Rocks the Park features headliner State Disco (of which concert organizer and Proseeds president Jared Bakewell is a member), The Hottman Sisters, Routine Escorts, Lot Walks and Phoenix electronic band MRCH.

The Proseeds-Maha partnership makes sense on a number of levels. In addition to the natural musical fit, it jives with Proseeds’ business model, in which five-percent of purchases at participating retail locations funnel back to the nonprofit of the consumer’s choice. Close to 200 causes (Hear Nebraska among them) and approximately 100 merchant locations participate in the program.

Proseeds Rocks the Park stars Saturday, June 18 at 6 p.m. and goes until 10:30 p.m. All ages are welcome to bring chairs, blankets, and coolers and enjoy food vendors, face painting and balloon artists. RSVP here.

6:00 PM All Young Girls Are Machine Guns (soul)
6:50 PM Lot Walks (indie rock, pop)
7:35 PM The Hottman Sisters (indie rock, pop)
8:20 PM MRCH (Phoenix, AZ) (indie electronic)
9:05 PM Routine Escorts (pop, electronic)
9:50 PM State Disco (indie dance rock)
Original DJ sets between bands by Teetah

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Matt Cox announces fifth studio album

Americana singer/songwriter Matt Cox has announced his fifth studio album, The Cost of Everything and the Value of Nothing, out July 15 on Sower Records.

The LP is very much an introspective continuation of the six-time OEAA-winner’s traditional Americana work. Self-produced and recorded at Hidden Tracks Studio in Omaha, it boasts a “nearly untouched portrayal” of his live, full-band sound, utilizing little post-production or overdub to replicate a live feel. It features performances by longtime collaborators Colin Duckworth (pedal steel, guitars, mandolin), Vern Fergesen (accordion, piano) and Josh Dunwoody (upright bass).

The Cost of Everything and the Value of Nothing will be available on Itunes and CD Baby as well as local record stores beginning July 15. Album release shows set for Saturday, July 16 at Zoo Bar and Sunday, July 17 at Waiting Room.  

Upcoming Shows:

6/9 – Schilling Bridge, Lincoln
6/11 – Folk & Roots Festival, Raymond, Nebraska
6/17 – Malvern Market, Malvern, Iowa
6/24 – Junkstock Festival, Omaha
7/1 – Malvern Market, Malvern, Iowa
7/2 – Woodcliff Lakes, Fremont, NE
7/4 – Fourth of July, Logan, Iowa
7/16 – Album release party at Zoo Bar, Lincoln
7/17 – Album release party at The Waiting Room, Omaha
7/24 – RAGBRAI at The Depot, Shenandoah, Iowa
7/29 – Gas Lamp, Des Moines
7/30 – Benson Days, Omaha
7/31 – Sugar Clay Winery, Thurman, Iowa
8/7 – Good Living Tour, McCook, NE
8/8 – Buffalo Rose, Golden, Colorado
8/10 – Copper Club, Fruita, Colorado
8/11 – Swing Station, Laporte, Colorado
8/12 – Quixote’s, Denver
8/13 – Cactus Jack’s, Evergreen, Colorado
9/4 – Sugar Clay Winery, Thurman, Iowa

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Continental Drift Music Festival celebrates five years this Saturday

Omaha musician Taylor Stein has played around the country in various music festivals with his band Ten O’Clock Scholars. Their experiences led Stein to create something similar at home.

“In 2012, there weren’t a ton of festivals in Omaha that featured local bands or that didn’t cost $40,” Stein says. “We’ve been a band since 2000, so I know quite a few people in the scene and thought I could get some acts on board.”

Continental Drift, the festival he started with the help of his small-time label Onken-Stein, celebrates its fifth year this Saturday with an all-day outdoor concert at Riverwest Park. His band will perform alongside Brothers Tandem, Vago, Death of a Taxpayer, Clarence Tilton, Township & Range and Nate Gasaway.

The one-day festival has added frills here and there over the years, including a drive-in style movie showing and food truck fare. This year, The Dire Lion Grill and Chippy will provide English pub fare, while Jurassic World screens at 10 p.m. following live music.

It’s a modest festival, but Stein says ones like it are what make the Omaha scene rich.

“DIY festivals like Continental Drift are what makes the Omaha scene great,” Stein says. “Shows like this are how bands become life-long friends. We prove that you can take a hair-brained idea and make it happen.”

Live music starts at Riverwest Park at 2:45 p.m. and goes until 10 p.m. Jurassic World starts shortly thereafter. Tickets are $10. Outdoor camping is available and attendees are allowed to bring their own cooler. RSVP here.

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Sweat Lodge, Crypt Trip, Bobo Cat, Hiraeth at Milk Run

HN multimedia intern Lauren Farris went to Milk Run last night, grabbing photos of Austin, Texas-area bands Sweat Lodge and Crypt Trip with Omaha’s Hiraeth and Bobo Cat (formerly known as Inverted Bird). Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes was scheduled to play, but forewent its set due to a band member illness, Farris reports.

See her photos below:

Bobo Cat

Crypt Trip

Sweat Lodge


Photos by Lauren Farris

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Concert Round-Up

Tonight, Nebraska Folk & Roots winds up to its two-day event this weekend, hosting Colorado indie-folk artist The Copper Children at Duffy’s Tavern, 1412 O St. Iowa singer/songwriter Dan Tedesco and Gerardo Meza Band join the bill. Watch later today for our Folk & Roots Festival media guide. RSVP to tonight’s $5, 9 p.m show here.

Also tonight, Sam Beam and Jesca Hoop play Slowdown, 729 N 14th St. The folk duet has toured together over the past few years, and recently teamed up to co-write Love Letter For Fire, the LP out now on Sub Pop Records. We spoke with Hoop in an interview published earlier in the week, touching on her work with the Iron & Wine songwriter and the way in which their styles intertwine. Read it here. New Zealand singer/songwriter Marlon Williams opens the show. Tickets are $26. RSVP here.

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