Photo Coverage: Marah In The Mainsail, AZP at Duffy’s Tavern; The Reader previews Oberst’s Grand Island show; Clarence Tilton’s Craig Meier joins Hear Nebraska board; Concert Round-Up includes Hear Grand Island, Protomartyr, HIDE, In The Market For Blues

Marah In The Mainsail, AZP at Duffy’s Tavern

HN multimedia intern Lindsey Yoneda was at Duffy’s Tavern last night, snapping photos of Minneapolis folk/rock ensemble Marah In The Mainsail and Lincoln’s AZP.

If you missed it, no matter; Marah In The Mainsail returns to Lincoln for downtown festival Lincoln Calling, Oct 6-8. Get tickets here.

See Yoneda’s photos below:

Marah In The Mainsail


photos by Lindsey Yoneda

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The Reader previews Conor Oberst’s Grand Island show

Omaha alt-weekly publication The Reader previewed Conor Oberst’s free Aug 18 Grand Island show Wednesday, interviewing concert organizer Brent Lindner about the concert’s role in the city’s downtown resurgence.

“It validates what we’re trying to do as a viable stop,” the Knife and Fork Productions co-founder told The Reader’s James Walmsley. “You know as well as I do, there are a lot of great, talented bands that drive right past Grand Island on the interstate.”

The concert launches a spread out year-end tour for Oberst, who recently announced his third solo album Ruminations (out Oct. 14 on Nonesuch Records). To our knowledge, this is the first time Oberst has played in-state west of Lincoln.

Knife and Fork Productions, co-operated by The Chocolate Bar’s Sharena Anson, was also instrumental in this year’s first Hear Grand Island series, which has drawn nearly 1,000 fans to Railside Plaza each Friday night thus far. [Editor’s note: Hear Nebraska presents the series.] Walmsley notes how the organization took it on after the city passed on it due to budget constraints.

Lindner, a former Omaha resident, also has a stake in restaurant network The Necropolis Group, which includes the Glass Bar, J Alfred Prufrock’s, the Wave Pizza Company and Sin City Grill.

Read the article in it’s entirety here. Omaha folk duo McCarthy Trenching opens the free show. RSVP here.

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Clarence Tilton’s Craig Meier joins Hear Nebraska board

Hear Nebraska’s Board of Directors has added another Omaha musician to its roster.

The nonprofit welcomed Clarence Tilton bassist Craig Meier aboard in a social media post yesterday morning. Meier is the CEO of Medical Solutions, Vice President/President-Elect of NATHO and Omaha Chamber of Commerce board member.

“Art and music are very important forms of expression that positively reflect the culture of a community,” Meier says in the statement. “I’m born and raised in Omaha and have met so many talented people in Nebraska over the years that deserve more recognition. HN provides a supportive path that allows our artists access to other communities, states and countries so they can all see and feel what some of us already know — we have amazing artists and musicians in Nebraska.”

Welcome aboard, Craig! And let the bassist jokes commence.

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Punks Can’t Swim tickets going fast

Perpetual Nerves is really getting into this boat cruise thing. It seems they aren’t alone.

“Punks Can’t Swim Vol. 1” tickets went on sale yesterday and a quarter of them were gone in  roughly 40 minutes, according to the concert promoter’s post in the event page. Why not, with a lineup featuring St. Louis punks Lumpy and the Dumpers, northwest Indiana band CCTV, Omaha hardcore band Bib and Minneapolis/Kansas City/Omaha “speed freak supergroup” Lemonade. It’s going to be loud, fast and sloppy.

The concert happens Friday, Sept. 2 aboard the River City Star. Gates open at 9 p.m., boarding starts at 10 p.m. Tickets are $20. Find them here.

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Concert Round-Up: Weekend Edition

The rain has cooled things off enough that leaving your house for the club seems more realistic. Here are a few picks below.

We just added more than 100 events to our statewide calendar, so if it isn’t below, it’s probably here. If it isn’t, email, leave it in the comments or add it yourself using the website’s Contribute feature here.


For The Birds, All Young Girls Are Machine Guns at Hear Grand Island — Grand Island’s Friday-night series gets eclectic with Hastings post-punk band For The Birds and Omaha soul band All Young Girls Are Machine Guns. There are just three more Hear Grand Island shows left. The gathering starts at 6 p.m., music at 7 p.m. The concert is family-friendly and free to attend. RSVP here.

Protomartyr with No Thanks, The Shrinks at Slowdown — The Detroit post-punk band released its third LP The Agent Intellect last year on Hardly Art Records. No Thanks starts a week-long tour next week. Doors at 8 p.m., front room show, $12, RSVP here.

The Hottman Sisters, The Way Out, Slow Stoics at Reverb Lounge — Both The Hottman Sisters and The Way Out released debut EPs this year, and both happen to be pretty good. All-ages show, starts at 9 p.m., $7, RSVP here.

HIDE with Plack Blague, Bib and CBN at The Bourbon — The Chicago duo of visual artist Heather Gabel and musician Seth Sher confront power dynamics and gender identity/fluidity through haunting electronic industrial music. This one is going to be dark. Doors at 9 p.m., $7 for 21-plus, $9 for 18-20, RSVP here.


Hector Anchondo, Amanda Fish, KALO and more at In The Market For Blues Festival — For a second year, In The Market For Blues brings some of the best regional blues players to three venues in Omaha’s Old Market. I Love Ox ‘N’ Bull BBQ and A Taste of New Orleans food trucks will be on hand. Music starts at 3 p.m. at Harney Street Tavern and continues all night at The Hive and Dubliner Pub. $10 gets a wristband to all three venues, or $5 per venue.

See the full line-up and RSVP here.

The Electroliners, Edison & the Elephant, FINO at Barley Street Tavern — Get your Americana on. Show starts at 9 p.m., $5 entry. RSVP here.


Green Trees, Lodgings, The Renfields at Duffy’s Tavern — The brainchild of Noah’s Ark Was A Spaceship guitarist Bryce Hotz, Lodgings dropped its fuzzy, introspective debut full-length album earlier this year. Green Trees (former Universe Contest keyboard player John Friedel) plays its first show after releasing music steadily for the past eight years. Note the 11 p.m. start time. RSVP here.