Photo coverage: OEAA Showcase, Hear Lincoln, Green Day, The Way Out’s HN benefit & more; HN Radio playlist highlights Maha, Good Living Tour

Photo coverage: OEAA Showcase in Blackstone

Our massive weekend photo spread starts in Blackstone, where the Omaha Entertainment and Arts Awards relocated its annual summer showcase from Benson for the first time. Seven venues, including Blackstone Meatball, Almost Music and Scriptown Brewery, participated in the revamped event. HN’s Marti Vaughan caught some of the action, and her photos are below.

Dominique Morgan and The Experience at The Pella

Low Long Signal at Blackstone Meatball

Not Funny at Scriptown Brewery

The Boner Killerz at Corkscrew

Township & Range at Scriptown Brewery

Photos by Marti Vaughan

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Photo coverage: Edem Soul Music’s “African Body, Soul & Movement” at KANEKO

Omaha singer-songwriter Edem Soul Music showcased on Friday her “African Body, Soul & Movement” performance at KANEKO, guiding the audience from one everyday sound to the next, from the hums of nursing to the buzzes of the present. Edem sang over African-style percussion and incorporated a storyline taking listeners over time from Africa to modern America. Get a better idea what the performance was like by taking a look at Emma Petersen’s photos below.

Photos by Emma Petersen

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Photo coverage: Evan Bartels & the Stoney Lonesomes, Orion Walsh at Hear Lincoln

Dozens of Lincolnites made it to Tower Square on Friday night when Orion Walsh & The Rambling Hearts’ and Evan Bartels & The Stoney Lonesomes’ brands of folk rock washed over downtown Lincoln, audible from blocks away. During the show, Bartels made clear his admiration for Walsh, crediting Walsh’s past records with personal, affective folk songs as inspirations. Walsh’s set saw the Lincoln singer-songwriter constantly coaxing audience members into joining him on stage to play either the kazoo or a washboard. HN’s Lauren Farris snapped some photos at the show. See them below.

Speaking of Bartels, he dropped a music video for his upcoming record’s title track “The Devil, God & Me” on Sunday. Rather than engaging in any visual frills, the video turns its focus on Bartels soft strumming and his rich, soulful vocals. For nearly seven minutes, Bartels sings verse after verse welcoming death and consulting Satan and Jesus for a direction. See the video here, and RSVP to Bartels’ album release show Sept. 23 at The Bay here.

Hear Lincoln continues this Friday, Aug. 18, at Tower Square with Möbius and Lucas Kellison Duo. As always, it is free. Music starts at 5 p.m.

Evan Bartels & the Stoney Lonesomes

Orion Walsh & the Rambling Hearts

Photos by Lauren Farris

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Photo coverage: Green Day at CenturyLink Center Omaha

Pop-punk icons Green Day returned to Omaha on Saturday night for the first time since their 2009 21st Century Breakdown tour. Touring on the strength of their latest record, the politically charged Revolution Radio, the band blew through 23 songs from “Longview” to “Bang Bang.” See HN multimedia intern Marti Vaughan’s photos from the show below.

Photos by Marti Vaughan

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Photo coverage: The Way Out’s HN Benefit at The Commons LNK

Ashland indie rock four-piece The Way Out kindly hosted a Hear Nebraska benefit show Saturday Night at The Commons LNK with garage punk band Histrionic, blues rockers CJ Clydesdale Band and indie pop band Bach Mai. HN multimedia intern Emma Petersen caught the show and snapped a few photos. See them below.


Bach Mai

CJ Clydesdale Band

The Way Out

Photos by Emma Petersen

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Photo coverage: Stone, Bib, Jocko and Loud Minority at Milk Run

Four hardcore punk bands packed Milk Run on Sunday night, filling the Omaha basement DIY venue from wall-to-wall and forcing audience members to watch from the back ramp leading upstairs. Milwaukee’s Stone stopped in Omaha for the night, and local punk bands Bib, Jocko and Loud Minority added local support. Hardcore dancing ensued as the bands ran through their sets, with arms flailing and feet pounding the floor to each breakdown. Check out HN’s Lauren Farris’ and Ben Semisch’s photos below.

Loud Minority


black & white photo by Lauren Farris




Photos by Ben Semisch

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HN Radio, Week of 8.14.17

Special submissions, new releases and a big week for Nebraska music inform this week’s HN Radio playlist refresh, available now at the top of the website as well as below.

This week in submissions, we have tracks from Matt Whipkey, AllSortsOfGood and Sleep Sinatra, as well as Omaha rapper Rey Styles. Styles, who has been performing in the city since 2013, released “Summer Time” in July, which also features rapper J. Crum. It follows Styles’ 2016 Confessions mixtape. He says he’ll release another on Sept. 8, and hints a handful of upcoming performance dates; stay tuned. As for Whipkey, the Omaha rocker released a cover of The Beatles’ “Drive My Car,” in reference to his new album Driver, which chronicles his time as an Uber/Lyft operator. Find more info on the project via his PledgeMusic campaign here.

The weekend will bring two big Nebraska music events in Maha Music Festival and the final two days of HN’s Good Living Tour. The current HN Radio playlist features local Maha artists The Hottman Sisters, High Up and The Faint, as well as a few of the artists you’ll hear at GLT stops in Lyons (Friday, RSVP here) and Hastings (Saturday, associated with SolFest; RSVP here).

Listen to HN Radio below, or anytime at the top of Musicians: send new music, special submissions and premiere requests to for consideration.

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Neighbors Church seeking musicians to perform during worship

A new church in northwest Lincoln is searching for singer-songwriters who are comfortable leading worship sets that include original songs, covers and hymns.

Neighbors Church currently meets once per week at the clubhouse at Brookside Apartments at 7300 Tallgrass Parkway, and applicants for the position would be part of a rotation of musicians who would play at one or two worships each month. Pay is $20 per hour for approximately 5 hours of service each week ‒ rehearsal and performance.

If interested, contact Neighbors Church connections director Alison Rook at or inquire at Neighbors’ Facebook page here.

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Concert Round-Up

Don’t wait until the weekend to get out of the house; check out a show over the next two days. See our picks below. Find a more comprehensive list of shows at our events page here, and if a show is missing, add it to the page using our contribute feature.


Pro-Magnum with Noah’s Ark Was A Spaceship at Pageturner’s Lounge – Two heavy Omaha rock bands hit Pageturner’s tonight when the metalheads in Pro Magnum and the stoner rockers in Noah’s Ark Was A Spaceship storm Dundee. Both bands have been relatively quiet of late ‒it’s NAWAS’s first show since the fall of 2017 ‒ so make sure to catch them tonight.


Pryss, Jocko and Justified Aggression at West Wing – Springfield, Illinois is best known as the birthplace of Abraham Lincoln, but it’s also the hometown of hardcore punk band Pryss, which is stopping in Omaha tonight at DIY venue West Wing. The band put out a five-song EP, Sisyphus, in March, and now the band is touring the Midwest. Locals Jocko and Justified Aggression open the show. 10 p.m. All Ages. RSVP here.