UTW Day in Omaha Saturday; touring acts at Grand Island house shows; Desaparecidos offers fourth new track

As promised, Desaparecidos has released another track from its forthcoming album.

“The Underground Man” went live late morning yesterday, the fourth previewed track from June 23 full-length Payola, and second this week. The song originally debuted in 2013 on a seven-inch single with “Te Amo Camila Vallejo.”

Listen to “The Underground Man” below. And check out Epitaph Records’ online shop to pre-order Payola, the vinyl of which is available in opaque red. (We tend to be quite fond of colorful vinyl.)

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On Saturday, Omaha will join cities across the globe with local music, food and festivities, all in the hopes of making a positive impact on the world.

Jerry’s Bar in Benson will host the Omaha branch of the third annual Unfuck the World Day, a worldwide charity event aimed at inspiring people to take positive action in their local communities. This year’s event features nine local bands, a silent auction, raffle and a hog roast, with all proceeds benefitting Grace Young park in Benson, Big Muddy Urban Farm and Root Down Community Garden.

Matt Stewart, coordinator of the UTW event in Omaha, explains that while last year’s event was able to raise money with short-notice planning, he and Jerry’s Bar owner Rob Rutar poured a lot more effort this year into growing the event.

“This year, we wanted to really make it appeal to a broader audience, help get the message [across],” Stewart says.

The mantra of Unfuck the World day is that no positive action is too small, and that all efforts in tandem amount to progress. Seeing that change at a local level is what attracted Stewart to the mission.

“[UTW founder] Maike [Both] allows all of the money to go to local charities,” Stewart says. “She really wants you to be able to see the change in your own local environment. I really love the local, anything helps, type mentality surrounding UTW.”

Saturday’s festivities begin at Noon, with live music until 11 p.m. Entrance is by donation, and there will be prizes handed out throughout the day. See the event flier below for more details, including a local music billing with John Klemmensen and the Party, Hand Painted Police Car and more.

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A group in Grand Island is offering an alternative space in which to enjoy live music.

The group, led by Matt Hough, hosts Philadelphia celtic outfit John Byrne Band tomorrow night at a house show space called Lair of the Swampfox. Using a community called Concerts In Your Home, Hough estimates that they have hosted about 12 concerts since 2014, mostly including Americana, folk and roots acts.

Hough says (and we agree) that their location along I-80 allows them a great opportunity to draw touring acts to the Swampfox, so much so that his group is looking for additional spaces in which to host.

“We get a ton of requests from artists, but just can’t host them all, unfortunately,” Hough says.

The current schedule for the next few months is listed below. Anyone interested in attending tomorrow night’s show or any in the future can contact Matt at mhough@ducks.org for more information.

June 11 – John Byrne Band (celtic)
July 9    – Bruce Mandel (Americana/folk)
July 22  – Dana Hubbard (Blues)
Oct 25   – The Rough & Tumble (contemporary folk)

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Tonight, Way Down Wanderers plays Duffy’s Tavern in Lincoln. The five-piece Chicago folk outfit is fresh of its debut EP Path To Follow and subsequent live EP Wellspring, and plans its debut full-length release later this year. Way Down Wanderers has also become known for performing “reststomps,” a term they coined for impromptu acoustic sets at truck stops and rest areas along tour routes.

Also notable is the return of Bonehart Flannigan, the Americana project of Beatrice native and former Lincolnite Jon Dell. The Hanging Cowboys and P.M. Buys round out the bill. Tickets are $5. RSVP here.

Elsewhere, Nora Jane Struthers and the Party Line plays Reverb Lounge with Kiernan McMullan. Tickets are $12. RSVP here. Struthers’ latest release, February 2015 LP Wake, is her fourth total full-length record, between solo projects and full-band efforts. Look for our feature interview with Struthers later today.

View a full listing of shows at our events page here, and feel free to add anything we missed via the contribute button at the top of our home page. And as always, email us at news@hearnebraska.org with story ideas and news tips.