Weekend coverage features Nebraska Hardcore Showcase, Skate Art Music Festival, Stoned Meadow of Doom; Gringo Star tonight at O’Leaver’s; DTCV at Milk Run

Nebraska Hardcore Showcase coverage

It was a busy Labor Day weekend around the Nebraska music community, and while we’ll get to Benson First Friday Femme Fest in our feature later today, we begin Tuesday’s news with a roll of the weekend’s best shots.

Coverage starts at Lookout Lounge, where HN intern Lauren Farris shot the seventh Nebraska Hardcore Showcase, featuring a slew of local acts playing across the hardcore spectrum. View Farris’s photos below:

No Thanks

Feral Hands

Lost Boys






Sister Kisser


photos by Lauren Farris

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The Bay’s Skate Art Music Festival

The Bay, Lincoln’s outdoor skatepark and youth outreach organization, held its second Skate Art Music Festival in the Railyard Sunday. Local and regional skateboarders competed in street and big-air formats, while Hakim, Conny Franko, Evan Bartels and the Stoney Lonesomes, Twinsmith and Los Angeles’ Half The Animal performed on the entertainment district’s main stage.

HN intern Connor Lepert was on hand to catch most of the action. See his photos from the afternoon festivities below:

Kids paint the giant skateboard deck at Skate Art Music Festival

Lincoln rapper Hakim

Skate Art Music Festival

DJ Kethro warms-up with a solo DJ set before Conny Franko takes the stage

Omaha rapper Conny Franko

Skaterboarders enjoy a few practice runs prior to the main street competition

Evan Bartels & the Stoney Lonesomes

Hundreds of fans watch as more than 20 local and regional contestants engage in a street skate competition

Photos by Connor Lepert

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Stoned Meadow of Doom Festival

Jumping back to Friday, HN contributor Matt Mejstrik attended the inaugural Stoned Meadow of Doom Festival at Slowdown. Local promotion company Battling Giants Entertainment teamed up with the nationally renowned stoner metal YouTube channel (which bears the event’s name) to produce the first year concert, headlined by North Carolina stoner metal band Weedeater.

See Mejstrik’s photos below:

Valley of Shadows

Youngblood Supercult

Super Moon

Fox 45

Through The Stone




Silent Monolith



Wo Fat


Photos by Matt Mejstrik

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Concert Round-Up

Tonight, Atlanta psych rock band Gringo Star plays O’Leaver’s, 1322 S Saddle Creek. The four-piece has toured relentlessly in recent years, building an underground following while opening for the likes of Cat Power, Feist, Weezer, Wavves and The Black Lips. They’re on the road now in support of their brand new LP The Sides and In Betweenout Aug. 26 on Nevado Music. Local acts Eklectica and Hussies open the show. Entry is $8, RSVP here.

Also tonight, Joshua Tree, Calif., based fuzz-rockers DTCV (once Detective) play Milk Run, 1907 Leavenworth St. Since meeting in the Los Angeles garage/stoner scene, the duo of James Greer (ex-Guided By Voices) and Lola G have cut albums for the likes of Burger Records, Mock Records and, most recently, Xemu Records, which released its entirely-French album Confusion Moderne earlier this year. Little Ripple and Carroll open the show. Entry is $8, RSVP here.

Plan the rest of your week in shows with our statewide event calendar here. Interested in contributing story ideas, news tips or song submissions? Email news@hearnebraska.org.