Maha: The Head Versus the Heart

On the eve of yet another Maha Music Festival, it's time to consider the future of "the summer music festival" in general.

Certainly Maha organizer Tre Brashear is thinking about it. Last week, Brashear sent folks in the local media a link to an article that appeared on wonderingsound.com called, "Why the Summer Music Festival Bubble is About to Burst." In the lengthy examination, author Grayson Haver Currin...

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Laughing with Lachlan

At an early age, Lachlan Patterson knew that he would have to use his sense of humor to get him through tough situations. At the age of 19 he performed his first show at an amateur night in hishometown of Vancouver, B.C. After several years spent learning the art of standup comedy, Patterson started to find his stride and began touring throughout Canada, landing him at festivals like Montreal’s Just for Laughs, the...

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Random Notes on Mula, Zucchini, Maha, Guardians and Chubby Cyclists

Here’s what’s on my mind this week...

Mula — We checked out new “Mexican kitchen & tequileria” last week, located at 40th & Farnam streets. The restaurant offers a broad selection of traditional and not-so-traditional dishes with origins south of the border served in a cozy, laid-back, well-lit space in the heart of New Midtown.

Dining at the bar (which has become our table of choice these days), we ordered a...

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Omaha performer recalls her friendship with Johnny Cash

With impresario Gordon Cantiello's new tribute show The Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash at The Waiting Room, it's only natural to consider what makes the singer-songwriter of the title so enduring.

The king of hard-scrabble, honky-tonk infused with gospel, country, folk, blues and rock, became a living legend with his Man in Black and Folsom Prison Blues persona. His soulful music fit his wayfaring life. In...

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Broadway Bound

A unique arts program recently celebrated its fifth year in Omaha. Omaha Performing Arts has partnered with The Broadway Dreams Foundation, a national nonprofit performing arts training program that teaches aspiring actors, singers and dancers how to kick start their careers. BDF provides local performers the opportunity to work with and learn from Broadway professionals and to better understand the musical theatre...

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Playing Favorites: The 2Q 2014 Album Reviews Roundup

These days I’m introduced to most new music via streaming services. Yes, I still receive the occasional download from an artist’s label and/or promotion company (or from the artist him/herself), but when something new breaks on a given Tuesday, it’s first heard online via NPR First Listen or that destroyer of the music industry, Spotify. If after a few spins I can’t live without it, a purchase is made. 

As a...

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The Passing of a Music Godfather

EDITOR’S NOTE: With the family and Matt’s participation, Chris Hamel has been working on a history of the Ranch Bowl due to be released this Fall. To share your memories and stories of Matt and the Ranch Bowl, go to http://www.theRanchBowl.com

Matt Markel was the godfather of the Omaha music scene, says Nikki Boulay, a local radio deejay who worked with Markel at 93.3 K-ROCK, Omaha’s first alternative radio station...

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So Bad, It’s Good

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