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Whipkey Underwater


Seeking the Magic ~  Fostering the Scene


It’s A Wrap


Home Boys


Not Fade Away:


Sevendust and Staind at Stir Cove


True Colors




Summer Music Preview


Taking Back Sunday and The Used at Sokol Auditorium


World of ‘Wonder’

The title came first for the latest Plain White T’s album, The Wonders of the Younger. T’s songwriter and singer Tom Higgenson had just watched Cirque du Soleil’s “O” in Las Vegas when the phrase popped into his head. Higgenson says he didn’t quite know what the term meant, but he knew it was going to be the creative catalyst for the Chicago band’s sixth album. He says the performance by the...

Sticks and ’Bones

Before you start questioning the source of the band name here, I offer one word to clarify: Trombone. The brass family instrument is usually found in Big Band Jazz, Dixieland Jazz, Ska and occasionally in other genres as a token or backing sound. But how often have you heard music where the trombone is the main instrument? This larger horn, usually characterized by a telescopic slide used to vary pitch, has long...

Pizza Shoppe Celebrates Sweet 16

Sixteen years ago when The Pizza Shoppe opened at 6056 Maple Street, Benson was a much different neighborhood. As music venues popped up, including one connected to The Pizza Shoppe called The P.S. (or Pizza Shoppe) Collective which opened around 2005 (Full Disclosure: I booked shows at the venue years ago), the area became a much more bohemian destination. It was a place to catch shows, chill at corner bars and...

The Maestro

Omaha Symphony Orchestra music director Thomas Wilkins was first inspired to be a conductor at age 8 during a Virginia Symphony Orchestra pops performance in his hometown of Norfolk, Virginia. From the opening rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner” he was mesmerized by how the conductor shaped the music. “I came home that day and I don’t know who I said it to, maybe to my mother, but certainly to myself,...

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