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Playing With Fire Returns

After calling it quits at the beginning of the year, Playing With Fire has gotten a reprieve. The concert event will be back for one show again this year. Playing With Fire has a new presenting sponsor, FirstComp Insurance. This summer’s show will be Saturday, July 28, back on the Lewis & Clark Landing on Omaha’s riverfront.

“'Playing with Fire' continues our search for additional sponsors like FirstComp to...


When the Music’s Over…

This is it, the last installment of my first column for The Reader.

It began Dec. 2, 2004. I had been suggesting to editor John Heaston, literally for years, that he needed to integrate columns into The Reader, that all good newspapers included an opinionated voice willing to speak his or her mind without fear or concern of offending. The music scene needed a voice like that even more. During a time when Omaha...


Simon Joyner meets Kickstarter.com goal

* Earlier this month, Simon Joyner took to Kickstarter.com to fund the final recording, mixing and manufacturing expenses for this forthcoming 13th studio album, due out later this year. Now, with two-plus weeks left to go, Joyner has already cleared his $6,000 fundraising goal. But that doesn't mean fans no longer can donate to the cause. Joyner has been recording the untitled double album in his south Omaha...


<p>  Dave Sink</p> Arbiter of Taste

It’s difficult to express the impact Dave Sink had on people who make up Omaha’s independent music scene.

To countless musicians and music fans, Dave, who passed away Jan. 19 from complications of emphysema at the age of 63, was more than just the guy who ran the Antiquarium Records Store in the Old Market during the ‘90s. He was a cultural icon whose personal vision of art, music and literature helped point the...


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