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<p>New president/CEO James M. Johnson moves to Omaha after spending the past 10 years as CEO of the New York Pops.  </p> Mr. Johnson’s Opus

James M. Johnson was a musician before settling into arts administration, and he might be dusting off his double bass in the coming months. “Unfortunately, having spent the last 25 years in a series of tiny New York City apartments, I never found room for a double bass,” Johnson says, laughing. “Maybe now that I’ll have a little more room I can pick it up again.” On May 4, the Omaha Symphony...


Red Sky nabs Kid Rock

Kid Rock is set to bring a little hard rock hedonism to the Red Sky Festival, when he takes the main stage at TD Ameritrade Park, 1200 Mike Fahey St., Wednesday, July 20. The Detroit rap-rocker hit it big with 1998's Devil Without a Cause. Tickets go on sale Friday, May 20. As with the other announced headliners, tickets to the main stage also are good for admission to the festival's other stages during that one...


Back and Forth

The Foo Fighters have played to massive crowds, won Grammys, received platinum albums and have even turned down an opportunity to have a song featured on “Glee.” So why record their latest album, Wasting Light, in a garage? “When you’ve been a band for this long, you start to form certain habits and you need to fall out of those habits,” bassist Nate Mendel said, calling from Seattle. “One thing you...


Still an audience for the classic Cars?

This started as a simple review of The Cars' new album, Move Like This, which was released on Concord Music this past Tuesday. It's the band's first studio album since 1987's Door to Door, and the first since the death of bassist/vocalist Ben Orr of pancreatic cancer in 2000. If you grew up listening to The Cars or are just a fan, you're going to love this record. It has all the classic Cars qualities — Ric...


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