Bassnectar at the Sokol

I’ve seen Bassnectar about six times but I was still excited to see him this time.  Last year he played at the Slowdown, but this year he moved things over to the Sokol Auditorium.  Wow!  What an amazing time!  Bassnecatar played mostly new tracks, and I’m not going to lie I don’t have his new album yet so everything was new to me.  I think he went a little soft on this album and a little bit more poppy, but I really enjoyed it.  I love the samples he used from The Far East Movement and Kanye West.

One thing I love about Bassnectar is that he has flawless transitions ALL of the time.  I also love his crew.  For a while I decided to stand behind the director of screen coordination and was very impressed at his skill and ability to switch from screens to screens while playing a synth.  Yes, when Bassnectar switches songs sometimes that synth noise you hear is a man playing a synth.

The crowd was amazing at the show!  Very energetic as always.

I brought some friends to the show that had no idea what Bassnecatar was or what they were getting into.  It was very funny to see them just stare at all the people.  Bassnectar has the ability to bring out a wide range of artists.  There were frats guys, hippies and 40 year old married couples.  I loved it!  I love how music can bring people together.

If you were at the show and have some pictures to upload you should email them to me.

And thank you Sokol for knowing that there would be a long line for the toilets.  I highly applaud you for renting port-a-potties!

What Venue is for You?

Whether you are a band searching for a venue to play at or just an avid fan looking for shows that are close to you, here is a breakdown of venues that are located in Omaha, Nebraska.

The Waiting Room:

Address: 6212 Maple Street Omaha, NE: Map
Ticket Information:  Information for tickets
Line-up: Waiting Room Line-up and events
History of Venue: The Waiting Room was opened by Marc Leibowitz and Jim Johnson who created One Percent Productions, an Omaha-based booking company.  The venue is four years old and has been recently renovated with new sound and light equipment.
Why you want to play here:  Great sound system and lights, medium-sized intimate venue that is capable of being filled.
Why you don’t want to play here: As great as the venue is, the owners and employees are the complete opposite.
Why you want to see a show here:  Great sound and lighting.  This is a medium-sized venue and you will have a great chance to interact with the bands and performers.  There are great drink specials and some of the staff is friendly.
Why you don’t want to see a show here:  Some of the employees are rude and will kick you out
All ages show policy: Information and form
Overall review: ★★★✰✰

The Slowdown:


Address:  729 North 14th Street Omaha, NE 68102 (402.345.7569) Map
Ticket Information: Information for tickets
Line-up: Event and Line-up
History of Venue:  Complete history and complete list of all events (Very impressive website)
Why you want to play here:  It’s the newest venue in town.  It has sound and lighting that is above excellent.  The owners and employees are friendly.  There are two stages that you can play on depending how many tickets you expect to sell.  There is a small stage that local bands usually play on and there is a wall that will slide and open up a large venue that is closed off unless being used.  There is an amazing balcony that opens up as well and the stage is large enough for acts like Of Montreal who have elaborate stage settings.  This is probably the best place to get a gig at in Omaha.  Booking information is referred to Val Nelson.
Why you don’t want to play here:  If you find a reason, let me know.
Why you want to see a show here:  The best bands in town play shows here.  There are more regional and national acts.  The location is a quick taxi cab ride from any downtown location.  The sound and lighting will amaze you.
Why you don’t want to see a show here:  There is no reason, just remember to bring a valid ID.  They are sticklers about IDs, but aren’t all venues in town?
All ages show policy: Information and form
Overall review: ★★★★★

The Hole:

Address:6005 Maple St. Omaha, NE 68104 (Enter through alley)
Ticket Information: Ticket Information
Line-up:  Event and Line-up
History of Venue:  the Hole began as the brain child of Donny Diederich, former pro skater and owner of Convicted Skate Shop. The Hole is an all ages venue that, unlike other all ages venues in Omaha, doesn’t have to abide by the Omaha city ordinance which states that “any person under the age of 18 must have a notarized permission slip from their parents to attend shows”. This is because the Hole DOES NOT serve alcohol and we strictly enforce a NO ALCOHOL/DRUGS rule! If you bring alcohol or drugs into the Hole you will be asked to leave and perhaps banned from coming to future events. The Hole believes that music is a wonderful gift that people should be able to enjoy, no matter your age! The Hole is a DIY collaboration of like-minded individuals that strive to maintain a safe and enjoyable venue for bands and fans of all ages to enjoy!
Why you want to play here:  People always show up and have a good time!
Why you don’t want to play here:  It’s a small venue with rudimentary equipment and lighting.
Why you want to see a show here:  It’s a fun place with a wide audience.
Why you don’t want to see a show here: You will feel old even though you aren’t.  With an all ages policy, there are middle school aged kids here.  Hello high school flashbacks!  Be prepared.
All ages show policy: Everyone is welcome, no permission slip needed.
Overall review: ★★★★✰

The Sokol and Sokol Underground:



Address:  2234 S. 13th St. Omaha, NE 68108  (Driving Instructions)
Ticket Information:Tickets are sold at Homer’s Music
Line-up:  Event and Line-up
History of Venue:  Interesting article on the history of the Sokol Auditorium.
Why you want to play here:  There are two venues the Auditorium and the Underground.  Both venues offer a different “feel”.  The Auditorium is for acts that will gather a large crowd.  There is a balcony and separate room for merchandise tables.  The Underground is smaller and dingy, but a good kind of dingy, the kind of dingy a music venue is supposed to have.
Why you don’t want to play here:  Some people won’t go to a show here because of the neighborhood that it is located in.
Why you want to see a show here:  There are amazing bands that come and the place is always packed.  It’s fun to be in the middle of a crowd and feel other people’s sweat, this is how music is supposed to be enjoyed.  However, if you don’t like being in the crowd you have the option to arrive early and watch the band from the balcony.  There are even benches on the balcony that you can sit on.  However, if you use them I would have to consider you a wallflower.
Why you don’t want to see a show here:  The parking is a little tough, but just arrive early and it shouldn’t be that big of an ordeal.  Don’t leave anything valuable in your car, your windows could get smashed out.  Take a taxi if you can.
Overall review:  ★★★★★

If you have any specific questions about the venues or booking then just send me a comment.  I am more than willing to answer any questions that you may have.


Glassjaw

Glassjaw? Who is that? What is that?  Is it a man, monster, myth, legend?  Well obviously it’s all of the above.  I’ve been a huge fan of Glassjaw for years and shit myself when I found out that they had a show scheduled for none other than the Sokol Underground (everyone’s old stomping ground).  It was an awesome show.  There’s really not much more that I can say.  I was excited to be back at the Sokol Underground listening to a band that I loved from years ago.  It was very nostalgic.

(Will post pictures soon)

Coyote Bones

I haven’t seen or heard much from this band for a long while, but I still love them.  Coyote Bones started in 2006 and has been road tripping since.  This band had originally formed to see friends and place music for them.  Coyote Bones then turned into a full fledged band that’s been recording and touring ever since. Their sounds are/were always evolving, the live show just kept getting better and better, and then they disappeared.  I feel the need to feature them because I miss seeing them live.  Their shows and music are very heartfelt, and they are the nicest people in the world.  I wonder where they vanished to?
Some bands that have influenced their sound are, of course, The Faint, Tilly and the Wall and other favorite locals such as Connor Oberst.
As far as I know they have no new shows coming up and I couldn’t even tell you the band members names because I can’t find any information about them anywhere.  If you know anything about them, send me a comment.
So checkout their videos and dance!:



Eagle Seagull

So it just snowed in Omaha, and I’m not digging it.  Now I can’t drive my Corvette down the street at 100 mph with the wind in my hair and Eagle Seagull on the radio.  I guess I could never do that, but that’s besides the point.  Eagle Seagull is the kind of band that you would listen to while cruising around on a warm summer night or while you’re hanging out with some good friends and talking about nothing.  They are just so soothing and relaxing, kind of like the Omaha Symphony.  I never really listen to their lyrics because I frankly can’t understand the lead singer, but I love their instrumentals.  I always think bands are amazing when I focus on theirs instrumentals first and then their lyrics. Sometimes I feel that the lead singer isn’t actually saying anything, but that he’s just using his voice as an instrument.  I’ve never actually had the chance to see Eagle Seagull live, but I would love to if I could.
The band consists of:

  • Eli Mardock – vocals, keys, guitar
  • Austin Skiles – guitar, bass
  • J.J. Idt – guitar, bass, keys
  • Mike Overfield – bass, synth
  • Britt Hayes – drums
  • Carrie Butler – violin, keys, vocals

Checkout their live music videos if you’re like me and haven’t had a chance to see them live:

The Show Is The Rainbow

So let’s say your family has one of those uncles.  Yes, the one that’s creepy and no one talks to.  Well, that would be the Show Is The Rainbow.  Darren Keen, who is The Show Is The Rainbow, brings creepy humor to his odd rap music.  I’m not sure if you can call it music, but maybe a dramatic rap/music/video/opera/skit/porno.  I have no idea what to call it, but some people like it.
The first time I saw The Show is The Rainbow I had to walk out of the room and ask myself if life was real because what happened on that stage was mind shattering.  Darren Keen has odd music videos that accompany him with his sets.  These videos are interactions with himself during the show, so he’s basically talking to himself.  After listening to his music, you either love him or hate him.  But the one thing you know is that you just saw him naked on the stage.  His music might be weird, have no point and consist of talentless instrumentals, but Darren puts on an amazing live show.  And because he is such a great performer, this Lincolnite has gained international fame.

For tour information checkout his MySpace: The Show Is The Rainbow

Vverevvolf Grehv

Vverevvolf Grehv isn’t one of my favorite bands, but Dapose is a very talented musician. Vverevvolf Grehve is very unique and has a sound that will leave you confused or inspired, depending on what kind of music you’re into.

Vverevvolf Grehc is actually pronounced Werewolf Grave, and was created by Dapose.  Dapose is the guitarist/bassist/keyboardist of The Faint.  The music of Vverevvold Grehv combines fingers screeching down a  chalkboard death metal, the tempos of speed metal, and some crazy noise music.  This unique sound falls under genres such as snare rush and idm (intelligent dance music).

Dapose is influenced by the works of Merzbow, the writings of Howard Bloom, and many classic composers that changed the way that music was viewed a long time ago.  You could say that Dapose is a modern musician trying to change the way that music is viewed today.  Vverevvolf Grehv is now on tour with Skinny Puppy.  If you’re interested in checking out tour dates, then checkout Vverevvolf Grehv’s Myspace page.

 

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