Tonight at 7 p.m. the Joslyn Museum hosts College Night featuring Son, Ambulance. This is one of the worst-publicized events I’ve seen in a long time. Joslyn has no information about it on their website, the only mention is a calendar entry with no details about who’s playing, admission, etc. There’s no mention in the Omaha World-Herald, either. As far as I know, The Reader and Lazy-i are the only papers that mentioned the event, and all the information came from the band itself. According to Son, Ambulance frontman Joe Knapp, students with a valid, current college ID get in free, though the event is open to the public for a $6 admission fee. The band will be set up under the Chihuly sculpture in the atrium.
Also tonight, Brave Combo is playing at Sokol Underground. Who is Brave Combo? Take a few minutes and read this September 2000 Lazy-I interview/feature on the band and its music, where your fearless writer admits to a dark musical secret of his own. The irony is that Brave Combo is a Grammy winning polka band and that Omaha has (or used to have) a large contingency of polka dancers who used to strut their stuff upstairs in Sokol Auditorium/Ballroom, not in the dark, smokey confines of the Underground. As Brave Combo co-founder Carl Finch said in my interview, “We wish we could draw a crowd large enough to book the dance hall. We do play a lot of straight-ahead polka dances, but we’ll be lucky to draw 300 in Omaha.” Three hundred would be a miracle tonight, considering how little exposure this show has received. The show starts at 9:30; cost is $12.
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