There will be more on The Philharmonic in this week’s column, as I deem them and those crazy kids in Ladyfinger as two Important New Voices in Omaha Music. Sound dramatic? It is. It should be. The short line is this: The Philharmonic lit it up Saturday night at The 49’r. Are they the future of rock ‘n’ roll? I hope so.
The city was abuzz with word that our man from VH1, Eli Lehrer, was in town Thursday and Friday meeting some of the folks he’s interviewed over the past couple months as research for a possible documentary-style program focused on the Omaha music scene. I know of only a handful who met with him (I wasn’t among them, perhaps because he was none too thrilled with Column 27, which appeared back in May and which he asked me not to publish). I’m told he was probing further on bands that exist on the fringe of Saddle Creek mania. What will come of all this? One can only hope that it’ll be a Very Special Episode of The Surreal Life featuring Matt Whipkey, Landon Hedges, Brigitte Nelson and Flavor Flav shacked up together in that office space above Kris’ Rexall on Dodge that used to be Kim’s Karate. Now that’s entertainment!
Tonight is the Enon show at Sokol Underground. Enon frontman John Schmersal says that their set will be an eclectic mix of the singles and b-sides heard on their new CD along with some chestnuts that date back to Believo! Opening is Lincoln’s Thunderbirds Are Now! and the project headed by Steve Micek (The Mariannes, ex-Real Time Optimists, soundguy) known as The Stay Awake, which by itself is worth the price of admission (which is $8).
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