I don’t think I mentioned it before but Little Brazil has been added to tonight’s Go! Team show with Eagle*Seagull. It has all the makings of being one of the better shows of the summer… if anyone shows up. And they should, even if it’s 110 degrees down in Sokol Underground (They do have some sort of air conditioning down there, right?). $12, 9 p.m.
And speaking of Sokol’s air quality, a couple weeks ago I noticed that they posted signs over the bar that said they were going to start enforcing the upcoming smoking ban beginning Aug. 1 instead of the law’s Oct. 2 start date. I asked One Percent about the change, and they said they have no intention of enforcing the ban until October and that those signs were coming down. Regardless, it’s only a matter of time before Sokol becomes smoke free since it fits within the description of facilities that must enforce the city’s new smoking ban. The thought of no longer coming home from Sokol Underground shows smelling like an ashtray seems almost surreal. You read a lot about how these smoking bans impact businesses, but I can’t see it having any impact at all on Sokol turnout one way or another. You either want to see the bands or you don’t, and everyone I know who goes to shows has always understood that smoking was part of that environment. If anything, the ban could have a positive effect on attendance, especially from younger patrons whose parents are smart enough to monitor the conditions of where their kids go after dark. We may never find out, of course, since a lawsuit was filed against the City of Omaha by the folks that run the Marleybone on Leavenworth, saying the ban gives special preference to some businesses, such as Horseman’s Park, keno parlors and stand-alone bars, all of whom are granted a 5-year grace period from the ban. It could get ugly. It also begs the question of whether O’Leaver’s falls under that exception — it’s a stand-alone bar, but everyone knows they have a kitchen in there that’s been known to serve food (though I’ve never actually seen anyone eat anything in O’Leaver’s other than Taco John).
Anyway, make sure you get to the show early tonight to catch the openers. It will be interesting to see if anyone dances during the Go! Team set. I’ve warned the band that they may be disappointed by Omaha audiences’ inability to “move to the beat” during rock shows. I don’t think Ninja is going to put up with it…
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