When Andy Norman left The Reader a few weeks ago to pursue a degree in environmental journalism, his departure was acknowledged in my column (here). Nothing was done, however, to acknowledge when Tessa Jeffers, the paper’s super-talented arts editor, flew the coop. Tessa left about a week before Andy’s last day. She’s got another writing gig now, but among her side projects was a story she wrote for SPIN magazine. The monthly feature, called Rock City, highlights the finer points of a different music scene in every issue. The July installment is focused on Omaha, and in addition to being on your local newsstands it’s available online here (see page 118). Tessa did an expert job highlighting the scene’s history, venues, bands and people. Jamie Pressnall from Tilly and the Wall provides some personal Technicolor. Check it out. We miss you, Tessa.
Tonight at The Waiting Room it’s RTX, the project of Royal Trux co-founder Jennifer Herrema. Opening is Imaad Wasif, Two Part Beast and Omaha’s own masters of garage noise mayhem, Box Elders. $8, 9 p.m.
Meanwhile, this evening at The Westside Community Center, 3534 So. 108th St., it’s the Music Saves Lives Blood Drive featuring Little Brazil, Brad Hoshaw, Honeybee and Bartlett. The only thing it’ll cost you is your blood, apparently. Show starts at 6 p.m.
Also tonight, at The Barley St., it’s My Pal Dragon (solo performance by Matt from Thunder Power), with The Night Gallery, Bear the Ghost, and Ghost of the Forest. 9 p.m., FREE.
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