Here’s what I see for the weekend:
Tonight at The Waiting Room it’s the CD release show for Malpais’ new disc, Luke Is Leaving New York. I’m listening to the title track now — a pretty little acoustic ballad reminiscent of Bookends-era S&G. I’m told that the rest of the CD is much more raucous in an indie sort of way — we’ll find out tonight. Opening is Sleep Said the Monster, The Beatseekers and The Paper Airplanes. $7, 9 p.m.
Tomorrow night, O’Leaver’s is hosting a benefit for the Omaha Bike Co-op (also known as the Community Bicycle Shop). Participants in their program earn a bike by refurbishing and repairing one from the shop’s donated inventory while completing nine volunteer hours and a basic bike safety course. The shop is located at 525 North 33rd Street. It’s a program worthy of a benefit show featuring Now Archimedes!, Ideal Cleaners and the amazing Stay Awake. It’ll probably cost $5, but why not double your donation for this worthy cause? 9:30 p.m.
Finally, on Sunday night, it’s the return of Afrobeat sensations NOMO at The Waiting Room. I’ve seen them at O’Leaver’s a couple years ago and they blew me away. Then they played at The Waiting Room in June 2007 and while it was still a fun show, it lacked the gritty energy of that O’Leaver’s night. Will they be able to match the intensity of their debut performance? Opening is Satchel Grande. Get your booty shaking. $10, 9 p.m.
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