by Tim McMahan, Lazy-i.com
Usually by now there has been at least one “holiday” reunion concert announcement centered on the fact that expatriate band members are back in town for Christmas visiting their families. Last year it was the Slowdown Virginia/Polecat reunion show at Slowdown Dec. 23 and Mousetrap at The Waiting Room Dec. 29. The year before it was Mousetrap and Mercy Rule (with a Conor Oberst performance thrown in the same week). Two years ago it was a pair of Faint concerts at Sokol Aud.
So far this year, nothing. But it’s not even Thanksgiving yet. There’s plenty of time for something to be pulled together — will someone please get in touch with Tim Moss and the rest of Ritual Device? That reunion is long overdue. Or how about a Fullblown or Cactus Nerve Thang or Commander Venus reunion? Come on, guys…
Anyway, there was a holiday concert announcement last week, though it doesn’t involve any reunions. Omahype is celebrating the completion of its one year anniversary with its second annual “Holiday Throwdown” at Slowdown Dec. 11. The lineup for the show, which begins at 5 p.m., includes Honeybee & Hers, Laura Burhenn (of The Mynabirds), McCarthy Trenching, Brad Hoshaw, All Young Girls Are Machine Guns, Great American Desert, Jasong Mountain, James Maakestad, Sean Pratt, April Faith-Slaker and more. There will also be a rock shop, comedians and food. More info here at Omahype.
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