Will 1912 be a Benson game changer? Mogis/Walcott score a hit; The Faint add a date…

Category: Blog — Tags: , , , — @ 12:56 pm June 9, 2014
At Brad's Corner during last week's Benson First Friday festivities, from left, are Matt Whipkey, Kait Berreckman and Brad Hoshaw.

At Brad’s Corner during last week’s Benson First Friday festivities, from left, are Matt Whipkey, Kait Berreckman and Brad Hoshaw.

by Tim McMahan, Lazy-i.com

My only music experience this past weekend was catching a few songs on Brad’s Corner during First Friday in Benson. Replacing Vern Fergesen this month was singer/songwriter Kait Berreckman. Good stuff.

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Looking north, the massive rooftop bar on top of soon-to-open Benson bar 1912.

Looking north, the massive rooftop bar on top of soon-to-open Benson bar 1912.

Friday night I also got a look inside the new Benson bar 1912, located the building that used to house The Lizard King pet store right across the street from The Waiting Room. The place is massive. I was told by the team putting it together to expect a summer opening, and judging from the state of the interior, they could hit their target (they’ve been working on it for something like five years). Even more impressive than the interior is the roof-top deck. It’s frickin’ enormous. I’m talking huge, with awesome views of Benson and the surrounding area. Will 1912 be a Benson game changer? We’ll see.

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Walking out of Aksarben Cinema Saturday night after seeing “Chef” (The feel-good foodie flick of the summer) I ran smack into a wall of teary-eyed teen and pre-teen girls who’d just seen cancer/love story “The Fault in Our Stars” (This generation’s “Love Story”?).

I didn’t realize until today that the soundtrack was composed by Mike Mogis and Nate Walcott, two-thirds of Bright Eyes. They might have a hit on their hands, judging by the weekend box office numbers — the film took in $48.2 million dollars to finish No. 1 for the weekend above “Maleficent” and third place finisher “Edge of Tomorrow.” Ch-ching!

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It’s as good a time as any to mention that a second show has been added to The Faint’s Omaha tour schedule. In addition to Friday night’s Sokol Auditorium gig with Reptar and Solid Goldberg (which isn’t sold out), The Faint will be playing Saturday night at The Waiting Room with Reptar and Digital Leather. Both shows start at 8 p.m. sharp. So why the additional show? Who knows, but no one’s complaining. Get your $20 tickets while you can.

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Read Tim McMahan’s blog daily at Lazy-i.com — an online music magazine that includes feature interviews, reviews and news. The focus is on the national indie music scene with a special emphasis on the best original bands in the Omaha area. Copyright © 2014 Tim McMahan. All rights reserved.

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