Slumber Party showcase, Digital Leather/Little Brazil tonight; Students of Crime, Bloodcow, Once a Pawn Saturday…

Category: Blog — @ 6:02 pm April 16, 2010

By Tim McMahan,

I know I’ve messed up dates and times throughout the week, but I’m going to get this right:

So tonight, at the floating gambling den called Harrah’s Casino, Digital Leather and Little Brazil are performing in the Stir Lounge. My understanding is that each band will be forced by rifle-barrel to play sets that are longer than they’ve probably ever played before. That fact, added to a menu of cheap booze, gambling and general decadence, will likely result in an evening of fun and embarrassment, which is just fine because what happens in Council Bluffs, stays in Council Bluffs. $5, and I’m told Digital Leather could start as early as 8:30.

My plan is to catch some early-evening gambling/rock action and then head over to Slowdown for the Slumber Party showcase on the big stage. The lineup includes some of the area’s best bands: Capgun Coup, Conchance, Honeybee, Noah’s Ark Was a Spaceship, Talking Mountain and Thunder Power. The price: Free. Show starts at 8:30.

Saturday night Students of Crime — the new band featuring Robert Thornton (The Wagon Blasters, Now Archimedes!), drummer Brad Smith, guitarist Dan Stewart and bassist Marc Phillips — will make their stage debut at O’Leaver’s with The Third Men and The Ground Tyrants. 9:30 p.m., $5

Meanwhile, in Benson Saturday night, Bloodcow returns after a lengthy hiatus to perform at The Waiting Room with Saudi Arabia (formerly The Dinks), Bible of the Devil and Desire to Destroy. $7, 9 p.m.

Finally, Lincoln punk duo Once a Pawn is playing a rare Omaha show at The Barley Street with Cat Island, Charles S. McVey and Chad Wallin. Once a Pawn’s new album, Mission Accomplished, is one of my faves so far this year. $5, 9 p.m.

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