Crooning for Kat tonight (Adam Hawkins, The Bruces, Filter Kings…); Cursive news (49’r dates, Cully’s new band, and…comedy?); Arcade Fire’s web magic…

Category: Blog — Tags: , , , — @ 12:48 pm August 31, 2010

by Tim McMahan,

First and foremost, tonight at The Waiting Room is Crooning for Kat, a fund-raising benefit for Kat Smith. Kat sings and plays guitar in The Black Squirrels, and chances are if you’re a regular at rock shows in Omaha, you’ve seen her in the crowd (when she wasn’t on stage).

The story behind her recent medical problems is explained in detail here at the Crooning for Kat website. It’s sad and scary, and needless to say, Kat is one tough lady. But now she’s asking for help, and that’s where you come in.

Tonight’s benefit at TWR includes a silent auction that starts at 6 (goodies, listed here, include tickets, food, booze, artwork, fitness stuff, home & garden, fashion, beauty, and more), and live music starting at 7 from some of the area’s best musicians, including Kyle Harvey, Filter Kings, The Bruces (Alex McManus), McCarthy Trenching, Whipkey Zimmerman Sing, Outlaw Con Bandana, and Adam Hawkins (ex-It’s True). Cover is $10, with all proceeds going to Kat. It should be a fun night and a chance to help out a great lady with a great talent.

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There’s a boatload of Cursive news today. One Percent Productions mailed out their list of upcoming shows this morning. Among them are two Cursive dates at the soon-to-be-demolished 49’r Bar Sept. 19 and 20. Sayeth One Percent: “That’s right. Cursive wants to play The 49’r before it disappears.  And two shows at that. Can you blame them?  It’s an Omaha landmark.” That it is. Tickets go on sale this Saturday, Sept. 4.

One question that comes to mind is: Who will be playing drums for these Cursive gigs? It was announced today that Cully Symington, who played with Cursive last year, has joined My Jerusalem, an “indie supergroup” that also includes Jeff Klein, Dave Rosser (Twilight Singers), Ashley Dzerigian (Great Northern, Ed Harcourt) and Rick Nelson and Matt Bricker (both of Polyphonic Spree). The band’s debut, Gone for Good, will be released on Sony/RED Oct. 26.

Finally, a reliable source who’s active in the local stand-up comedy circuit tells me that Cursive fans may want to drop by the Sydney’s open mic comedy night Sept. 9. Those of you who were at the Fancy Party Comedy Show a couple weeks ago and saw local sketch troupe OKFMDOA know what I’m talking about. Is this a new career move by everyone’s favorite “Martyr” (or “Recluse” or “So-So Gigolo”…)?
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Lastly, the Arcade Fire yesterday released what some are calling a “ground breaking” online interactive video for the track “We Used to Wait.” You can see it here, but you have to have Google Chrome to really make it work. What’s it do? Well, you type in the address of your “childhood home” and it integrates Google Map and Google Streetview images into the video. Interesting idea. Unfortunately, where I grew up doesn’t have a street view available. In fact, a lot of locations around here don’t, and when I plug in my current address, it shows the next street over — which isn’t very compelling. Still, they get an “A” for effort, and it’s making me like that song just that much more.

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