Simon, Brad and Matt play for Ashford; Lars & Mal, Derby Birds tonight…

Category: Blog — Tags: , — @ 12:52 pm October 23, 2014
Lars and Mal play tonight at Reverb Lounge...

Lars and Mal play tonight at Reverb Lounge…

by Tim McMahan,

Could this political season be any uglier?

Always the fatalist, I believe my worst fears from an election standpoint will be realized come November, further strengthening my belief that people are, basically, stupid.

Anyway, one thing that’s neither ugly nor stupid is happening this evening at Almost Music in Benson — a meet-and-greet with Brad Ashford, who’s running for Congress against Lee Terry. On hand with their guitars will be Simon Joyner, Brad Hoshaw and Matt Whipkey. Will this trio of some of my favorite local singer/songwriters be able to coax Ashford into joining them for a rousing version of the classic protest song “This Land Is Your Land”? Stop in at Almost Music tonight at 6 and find out. It’s free.

Afterward, head over to Reverb for a set by Lars & Mal. I’ve been hearing a ton of good stuff about this duo (from Hear Nebraska). Opening is The Derby Birds. $5, 9 p.m. See you there.

Tonight also is the world premier of locally produced film Bent Over Neal. The film’s soundtrack features a number of local bands, including Bloodcow, Eli Mardock, The Strange Attactors and more. The film screens at 7 p.m. Oct 23, 24 and 30 at Aksarben Cinema. And the soundtrack is having a “release party” tomorrow night at The Waiting Room.

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Finally, last night I received news about what will likely be one of the most memorable reunion rock shows ever, slated for this holiday season. More to come…

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