Big Wheel (w/Kevin Hiddleston) debuts tonight; Conor goes NYC Gov’r; and the winners are…

Category: Blog — @ 1:58 pm January 8, 2015

by Tim McMahan,

Kevin Hiddleston has been a fixture of the Omaha music scene for years, whether you know or it or not. Hiddleston is that pony-tailed dude you may have seen running around stringing cables and staring at sound boards at some of the larger music events around town. Most musicians and sound guys who have worked in Omaha over the years know Hiddleston well.

I bring this up because Hiddleston’s band, Big Wheel, is having its stage debut tonight at The Reverb Lounge. In addition to Hiddleston, band members include Jason Churchill, Mike Matsui and Bill Nanso.

Hiddleston describes Big Wheel’s music on Facebook as all-original rock songs that are classic rock-ish or maybe “Americana,” but not heavy and not weepy songwriter stuff, either. The band’s full-length debut is almost completed.

Big Wheel opens for Clarence Tilton (Corey Weber’s band) tonight at Reverb, $5, 9 p.m.

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In the wake of yesterday’s Coachella announcement, Conor Oberst has been named as one of the feature performers at this year’s Governor’s Ball Music Festival in NYC June 5-7. Other performers include My Morning Jacket, Ryan Adams, Tame Impala, The Decemberists, St. Vincent, Sharon Van Etten, Chromeo, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Charli XCX and more.

Hey Maha, when are we going to get an announcement?

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And now the moment you’ve been waiting for: The winners of this year’s drawing for a copy of The Lazy-i Best of 2014 Compilation CD are:

Jonathan Boulay of Saugerties, NY, and Paul Trap of Omaha!

I’ll be dropping your CDs in the mail tomorrow. Thanks to everyone who entered!

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