Congrats to OEAA winners; Sheehan returns to the stage; Maha announcement; Free Throw tonight…

Category: Blog — Tags: , , , — @ 1:44 pm January 18, 2016

by Tim McMahan,

I did not venture out into the blackness of the cold, cold night this weekend. Maybe all the touring indie bands are avoiding Omaha because they know how friggin’ cold it is here, and that lazy sots such as myself would never brave the wind chills for their performances. Maybe.

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Last night was the 10th Annual Omaha Entertainment and Arts Awards (OEAA) held somewhere downtown. Notable winners include See Through Dresses, John Klemmensen, Dan Brennan, Twinsmith, Dereck Higgins and BJ Huchtemann, who was honored for her years of carrying the torch for local blues in The Reader. You can See the full list of winners here. Congratulations to all!

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Though I wasn’t there, I saw via Facebook the return of former Digital Sex frontman Stephen Sheehan to the stage Friday night as part of a tribute to David Bowie at The Waiting Room. Digital Sex was a remarkable Nebraska band from the ’80s that also included OEAA winner Dereck Higgins whose sound epitomized the post-punk era. What will Sheehan do next?

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Last night a blizzard of social media posts announced the 2016 Maha Music Festival date — August 20, again at Stinson Park Aksarben Village. There had been some rumblings after last year’s sell-out success that Maha would expand to two days or at least do something the night before the day show, but that appears to not be the case. So how will they top last year? As one guy recently pointed out: Why do they need to top last year? Wouldn’t they be considered just as much of a success if they were to match last year’s attendance? Maybe, maybe…

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It’s a night of emo at Milk Run this evening when Nashville band Free Throw takes the stage. Joining them are Young & Heartless, Sinai Vessel and Bed Rest. $10, 8 p.m.

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  • I understand you’re not interested in the OEAs…and thanks for the mention, but isn’t it a music journalists’ job to research the location for their post? It would certainly sound more professional. Or do side job blogs not count? This has always baffled me about your blog. Don’t get me wrong…it’s yours…I’m just curious. How can I help?

    Comment by Emily — January 18, 2016 @ 2:00 pm

  • Holy smokes – we’ve got an early contender for most pretentious comment of the year! “How can I help?” Love it.

    Comment by John — January 18, 2016 @ 7:19 pm

  • just saw a photo of one of the OEA trophies. Just curious as to why it says 2016 on it and not 2015. Seems to me a glaring error like that speaks more to a lack of professionalism than Tims views.

    Comment by chris — January 18, 2016 @ 7:38 pm

  • Isn’t it the job of the OEAA’s to make sure all members of the media have received press releases with all pertinent information? Or do local award shows not count? This has always baffled me about your awards show. Don’t get me wrong…it’s yours…I’m just curious. I don’t wish to help.

    Comment by Mike Perry — January 19, 2016 @ 1:11 pm

  • Mike, we do send press releases via our publicist. Melissa at Moxie send four about this show. Asking if I can help…ie, did you receive the release? I’ll double check Melissa’s list as Tim is on my personal PR list.

    Chris, yep…2016 error made by the trophy provider…they give us a pretty good deal on pricing, and cut it in half after the error was made. We are a non-profit, unpaid board…gotta take what we can get since the awards cost $16,000. It’s probably less confusing now and we will now follow how other award shows present their trophies (Oscars, etc.) with the year award is distributed. Sure bites for the consecutive winners though…looks like they missed a year. Still thinking of a way to fix it for those who care.

    Comment by Emily — January 19, 2016 @ 2:14 pm

  • update: Lazy-i is on our trusty PR list for the OEAs

    Comment by Emily — January 19, 2016 @ 2:28 pm

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