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Sound Notes

May 10, 2012
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By Chad Taylor

Nothing new from our Fellow Christian Superfan this week.

Hey, are you in a local band? Are you willing to play a gig in Omaha? If you answered “yes” twice, then Bank of the West would like the chance to see how cynical you are. On June 29, the financial institution is hosting the “Bank of the West Celebrates America” concert and fireworks show in Omaha’s Memorial Park. According to the press release, the free concert, which was attended by “thousands” last year, is the kickoff to Omaha’s Fourth of July week of celebrations, and they want you! Maybe. Here’s the deal: people are encouraged to go to Bank of the West’s Facebook page (yeah) through May 15 and nominate their favorite local bands. From there, a committee of judges will pick finalists, who’ll be up for public online vote (yeah) June 1-15. Upsides: the winner gets to play a show in front of a huge crowd in a good venue, at an event that is promised to be viewed by agents from most of the major labels. Downsides: it’s more a contest of popularity than talent, the judges will pick finalists based on things like “star power,” and you open for Huey Lewis and the News. Go with God.

The 80/35 band list continues to grow. Names confirmed this week: Atmosphere, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Useful Jenkins, Jaill, Pieta Brown,Christopher the Conquered, Dead Larry, Mantis Pincers, Night Moves, Dumptruck Butterlips, Bright Giant, Delta Rae, Now, Now, Dustin Smith & The Sunday Silos, Derek Lambert & The Prairie Fires, The Sun Company, Tajh Washington, Brad Goldman, Jesse Jamz and Jade Reed.

Also in summer show news, Nitefall on the River has added Matisyahu and The Dirty Heads on Sunday, Aug. 12 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $30, and go on sale May 11 on

SoundNotes pick o’ the week is at the Fremont on Thursday, May 10. Go see Ashley Raines with Stuttering Jimmy. Show starts at 9 p.m.

Wooly’s hosts two big shows on Friday, May 11. The early show features Indexcase, along with Dead Horse Trauma, 12 Days Silent and Dirtfedd. The late show once again features Indexcase, playing with Superchief, Hath No Fury, Switchblade, Saturdays and Fatal Attraction. The early show is all ages and kicks off at 5 p.m. The late show begins at 9 p.m. Tickets are $7 for one show, or $10 for both.

Get your dubstep on at the Val Air Ballroom Saturday, May 12 with 12th Planet and Treasure Fingers. The show starts at 8 p.m., and tickets run $12 in advance and $22 day of show.

Also on May 12, Love Songs For Lonely Monsters headlines the early show at Vaudeville Mews. Show starts at 5:30 p.m. and is all-ages. Tickets are $5. Everyday/Everynight, Dear Rabbit and Lesbian Poetry open. CV

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