Jack's Mannequin's latest album, "People and Things," combines the struggling love subject matter of their debut album "Everything in Transit" and the melodic sound of their sophomore album "The Glass Passenger."
Area Wilco fans who have been longing for the band to return to the Big O since their 2007 romp at the Orpheum Theater can rest a bit more easily.
On Sept. 2, the Chicago-based rock combo announced a nine-date mini tour of the Midwest and Texas area at the end of the year. Although Omaha wasn't included – again – the band will be performing two shows that are both within three hours of the metro area.
As I approached the entrance to Sokol Auditorium, it was almost impossible to tell that a show had begun only minutes before. I breezed through the entrance to find a very short, hardly memorable set by alternative pop-rock band Shoreline Ends. After a short wait, Secondhand Serenade's John Vesley took the stage, blowing the crowd away with his acoustic guitar and heartfelt vocals.
The music was groovy and the crowd was alive with energy on May 28 at Waiting Room Lounge. Although minors needed permission slips to enter, the show was open to all ages and featured three of Omaha's local bands.
The emergence of the Red Sky Music Festival and threatening flood conditions may have delayed and displaced the annual Maha Music Festival, but the show will go on.
On Nov. 12, campus was as desolate as any other quiet Saturday evening, but at the heart of it, in the Strauss Performing Arts building, five men, each old enough to be my grandfather, brought a ruckus livelier than any peak hour here in Maverickland.