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photo courtesy Loessfest

Will Patterson
Arts & Entertainment Editor

Loessfest aims to put summer into full swing for the fifth annual year with live music, movies on the green and a variety of other free events. Just across the river in Council Bluffs, Loessfest will once again be hosting its main events in Tom Hanafan River’s Edge Park over Memorial Day weekend.

Kicking off celebrations, KC and the Sunshine Band is scheduled to headline for Loessfest’s free opening concert. The performance will also feature opening special guest Bluffet, a tribute to Jimmy Buffet. The concert begins at 7 p.m. Friday, but the park opens at 4 p.m. so visitors are encouraged to come early to claim their spot on the “Great Lawn.”

Over the course of the weekend a series of different musical groups will showcase some of the region’s greatest artistic talent. These groups will include Omaha Symphony, Trent Harmon, Maiden Dixie and Bellies & Whistles.

Sunday evening will treat Loessfest guests to a firework show following a performance by the Omaha symphony. The show will take place over the park’s Great Lawn. Visitors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets to sprawl out over the park’s green.

Food and drink will be in strong supply for those looking to eat out. A variety of local food vendors will be present including Hog Stop BBQ, Hy-Vee Chinese, Dipping Dots and several others.

In addition to food being available for purchase, guests are permitted to bring their own food and drink to Loessfest. Coolers and large containers are allowed but will may be subject to searches. No alcohol may be brought into the park and may be confiscated if found.

Parking may become difficult considering the massive crowds Loessfest has pulled in the past. While much of parking directly next to Tom Hanafan River’s Edge Park is likely to fill up fast, there is still plenty of space available on the Nebraska side of the Missouri River. A quick walk over the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge can lead guests straight from Omaha into the heart of Loessfest.

The full list of events and times at Loessfest can be found at their website.

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Kelly Langin

Raleigh Science Project and JADC Productions announced New Generation Music Festival last week.

Although there aren’t many details yet, it looks like a one-day summer indie music festival. It will be held Aug. 5 in Stinson Park in Aksarben Village.

The objective is to “bridge the gap between coasts” with a focus on networking and “building new innovative ideals,” said Omaha hip hop artist Marcey Yates and Mark Patrick of Raleigh Science Project, an Omaha-based music collective.

“We hope to inspire a generation of fearless dreamers that are up-and-coming artists and entrepreneurs,” Yates, a University of Nebraska at Omaha student, and Patrick said.

The lineup has not been announced, but Yates and Patrick said the festival will feature a variety of genres. This will include mostly local artists and a few regional acts, and they hope to attract a national artist or two. Ticket prices have not been released yet. In addition to the live music, Yates and Patrick said the all-ages event will host local food vendors, a beer garden, giveaways and family activities.

New Generation Music Festival was originally planned as a Friday evening event according to its announcement last week, though it already expanded to an all-day festival beginning at noon on Aug. 5.

Yates and Patrick said the decision came after the “extreme interest” in the festival in the week since its public inception last week. The pair aren’t exaggerating; nearly 1.5 thousand have already marked “interested” in going to the event on Facebook.

They said they are also researching hundreds of artists to include in the lineup. The Facebook page invited band name suggestions on the event page to help gather ideas.

Yates and Patrick said they do not expect any competition with Maha Music Festival, who will be holding its annual indie musical just two weeks later on Aug. 20 at the same location.

“There is enough music and concert-goers to go around,” they said.

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Photo by www.897theriver.com
Photo by www.897theriver.com

River Riot is back with a massive lineup for its $25 ticket price.

The annual hard-rock music festival — which is presented by 89.7 The River and set for Sunday at Westfair Amphitheater in Council Bluffs — will feature Breaking Benjamin, Hollywood Undead, 10 Years, Powerman 5000, Full Devil Jacket among other bands.

The concert kicks off at noon Sunday, gates open at 11 a.m. Breaking Benjamin will perform at 8:30 p.m.

Get tickets information and the band schedule, by visiting 897TheRiver.com