By Joe Shearer, Photo Editor
The Facebook event page for “Take Cover,” a Hear Nebraska fundraiser at the Zoo Bar in Lincoln, was bustling with anticipation leading up to the Sept. 16 concert. Those who either missed the sold out event or want to know what the big deal is, the event is to be replicated in Omaha next month.
“If there’s room, I’d like to throw my name to the list,” Hovacoustic’s Matt Hovanec said.
“Will anyone be doing an acoustic Wasteoid cover? Please?” Nick Beckius begged.
“Lincoln is now full,” event coordinator Jeremy Buckley proclaimed.
“Take Cover” is a celebration of Nebraska’s music scene in which local artists cover each other’s work. Slowdown will be hosting the Omaha edition on Oct. 20.
Hear Nebraska founder Andrew Norman said that they got the idea from a show the “now-defunct” organization, Lincoln is a Music City, did in 2010.
“We completely stole the idea, because it’s a great one, [and] made it our own,” Norman admitted.
A great idea it was, apparently. The Zoo Bar, which has a capacity of 75, saw 150 patrons pay the $5 cover charge on Sept. 16.
“It went incredibly well,” Norman said. “Although the place was packed, it felt extremely intimate.”
Roughly 20 bands and artists performed 10-minute sets throughout the night. The selection of songs was as diverse as the collection of performers. Nods to the past and present, established and not as much, were played. The performances are their own miniature tributes.
“It’s cool to see which artists are important to the ones performing,” Norman said. “To some extent, I think it ties today’s music scene with that of the past in a way.”
The Omaha event has attracted 21 artists so far, and the list includes a healthy mix of folks from Omaha and the Lincoln area. Notable performers are Eli Mardock of Eagle Seagull, Honey and Darling, All Young Girls Are Machine Guns and Kyle Harvey. Only a few covers are posted so far. Neva Dinova is getting recognition from three separate artists, Ian Aeillo will go back with a nod to Matthew Sweet and All Young Girls Are Machine Guns will go way, way back with a tribute to Omaha-born Fred Astaire’s performance of “The Way You Look Tonight” from the 1936 film “Swing Time.”
Omaha’s music history is deep and rich, and the results from the Lincoln event are positive precursors to how well the Omaha show should turn out. The concert is a month away, but it’s already getting a lot of buzz behind it. Generations of Nebraska’s musical culture will be on display for all to behold. Come out to get schooled in Corn Coast tunes and support Hear Nebraska as they continue to expose and expand the state’s music scene.
The Omaha edition of “Take Cover” will be at Slowdown on Oct. 20. The cover is $5, which is to be paid at the door. For more information, go to hearnebraska.org. Also, ‘Like’ Hear Nebraska on Facebook to get updates as they come in.