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- Profile: Darryl White - Concert Review: Sidewalk Chalk at Zoo Bar - Shakespeare on the green

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- Album Review: Neil Young and Crazy Horse’s “Americana” - Movie Review: “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”

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- Concert Review: Tizer at Jazz in June Week 1

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- Jazz in June Market

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- Vendor Profile: The Root beer guy

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Welcome to the second week of Jazz in June At the Daily Nebraskan (DN), we understand the importance of arts and music. That’s why each year we look forward to working with the Sheldon Museum of Art to bring you our special Jazz in June issues. Each week during Jazz in June, look for these special issues as a supplement to the great concert you are about to experience.

Our cover art changes each week but it’s always done by our internationally exhibiting, award winningartist Bea Huff. In this issue you can get some background information on Darryl White, lead musician of the Darryl White Group. We also give you an indepth review of last week’s concert featuring Tizer. You can

also see photos and audience reactions from Tizer’s show. The DN also took a closer look at the Jazz in June Market, including a profile of the Root Beer Guy. And as always, we’ve included music and film coverage. In next week’s issue, look for some information on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Faculty Jazz Ensemble, photos from Omaha’s Summer Arts Festival and more coverage of the arts. So read up, jazz fans. This issue is made specifically for your sensibilities. We are looking forward to providing you insight into the growing music and art communities in Nebraska. But most of all, we hope you enjoy the show. — The Daily Nebraskan Editorial Staff

- Audience reviews: Jazz in June Week 1

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- Best omaha music venues - Album review: The Ray Anderson Pocket Brass Band’s “Sweet Chicago”

TOP: Dale Buescher, a volunteer, hands out Daily Nebraskans at the opening concert of Jazz in June for the 2012 season on June 5. BOTTOM: Audience members enjoy the sunshine at Jazz in June on June 5.

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UNL music professor opts for traditional jazz Katie Nelson Daily Nebraskan Last week’s Jazz in June offered audiences a taste of non-traditional jazz with piano and guitar-heavy music. This week, the Darryl White Group, accompanied by guest artist Bobby Watson, will bring the audience traditional jazz tunes, said Martha Florence, chair of Jazz in June. “He’s more of a jazz purist,” Florence said. “(It is) what people expect from a jazz performance with the brass, percussion, strings and piano.” This year the festival features two groups from the university. Florence said this is partly because of their budget. However, local doesn’t mean less quality. This is the 21st year of Jazz in June and Florence said they want to honor

local artists. “We have excellent, quality performers here,” she said. “We’re really fortunate because a lot of our faculty are known throughout the country and throughout the world and we though we would celebrate them this year.” White has been an associate trumpet professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for 15 years but his Nebraska residence hasn’t kept him out of the world’s spotlight. He began playing trumpet when he was 10 and went on to receive a Bachelor of Music from Youngstown State University, a Master of Music from Northwestern University and a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Colorado. He has performed as a guest soloist for multiple groups, including the Omaha Symphony and the Lincoln

Symphony Orchestra. White is also part of the Mile High Jazz Camp and, alongside helping to create multiple albums, he has written several pieces himself. This year, White returns to Jazz in June and brings Bobby Watson, a renowned saxophonist from Kansas City. He’s a professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Like White, Watson is also a composer. “He’s (Watson) amazing,” Florence said. Although the Jazz in June committee doesn’t require artists to submit a setlist, Florence said she expects White to play both pieces he has written and some he hasn’t. “Whatever they choose to play, that’s their business,” she said, adding White is known for talking between songs and giving audience backgrounds on each of the songs.

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Hip-hop group experiments with jazz, soul on stage Kekeli Dawes Daily Nebraskan Every once in a while, you get to witness wonders of the cosmos: blue moons, shooting stars and even rarer, small planets eclipsing the sun or a solid instrumental hip-hop band playing a free show at the Zoo Bar. Last Tuesday, Lincoln received two of these things: Venus’ transit across the sun and Sidewalk Chalk, a hiphop, jazz and soul group. Bands like Sidewalk Chalk are rare. In fact, they hardly exist. There are a handful of groups that perform hip-hop like this live. The legendary Roots crew, the new California trio BadBadNotGood and the jazz set The Robert Glasper Experiment all hold the torch for making hip-hop off the MPC. But that’s about it. Sidewalk Chalk is a rare group by definition. They’ve

caught the attention of Lupe Fiasco and have opened for Jean Grae and De La Soul. This year the group represented Chicago at the World Expo in Shanghai. It’s also rare that jazz is core to Sidewalk Chalk’s sound. David Ben-Porat studied music at Indiana University and he writes and arranges horn parts. Tyler Berg, the group’s drummer, takes a hip-hop approach to the music but started playing jazz music. “It comes from a jazz mentality,” Berg said. “I’m totally open to interact with what’s happening. If they kick off with something different, I’ll follow, not to hesitate to switch up what I’m doing as well.” Jumaane Taylor, the other half of the band’s rhythm section, said he learns from jazz greats. “John Coltrane ... Art Blakey, Mingus ... all of the legends are steadily in my

eardrums,” he said. Live instrumentation in hip-hop has always been rare, simply because music is often made digitally. But Sidewalk Chalk is a part of a new generation of musicians who think that it can be performed just as easily live. “Feeling is feeling and that’s one thing that transcends through the record,” said BenPorat. “It gets lost when people just quantize and computerize it. That compresses all the fine edges and makes everything square. We concentrate on (making) a good album and we also focus it when we are doing it live.” Sidewalk Chalk’s live show is upbeat and its something many people haven’t seen before. There are very few groups today with a tap dancer in the rhythm section. “With the band, it’s a whole different way of tap dancing,” Taylor said. “I’m contributing to the piece — being creative — rather than soloing. It’s a

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Regardless, she said she expects a positive review from the audience. “He has a huge following and people really enjoy him,” Florence said. “He’s very charismatic from the stage. They’ll love it — they always do.”

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really great challenge — a pleasing challenge.” Berg enjoys the challenge as well. “I love it,” he said. “We play different roles. In one sense, its very similar because we rhythmic instruments. A lot of times, I just lay back and let him take it. We’ve found a way to coincide.” Taylor’s tapping is far from novelty. Tuesday night it was difficult to notice him dancing on the stage. The electric connection between Berg, Tyler, and Charlie Coffeen on the keys and Garrett McGinn, playing bass, was

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After 26 seasons of the works of the world-renowned bard, Shakespeare on the Green’s upcoming performances of “Julius Caesar” and “The Comedy of Errors” look to continue Omaha’s popular tradition. Shakespeare on the Green is organized by Nebraska Shakespeare, which performs two plays each year. The performances are generally a comedy and a tragedy, one traditional and one modern. Nebraska Shakespeare is a nonprofit organization founded in September 1986. According to its website, its mission is to broaden the culture and education of society outside of the classroom as well as to provide professional performances that are both true to Shakespeare’s vision and appealing to modern audiences. As part of this mission, Nebraska Shakespeare sponsors educational programs throughout the year. In tandem with the summer shows, art, dining and music events are held on select performance evenings. “The Comedy of Errors,” directed by Vincent CarlsonBrown, will be performed June 28-30 and July 1, 5 and 7, all at 8 p.m. in the tree-lined section of Elmwood Park in Omaha. The story is being portrayed as a 1930s dustbowl traveling carnival. “It’s a strange place for the boys of Syracuse,” said Carlson-Brown, who is also the associate artistic director of Nebraska Shakespeare. The play focuses on themes of duality and mistaken identity with warring cities, divided families and two sets of twins. Carlson-Brown said he hopes the set will portray this confusion through the use of a ferris wheel alongside carnival oddities such as a bearded lady, strong men, jugglers and firebreathers on stage. “Julius Caesar,” directed by Alan Klem, will also be performed in Elmwood Park. It will run June 21-24 and July 6

and 8, all at 8 p.m. “We are doing Julius Caesar traditionally so you will see the traditional Roman guard and army on the steps of the Senate,” Carlson-Brown said. This historic tragedy portrays the atmosphere of Rome toward the end of Caesar’s rule, the plot to assassinate him and the war that followed. “’Julius Caesar’ is going to be very bloody, which is always fun,” said Russell Daniels, who plays Casca in “Julius Caesar” and Dromio of Syracuse in “The Comedy of Errors.” Auditions for this summer’s plays were held in January, and actors met to begin rehearsing in late May. “The week previous, we organized and finalized the technical aspects with everyone backstage,” Carlson-Brown said. Directors, designers and others met for weeks before to work out the technical aspects of the production. Carlson-Brown is familiar with the process as this is his 13 year working with Nebraska Shakespeare. This is Daniels’s second year with Nebraska Shakespeare. However, he is familiar with the process because he graduated with an MFA from a classical training program at the University of Houston. Daniels said he’s amazed by the transformation a group of actors undergoes in a few short weeks. “It’s always amazing to go from being complete strangers to having complete trust in your fellow actor or director,” he said. “Obviously there are certain words or phrases used in Shakespeare that are not as familiar to modern audiences, but if the actors have a clear understanding of the text, and the director has orchestrated the action clearly then the audience will certainly understand what’s going on,” Daniels added for those who may be unsure about the Shakespearean dialogue. For more information on events, check out nebraskashakespeare.com.

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Interweaving storylines enchant with characters’ worldly perspectives Tom Helberg Daily Nebraskan

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Young injects grunge into classic ‘Americana’ Folk standards get an electric update on cover album Joe Wade Daily Nebraskan

It may not be the first album this year to be all covers, it

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might be the most socially pointed collection of songs the music world would least expect. After nearly a decadelong lull, Neil Young & Crazy Horse is back with a new studio album, “Americana.” The collection of true American classics, released June 5, takes grunge

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“The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” is a retirement home in India for “the elderly and beautiful.” It’s the destination of seven retirement-age Brits who all have their reasons for moving, the affordable cost of living being the most pressing. Directed by John Madden (“Shakespeare in Love”), the film may be light, but it’s well-crafted entertainment that showcases some veteran performers. We’re introduced to the seven while they are still at home in England. First we meet Evelyn (Judi Dench), who has been forced to sell her flat, Graham (Tom Wilkinson), a judge who grew up in India, Muriel (Maggie Smith), a racist old woman in need of a hip replacement, Douglas (Bill Nighy) and Jean (Penelope Wilton), who have lost money on their daughter’s startup company, and finally Madge (Celia Imrie) and Norman

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THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center Director: John Madden Starring: Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Maggie Smith

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(Ronald Pickup) who are looking for companionship, or a good lay. The group arrives in Jaipur only to find the hotel isn’t as picturesque as it was on the brochure. The hotel is past its prime, but its proprietor Sonny (Dev Patel, “Slumdog Millionaire”) is endlessly optimistic that he can restore it to its former glory. His father left the hotel to him but his mother wants him to move back to Delhi with her and

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marry a bride of her choosing. Sonny is in love with a girl who works at a call center, one of a few jabs at the West for outsourcing not only jobs, but its senior citizens. After the first act, the rest of the film chronicles the retirees’ problems, friendships and loves. Of course they learn lessons

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along the way. While it’s mostly fun, frothy entertainment, the picture is a tad bloated. There are too many subplots going on at once and not enough happening in any of them. Characters have a penchant for delivering sitcom one-liners. Surprisingly,

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K I N G OF THE Lao Tizer proved his keyboard prowess at last week’s Jazz in June Heather Haskins Daily Nebraskan

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The weather was perfect for the start of Jazz in June on June 5. Crowds gathered to watch Tizer, a group led by keyboardist Lao Tizer, in a performance in which the keyboard was king. Although the guitarists had impressive solos, they seemed to be diminished by the more impressive keyboard music, which included many embellishes and

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Lao Tizer jams out on his keyboard at the opening concert of Jazz in June for the 2012 season.


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A taste of everything at Jazz in June The Jazz in June Market offers quick bites, summertime treats and unique jewelry for concertgoers Heather Haskins Daily Nebraskan For people looking to get a refreshing beverage or a filling meal before each Jazz in June concert, there is no better place to go than the Jazz in June Market. Located at 12th and R streets, the market features several vendors that offer food, beverages and unique jewelry. Pop Art, owned by Jill Thayer, sells handmade frozen popsicles. Thayer said the warm weather is good for business. “There’s a lot of people here,” Thayer said. “It is a good community. We sell popsicles, so we like hot evenings with lots of people.” Thayer wasn’t the only one to comment on attendees at the Jazz in June Market. Kylee Foral, owner of jewelry boutique Miss Ky’s Couture, said the people were one of the reasons she likes being at the Market. “We like doing public events and meeting new people,” Foral said. “(I like) all the local talent. Everybody just likes being here.” Linda Hubka has been in charge of the market for 11 years. When she started running it, she said the market was more of a farmers market, selling fresh vegetables and other produce. This was unsuccessful, as many people didn’t want to carry food with them to the concert, especially perishables, she said. Then, restaurants in the Haymarket began setting up booths in the Jazz in June Market. “(This) gave (them) an opportunity to reinvent themselves,” Hubka said. “It has really turned into lots and lots of ready-to-eat food. We need more people to come down hungry.” Eventually, people began to expect the many food vendors at the Jazz in June Market, especially those that cater to children. “We want to have something that appeals to the little kid — cotton candy and snow cones and ice cream,” Hubka said. College students also find products that appeal to them.

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ABOVE: A vendor grills food for the Indian Grill booth at the Jazz in June Market on June 5. BELOW: Justin and Natasha Schuerman hold hands as they walk through the Jazz in June Market on June 5. BOTTOM: Bill Miller prepares cinnamonroasted cashews for Totally Nuts, his wife’s business.

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TOP: Tom Hansen from Rolling Fire Catering pulls a pizza out of the woodfire grill at the Jazz in June Market. MIDDLE: Joe Lococo jokes with customers at the booth for Lococo’s Pastabilities. LEFT: A vendor prepares a treat for customer’s at Chuck’s Cotton Candy and Snow Cones in the Jazz and June Market.


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Root beer craftsman serves up classic brew Katie Fennelly Daily Nebraskan Amid the sea of vendor canopy tents that blanket the Jazz in June Market sits a white Chrysler PT Cruiser and a rainbow umbrella. Underneath the tent marketgoers can find Dave Stajner, better known as “The Root Beer Guy,” and his wife, Mona Stajner. The two, who have been married for the better part of three decades, have been in the root beer business for about four years. For Mona Stajner, the name The Root Beer Guy was a nobrainer. “A few years ago, some guy looked over at our stand and said, ‘Hey, there’s the root beer guy’ so we decided The Root Beer Guy was a good enough name.” It was another hobby of his — brewing beer, something he has been doing for years — that got Dave Stajner interested in brewing root beer.

“Dave brews his own beer,” Mona Stajner said. “And when our underage nephews would come over, they couldn’t drink it, so he decided to try and make root beer.” What followed was a year of trial and error, experimenting with different root beer recipes the two found online, all in an attempt to find the perfect brew. Now, the perfected mix is “not too sweet, and it doesn’t have that bite when you drink it,” according to Mona Stajner. “We use an old-fashioned recipe that’s brewed with modern technology,” Dave Stajner added. The Stajners’ recipe excludes yeast, a key ingredient in most traditional recipes. By foregoing the yeast, the root beer’s shelf life is extended from a few weeks to two or three months. Dave Stajner carbonates his own water, and after that, “it’s just a mix of sugar and an extract he gets off the Internet,” Mona Stajner said.

An equipment upgrade between this season and last allows the Stajners to brew about 60 gallons at a time. Each batch takes roughly two days apiece. During the summer, when the Stajners sell the most root beer, he brews about one batch a week. In addition to the market at Jazz in June, root beer enthusiasts can get their hands on the Stajner old-fashioned brew at four other markets during the summer — the Haymarket Farmers Market, the Fallbrook Market, the farmers market at University Place and the market at 13th and F streets. In addition to his job as The Root Beer Guy, Dave Stajner also works as a custodian for Lincoln Public Schools. Even with his busy work schedule and the extra legwork associated with brewing root beer, meeting both new and regulars customers makes the work worthwhile for the couple. “It’s neat when you are talking to some of the older people, and they’ll say, ‘My

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Dave Stajner, “The Root Beer Guy,” pours some of his brew into a half-gallon container for a customer at the Jazz in June Market on June 5. grandpa used to make root beer just like this. It tastes exactly the same,’” Dave Stajner said. “And we have some other people who we see here at Jazz and June and then again at the (Haymarket) Farmers Market.” And it’s not just the regulars that are drawn to the Stajners’ stand. Last week’s Jazz in June was the Kassebaum family’s first Root Beer Guy experience.

From the green...

(Left to right) Teri Eisenberg, Roslen Ross and Sonja Smith cheer for Tizer during the first Jazz in June of the 2012 season. Ross said she has attended concerts all over the country, but said Tizer’s was “top notch.”

Amber Artz mimics playing the keyboard to her son, Benjamin, while her husband, Tyler, and other son, Samuel, listen to Tizer. “It’s great, we’ve been coming to Jazz since we were in college,” Tyler Artz said. “We look forward to it each year.”

“My daughter Gina saw the stand and asked if we could get some,” Terri Kassebaum said. “And for $1, of course I said, ‘Sure.’ Our family really likes root beer and this didn’t disappoint. It was really good, like old sarsaparilla with a vanilla taste.” “I like it better than what you would get at the store,” said Jennifer Kassebaum, one of Terri Kassebaum’s daughters.

And that’s what the Stajners are going for. “It doesn’t have that bite a lot of store-bought root beers have — it’s a lot smoother,” Dave said. “There’s no corn syrup, no caffeine, no artificial preservatives.” “Maybe we should market it as healthy — that’s what everyone is after these days,” Mona Stajner added with a laugh. dailynebraskan.com

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Josh Ward taps along to Tizer’s opening song during the first week of Jazz in June 2012. This was Ward’s first Jazz in June experience. “I’m really excited, I’ve only heard good things about Jazz in June,” Ward said.


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TOP LEFT: Drummer and Cuba naitive Raul Pineda keeps the beat going during Tizer’s performance on June 5. BOTTOM LEFT: (Left to Right) Guitarist Jeff Kollman and bass guitarist Rufus Philpot rock out during Tizer’s performance at last week’s Jazz in June concert. RIGHT: Bass guitarist Rufus Philpot produces a deep baseline for Tizer to play over. This was Tizer’s second time playing Jazz in June.

melodies. Tizer played a piece titled “Chasing the Sunset,” which seemed to impress the crowd with its fast-paced melodies and solos. This came as a surprise for many who were expecting slower, more traditional jazz with saxophones and

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trombones, neither of which were present. Tizer seemed to have music that was both appropriate and enjoyable for everyone — a rarity in today’s age. Children and senior citizens alike were tapping their feet to the beat and cheering Tizer on, even to the point of an encore performance at the end of the concert. The highlight of the show was when Lao Tizer performed “To Touch the Sky” solo, a showcase of his talent as both a performer and a composer.

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In this performance, the keyboard transcended its reputation for being background music and became the main focus, showing that all you need is a creative mind and a keyboard to entertain hundreds.

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are dancing. Families are spending time together. This is what the Sheldon Art Association is about—bringing people together to enjoy the arts. You can be part of our 125-year tradition, and help keep great arts and great events like Jazz in June at the heart of life in Nebraska. The Sheldon Art Association supports field trips to the museum and sculpture garden for all Lincoln Public Schools 4th, 5th, and 6th graders. SAA also helps Sheldon host artist lectures, community art contests, exhibitions, First Friday receptions, gallery talks, musical performances, and more. There's something in it for you, too. As a member of SAA, you'll receive invitations to exhibition openings, artist lectures, and special events; a complimentary copy of and recognition in artland magazine; and discounts at the Sheldon Museum Store.

Great Jazz. Great Outdoors. The Sheldon Art Association, its dedicated volunteers, and Jazz in June's sponsors present the Darryl White Group with guest artist Bobby Watson. The SAA and Sheldon Museum of Art are proud to continue the Jazz in June tradition. Free admission, however, does not mean these events are free of costs. Every contribution helps ensure this summer standard continues for years to come. Thank you for attending and supporting Jazz in June. Sheldon Art Association Jazz in June Committee

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UpcoMing eventS Saturday, June 16, 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Family art activities with Sheldon staff and volunteers at the Clyde Malone Community Center celebration of Juneteenth in Trago Park at 22nd and U Streets. Tuesday, June 19 Jazz in June featuring the UNL Faculty Jazz Ensemble with guest vocalist Jackie Allen. Tuesday, June 26 Jazz in June featuring Will Donato. Friday, July 13 Opening reception for The American Mountain Bicycle exhibition. For more information or to join our weekly event e-mail list, visit www.sheldonartmuseum.org.

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Omaha music venues cater to all tastes with different offerings Neil Orians Daily Nebraskan Despite its Saddle Creek Records reputation, Omaha is secretly home to a very rich and diverse music scene. With this diversity comes a broad range of music venues and each one has its own strengths. However, Omaha’s scene works differently than Lincoln. Many Omaha venues require minors to have a signed permission form from their parents on file at each venue. Make sure to look into any other restrictions that may apply, as some shows are 18+, 19+ or 21+, depending on the venue. With that bureaucratic mess out of the way, here are some of the best music venues in Omaha.

SOKOL AUDITORIUM

Sokol Auditorium and Underground are set up in a similar matter to that of the Bourbon Theatre in Lincoln. It has two separate areas for larger or smaller shows. Unlike the Bourbon, these areas are completely separate from each other. Small to mediumsized shows can be held in the Underground while a large act headlines the Auditorium. Located on 14th and Martha streets, Sokol is a very short drive south from the Old Market. Sokol Auditorium incorporates a balcony into its design, allowing not only overflow for large crowds, but also a space for people to rest or sit while still watching a show. The Underground contains a pseudo-lounge that fits a full bar and vending

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machines. Every show at Sokol is worth the trek up and down the hilly neighborhood.

THE WAITING ROOM LOUNGE

The Waiting Room Lounge is located in the Benson neighborhood in Omaha on 62nd and Maple streets. For those unfamiliar with Omaha, Benson was formerly its own town before becoming annexed and as a result, the Waiting Room is located in a little old downtown area. Besides the adorableness of the neighborhood, The Waiting Room is great for a few reasons. The sound quality is always excellent whether you go to an indie pop, hard rock or hip-hop show. The venue itself is clean and has that “dark-but-not-too-darkyou-can’t-see-the-dudeyou’re-hitting-on-in-front-ofyou” feel. After a show, head over to the Pizza Shoppe for a slice and reminisce about how amazing MC Chris is.

THE ORPHEUM THEATRE

The Orpheum Theatre is a wonderfully whimsical theatre located in downtown Omaha. One strength of the Orpheum is the diversity of the acts that play there. From Broadway tours such as “Rent” and “The Lion King” to jazz to contemporary artists like Nora Jones or T-Pain, the Orpheum does it all. Seriously, T-Pain has

performed on the same stage as “The Lion King.” All seats are comfortable and offer a good view of the stage, regardless of where you sit. The Orpheum is in the top tier for comfort while attending any event as the staff does its best to make each show unforgettable and accessible.

THE SLOWDOWN

The Slowdown is one of the newest venues in Omaha and seemingly, one of the best. Located in an extremely fitting location next to an American Apparel and Urban Outfitters, Slowdown is the place for all your no-coast indie desires. Similar to Sokol Auditorium and Underground, there are two stages for different sized shows. The main stage contains its dance floor in a pit-like situation and the outside areas are raised. The small stage is located off the street entrance, near the pool tables and bar, for a more intimate feel. Either stage offers a skilled engineer and top of the line equipment. I prefer going to shows held on the small stage because that’s truly where the Slowdown excels as both a bar and a venue. The smaller shows are simply more comfortable to be in than larger shows. If you’re lucky, maybe the photo booth will be working again and you can capture your experience getting sweaty with The Faint.

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Omaha plays host to a few very rich, valuable cultural hubs, one of which is the Holland. The Holland is great for its emphasis on music as art. Jazz, ballet, symphonies and several other artistic genres call the Holland home. While you can’t necessarily shake your groove thing at the Holland, you can experience some of the finest in contemporary and classical music. Whether it’s Death Cab for Cutie, Manheim Steamroller or the Omaha Symphony, the Holland is a great place to relax and enjoy a night of art. DAILYNEBRASKAN.COM

Uncontrollable cool characterizes summer jazz delight Kekeli Dawes Daily Nebraskan The Ray Anderson Pocket Brass Band has a new album called “Sweet Chicago Suite.” It’s the best kind of sloppy you’ve heard in a while. The album opens with a sassy, goofy muted horn and field drum march. Its lazy, heavy and a little unorthodox. No matter what you thought you expected when you first spun this album, it wasn’t this. As a brass band, they are heavy. Even the brightest trumpet has a dense sound that splatters the walls of whatever room you choose to blast this funky record. Take “Next March.” The horns are juicy, and they’re thrown around all over on the track in the funniest manner possible. By tune’s end, it’s a massive mess. A key track is “High School,” a bouncy, cool-dude tune that rides along on a booming, dancing tuba. The entire ensemble bounces, in a silly manner, much like a group of wild, uncaring teenagers making a ruckus in the back of the classroom. This track is definitely one from the schoolyard.

SWEET CHICAGO The Ray Anderson Pocket Brass Band GRADE

A+

The ensemble makes sure to stick to their New Orleans roots as well even when paying homage to Anderson’s hometown of Chicago. “The Stingray Rag” is second-line at its best, and it’s impossible not to dance along. Rich with personality, you can almost vision a bustling town — its streets, its dancers and of course, its drunks. Two cites, almost a thousand miles apart, never seemed any closer. There simply aren’t any dull moments on this record. It’s fun. It’s full of life. What more could you ask for in a summer jazz album? Play the song’s danceable tracks as loud as you can with friends and for the rest of them, blast them in your headphones, throw on your shades and just feel cool. That’s no crime — jazz is still the original cool. DAILYNEBRASKAN.COM/A-E


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each character has a satisfying arc and contains as much depth as you could expect out of their time on screen. Thankfully, the various threads never become too much to keep track of thanks to the acting; the distinctive performers anchor their scenes with bravado. The always-wonderful Wilkinson is a standout and has the most affecting subplot. Born and raised in India, he moved to England with his parents at a young age. Graham returns to the country to find a lost love and try to squelch some lifelong regret. Smith is also very good and perhaps has the most surprising character arc. Singling out the best performances is trivial when there are so many to be found. However, Patel struggles as the hyper-active hotel owner who doesn’t carry as much gravitas as his older co-stars. “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” isn’t groundbreaking in any way, but it’s serviceable, heartwarming entertainment. It’s a rare film made for senior citizens, and it knows its audience very well.

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to a whole new level with the same familiar distorted guitars and aggressive angst which longing ears have been waiting for. Songs like “Tom Dula,” “Clementine,” “Gallows Pole” and “God Save The Queen” interestingly enough have found a new home in the modern world presented by the father of grunge himself. Opening with the song “Oh Susannah,” which was written by Stephen Foster and originally performed on Sept. 11, 1847 according to the liner notes written by Young, the album immediately warms things up and gets the listener ready for anthemic rock ‘n’ roll. Collectively as Americans we have been singing these songs for a long time allowing us as their mouthpiece to be filled with solidarity and understanding about who we are and where we come

AMERICANA

Neil Young & Crazy Horse

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from. Socially, that’s the point. Though the pages of history have masked these messages, their meanings break through the fog and give rust a new sparkle that shines all over “Americana.” The last song, “God Save The Queen,” intermingled with “My Country, ‘Tis of Thee,” is perfectly set with its marching drums, strangled yet bold guitar and chorus of “let freedom ring” makes this album difficult to put down. Simply put, this album is an instant introspective classic in its own work boots and deserves to be listened to over and over again. DAILYNEBRASKAN.COM/A-E

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“The young ladies like to get the jewelry,” Hubka said. Andrea Maack, a University of Nebraska-Lincoln senior art major, said she hadn’t been to Jazz in June recently and found she enjoyed the Market’s atmosphere, especially on a nice summer evening. Maack added she was looking forward to the upcoming performances. Shongaezee’s Native American Grill said they hope that being at the Market will help to educate people about frybread, a bread made with ingredients that were rationed out to the Navajo Native Americans by the United States government after relocating them to New Mexico from Arizona. Doni Baxter and her husband run the grill. She said she likes the market’s atmosphere. “It’s friendly,” Baxter said. “You see a lot of people you know and you meet new people.” DAILYNEBRASKAN.COM

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far more apparent. The pulsing beats were driven by McGinn and Berg, Berg’s playing reflected Taylor’s rhythms, and Taylor echoes beats laid out by Coffeen. Each member of the rhythm section was critical — they fit seamlessly. For a four-year group, that’s a rarity. A solid horn section is another rare find today in newer groups. Several artists may have horn lines added to songs but not many groups compose with the group like Ben-Porat on trombone and Sam Trump on trumpet. “Playing this group, its great,” Ben-Porat said. “There’s that familiar element that’s easy to the ear, but at the same time there are a few complex things here and there. The group has really created ways that me and Sam Trump on trumpet can incorporate the horns to be a part of the song. It’s an actual, integral element. If we don’t have horns, we don’t usually do the gig.” The horn lines really tie the group’s songs together. They are well-written, dynamic

and groovy. Ben-Porat’s horn lines adds to the ensemble’s clean, bright sound. They pair well with Coffeen’s lush piano comping. And emotionally, they are on par with Maggie Vagle’s soulful vocals. Trump and Ben-Porat sing strong and boldly while Vagle croons sweetly, almost flirtatiously. When the band is in full stride, emcee Rico Sisney’s flow intensifies. A skilled wordsmith, Sisney could rhyme about anything. Midway through Tuesday’s set, he did just that. Vagle and Sisney called on the crowd to drop some items in their pocket onstage. A minute later, the emcee found IDs, pencils, a shoe and even a blanket at his feet. The band broke out with a menacing rendition of Pharoe Monch’s “Simon Says,” and Sisney kicked off a five-minute freestyle on the spot. He finished to thunderous applause and hoots and hollers from the crowd. Some audience members that came to reclaim their possessions from the stage chose to stay up close. One song later,

nearly all of the Zoo Bar was on their feet, huddled closely around the small stage at the back of the venue, rocking in sync with the hyped band. There was a definite sense of community. That’s what Sidewalk Chalk thrives on, both on the road and at home in Chicago. “The community of musicians in Chicago is massive, but it’s kind of fragmented,” Coffeen said. “We’ve tried to dip our feet into different scenes. We were in the hiphop scene, we were in the jazz scene but we’ve also opened up for a group called Company Of Thieves, an indie rock, really smart pop music. The doors are opened up to a whole other arena of people in Chicago.” Sidewalk Chalk gets their creative energy from Chicago. A year ago, Sisney started a community for poets, emcees and visual and musical artists called The Gala, effectively creating a place where creative can meet, mingle and create together. “It’s an awesome event that’s brought this whole

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community of musicians to one place. So that’s been a real catalyst,” Sisney said. Ben-Porat added the community extends even further. “We have photographers that are really helpful to us ... we have chefs that are really good friends of ours. I’m talking about everything — it extends way beyond music.” Sidewalk Chalk carries this sense of community wherever they go. Tara D., an artist and close friend of the group, painted the band’s tour bus. “If your bring it live, people will respond,” Coffeen said. Lincoln did respond, much to Sidewalk Chalk’s surprise. “Someone once told me that Lincoln may be small, but it has a big heart,” Vagle said after the show. Sisney was excited to line up another possible show at the Zoo Bar on August 8; he loved the venue’s feel. “That door wide open,” he said, pointing the bar’s narrow entrance. “That’s love.” It looks like Venus may make another trip across the sun in August. DAILYNEBRASKAN .COM/A-E

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