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VOLUME 2 ISSUE 20 | MAY 16 - MAY 22 | 2018



LOCAL Satellite Junction

LIVE Mike Mains

ART Katie B. Temple

EVENTS Your Complete Guide






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Satellite Junction

Mike Mains


Your Complete Guide















Diary of a Changing World By Steve Newman



Baseball Highlights By Focus Omaha



Eagle Riders to Raise Awareness For Children’s Mental Health Sponsored by New Dawn Nutrition



Satellite Junction – It’s About the Songs By Andy Roberts



“Stripped Down” for the Side Room – Michigan Pop Rocker Mike Mains Heads to Omaha By Howard Schwartz



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Artist Bio By D.J. Grothe

Name: Katie B. Temple Age: 29 Hometown: Wapakoneta, Ohio Medium/Style: Visual Art/ Architectural What inspires and influences your work the most? “I am greatly influenced by the past, the present, and the future. My old body of work called ‘Sense of Home’ was about the 15 different places I have lived, and my current body of work is about empty homes in Omaha, Nebraska. They may be between renters, on the market to sell, foreclosed by the bank, or just abandoned. I began this body of work when a house across the street from my studio suddenly went from occupied to foreclosed. What was once an energetic, busy home is now a boarded-up, sterile structure.”

When was your first exhibition? “My first exhibition was in middle school when one of my drawings was accepted in to the Ohio Scholastic Awards which was displayed at Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio. Seeing my work displayed with other young artists really boosted my self-confidence and its a big reason why I work with youth in the arts today.” What was your favorite piece to create? “I don’t really have a specific, favorite piece, but the work I’ve created since moving to Omaha 3 years ago has been my favorite to make thus far in my career.” What are you currently working on? “I just completed a month-long crowdfunding campaign, ‘There’s No Place Like Home’, on Indiegogo, so I am finishing up pieces to be sent to the contributing participants. I also just finished up a custom piece for Benson

Theatre’s capital fundraising campaign. Along with those two projects, I am completing a special series of 10 pieces for Omaha Creative Institute’s CSArt program and gearing up for two upcoming exhibitions at B-Side in May and The Little Gallery in June.”

You can see more of Katie’s work at

Where do you see your art in the future? “I am all about naturally growing as an artist and letting the work morph into whatever it is meant to become. I aim to experiment a little more in the future with some three-dimensional works.” Who’s the artist, living or dead, you admire most? “I really enjoy the contemporary, layered works of Julie Mehretu.” Advice to an aspiring artist? “Keep working. Keep pushing. Keep making.” Favorite quote? “Do not fix what is not broke.”


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co-workers to change the world for everyone affected by MS. Together, we become a powerful force. And with every step we take, every dollar we raise ... we’re that much closer. Together, we will end MS forever. Registration opens at 9am, Walk starts at 10am -----------------------------------------------Saturday, May 19 | 10a - 6p 1st annual Beer Bellies for Full Bellies Jerry’s Bar, 6301 Military Ave Omaha, Nebraska 68104 A fundraiser to feed kids in summer when they have no access to school lunch. The fundraiser is aimed at combating the epidemic of childhood hunger by serving nutritious meals where kids eat and play in the summer months. A Food Bank staffer will be on-site showing off the Kids Cruisin’ Kitchen and discussing how your donations


benefit children in the Omaha community. Events run from May 18th to May 20th, 2018 at Jerry’s Bar in Benson. May 18th kicks off the weekend-long drink specials, 50/50 and online silent auction that continues into May 20th May 20th, 2018 from 10am – 6pm On-site silent auction, Drink specials, Live raffle, Brunch, Mimosas 50/50 drawing, T-shirts, Make your own buttons and more! -----------------------------------------------Saturday, May 12 | 7p Saturdays at Stinson Concert -with Blue House & The Rent To Own Horns 1920 S 67th St., Omaha There will be food and drink vendors, face painting, balloon artists, kids will play in the fountain and on the playground equipment.

EVENTS WEDNESDAY, MAY 16 Bike Night Quaker Steak and Lube, 5p THURSDAY, MAY 17 Thirsty Thursday Rodeo Saloon, 8p FRIDAY, MAY 18 89.7 The River Presents Five Finger Death Punch & Shinedown Westfair Fairgrounds, 2:10p -----------------------------------------------Knockout Parties with DJ Jake The Mile Away Hall & Tavern, 7p -----------------------------------------------Lemon Fresh day Amerisports, 8:30p

SATURDAY, MAY 19 Celebrate Council Bluffs Parade Downtown Council Bluffs, 10:30a -----------------------------------------------Poss Bonus Cellar 19 Wine & Deli, 6p -----------------------------------------------Lemon Fresh day Amerisports, 8:30p -----------------------------------------------R Style Whiskey Roadhouse, 9p MONDAY, MAY 21 Trivia The Buck Snort, 6p

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WEDNESDAY MAY 16 Happy Hippy Hour with Carrie Jean & Dr. Webb Music The Down Under, 4:20p ----------------------------------------------Midwest Golden Gloves Ralston Arena, 6p ----------------------------------------------Jam Session Vino Mas, 6p ----------------------------------------------Daybreak Ozone Lounge, 6:30p ----------------------------------------------Ray’s Piano Party Mr. Toad’s, 7p ----------------------------------------------Trivia Night Blazin’ Pianos, 7:30p ----------------------------------------------Wicked Orpheum Theater, 7:30p ----------------------------------------------Carolyn Harrell & Michael Adams The Omaha Lounge, 7:30p ----------------------------------------------Tropidelic w/ Cornerstone Dub Slowdown, 8p ----------------------------------------------Karaoke Brokedown Palace, 9p ----------------------------------------------Jared William Gottberg Harney Street Tavern, 9p ----------------------------------------------Laura Macklin Barley Street Tavern, 10p ----------------------------------------------Special Late Night Set w/ Laura Macklin The Down Under Lounge, 11:30p

THURSDAY MAY 17 Bike Night with Titanium Blue Dr. Jack’s Drinkery, 4p ----------------------------------------------Seth Walker w/ Blue Sunday Chrome Lounge, 5p ----------------------------------------------Trapt Undergound - Acoustic Nights Bourbon Saloon, 6p


Bazille Mills HH Garden Series O’Leaver’s, 6p ----------------------------------------------Karly Jurgensen Ozone Lounge, 6:30p ----------------------------------------------Skretta Etc. Vino Mas, 6:30p ----------------------------------------------Jon Wolfe Bourbon Saloon, 7p ----------------------------------------------Kevin Hart: The Irresponsible Tour CenturyLink Center, 7p ----------------------------------------------Karaoke The New Frontier Bar, 7p ----------------------------------------------Acoustic Sensations w/ Linda Slocum The Side Room at Ralston Arena, 7p ----------------------------------------------Arturo Sandoval: The Dear Diz Tour Holland Center, 7:30p ----------------------------------------------Disorder Ceremony Lookout Lounge, 7:30p ----------------------------------------------Eddie Ifft Omaha Funny Bone, 7:30p/9:45 ----------------------------------------------Wicked Orpheum Theater, 7:30p ----------------------------------------------Richie Allbright & Casper McWade Buck’s Bar & Grill, 8p ----------------------------------------------The O! Sync Battle Forte Music Hall, 8p ----------------------------------------------Juke Butter Growler USA, 8p ----------------------------------------------Born Ruffians w/ Little Junior Reverb Lounge, 8p ----------------------------------------------Black Rebel Motorcycle Club w/ Pete International Airport Slowdown, 8p ----------------------------------------------Harold Hour (Improv) The Backline, 8p ----------------------------------------------Swampboy Blues Jam The B. Bar, 8p -----------------------------------------------

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Vince Swaney Brokedown Palace, 9p ----------------------------------------------Josh Hoyer Solo Harney Street Tavern, 9p ----------------------------------------------Open Mic Love’s Jazz & Art Center, 9p ----------------------------------------------Wow! That’s What I Call Improv The Backline, 9p ----------------------------------------------An Evening with Dereck Higgins V The Down Under Lounge, 9:30p ----------------------------------------------Chris Shelton Dubliner Pub, 9:30p

FRIDAY MAY 18 Dan/Jon Acoustic Happy Hour The Down Under Lounge, 5p ----------------------------------------------The Angry Minnows The B. Bar, 5:30p ----------------------------------------------Josh Powell Black Oak Grill, 6p ----------------------------------------------Kali Indiana Cantina Laredo, 6p ----------------------------------------------George Walker Crave, 6p ----------------------------------------------Plan B Della Costa, 6p ----------------------------------------------Midwest Golden Gloves Nationals Ralston Arena, 6p ----------------------------------------------Scott Moyer Band and Little Joe McCarthy The B. Bar, 6p ----------------------------------------------Karaoke Millard VFW Post 8334, 7p ----------------------------------------------Simplicated The Cottonwood Cove, 7p ----------------------------------------------Music by Brandon Liberty Therapy Bar & Grill, 7p -----------------------------------------------

A Night Of Music With Taylor Phelan & Mike Mains With Local Artists Mary Ruth And Ryan Hill The Side Room at Ralston Arena, 7p ----------------------------------------------Shania Twain: NOW Tour CenturyLink Center, 7:30p ----------------------------------------------Eddie Ifft Omaha Funny Bone, 7:30p ----------------------------------------------Fallen Reign with Silence Is Madness Dr. Jack’s Drinkery, 8p ----------------------------------------------Jackie Allen Jambo Cat, 8p ----------------------------------------------Noir Omaha Presents: Disorder Ceremony: A Celebration Of The Music Of Joy Division And New Order Lookout Lounge, 8p ----------------------------------------------You Had To Be There (Standup) The Backline, 8p ----------------------------------------------ARIS w/ The Long Awaited, Armful Of Tiger Lilies, Wired Pub, 8p ----------------------------------------------Comedy! Friday Night Word Fights Barley Street, 9p ----------------------------------------------Jake Dodds Beer Can Alley, 9p ----------------------------------------------Blazin’ Pianos Brewsky’s Food & Spirits, 9p ----------------------------------------------Karaoke Brokedown Palace, 9p ----------------------------------------------Karaoke California Bar, 9p ----------------------------------------------Clarence Tilton Growler USA, 9p ----------------------------------------------The MGD’s Harney Street Tavern, 9p ----------------------------------------------Brian Holland Havana Garage, 9p ----------------------------------------------eNVy Ozone, 9p -----------------------------------------------

Garst w/ Daisy Distraction & Take This To Your Grave, Reverb Lounge, 8p ----------------------------------------------Save The Hero Skyybox, 9p ----------------------------------------------Dead Man’s Hand Chrome Lounge, 9p ----------------------------------------------AllSortsOfgood + Mr. E & the Stringless Kite The B. Bar, 9p ----------------------------------------------Date Night The Backline, 9p ----------------------------------------------PROF with Mac Irv, Cashinova, & Willie Wonka The Waiting Room, 9p ----------------------------------------------Flannigan’s Right Hook Dubliner Pub, 9:30p ----------------------------------------------Eddie Ifft Omaha Funny Bone, 9:30p ----------------------------------------------Jerry Pranksters The Down Under, 9:30p ----------------------------------------------Leafblower w/ Universe Contest Brother’s Lounge, 10p ----------------------------------------------Closeness, TBD Dance & InDreama O’Leaver’s Pub, 10p ----------------------------------------------Interrogated (Improv) The Backline, 10p ----------------------------------------------The Arena (Improv) The Backline, 11p

SATURDAY MAY 19 Hector Anchondo Band Early Show Chrome Lounge, 6p ----------------------------------------------Preakness Party with Jacked Horsemen’s Park, 6p ----------------------------------------------Read Southall Bourbon Saloon, 7p ----------------------------------------------The Matador, Those Dirty Thieves, Downhearted, Still Standing & Stronghold Lookout Lounge, 7p ----------------------------------------------Eddie Ifft Omaha Funny Bone, 7p ----------------------------------------------BlueHouse & The Rent To Own Horns Stinson Park in Aksarben Village, 7p ----------------------------------------------Sinners & Saints The Cottonwood Cove, 7p -----------------------------------------------

Sweet Tea Vino Mas, 7p ----------------------------------------------Wired with Real Youth Wired Pub, 7p ----------------------------------------------Karaoke American Legion Post #1, 7:30p ----------------------------------------------Eddie Ifft Omaha Funny Bone, 7:30p ----------------------------------------------U2 Experience + Innocence Tour 2018 CenturyLink Center, 8p ----------------------------------------------The Matt Amandus Jazz Trio Jambo Cat, 8p ----------------------------------------------Benson Soul Society Reverb Lounge, 8p ----------------------------------------------Petrock Slowdown, 8p ----------------------------------------------Singles Night Therapy Bar & grill, 8p ----------------------------------------------Omaha Rocks Unplugged 2 The Waiting Room, 8p ----------------------------------------------Terry Parker Trio The Omaha Lounge, 8:30p ----------------------------------------------Radio Static Chrome Lounge, 9p ----------------------------------------------Lucky Seven Dr. Jack’s Drinkery, 9p ----------------------------------------------Extreme Midget Wrestling Forte Music Hall, 9p ----------------------------------------------Scott Severin Growler USA, 9p ----------------------------------------------The Party After Harney Street Tavern, 9p ----------------------------------------------Coyote Bill Havana Garage, 9p ----------------------------------------------Taxi Driver Ozone, 9p ----------------------------------------------Confidentials Saints Pub, 9p ----------------------------------------------Flannigan’s Right Hook Dubliner Pub, 9:30p ----------------------------------------------Eddie Ifft Omaha Funny Bone, 9:30p ----------------------------------------------J. Crum w/ The Fey & Pflames The Down Under Lounge, 9:30p continued on page 11

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Thursday May 17

Kevin Hart: The Irresponsible Tour CENTURYLINK


Friday Friday May 18 May 18 # A Night Of Music With Taylor Phelan & Midwest Golden Gloves Mike Mains Nationals THE SIDE ROOM RALSTON ARENA



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Thursday May 17


Friday May 18


An Evening with Dereck Higgins THE DOWN UNDER



Thursday May 17


Saturday May 19


Arturo Sandoval: The Dear Diz Tour HOLLAND CENTER


AllSortsOfgood + Mr. E & U2 Experience + the Stringless Kite Innocence Tour 2018 THE B. BAR CENTURYLINK



Friday May 18

Shania Twain: NOW Tour CENTURYLINK



Tuesday May 22

An Acoustic Affair with Stryper RALSTON ARENA

SUNDAY MAY 20 Come Together Soaring Wings, 2p ----------------------------------------------Down 2 Here The Cottonwood Cove, 2p ----------------------------------------------Gaming Guild The Down Under Lounge, 3p ----------------------------------------------Cajun Boil with Dr. Webb The Down Under Lounge, 4 ----------------------------------------------Bill Sammon - Acoustic Music Steak & Grapes, 5p ----------------------------------------------Arkaik with Vale of Pnath, Xenophonic & Orpheus, Lookout Lounge, 6p ----------------------------------------------Big Wheel & Matt Whipkey O’Leaver’s Pub, 6p ----------------------------------------------The Belles with Kaylyn Sahs The Well, 7p ----------------------------------------------An Acoustic evening with Kris Lager Band, Reverb Lounge, 7:30p ----------------------------------------------Tomorrow’s Bad Seeds, Sun-Dried Vibes & Thicker Than Thieves Slowdown, 8p ----------------------------------------------Booze Bingo The Down Under Lounge, 8p ----------------------------------------------Wye Oak with Palm The Waiting Room, 8p ----------------------------------------------Karaoke The Down Under Lounge, 10p


Open Jam The Down Under Lounge, 9p

TUESDAY MAY 22 Little Joe McCarthy Ozone Lounge, 6:30p ----------------------------------------------Open Mic & Jam NIght Therapy Bar & Grill, 7p ----------------------------------------------Mitch Towne Jazz Organ Trio Jambo Cat, 7:30p ----------------------------------------------Open Mic Brokedown Palace, 8p ----------------------------------------------A Night of the Riff with Doomstress, Azimuth & Advent of Dark Lookout Lounge, 8p ----------------------------------------------LOTR vs. Harry Potter Trivia The Down Under Lounge, 8p ----------------------------------------------An Acoustic Affair with Stryper Ralston Arena, 8p ----------------------------------------------Southern Culture on the Skids w Wagon Blasters The Waiting Room, 8p ----------------------------------------------Turbo Tuesdays featuring DJ Vic Nasty Bar 415, 9p ----------------------------------------------Open Mic (Standup) The Backline, 9p ----------------------------------------------Sunday Jazz Mr. Toad, 9p ----------------------------------------------Karaoke The Down Under, 10p

Gooch & His Big Las Vegas Band Ozone Lounge, 6:30p ----------------------------------------------Bill Sammon- Acoustic Music Growler USA, 7p ----------------------------------------------Crazy & The Brains w/ BL&TRG + Tame Suns, Gongfermour, Lookout Lounge, 7p ----------------------------------------------1000 Miles of Fire & A Better Hand Petshop, 7p ----------------------------------------------Wicked Orpheum Theater, 7:30p ----------------------------------------------Songwriter Showcase & Open Mic Barley Street Tavern, 8p ----------------------------------------------Southern Culture on the Skids w/ Wagon Blasters, Waiting Room, 8p

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different cloth. We love meeting the people and changing lives.”

By Focus Omaha

Sweet talked about being there for people that are going through At a time that, for some of us, doesn’t a divorce, or addicted to drugs, or seem so long ago, Heavy Metal was the facing other challenges. We talked king of rock. It was a time when talking about how our friends would all glean about and seeing “boobies,” as a recent through the issues of Circus Magazine heavy metal band described it, and sex, to find the latest posters of the up and drugs, and rock and roll were the rage. coming bands. There was one band, however, that defied the norm and paved their own way to Christian heavy metal stardom. With all the shouting at the devil that was going on, it may have seemed hard, but not according to Stryper frontman Michael Sweet. “It was easy for us on the inside. We’ve always taken heat for what we’ve done. It hasn’t changed since 1984,” he recalled. “We try to deliver positive lyrics and messages. We were a rock band way back in the 70’s and 80’s and got it out of our systems earlier than some of the others. The sex, drugs, and rock and roll scene.”

Sweet recalled the band being featured at the height of the era. “To get any kind of press like that. It was really exciting. Especially for guys 22, 23, 24 years old. And being a Christian band that was one of a kind. It was a rush for us. We were blessed to be a part of it.”

reaching a new peak with its latest album, God Damn Evil. “We’re excited about the album and feel like it’s our best to date. When we play it you can see and feel the reaction from people,” he offered. “The excitement from us comes across in our recordings, songs, and our live performances.” Their latest video, “The Valley,” also gives you a taste of what to expect on the new album. After mentioning that it seemed to have a harder edge Sweet said, “It does have a harder edge. We lost that a little bit. We’ve come back to that and even with a punch to it.”

for that. A lot of bands have changed their look or their vibe or their sound. We’re not going to stand down from our faith just because of a little heat in the kitchen.” The fact is, there’s a good reason why these guys are still around. It’s because it doesn’t matter what you personally believe in- they rock! Stryper Tuesday, May 22 8 p.m. $22 ADV / $30 DOS

Through it all, Stryper has managed to Stryper isn’t the only famous band that stay true to form. “We get beat up by Sweet has played with. He had the op- the press and other bands eats us alive portunity to be the singer-guitarist for sometimes. You gotta give us props Boston from 2007-2011 after the untimely demise of lead singer Brad Delp. Sweet reflected on the experience. ”Really different. I went from playing arenas and back to clubs and back to arenas. It was a whole different thing,” he offered. “I don’t prefer either, it’s just really different. Clubs are a more intimate setting. Boston was one of my childhood heroes.”

While they surely saw their share of “boobies,” Sweet stated it was never their motivation. “That’s not what excited us. It was to rock and coming together as a band. Rock and Roll has never been about boobies for us,” he In 2011, he decided to leave Boston emphasized. “I feel sorry for those that and place his focus back on Stryper. make it about that. We’re cut from a Sweet also feels the band may be

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Diary of a Changing World

By Steve Newman

Jumping Champ

Researchers have for the first time trained a spider to jump on demand at varying distances, and from different heights, in a study to help design a new generation of tiny, high-performance robots with the same abilities. Scientists from the University of Manchester named the regal jumping spider Kim. They found it uses the perfect trajectory and amount of energy for each of the jumping challenges presented to it. “A jumping spider can leap up to six times its body length from a standing start,” said Mostafa Nabawy.

Mount Cleveland and the flow of debris from the blast could be seen on May 8, rising above a layer of low clouds. Image: AVO-USGS

• Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano caused further evacuations as new fissures unleashed destructive lava flows.


At least two miners died in southern Poland when a magnitude 4.1 tremor caused their coal mine to collapse. • Nearly 200 homes were damaged in El Salvador by a sharp quake in the southeast of the country. • Earth movements were also felt in the northern Philippines, eastern Afghanistan, the central U.S. Gulf Coast, northeastern Arkansas and Southern California.


“Kim” can exert a force of five times its body weight during jumps. Photo: Mostafa Nabawy

War Extinctions



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The world’s most ambitious project to eradicate invasive species has left the subAntarctic island of South Georgia free of rats and mice for probably the first time in nearly 250 years. The rodents were inadvertently introduced by sealers and whalers who stopped there. The pests have since ravaged the British territory’s native species, especially birds that lay their eggs on the ground or in burrows.

Aleutian Eruption

Alaska’s Mount Cleveland volcano exploded with a plume of ash that soared 22,000 feet above Chuginadak Island in the Aleutians.

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But a $15 million project to poison or trap the rodents over the past decade has apparently eradicated every single one from the 100-mile-long island.


Plant Talk

Plants seem to have developed a unique form of communication in the ground that lets them tell one another what nearby plants are doing. Earlier studies proved that fungus helps tree roots communicate. It’s a ground-based network scientists call the “fungal internet.” But a team at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences has found that the growth behavior of corn can also be driven by chemical secretions in the soil released by nearby plants.

A new study shows armed conflicts in Africa’s Sahara and Sahel regions are resulting in a sharp decline of species such as the African elephant and dorcas gazelle. The study, led by researchers at Portugal’s University of Porto, found that the proliferation of firearms, over-exploitation of natural resources and human intrusion into previously isolated areas have resulted in the extinction or near-extinction of 12 out of the 14 large animal species in the region. The study also found that oil drilling has led to the progressive extinction of Sniffer dogs like this one were unable to detect any more rats on South Georgia Island. the addax, a type of antelope. Photo: Oliver Prince / South Georgia Heritage Trust

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Ebola Returns

The Democratic Republic of the Congo has confirmed that two people suffering from a hemorrhagic fever were infected with Ebola. The virus is believed responsible for several other cases in an outbreak that emerged during the past five weeks in the northwest of the country. At least 17 people have already died. West Africa was ravaged by an Ebola outbreak that ended two years ago after killing more than 11,300 people and infecting 28,600 others.

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Baseball Highlights By Focus Omaha Creighton Bluejays

The Bluejays got most of what they needed this week. CU completed a season sweep of Nebraska with a 5-4 win on Tuesday, beat UNO 10-6 to improve to 2-0 against the Mavericks on the season, and then swept Villanova in the three-game weekend series at Philadelphia. Michael Emodi’s two-run homer in the eighth made the difference in Saturday’s second game, a 3-2 win. The Villanova series included two complete-game pitching performances and stopped a string of


weekends in conference play where the Jays (31-15, 8-9 Big East) won on Friday and then dropped the final two games. The problem is the Big East has only seven teams that play baseball, only four make the league tournament, and the combination of wins and losses make it extremely unlikely that Creighton will make it. CU has four games set this week, with a mid-day meeting against UNO at Werner Park on Tuesday and a three-game series against the Cal Bears at TD Ameritrade Park starting on Thursday.

Omaha Mavericks

UNO (14-32, 9-15 Summit League) was on a losing streak that reached eight during the weekend after an unearned run on a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth. That allowed Oral

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Roberts to take Sunday’s finale 2-1 after winning 7-6 on Saturday. The Mavericks dropped the series opener 7-1 on Friday and earlier fell to Creighton at Werner Park. The Jays and Mavs were to meet in a Tuesday matinee at TD Ameritrade Park, then it’s a three-game home series to close out the regular season.

Nebraska Baseball

The Husker baseball team (23-26

Overall and 7-12 Big Ten) dropped two out of three games to Indiana at Hawks Field this past weekend and they’re going to need some help to even make the Big Ten tournament that starts in Omaha on May 23rd. They head off to Champagne, Illinois, for a three-game series this weekend against the Illini to complete the regular season.

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“The health, safety and well-being of Nebraska children is a priority across the agency and we appreciate the Eagle Riders’ commitment to children’s mental health,” said Dr. Courtney Phillips, CEO of the Department of Health and Human Services.

Eagle Riders to Raise Awareness For Children’s Mental Health Lincoln – Volunteer motorcyclists will travel across the state from May 16 through May 19 for the 11th annual Pony Express, an effort to raise awareness about children’s mental health. The ride will finish in a ceremony at the Nebraska State Capitol at 1:30 pm on Saturday, May 19. The ride focuses on the message mental health is fundamental to overall health, a message shared by the Department of Health and Human Services. The bikers, members of the Fraternal Order of Eagles and called Eagle Riders, will kick off their ride in Scottsbluff on May 16. During the ride — which spans almost 900 miles — these dedicated motorcyclists will reenact the mail-delivery service of the storied Pony Express by picking up letters about children’s mental health written by youth, their families and other supporters, which will be delivered to lawmakers at the State Capitol.


Extension Building, Families Care and Region 3 Behavioral Services event, 1400 E. 34th St., featuring fun activities, nachos and desserts.

Friday, May 18

9:40 am, Grand Island: Boys Town Shelter, 3230 West Wildwood Drive On May 17, the riders will make a stop 12:05 pm, York: York Aerie, 605 North in Sidney to pick up children’s letters, Lincoln Ave. then head to North Platte, Gothenburg 1:45 pm, Columbus: Columbus Aerie, and Kearney. May 18 will take the 3205 12th St. riders to Grand Island, York, Columbus 4:05 pm, Norfolk: Ta Ha Zouka Park, and Norfolk. The final day, May 19, public event with Parent to Parent the riders will visit Boys Town’s main campus in Omaha and wrap up the Saturday, May 19 tour on the steps of the Nebraska 10 am, Omaha: Boys Town Main State Capitol, where the letters will be Campus, West Dodge Road delivered to state leaders. 1:10 pm, Lincoln: Motorcycle parade from the Lincoln Aerie to the Nebraska “Misunderstanding and stigma State Capitol Building surrounding mental illness are 1:30 pm: Arrive at Nebraska State widespread, and we must change that conversation,” said Sheri Dawson, director of the Division of Behavioral Health at DHHS. ”We thank the Eagle Riders for 11 years of important conversations about children’s mental health across our great state.” Some of the letters delivered last year have been read before the children’s system of care meetings. The letters give voice to children and reinforce the importance of mental health services.

Wednesday, May 16th

6:30 pm, Scottsbluff: Public event at Cirrus House, 1802 17th Ave. In addition to the Eagle Riders appearance, Cirrus House will hold a carnival and block party with events for children and young adults, food and more.

Thursday, May 17th

9 am, Sidney: Sidney Community Center/Kids Korner, 627 Toledo St. 1:30 pm, North Platte: Connections Homeless Shelter, 414 E. 6th St. 3:05 pm, Gothenburg: Lafayette Park Pavilion, 314 27th Street. In addition to the Eagle Riders, the public event will include a live band, free food and family activities. 4:45 pm, Kearney: Buffalo County

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Capitol Building to deliver letters DHHS provides many resources for families with behavioral health needs, including the Nebraska Family Helpline, a free, confidential resource for parents with questions or concerns about their child’s behavior. The Helpline phone number is 1-888-8668660.

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Satellite Junction – It’s About the Songs

did, and they liked it, so he found some people who wanted to play “The Way You Pay” and some others.

“It just kind of worked out,” he remembered. While the band falls firmly in the indie rock camp, “We’ve been described as The fertile Omaha music scene often so many different things,” he said. has its roots among people who met in Musically they remind folks of The college. Kings of Leon or The Raconteurs, which, “Is probably my favorite,” acIndie rockers Satellite Junction are no cording to McAdams. exception. As for the source of the band’s name: Singer-guitarist Josh McAdams also “We just thought it sounded cool, writes (or starts to write) the songs for actually,” McAdams shrugged. Satellite Junction. He’s joined by Joe McCann on bass, drummer Josh With their focus on original material, Lambrecht, and singer Nina Urban. McAdams usually does his writing on acoustic guitar, then, after he’s recordMcCann and Urban are Omaha natives, ed all the parts, the rest of the band while Lambrecht and McAdams came ignores it and puts their own touch on from Indiana to attend college in it. Omaha. “It ends up sounding totally different,” “That’s been a long time,” McAdams he laughed. stated. He first started playing with Lambrecht in college, but they grew up, The band is changing now as guitarist had kids and, “Just didn’t have time for Kyle Tanner left town for a new job. it,” he recalled. Change, McAdams said, is nothing new But: “I always wrote songs.” for Satellite Junction, and he considers it a band strength. About four years ago McAdams wrote one he wanted to play for people. He

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“We’ve had different people come in and play with us . . . Everybody just adapts pretty well,” he said. “Nina’s new. When she joined, everything changed a ton . . . We’re all like, music nuts.” McAdams considers the open-mindedness of the band members is a plus. “The cool thing is we’ve had guys come and go. We’ve jammed with different people,” he acknowledged. “We’ll kind of put a demo together of what it (a song) might sound like.” Usually that starts with McAdams who will have “some guitar part” and then he comes up with a hook or other element to which he can scat a melody. Generally the words come next, or at least a line of the lyric. He ends up with a lot of demos in his home studio. “I want them (songs) to be relatable so I try not to make them super specific so people can apply them to themselves,” McAdams explained. “I love hearing people tell me what they think my songs are about.” A close friend once stayed to the end of a gig after-party and waited until everyone had left to see if a song was about him – it wasn’t.

“He had a pretty good theory,” McAdams chuckled. “But it wasn’t.” Their spontaneous streak runs deep. McAdams recalled discovering Tanner on Craigslist after the guitarist just moved to the city. Tanner had found a band by the time McAdams contacted him, but he sent a demo anyway. Things with the other band didn’t work out, so Tanner finished the song and sent it back. Plans were made to get together over beer. They bonded as the beers disappeared. “We ended up jamming, the first time we met, for over four hours,” McAdams said. “We went through every song I had.” It happened a second time and they were ready to record. “That’s kind of the way we operate,” McAdams explained. “We’re just complete geeks over music and songs.” Despite his recent departure, Tanner may come back and play in some shows.

The band is about to start it’s third album. The first one was No Time Like the Present and the most recent was A Little Excess Goes a Long Way. The source of that title comes from a statement made during late-night partying by a fire pit. McAdams has other recordings from previous bands like Bob and Backseat Gilligan, 90s bands that played the hot spots of that time. Satellite Junction has played O’Leaver’s. The Barley Street, The Sidney, The Down Under, and The Slowdown. Future plans, if anything beyond what the band is now doing, have yet to be formed. Satellite Junction can be counted on to continue creating new music because the band members still get excited hearing those songs come to life. “Right now, I just love making music,” McAdams said. Facebook page --- music can be found on Spotify or Soundcloud For more about Satellite Junction:

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“Stripped Down” for the Side Room– Michigan Pop Rocker Mike Mains Heads to Omaha

they threw me in a bib and drove me to Michigan,” Mains has been with his band, Mike Mains and the Branches, for about nine years. When he comes to Ralston Arena’s Side Room on Friday night, it will be a smaller version of the show with him on guitar and vocals and his wife Shannon on piano and vocals.

The full band will be back on the road in the fall promoting their new release. You can check him out on YouTube doing the video to his song “My Way,” a one-off collaboration with Yacht Money He’s worked with that NashRolling down the highway on the road ville group on commercials and movie to Cincinnati from a Cleveland show, soundtracks. It was a bit of a change Michigan-based pop rocker Mike for Mains, who started writing songs Mains recalled the misspent days of his when he was 12. youth when he first got into music. “What I do best is alt-pop rock,” he “I grew up chained to the television,” he said. “When I’m dead and gone people recalled, acknowledging much of that are probably just going to call me an time was spent watching MTV - when indie rocker.” it had videos. “I was glued to that . . . If I was in the car, the radio had to be on.” He likes, as Tom Waits has said,

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When the melody is “great and really strong,” he’ll pour words into it, as he said, comparing the process to fly tape where he tries words to see what sticks. “There’s a little bit of room for interpretation. That keeps the song fresh for me,” he offered.

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He recalled playing a college bar with the band and having a great time, but with so many gigs under his belt the “Beautiful melodies telling me terrible details escaped him. After all, he does Mains remembers the shock he felt things.” spend four to five months a year on the when he learned some of those sing road. ers, especially on the country stations, There are other musical touchstones, didn’t write all their own songs, but Mains pointed out. “Especially the new “It hasn’t always been easy but it’s soon he was. stuff, you’ll hear a lot of Arcade Fire. I Mains also uses an idea from Arcade rewarding,” Mains emphasized, adding would say The Smiths, as well as The Fire’s Win Butler that was passed from a life in music doesn’t always look the “It never occurred to me to write my Killers, Springsteen, Petty . . . they’ll Bob Dylan to David Bowie. In that pro- way you think it’s going to. own songs until eighth grade when a always be ghosts in the machine.” cess he cuts up a set of lyrics and then “I tell people we’re truck drivers who teacher required me to write a poem pulls them out of the hat. It helps him occasionally play music.” for my class.” Main and The Branches have released keep things fresh if “I hit a wall.” two albums. Home came out in 2012 With Omaha near the end of this tour, That teacher took Mains aside affollowed by 2014’s Calm Down EveryTours like the current downsized one Main and the Branches plan to wrap up terwards, told him he had a gift with thing is Fun. This fall will see the release also help. Mains enjoys stripping down the new record in June and release it words. A singer-songwriter was born, of When We Were in Love, most likely the songs “to the studs” with a guitar, in the fall, then hit the road for the rest and Mains was on his way, soon picking done as an independent release. piano and two voices. “That’s where of the year. They may headline or go up his first guitar. everything begins,” he pointed out. out as an opening act for a major name. “We’re talking to a label,” Main admit When asked he said he couldn’t reveal It didn’t come easy, but after he was ted. “We’ll see.” Recalling the words of Tom Petty, who that might be. forced to perform before his choir Mains said a song just isn’t a song if class, Mains noticed the reaction he Mains explained that his song-writing you can’t strip it down to the basics. Mains does seem to be pursuing his art got from the girls. process “ebbs and flows” and will be On Friday you can expect a show that with some urgency. different a year from now but these is, “I would say a bit more soulful and “Maybe there’s something here,” he days he generally starts with a chord stripped down . . . I would say more of a “What I’ve learned more than anything thought. progression in search of a melody and storyteller.” is that life is extremely short,” Main then a lyric line. If he working at home stressed “I want to make sure I’m doing There seems to be. Born in Denver, “I he’ll plug ideas into is work station. This is not the Omaha debut of Mains. what I love. came screaming into existence, then


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“If I can spend my time doing the things that I love, and share that with many other people, I hope we can all take better care of each other in the dark times.” For more on Mike Mains: Facebook “My Way” Music Video watch?v=B0ar7dIebgo “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright” Music Video: watch?v=Ty57Lghld8Y Live Sofar Video: Spotify Link: https://open.spotify. com/artist/6fMFAugldzxdvpZl0fZNKd?si=4Bkl0iDDQ161kAHtuPER6w

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6 Smart Money Moves for New College Graduates WASHINGTON — More than 70 percent of college graduates began their career owing more than $37,000 in student loans in 2017. Considering the additional living expenses they’ll soon face, new college graduates would be wise to focus on their financial future right now, says the American Bankers Association. ABA has highlighted six smart financial decisions college graduates should consider to position themselves for financial success as they embark on their next phase of life.

graduates: Live within your means. Supporting yourself can be expensive, and you can quickly find yourself struggling financially if you don’t take time to create a budget. Calculate the amount of money you’re taking home after taxes, then figure out how much money you can afford to spend each month while contributing to your savings. Be sure to factor in recurring expenses such as student loans, monthly rent, utilities, groceries, transportation expenses and car loans.

Pay bills on time. Missed payments can hurt your credit history for up to seven years and can affect your ability to get loans, the interest rates you pay and your ability to get a job or rent an apartment. Consider setting up automatic payments for regular expenses like student loans, car payments and phone bills. Take “The habits new graduates develop advantage of any reminders or right now will have a big effect on notification features. You can also their financial future,” said Corey Carlisle, executive director of the ABA contact creditors and lenders to request a different monthly due date Foundation. “Living expenses add up from the one provided by default (e.g., quickly once you’re out on your own, and many young adults who didn’t plan switching from the 1st of the month to the 15th). ahead are delaying major milestones like getting married or buying a home Avoid racking up too much debt. because of their financial situation. Understand the responsibilities and The good news is that you can have benefits of credit. Shop around for a a bright financial future if you think strategically about money right out of card that best suits your needs, and spend only what you can afford to pay the gate.” back. Credit is a great tool, but only if you use it responsibly. ABA recommends the following financial tips for new college


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Plan for retirement. It may seem odd since you’re just beginning your career, but now is the best time to start planning for your retirement. Contribute to retirement accounts like a Roth IRA or your employer’s 401(k), especially if there is a company match. Invest enough to qualify for your company’s full match – it’s free money that adds up to a significant chunk of change over the years. Automatic retirement contributions quickly become part of your financial lifestyle without having to think about it. Prepare for emergencies. Hardships can happen in a split second. Start an emergency fund and do your best to set aside the equivalent of three to six months’ worth of living expenses. Start saving immediately, no matter how small the amount. Make saving a part

of your lifestyle with automatic payroll deductions or automatic transfers from checking to savings. Put your tax refund toward saving instead of an impulse buy. Get free help from your bank. Many banks offer personalized financial checkups to help you identify and meet your financial goals. You can also take advantage of their free digital banking tools that let you check balances, pay bills, deposit checks, monitor transaction history and track your budget. For more tips and resources on a variety of personal finance topics such as mortgages, credit cards, protecting your identity and saving for college, visit

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