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Penny Pepperstein's in. the. house! It has been awhile readers, but I am here again and back in action. Working with the NightLifeCo and of course my own Penny Peppersteins' Rock Bloggin' The Big O I will bring to you talented artists in every genre and I will bring to you the places to find them. Omaha thrives on entertainment and we need a place to enjoy that entertainment. Join me on this ride and hang on tight because things are about to get interesting.
I had never been to Harney Street Tavern. Well, unless you count those numerous days I practically lived as a teenager at The Antiquarium. Many a day I sat in a overstuffed chair, a cat in my lap, reading a book or chatting with Tom Rudloff (RIP) about becoming a writer someday. He encouraged me all the time saying it was 'art' not just writing and with that I went to college to do what I love...art.
If I hadn't recognized the building I would have had a difficult time finding The Harney Street Tavern due to the low lit signage. Although at night, everything in the Omaha Old Market is hard for me to find due to the low lit signage.
Down a small flight of stairs, under what now is a coffee shop, gave way to a worn, vintage ambiance that only the Old Market buildings can provide. The tavern was smaller than I expected but far be it from any artist to complain about it because 15 people can have the look of a full house. Which leads me to my subjects of interest tonight. The RoadRunners.
I arrived about 8 minutes early knowing I would probably not find a seat, but I was never one for sitting down anyway. To my dismay the band had already started, but I was pleasantly surprised to hear music of a few decades passed being performed by a band that, at first glance, seemed to young to understand the songs of those decades. I was mistaken. A young woman on stage was belting out a bluesy rendition of Hurt So Bad (performed by Linda Rondstadt on the 1976 LP Mad Love). The RoadRunners, Olivia Klein's unique style and old school power house voice and maybe add just a splash more gruff to her voice and Janis Joplin would have been proud.
The guitar and vocalist Ben Curran kept me guessing all thru the set as to his age. Well, all-need-to know went flying out the window when he started the famous Jimmy Page riff of Heartbreaker (1969 album Led Zeppelin II) I had to pull the camera away from my eye and take notice. I was impressed and so was a room filled with other show goers. All of us were taken aback by the talented young lad with an old soul.
Ah, the bassist. Nothing says dark and mysterious like the bass man dressed in black with an instrument to match. In my humble musical opinion the best songs in the world are usually driven by the bass. For example...uh everything! Dain Armbrust had a relaxed, effortless ability to make playing the bass look easy. He was slightly hidden due to the small size of the stage. But that had no affect on Dain, he is the bass, he is the sound that gave these songs sustenance.
Last but never ever least, the most important, not to mention my personal favorite, the drummer. Drummers are usually shoved in the back of the stage somewhere (well they do have the largest instrument) and may not always be seen, but they are most definitely heard. Kevin Fries was definitely heard, referencing back to the song, Heartbreaker, Kevin was not only good he was having fun. Kevin was confident in his talent, as he should be, so much in fact, he smiled thru most of the set. (A drummer that smiles..hmm) He continued to smile as he gave us a 'John Bonham' style that took us back in time to a beloved song.
This was an amazing night with good spirits and good music I am totally coming back! Tomorrow to be exact. Join me for a night with the band Domestic Blend.
This is Penny signing out. See you soon, see you there!
PS Don't forget to tip your bartender/server.