Migos Stir Cove Review

Written by Karen Freeman • May 2018

Saturday night kicked off the 15th season of the Stir Cove Concert series, and now that the venue is an all-ages venue, they can truly kick it with musical acts that speak to young music lovers and sell out quickly.  Such was the case with the initial show featuring the latest in hip-hop sensations, Migos.  The bowl was packed shoulder to shoulder with a crowd of avid 20 somethings and younger.   Young women dressed in their crop tops and booty shorts, while the males sported NBA jerseys and plenty of low-riding plaid shorts.  They stood and they waited…and then they waited some more…and they kept on waiting.

Migos began their performance at 10 p.m., which was two hours past the posted start time.  This is definitely not the norm at Stir Cove, so I hold no one at the venue responsible for the delayed start.  Rather, I believe there is an arrogance in youthful performers of this generation, and they think nothing of subjecting their adoring fans to start times well beyond expectations.  I guess if the fans continue to allow it, it will continue to be the ‘norm’ for the entertainers.   I was not amused.

Most disappointing, however, was the length of the overall show – a mere 45 minutes.  Once it began, the performance was rife with heavy base tones and hard pounding, lyrical poetry that sent those adoring fans into overload.  The crowd seemed forgiving, while their arms waved and their heads bobbed.  There was dancing, there were sing-a-longs, there were responsive shouts.  The show held a significant amount of gratuitous expletives, and dark and dirty references to drugs, sex and the gangster life that is always somehow associated with the hip-hop genre.

Migos hails from Lawrenceville, and has seen much success and award nominations.  Not bad for a group who has only released three albums.  The show featured considerable self-promotion, which seems to be routine in this musical category.  The video board was clever and vivid – notwithstanding a large Migos logo featured non-stop in the center of the screen.  There were smoke bombs along with the f-bombs, and despite the tone of the tunes, the vibe was upbeat and positive.

Regardless of my personal offenses to this overall program, those 20-somethings seemed to believe they were witnessing the most extraordinary night of their life.  I applaud Stir Cove for the ability to bring prominent, in-the-news groups to their stage.  I endorse the value of covering all generations and genres.  That is why the Stir Cove Concert series continues to be one of the greatest concert opportunities the Midwest offers.  The staff is outstanding, and they work diligently to make the music devotee comfortable and satisfied.  This year safety is a number one concern for the staff.  The Cove has installed a clear bag policy, and does not allow smoking or vaping within the bowl.  These are necessary and easy rules to follow, and so important for the positive experience that is Stir. 

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We have the cheapest tickets in town!

Written by Kelly Klein • May 2018

We have the cheapest tickets in town for some summer fun!  Check out our tickets page to see what we have for tickets and we are definitely saving you some major coin.  

Or simply go to:  www.tickets.nightlifeco.com and safely and securely buy your tickets.  

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Devil In The Details Live at The Waiting Room!

Written by Sean Thomas • January 2018

Midwest Elite Concerts & 1% Productions are proud to present a special evening with Omaha's own, Devil In the Details.

Headliner: Devil In The Details

Supporting acts: The Impulsive, SAVE THE HERO, The Tale Untold, & Timeless

All Ages event for $8

On sale now: http://bit.ly/2k04Pta

Doors at 7, Showtime at 8

Devil in the Details exploded into the Omaha, NE music scene in early 2014 with the release of their first music video in January, and a debut performance to an over-capacity crowd at Omaha's Sokol Underground in April. In less than a year of performing, Devil in the Details have played all across the midwest, sharing the stage with various post-hardcore and metalcore acts including For All Those Sleeping, Secrets, Dance Gavin Dance, Alive Like Me, and Defeat the Low. In 2014, Devil in the Details released an EP, including the single "Live to Tell" mastered by Tom Denney (Ex-A Day To Remember), made it to the top 10 in Hot Topic's national "Battle of the Bands" competition, and released four music videos. Those videos include a playthrough of the recording of "Consequence", a lyric video for "Drifter", and a creative production of their first single, "Live to Tell". Their debut EP, "Black and White," was released in September 2014 along with a live performance video of the album's title track.

Devil in the Details offer living proof that raw emotion and an electric onstage presence can propel you to the top of the local music scene. The members of Devil in the Details came together with a shared goal of creating extraordinary music and using that music to connect with people. Each member of the band came to the table with experience earned while performing with other local bands. Taking influence from Underoath, Like Moths to Flames, Architects, and many others, Devil in the Details set out to become one of the hardest-working, most successful post-hardcore bands in the Midwest.

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Greta Van Fleet W/ Skyway Man

Written by Gerald Glaza • December 2017

Greta Van Fleet With Skyway Man / Sokol Auditorium / December 2, 2017 / Written by: Karen Freeman / Photo by: Geraldography 

Greta Van Fleet…unique name, and amazing band. The sold-out crowd at Sokol on Saturday night was blessed with a fantastic performance by this band out of Frankenmuth, Michigan. For 90 minutes we were witness to hard rock and roll riffs and vocals that are astounding. Lead singer Josh Kiszka looks like a choir boy and sings like an angel. He makes every note seem effortless and thrilling. The band’s style is often compared to that of Led Zeppelin, which is understandable, but make no mistake, these guys can rock the house with extreme robust energy, and they have taken their abilities to a level that is definitely their own. They are featured routinely on Sirius XM radio, and their tune ‘Highway Song’ has over 5.6 million hits. Take the time to witness the magic yourself – you won’t regret it. This band has class, stamina, talent and longevity written all over them. The sea of attendees at the show crossed over all ages, which is always thrilling to see. Young, old, geeks, freaks, and the oh-so- uniques were all in the house, and no one – I repeat – no one walked away disappointed. This show was everything you would hope for, and so much more. Greta Van Fleet released two studio albums in 2017 and they have been inundated with acclaim ever since. Nearly every concert they have on their tour is sold-out. These guys are so full of flair and aptitude, that it was an honor just to be in the same building with them. Opening for Greta Van Fleet was an alternative band out of Tennessee titled Skyway Man. The tunes were trippy and interesting. James Wallace is the lead singer and his entourage includes 2 guitars, drums and a saxophone. He definitely pushes some interesting buttons, and his lyrics are thought provoking. It was an interesting segue into the main event, but the audience was appreciative of their one-of-a-kind presentation. Thank you to Sokol Auditorium for a night to remember for a very long time.

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Karen Freeman

Written by Karen Freeman • December 2017

Greta Van Fleet…unique name, and amazing band.  The sold-out crowd at Sokol on Saturday night was blessed with a fantastic performance by this band out of Frankenmuth, Michigan.  For 90 minutes we were witness to hard rock and roll riffs and vocals that are astounding.  Lead singer Josh Kiszka looks like a choir boy and sings like an angel.  He makes every note seem effortless and thrilling.  The band’s style is often compared to that of Led Zeppelin, which is understandable, but make no mistake, these guys can rock the house with extreme robust energy, and they have taken their abilities to a level that is definitely their own.

They are featured routinely on Sirius XM radio, and their tune ‘Highway Song’ has over 5.6 million hits.  Take the time to witness the magic yourself – you won’t regret it.  This band has class, stamina, talent and longevity written all over them.

The sea of attendees at the show crossed over all ages, which is always thrilling to see.  Young, old, geeks, freaks, and the oh-so- uniques were all in the house, and no one – I repeat – no one walked away disappointed.  This show was everything you would hope for, and so much more.

Greta Van Fleet released two studio albums in 2017 and they have been inundated with acclaim ever since.   Nearly every concert they have on their tour is sold-out.  These guys are so full of flair and aptitude, that it was an honor just to be in the same building with them. 

 

Opening for Greta Van Fleet was an alternative band out of Tennessee titled Skyway Man.  The tunes were trippy and interesting.  James Wallace is the lead singer and his entourage includes 2 guitars, drums and a saxophone.   He definitely pushes some interesting buttons, and his lyrics are thought provoking.  It was an interesting segue into the main event, but the audience was appreciative of their one-of-a-kind presentation.

 

Thank you to Sokol Auditorium for a night to remember for a very long time.

 

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Celebrating 50 Years of Anthony's Steakhouse

Written by Gerald Glaza • November 2017

Celebrating 50 Years of Anthony's Steakhouse by Christy Jobman

Anthony’s Steakhouse Golden Anniversary Offers a 1 in 250 Chance to a Lucky Winner Few times in Omaha history has a restaurant hit the 50 year mark and can say they still support thriving business. Anthony’s Steakhouse on 72nd and F Street is the only Omaha restaurant who’s claim to fame is reaching their 50 year anniversary and giving away a 67’ Ford Thunderbird to one lucky loyal customer to celebrate. For months, the teams at Anthony’s Steakhouse and Omaha Nightlife spent time prepping for what would be a night to remember for all 500 plus in attendance. The odds were stacked against them to see business on a cold Thursday night on October 26th, 2017, just days before Halloween. Anthony’s owner, Tony Fucinaro Jr., opted for a very unique way to showcase his gratitude for 50 years of local support. Customers who purchased food or drinks at the steakhouse or Ozone Lounge, the attached entertainment venue, would be put into a drawing to become eligible for “golden tickets”. Those who received golden tickets were invited to a private VIP party where food and drinks were free to celebrate the occasion and participate in the final giveaway. As with every well-planned event, at least one inconvenience will arise. The temperature dropped for one of the first times of the season on the morning of the event. The staff worried that no one would show up for the highly anticipated party. “I had visions of drinking glasses of wine and enjoying the scene, celebrating with some of the faces we see in here in all the time,” Nancy Brazier said, front of the house manager at Anthony’s. Brazier’s vision did not become a reality. The turn out was much better than expected. The place was packed. Lines of people wrapped around the parking lot filled with loyal Anthony’s customers vying for a chance to win this classic 67’ Ford Thunderbird with new tires, new brakes, the works. Fucinaro pulled out all the stops to make this giveaway one for the books. His family has always found ways to give back to the community and this is a prime example of how they do it. This giveaway was important to the Anthony’s team to show their love for Omaha. Speaking of odds… The winner of the Thunderbird also had all odds stacked against him. A salesman from Dixon, Illinois, Anthony’s is one stop he’s sure to make when he’s working his Omaha territory. He had dinner at Anthony’s one night during the contest, making him eligible for the golden ticket. From there, he won the ticket. The staff who was tasked with contacting each of the golden ticket recipients was reluctant when they realized he was from out of town. They really hoped for a local winner to give back to Omaha. Then they learned his story. Even more against the Thunderbird God odds, the email that was sent to him bounced back. The universe really must have wanted him to win this car. That and Michael Hoff’s sheer determination. He drove 7 hours on a whim that day in October with his one golden ticket on chance alone. Hoff’s loyalty to Anthony’s Steakhouse when he travels to Omaha paid off. He took home the ultimate prize - a classic 67’ Ford Thunderbird. He had two offers for $18,000 up front to take the car that night and turned them down. The staff at Anthony’s is grateful for 50 years of service and beyond. “The night was better than we could have hoped for,” Brazier said. “We are so thankful!” 

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