Foster the People and AJR

Written by Karen Freeman • June 2018


Written By: Cydney Phelps


It was a beautiful evening on Thursday made all the better with some sweet tunes coming out of Stir Concert Cove. My first night at at the Cove this year did not disappoint! The weather was so pleasant, a welcome break from the heat we’ve been having. Mix that with a friendly audience and music you can really dance to...well that is my favorite recipe for a summer evening!


First up on stage was a band called AJR. A group of 3 brothers, AJR hails from New York City where they began as street performers. They write, produce, and mix all of their music themselves and I just can’t give them enough credit. These boys came out on stage with a fire within. They dominated every piece they played and I could not take my eyes off of them. They are described as “electric,” but they are leaps and bounds beyond that. Yes, they each have their pad where they will select their recorded sounds, but each one also took time playing real live instruments including the bass guitar, a bass drum, and even a ukulele. They were so much fun to watch and I’m thrilled to have been able to see them. Thank you, Stir for bringing in groups like this and giving us all the opportunity to find new music!


Headlining the show was a little band called Foster the People, you may have heard of them. They sing a little ditty called “Pumped Up Kicks.” The song was literally everywhere when it was released in 2010 and to this day, I can’t get it out of my head. What I didn’t realize until last night, however, was how many other hit songs they have had. This band has had some amazing success in their 9 years together. And their following is strong and true. I loved watching the crowd wave their hands in there. Watching the kids ask to be put on their parents shoulders. And this one beautiful woman in a red dress who was mesmerizing as she danced to the music. It’s so neat to watch how fans react to music that really speaks to them. Certainly one of my favorite things about going to concerts. Foster the People entertained us all and spoke of the beautiful vibrations of life and how special it was that we were all together in that moment. While at times I was a little lost in the electronics of it all, waiting for more actual live music and lyrics, they truly put on a great show.


I was so pleased with the beginning to my season at Stir Cove and I can’t wait for more. This is how you do a Summer Concert Series. As always, thank you to Stir, staff, and security for allowing us to share the summer with you. I’ll see you Saturday night for Flogging Molly and Dropkick Murphys! Cheers!


Barenaked Ladies, Better Than Ezra, KT Tunstall

Written by Karen Freeman • June 2018

Sunday night was a beautiful evening in the Cove, from the cloudless and comfortable weather to the fun and upbeat sounds that emanated from the stage.  It was an all-star night for we mature listeners, while KT Tunstall, Better Than Ezra and Barenaked Ladies graced the amphitheater.  Every performance started on time, gave their fans joy and danceable tunes and left them wanting more from each artist.

KT Tunstall, a stunning Scottish lass, gave us a one-woman show that featured her well-known song “Black Horse and the Cherry Tree” among many other tunes.  While she entertained us as a solo vocalist, she emphasized her powerful pipes with all the proper electronic accoutrements that created the illusion of a full sized band.  Her set was short but outstanding.  Her voice is so strong and so clear and it was a pleasure to be in her company.  She did an encore performance with the Barenaked Ladies and it was stellar.

About 15 years ago, I sat in a lawn chair in Council Bluffs, IA, outside Harrah’s Casino, in a newly created amphitheater with maybe 200 others to watch Better than Ezra perform.  Sunday night, the number of attendees…and chairs…had grown considerably.  The upper bowl was full and there were hundreds of folks hanging around at stage level as well.  The GREAT news is that Better than Ezra is as terrific today as they were 15 years ago.  This alternative rock band is fun, light-hearted and so very entertaining.  Their jams were solid and I only wish those jams had carried on a bit longer.  There was an excellent vibe going between the middle-aged crowd and the band, and it was 45 minutes of true merriment.

Now, If I Had a Million Dollars, I’d be joining Barenaked Ladies and all their supporting bands across the country for night after night of amusement and exuberance.  Heck, I’d drive their tour bus just for that chance to hang with the boys!  That is the ambiance that this band emotes, and while I’ve seen them a number of times, each and every experience leaves me sunny and sated.  There is so much banter and free-style rapping in these performances, that I look forward to those moments almost as much as I do to hearing One Week or Brian Wilson!  The harmonies are still tight and the boys are still entertaining.  What a combination….what a night.



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Written by Cory • June 2018

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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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Written by Kelly Klein • May 2018

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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:

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.