The Nebraska-based cover band was created in the fall of 2013 by Eddie Brown, formerly the front man for D'Funk out of Lincoln, and Chris Saub, guitarist and vocalist for Omaha band Envy.
After meeting for the first time in 2012, Brown and Saub realized they had a common "good vibe," and they arranged another rendezvous last September.
For almost three hours, the musicians discussed a vision to create a band whose members had the talent to pull off any style of music their hearts would desire and deliver those selections favorably to their audience.
Brown and Saub left the meeting on fire and quickly set to work forming The 402 - a name that is a tribute to the main area code in Nebraska. They added the talents of Katie Kirchner, who performs lead vocals along with Brown; John Packard, who plays bass and does vocals; Ryan Shields on keyboards; and Kristoph Kindred on drums. Saub performs as a guitarist and vocalist.
The band plays covers, allowing their fans to remember some great tunes from years gone by, as well as current selections on the radio today. The 402 also capitalizes on the amazing talent of the musicians to create original music.
It is a versatile and diverse group with a high level of energy which is hard to match. Audience members often find themselves dancing along to the music and having a great time.
The 402 will perform at the final Music in the Park concert of the summer on Thursday, July 31, at the Skyview Lake park from 6-9:30 p.m. The free concert series has drawn thousands of music lovers to the park over the past two months.
Audience members enjoy the relaxing atmosphere where wine and beer is allowed during the show.
A permanent stage was added this year, and there are plans to build a dance area in the future.
Music in the park is brought to the public by the Norfolk Rotary Club and sponsored by many Norfolk and area businesses and individuals.