Tribute to Mike "Kronch" Kronschnabel at The Waiting Room

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Tribute to Mike "Kronch" Kronschnabel

Anonymous American / Brad Hoshaw / Janglepop / Wakanda One / Bill Arab and Micahel Campbell doing the songs of Kronch / Pat Gherman / Jason Birnsthil

$8 suggested donation for Music Scholorship in Mikes Name

Doors at 7PM

Nebraska music mainstay and historian Mike Kronschnabel passed away on January 19th with complications from congenital heart failure. He was 56. Mike - or "Kronch," as almost everyone in the music scene called him - was a loving father, husband, a man of faith and a very good friend to many.

He also is one of Nebraska music's biggest innovators and historians. Kronchscnabel went by the name Ryan O'Connor on Omaha radio stations, including Omaha alternative station KRCK 95.3 "Omaha's Cutting Edge," from 1991 through 1993.

During that same time, he ran a weekly television show called Trout Tunes that featured local, regional and national music on cable access. Kronch would go to various venues around the area and film performances for the show. At the time, Kronch gave bands around the area exposure through his program's mixture of interview and live performance video. Bands and artists were able to tell their stories, get their personalities and their music out there.

The 90's were a fertile and successful time period for the Omaha music scene, with bands like Blue Moon Ghetto, Man Down, Old Boy Network, Grasshopper Takeover and more filling rooms. He caught a lot of that on film. 311, St. Louis' The Urge and other regional bands would move on to major label deals, but Kronch captured their early performances. He didn't really prefer a certain style of music; he was one of the rare people in the music industry that was open and not judgmental.

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