In December 2012, Trapper Schoepp and his band The Shades were fewer than 40 miles inside Nebraska when Interstate 80 was shut down, stranding the Milwaukee rock band in Ogallala.
“We were coming from California opening for Social Distortion at Disneyland and doing a marathon drive back home,” Schoepp wrote in a Facebook message. “A terrible snowstorm hit and they shut down the interstate for two days. So we holed up at a Super 8, watched the new Hobbit movie, ate Chinese food and just watched the clock tick. A few very long days, but the musical name of the city gave me the spark this song needed.”
The song is “Ogallala,” a track from Schoepp’s just-released “Rangers & Valentines.” And the city’s name indeed becomes music in Schoepp’s treatment -- as in "Og a la la la” -- providing the sweet hook in his gently rocking 3-minute pop gem that recounts his “winterlude in a snowed-in mood” in beautiful Keith County.
That story is brought to life in artwork by Alex Rosas, combined into floating series of frames for the “Ogallala” video Schoepp is releasing on YouTube Friday. It’s very cool.
PBA a top-grossing venue
Pinnacle Bank Arena finished as the seventh-highest grossing venue in the Midwest from Feb. 1, 2015, to Jan. 31, 2016, as ranked by Venues Today.
Classified by the concert industry publication in the 15,001-to-30,000-capacity category, Pinnacle Bank Arena hosted eight shows during that 12-month period and grossed $5,717,598 with a total attendance of 93,953.
Topping the list of venues was the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois, just north of Chicago. It hosted 59 shows with a gross of more than $27.5 million and attendance of 531,831. It was followed by the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota; the BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma; the Target Center in Minneapolis; and the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City.
Those venues, all with capacity of more than 19,000 compared to PBA’s 16,000, each hosted 25 or more shows. The sixth-place venue, Des Moines, had 16 shows with a $16.9 million gross. Kansas City’s Sprint Center finished at No. 10 on the list. Omaha’s CenturyLink Center didn’t make the ranking.
The Good Life to headline tour
Omaha’s The Good Life will headline the first three stops on Hear Nebraska’s 2016 Good Living Tour this summer.
“As a lover of all things Nebraska, I'm proud to have The Good Life included in this year's Good Living Tour,” frontman Tim Kasher said in a Hear Nebraska news release. “Hear Nebraska has charmed us with the reminder that Nebraska is far greater than just Omaha and Lincoln; I'm ecstatic to cruise along those highways less taken to revisit towns and cities I haven't been to in awhile.”
Lincoln headliners for the shows that will each feature three Nebraska bands that play original music along with a DJ will be Lloyd McCarter & The Honky Tonk Revival and Josh Hoyer & Soul Colossal. Other Lincoln groups on the tour will be AZP, The Mezcal Brothers, Jack Hotel, Evan Bartels and the Stoney Lonesomes, Karen Choi and Mesonjixx.
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Here's the lineup for the tour by date, location and artist.
July 21, Ord: The Golden Husk, The Good Life, CJ Mills, TBA and DJ Tyrone Storm
July 22, Kearney (outdoors): The Good Life, AZP, Minor Movements and DJ Kethro
July 23, Grand Island (outdoors): The Good Life, The Mezcal Brothers, Conchance and DJ Brent Crampton
July 24, Red Cloud (outdoors): Lloyd McCarter & The Honky Tonk Revival, The Hottman Sisters, Lester Junction and DJ Spencelove
July 28, Hastings (outdoors): See Through Dresses, Jack Hotel, For The Birds, Star Belle and DJ Dojorok
July 29, Norfolk (outdoors): Twinsmith, Rothsteen, TBA and DJ TBA
July 30, Lyons (outdoors): Satchel Grande, Evan Bartels and the Stoney Lonesomes, Better Friend and DJ TBA
July 31, O’Neill: Rachel Price, Mesonjixx, TBA and DJ TBA
Aug. 4, Grant (outdoors): Matt Whipkey, Karen Choi, TBA and DJ TBA
Aug. 5, Sidney: Sam Ayer and the Love Affairs, Belles and Whistles, Matthew Scott and DJ TBA
Aug. 6, Imperial (outdoors): Kris Lager Band, Clarence Tilton, Was and DJ TBA
Aug. 7, McCook: Josh Hoyer & Soul Colossal, Matt Cox, Homemade Crazy and DJ TBA