Explore! November/December 2016

Girl on Fire

August 13, 2016 · Posted In: Entertainment, Music, Omaha Magazine, Publications

Haunting melodies float on a summer breeze. Anna McClellan is practicing on the grand piano;  her melancholy lyrics and precise keystrokes are muffled by walls of her friend’s house in the Dundee neighborhood. Step inside […]

John Hargiss

August 3, 2016 · Posted In: Encounter, Entertainment, Music, Publications

Master craftsman and stringed instrument maker John Hargiss learned the luthier skills he plies at his North Omaha shop from his late father, Verl. In the hardscrabble DIY culture coming from their roots in the […]

Black Jonny Quest

August 2, 2016 · Posted In: Encounter, Entertainment, Music, Publications

Turned off the boob tube an’ let the needle drop, on some fly lo death to Fox News for Megyn Kelly sayin’ Jesus white yo. Now to who do society loathe, our judging niggas by […]

Homer’s Manager Mike Fratt

Posted In: Business, Encounter, Entertainment, Music, Publications

I walked into the oldest business in the Old Market looking for Mike Fratt. My search for the general manager of Homer’s Music was blocked by towering racks of vinyl records and CDs. Then I […]

Colossal Heart & Soul

July 22, 2016 · Posted In: Encounter, Entertainment, Music, Publications

Josh Hoyer, 39, isn’t afraid to speak candidly. With a heavy touring schedule and family at home in Lincoln, the lead singer and keyboardist for Josh Hoyer & Soul Colossal knows full well the sacrifices […]

Dr. A. Barron Breland

July 8, 2016 · Posted In: Entertainment, Lifestyle, Music, Omaha Magazine, People, Publications

Creighton University’s choral conductor, spontaneously volunteers the answer before even hearing the question. “The ‘A’ stands for Ashley,” says Dr. A. Barron Breland with a dimpled grin. As in Ashley Wilkes? “Yup, absolutely. My parents […]

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The Entertainer

June 30, 2016 · Posted In: 60 Plus in Omaha, Entertainment, Music, Publications

Young Derek Ventura could usually be found spellbound in front of the radio. Mesmerized by crooner kings and R&B queens, music so enlivened him that he never really decided what to do with his life, […]


April 22, 2016 · Posted In: Encounter, Entertainment, Music, Publications

Tim McMahan’s position: Indie rock’s not dead. It’s just clotting and receding back into the deep cuts from which it first bled in the early, alternative 1990s. The Lazy-i rock critic and music columnist for […]