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 […]

Local Musician Trades California for Omaha

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 […]

Tim Pratt

April 6, 2016 · Posted In: Entrepreneurs, Music, Omaha Magazine, Publications

Tim Pratt is the American success story. Raised in subsidized housing and nourished on government cheese, Pratt passed on the college experience to hone his musical and business skills in the school of hard knocks. […]

All Hail Hal France

April 1, 2016 · Posted In: Entertainment, Music, Omaha Magazine, Publications, Theatre

In 1970, when Hal France began his freshman year at the University of Vermont as a football player, the little light that had been flickering above his head of black curls suddenly clicked on in […]

The Essential 
Brad Hoshaw

March 3, 2016 · Posted In: Encounter, Lifestyle, Music

The legend of Brad Hoshaw and The Seven Deadlies began in 2008 with a one-off show that has since tumbleweeded into two acclaimed full-length albums and five Omaha Entertainment and Arts Awards. Hoshaw—who was raised […]

Melissa Dundis

February 9, 2016 · Posted In: Encounter, Entertainment, Music, Publications

In a dim corner of Dundee’s Blue Line Coffee, Melissa Dundis places petite fingers to six nylon strings. A strum, followed by the coo of her voice, and the windowless back half of the café […]

Dominique Morgan

January 15, 2016 · Posted In: Encounter, Entertainment, Music, Publications

I’m gonna be so honest with you right now it will piss…you…off. I started writing music at seven. Music just comes to me. I don’t read music. The shit just happens and I just go […]