Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Cursive, Criteria, Columbia Vs Challenger top Hear Nebraska-Zipline fundraiser lineup (9/24)

From the Hear Nebraska Website:

In honor of the kinship between local music and local craft beer, Hear Nebraska and Zipline Brewing Co have partnered to bring together five Nebraska bands and five local breweries in a fundraiser for Hear Nebraska.

Cursive headlines the inaugural Beer Nebraska concert and beer tasting event Saturday, Sept. 24. Criteria, Universe Contest, Better Friend and, for the first time in seven years, a reuniting Columbia Vs Challenger will perform in the Lincoln brewery’s parking lot, 2100 Magnum Cir. The bands will be paired with five local breweries —Zipline, Empyrean, Blue Blood, Get Lost and First Street — which will offer a special creation specifically for the event.

“In addition to brewers and beer dorks, many of us at Zipline are musicians and music nerds, so this collaboration is a no-brainer,” says Zipline resident cicerone Craig Reier.

For Columbia Vs Challenger, this will mark the Lincoln band’s first show since waving goodbye from the now-defunct Box Awesome stage June 12, 2009. Founding member and current Powerful Science vocalist/keyboard player Joshua Miller says the band has been kicking the idea around for a couple of years, but is looking forward to making an original lineup reunion a reality.

“I expect it’ll be weird and challenging to put ourselves back into a headspace from 7 years ago, but that’s also probably the most exciting part,” Miller says. “We’ve all grown and can add our new experiences to our music.”

Neither Criteria’s Stephen Pedersen (a HN board member) nor Cursive’s Matt Maginn could recall the last time their bands played together. Pedersen is a founding member of Cursive.

Tickets to Beer Nebraska go on-sale HERE Monday, July 25, and are $30. The fee includes entrance and three samples per brewery. Proceeds benefit Hear Nebraska. Food trucks will also be in attendance. RVSP on their Facebook event page HERE.

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