The Omaha Entertainment and Arts Awards (OEAA) is pleased to announce that for the first time since its 2007 inception, over 80 bands and 40 artists will participate in the summer live music showcase throughout the Benson corridor when it teams up with a popular Benson organization, Friday, June 7, and Saturday, June 8.
The two-day event also features visual arts prominently displayed in windows along Maple Street (in Benson). When the sun goes down, look for artwork to be projected onto buildings. The atmosphere will feel electric with street musicians, food artists and performers.
Friday, June 7, also marks one-year for Benson First Friday. Libation specials and discounted appetizers will be at various destinations, including Taita, Jane’s Health Market, Jake’s Cigars, The Sydney, Krug Park, The Beercade and more.
"The summer showcase is always our largest fundraising effort," OEAA Live Music Co-Chair, Justin Kadlec, said. "Not only has the Benson community cultivated amazing artists and entertainment, it really has become a destination and our supporters love the easy access from venue to venue. Plus the partnership with Benson First Friday is going to make for an incredible event."
Audiences will have the opportunity to vote one of the showcase bands to kickoff the MAHA Music Festival, Saturday, August 17, Stinson Park featuring Matt & Kim, The Flaming Lips. The OEAA Summer Music Showcase cost is just $10 for one night; $15 for both nights. Purchase wristbands at any of the participating venues. A wristband allows audience members to walk freely between venues.