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OEAA Teams Up with Benson First Friday

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.


Omaha Gives! May 22, 2013 at The Slowdown

Omaha Music Gives featuring Rock Paper Dynamite, The Seen, Gordon and A Wasted Effort
Happy Hour with local music non-profits Hear Nebraska, Maha Music Festival, Omaha Girls Rock and Omaha Entertainment Awards at 5:00pm
Doors at 7:00pm
Main Room
Free show!

As part of the Omaha Community Foundation’s Omaha Gives event encouraging 24 hours of digital giving to local non-profits, we’re asking you to make a contribution to the organizations putting Omaha's music scene on the map.

To give this day the attention it deserves, we're celebrating the only way we know how! Join us at Slowdown for good friends, great music, and an incredible reason to rock.

More info at http:// www.theslowdown.com/events/ maha-music-festival-and-omaha-gives-showcase/

Maha Music Festival -- www.mahamusicfestival.com
Omaha Girls Rock -- www.omahagirlsrock.com
Hear Nebraska -- www.hearnebraska.org
Omaha Entertainment Awards -- www.oea-awards.com


Summer Showcase in progress!

The music committee met earlier this week and went through all 118 submissions for the summer showcase; our highest response ever!

This is going to be the biggest showcase yet going from 60 or so bands to almost 80 thanks to a couple of extra venues signing on and teaming up with Benson First Friday.

We are now in the process of putting bands in time slots in the seven venues over two days!

Mark June 7th and 8th down on the calendar...this one is going to be insane!

If you're interested in volunteering to work the event, email us at oeashowcase@gmail.com



Now Accepting Summer Showcase Music Submissions

We are now accepting submissions from bands and musicians for the Omaha Entertainment Awards Summer Showcase which will be held June 7 and 8 in Benson at six to seven venues both nights.

This will be our biggest showcase to date. We are teaming up with Benson First Friday this year and will be announcing a visual artist submission process soon. This announcement is just for bands and musicians. Please submit your band (solo artist-etc.) info, website, link to music and any special day, time and age requirements to Oeashowcase@gmail.com. We will be able to answer questions through that email address also.

This is open to all bands and solo musicians in the Omaha and Lincoln area which includes outlying areas both in Nebraska and Iowa within reason. Spots are limited and we usually get twice the submissions as we have spots. It is not first come...but curated. Our deadline for submissions is April 18. We will email bands and artists the acceptance emails and time slots soon after with all of the needed information. One band or artist will be voted on by the public at this showcase to open the Maha Music Festival on Saturday, August 17.

Public nominations will open starting June 7 at www.oea-awards.com and run through the end of August. We thank all bands, visual artists, those in the performing arts and fans of Omaha culture for their support. 2012 was our best year and we are very excited to try to exceed that this year.


Seeking New Board Members

We are seeking four more good board members! Please email your interest and any details on what you can bring to the OEAAs to oea.awards@gmail.com by March 29. We will review at our next board meeting on April 3 and welcome the new board members the following week. We're particularly looking for help in fundraising, performing arts and show production. Thanks to all who have already sent their information in already!