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Thursday
Apr252013

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

 


Monday
Apr082013

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.

Wednesday
Mar062013

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!
 

 

Monday
Feb182013

And the trophy goes to . . .  

MUSIC

Best Rock: Snake Island!

 Best Hard Rock: Bloodcow

Best Alternative/Indie: Cursive
Best Singer-Songwriter/Folk: All Young Girls Are Machine Guns
Best DJ/Electronic: BASStoven
Best Country/Americana: Matt Cox
Best R&B/Soul/Gospel: The 9’s
Best Hip Hop/Rap: Galvanized Tron
Best Blues: Kris Lager Band
Best Jazz: Steve Raybine
Best Progressive Rock/Funk/Experimental: Satchel Grande
Best Ethnic: The Bishops
Best Cover Band: Secret Weapon
Local Album of the Year: Icky Blossoms, Self-Titled
Artist of the Year: Icky Blossoms
Best New Artist: Universe Contest

VISUAL ARTS
Best Visual Artist: Bart Vargas
Best Emerging Visual Artist: Gerard Pefung
Best 2-D Artist: Kim Reid Kuhn
Best 3-D Artist: Ying Zhu
Best New Media Artist: Calab Coppock
Best Group Show: Golden Guts, BEMISunderground
Best Solo Show: Mary Day, Sculpture

PERFORMING ARTS
Best Director (Play): Amy Lane - August: Osage County, Omaha Community Playhouse
Best Director (Musical): Susan Clement-Toberer - Spring Awakening, Blue Barn Theatre
Best Actor (Play): Brian Zealand - Bug, Blue Barn Theatre
Best Actor (Musical): Matthew Uehling - Avenue Q, SNAP! Productions
Best Actress (Play): Moira Mangiameli - August: Osage County, Omaha Community Playhouse
Best Actress (Musical): Kate Johnson - Spring Awakening, Blue Barn Theatre
Best Premier of a New, Original, Local Script: Crash! Boom! Pow! - Ben Beck and Molly Welsh, Shelterbelt Theatre
Best Dramatic Play: August: Osage, County Omaha Community Playhouse
Best Comedic Play: Lend Me a Tenor, Omaha Community Playhouse
Best Musical: Avenue Q, SNAP! Productions
Best Local Slam Poet: Katie F-S
Best Supporting Actor (Play): Randy Vest - August: Osage County, Omaha Community Playhouse
Best Supporting Actor (Musical): Homero Vela - Avenue Q, SNAP! Productions
Best Supporting Actress (Play): Laura Leininger - Lend Me a Tenor, Omaha Community Playhouse
Best Supporting Actress (Musical): Mary Carrick - Seussical, The Rose
Achievement in Scenic Design: Martin Scott Marchitto - In the Next Room, (or, the Vibrator Play) Blue Barn Theatre
Achievement in Lighting Design: Carol Wisner - Spring Awakening, Blue Barn Theatre
Achievement in Sound Design: Martin Magnuson - Bug, Blue Barn Theatre
Achievement in Costume Design: Sherri Geerdes - Seussical, The Rose
Achievement in Choreography: Melanie Walters - Altar Boyz, Omaha Community Playhouse
Best Local Dance Production: Momentum, Ballet Nebraska
Best Featured Dancer: Alyssa Harrington - Spring Showcase, The Moving Company
Best Musical Direction: Mitch Fuller - Spring Awakening, Blue Barn Theatre
Best Performance by A Young Actor: Kevin Mikuls - Seussical, The Rose
Best Performance for a Young Audience: James and the Giant Peach, The Rose

 

Wednesday
Feb062013

Show Discount Codes

There's been some confusion on the use of the promotional codes and the system not accepting them. We've worked to change those settings so all codes should be working fine now. If you have any issues, please let us know at oea-awards@gmail.com.

And as a note, your all-volunteer board here does everything we can to keep costs down and still put on a good show recognizing all our community's artists give. Our Benson showcases and donations make up about 3/4 of the show budget, but we do ask for a nominal fee to cover the rest in the ticket price. Thank you to the all of the nominees in every category that have helped us cover our expenses with their ticket purchases.

It's our hope and goal to make this event free for nominees, but we're just not quite there yet. We appreciate you more than you can ever know!