From the notebook:

If you’re in a bar this week, search the jukebox for Rowdy Cain.

The country singer from Fort Calhoun is a contestant in TouchTunes’ Breakout Band competition.

The jukebox platform, which is in just about every bar around, chose nearly 300 artist to compete.

Ten finalists will be announced next month, and a winner will get $3,000, promotion on TouchTunes and an audition with an A&R exec at Warner Bros.

Listen to Cain’s country-rock party anthem “Get My Money On” (it reminds me of Big & Rich), and you can help him win.


Remember how I wrote about local artists touring the country?

For a story published earlier this month, I spoke to Kris Lager, members of Twinsmith and Matt Whipkey about getting out of town.

We mentioned several other acts as well, but I’d also like to point out the accomplishments of The Talbott Brothers, Bonehart Flannigan and Orion Walsh. As outlined in a recent story from Hear Nebraska, each of them toured a ton last year, and I imagine they’ll all be hitting the road again.

Also of note: Whipkey is continuing to play some of the biggest dates of any local artist, and he just booked a few more close to home.

Whipkey has opened a variety of theater and arena dates for Dwight Yoakam, and he recently confirmed opening slots Feb. 25 in Des Moines, Feb. 26 in Grand Island and Feb. 27 in Kansas City.

I’ll be attending at least one of those.


Maha Music Festival announced its date for 2016: Aug. 20.

The festival will return to Stinson Park at Aksarben Village for its eighth year. No headliners or other lineup information has been announced yet.

I know what’s on my wishlist, but what’s on yours? Let me know who your dream headliner would be for the indie rock festival. Send your thoughts to

(Realistic choices only, please. R.E.M. won’t be reuniting to play Maha!)

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