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From: The Lincoln Journal Star

It's their party, you can come if you want to

Patti Vannoy
April 2, 2004

There were times in the past few months when Tery Daly was tired.

As the first anniversary of his Web site loomed, his regular to-do list of band practice, attending local music shows and posting reviews, interviews and calendars on the site underwent a rapid growth spurt.

"There were definitely times when there was more to do than hours in the day to do it, and that was a pain," said the local musician.

But though he may be tired, Daly is "totally not" tired of running www.starcityscene.com.

The online magazine was launched on April Fools' Day last year with big ambitions on the part of its creator:to promote the music of Lincoln both within the Capital City and outside it.

There were several strategies aimed at doing just that.

The original site featured local show and CD reviews, two or three monthly band interviews - Daly's favorite part of the job - a show calendar and space for bands and venues to link to their own Web sites.

Within a few months, a streaming radio station was playing five to six hours of continuous local music, which was shuffled a couple of times each month.

The first live event sponsored by the site, Scenefest, featured 18 bands over three days last August. Shortly afterward, the Powerless series began featuring the acoustic stylings of local bands every other month.

It's a lot of work, but it never feels like it.

"If you do it a little bit of the time over the course of the month, it never really ends up being a lot of time,"Daly said.

Until three or four months ago, that is. Daly said he has spent about that long preparing for Star City Scene's anniversary.

A Sunday night bash at Duffy's Tavern, 1412 OSt., will feature three local bands:The Bad Sects, Tangelo and Rent Money Big.

The latter also will see its second interview on the Web site this month, a follow-up to the first-ever feature last spring.

Star City Scene Radio Version 2.0 will make its debut as well. With a new server, Daly will now be able to play between 15 and 20 hours of music without repeat, and further upgrades are in the works.

An encyclopedia of Lincoln bands stretching back to 1955, "literally, the dawn of rock 'n' roll in America and the dawn of rock and roll in Lincoln,"goes online to mark the occasion.

At the height of his research for the project, Daly said he was receiving between 300 and 500 e-mails each day, some with complete information and others with just snippets.

"It was really like putting together a jigsaw puzzle," he said.

The permanent addition will debut with more than 300 bands, but will include an e-mail form for visitors to submit additions and help Daly toward his goal of logging every band in the city's history.

And finally, the site will exhibit hundreds of show posters and flyers spanning the last 20 years.

"I had a backache for a month just sitting at my computer scanning things in," said Daly, who eventually started setting the microwave timer to remind him to stretch every hour.

All of the posters, whether elaborately painted or hastily scribbled, will be on the Web site only until May 1.

But Daly's big plans for Star City Scene don't cease at the end of April. He's already got another radio station upgrade in mind, corporate sponsors to land, a second Scenefest to plan for June 11-13 and several new events to begin, including one co-sponsored by Omaha's online music magazine, www.slamomaha.com.

Not that Daly's not satisfied with Star City Sceneā€'s first year.

Overall, the past year has seen the bonds of the local music community grow a little tighter, he said, and he's glad to see more people out at shows on a regular basis.

"I don't know if that's necessarily connected to anything I'm doing, but it's still nice to see either way."

If you go
What: Star City Scene Anniversary Blowout Party with The Bad Sects, Rent Money Big and Tangelo
Where:Duffy's Tavern, 1412 O St.
When: 9:30 p.m. Sunday
Admission: $4 for ages 21 and over