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From: The Nebraska Wesleyan Reveille

One Year Down, Many to Go as Starcityscene.com to Celebrate it’s One Year Anniversary

Jeff Gilbreath
March 13th, 2004

April 1st, 2004 officially marks the one year anniversary of Lincoln’s interactive music website known as starcityscene.com. After only one year, local musician and creator of the site, Tery Daly, has seen the local music scene’s lone e-zine spread itself beyond the boundaries of Lincoln sending local musicians’ original material over the limitless space of the World Wide Web.

"My first step was to get it (starcityscene.com) known in Lincoln. Then, spread out and gain support throughout Nebraska. After that, I wanted to work to promote the music of Nebraska, specifically Lincoln, throughout the world," Tery explains.

For a few years area artists relied on Lincoln music scene website, Lincolnzine, whom Tery occasionally wrote for, to promote their sounds. However, that site crumbled, leading Tery to take the reigns as one of city’s most humble "servant[s] to the music scene." By March 2003 starcityscene.com launched its first issue.

"I just wanted to help give exposure to the bands that were out there and help them promote themselves," Tery shares, an easy-going smile mirroring his free-flowing passion for music. "People - in Lincoln, Nebraska, around the world – should be aware of the incredibly awesome music being created and recorded here [Lincoln]."

Updated daily, the site offers the latest in local band news, show reviews, and upcoming music events. A major focus of the site is its Star City Scene Radio, a streaming radio station which rocks out songs laid down by over forty local bands, giving Lincoln’s music followers a chance to hear the area’s top artists.

"I think people are reluctant to go out and see bands if they have no idea what they sound like. This way, it gives them a chance to listen and decide ‘Hey, I like this band," or "Hey, I don’t like this band," Tery adds.

As part of the site’s one-year anniversary Tery plans to upgrade the Star City Scene Radio’s streaming capability. Its current five to six hour play list will be increased to fifteen to twenty hours of non-stop live local music web surfers can check out any hour of the day.

Along with the upgrade, the April first issue of starcityscene.com is set to feature an Encyclopedia of Lincoln Bands that will cover every local group that has jammed out original songs since the fifties. A task Tery admits will not be easy. Yet, emails of nearly two hundred bands have poured in regarding groups’ names, their members and respective instruments, where they came from, when they were together, and interesting recollections of their time on the Lincoln music scene.

The anniversary issue will also highlight a bonus exhibit chock full of posters and flyers of Lincoln bands shows from the late eighties and early nineties up to today. "It’ll be cool from a historical aspect, but also, some of the artwork is phenomenal," Tery continues. From intricate paintings to scribbles on sheets of paper, the exhibit will capture an aspect of the local music scene most of us overlook.

Closing out its one year celebration, starcityscene.com will welcome all Lincoln musicians to kick back at Duffy’s Sunday, April fourth. Bands Shacker, Rent Money Big, and The Bad Sects are scheduled to take the stage, while a fourth band to fill out the jam session is still to be named (It's Tangelo - ed.).

The anniversary blowout will kick-off a series of music events Tery hopes to get rolling in the coming months. Scenefest 2, a three-day event featuring eighteen bands, is scheduled to take place at Duffy’s June eleventh, twelfth, and thirteenth. Also, Lincoln Calling, (dates to be determined), is a 3 day event that will incorporate bands from all over the country laying down tunes at six to eight downtown venues. Tentative plans for a special event showcasing nostalgic Lincoln bands is in the works as well.

Slated to put on a variety of events, Tery continues to look for steady fan support. As it celebrates its one-year anniversary, starcityscene.com has slowly grabbed statewide and national attention, but being only one year old, Tery understands the site has a lot of time to grow. Yet, he also realizes that no matter how young the site is, the capitol city still needs a place to go, a friendly face, and a home to promote the original sounds of the Lincoln music scene.