The Omaha City Weekly
Show to showcase diversity of Lincoln music scene
By John Wenz
April 21st, 2006
Scenefest is exactly what it sounds like.
For the fourth year in a row, Tery Daly has organized the festival in order to promote not only local musicians, but the very idea of local music itself.
“I’m sticking with the main mission of Scenefest, to select a diverse sampling of musical styles to represent different parts of the Lincoln original music scene, and spread the word about all the great bands we’ve got here, it’s remaining pretty much the same,” Daly said. “It’s a bit more heavily promoted than previous years.”
In previous years, the festival has taken place in two venues. This year, however, it’s pared back down to square one, taking place at Duffys Tavern, 1412 O St. in Lincoln over Friday and Saturday night.
Friday night’s line-up includes Tie These Hands, Prints of Apple Island, the Goddamn Rights, The Static Octopus and Straight Outta Junior High. Saturday’s bands are Robot, Creep Closer!, Producers of the Word, Electric Soul Method, Once a Pawn and Sinikil.
“I’m just doing it at one venue this year, Duffy’s,” Daly said in reference to previous years at Bodega’s Alley and Duffy’s. “Last year, I went to two venues so I could get more bands on the bill, but logistically, it was a big headache for me, so I cut it back to one venue again this year.
“It’s still going to be an awesome show!”
The bands represent a wide diversity of Lincoln music, whether indie rock like Prints of Apple Island, math rock like Tie These Hands, heavy metal like Sinikil, pop-punk like Straight Outta Junior High, power-pop like the Static Octopus or hippie-ish funk like Electric Soul Method.
In other words, it’s an all-encompassing affair rather than a spectacle of Pitchfork-lite bands, a chance for people to get exposure to things outside their genre-comfort zone. This has been recurrent through the four years, with grindcore meeting dream pop with some country thrown in.
“Scenefest is meant as a showcase of Lincoln writing and playing original music, so people can come and check out a whole bunch of great bands they might not have seen before, and to make it quick and convenient,” Daly said. “It’s also a big party for all the bands, who know each other as friends or acquaintances, to get together as a group and hang out together.
“You see a lot of old faces who don’t come out too much any more because of kids or jobs or what have you, so it’s a lot of fun.”
Another important part in the selection of the bands, for Daly, is to represent bands that may not have had exposure in previous years rather than always going with the same cast of characters.
“I try to get a nice sampling of different types of bands. Each year there are a few bands who can’t do it cause they’re on tour or some member is out of town, or something, but if I ask someone who can’t make it this year, I ask ‘em again next year,” Daly said. “I’ve only got a small number of slots each year, and hundreds of Lincoln bands to choose from, so it’s going to take a while to get around to everyone, but that’s the goal.”