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"8th Annual OEA Award nominees revealed"

Last night, nominees for the 8th annual Omaha Entertainment & Arts Awards were revealed at a ceremony at House of Loom. Plenty of new names will compete with others who seem to get a nomination every single year. Major props for the OEAA committee for adding new awards for Best Comedian and Best Comedy Enemble this time around.

What do you think? Did anyone deserving get left out? Are there other nominations which just don’t make any sense to you? Let us know on Facebook or Twitter. - Omahype.com


"Omaha Entertainment and Arts Awards Nominees"

The Omaha Community Playhouse's “The Wizard of Oz” and SNAP Productions' “Next to Normal” lead the performing arts nominations for the 2012-13 Omaha Entertainment and Arts Awards, unveiled Monday night at House of Loom.

Tops in music categories are Purveyors of the Conscious Sound and Dominique Morgan, while visual arts nominees are led by Jamie Burmeister, Ying Zhu, Michael Tegland and the RNG Gallery.

The nominations, chosen by a combination of online voting and juried panels in each area, were finalized last week. Eligible work was presented between Sept. 1, 2012, and Aug. 31, 2013. Select panels will choose the winners in each area, and the awards will be presented Feb. 16.

“The Wizard of Oz” totaled eight nominations, including musical, director and five members of the cast. “Next to Normal,” a musical about bipolar disorder's affect on a family, earned six nominations, including musical, director and four cast members.

Other best-musical nominees included the Playhouse's “Legally Blonde,” with five total nominations; the Playhouse's “Evil Dead: the Musical,” with four; the Lofte Community Theatre's “The Producers,” with four; and the Chanticleer's “A Little Night Music,” with three.

SNAP's “Other Desert Cities,” a show about family secrets, was the top draw among dramas, with five nominations. The Blue Barn Theatre's “Red,” about artist Mark Rothko; the Playhouse's “Recommended Reading for Girls,” an original family drama; and the Circle Theatre's “Gertrude Stein and a Companion” each drew four nominations.

Four comedies earned four nominations each: Nebraska Shakespeare's “Twelfth Night,” SNAP's “Clybourne Park,” the Blue Barn's “The 39 Steps” and the Shelterbelt's original script, “Psycho Ex-Girlfriend.”

In music, “Purveyors of the Conscious Sound” snagged nominations for album of the year (“Lifers 2”), artist of the year and best hip-hop/rap. Dominique Morgan was nominated for album of the year (“Love Chronicles”), artist of the year and best rhythm and blues/soul.

Album of the year nominees who also scored in a second category are Travelling Mercies (“Motel”), Big Harp (“Chain Letters”), Jake Bellows (“New Ocean”), Narcotic Self (“Erase Me”) and Matt Whipkey (“Penny Park”).

Double nominees among the artist of the year field were Josh Hoyer & the Shadowboxers, Rock Paper Dynamite and Matt Whipkey. New-artist nominees The Decatures and shooK on3 were also double nominees.

Simon Joyner's “Ghosts” was an album of the year nominee. Others tapped for artist of the year were Kris Lager Band and Universe Contest. New artist nominees include Artillery Funk, Twinsmith, John Larsen and the Sub-Vectors.

In visual arts, Jamie Burmeister is a nominee for best visual artist, new-media artist, 3-D artist, solo show (“Prime,” Gallery of Art and Design) and public art (Gifford Park).

Two artists earned four nominations each. Ying Zhu was chosen for visual artist, new-media artist, 3-D artist and solo show (“No Strings Attached,” RNG Gallery). Michael Tegland was nominated for visual artist, emerging artist, 2-D artist and two-person show (“Cool Abstractions” with Gary Day at Modern Arts Midtown).

Triple nominees were Mary Zicafoose (visual artist, 2-D artist, solo show at Gallery 72) and Freddy Rincon (emerging artist, 2-D artist, solo show at RNG Gallery).

RNG received two nods for group show, two for solo show and one for two-person show.

Other nominees for best visual artist are Tim Guthrie and Colin Smith. Emerging-artist nominees include Megan Boylan, Jamie Hardy, Weston Thomson and Edwin Carter Weitz. - Omaha World Herald


"Omaha Entertainment and Arts Awards Nominees"

The Omaha Community Playhouse's “The Wizard of Oz” and SNAP Productions' “Next to Normal” lead the performing arts nominations for the 2012-13 Omaha Entertainment and Arts Awards, unveiled Monday night at House of Loom.

Tops in music categories are Purveyors of the Conscious Sound and Dominique Morgan, while visual arts nominees are led by Jamie Burmeister, Ying Zhu, Michael Tegland and the RNG Gallery.

The nominations, chosen by a combination of online voting and juried panels in each area, were finalized last week. Eligible work was presented between Sept. 1, 2012, and Aug. 31, 2013. Select panels will choose the winners in each area, and the awards will be presented Feb. 16.

“The Wizard of Oz” totaled eight nominations, including musical, director and five members of the cast. “Next to Normal,” a musical about bipolar disorder's affect on a family, earned six nominations, including musical, director and four cast members.

Other best-musical nominees included the Playhouse's “Legally Blonde,” with five total nominations; the Playhouse's “Evil Dead: the Musical,” with four; the Lofte Community Theatre's “The Producers,” with four; and the Chanticleer's “A Little Night Music,” with three.

SNAP's “Other Desert Cities,” a show about family secrets, was the top draw among dramas, with five nominations. The Blue Barn Theatre's “Red,” about artist Mark Rothko; the Playhouse's “Recommended Reading for Girls,” an original family drama; and the Circle Theatre's “Gertrude Stein and a Companion” each drew four nominations.

Four comedies earned four nominations each: Nebraska Shakespeare's “Twelfth Night,” SNAP's “Clybourne Park,” the Blue Barn's “The 39 Steps” and the Shelterbelt's original script, “Psycho Ex-Girlfriend.”

In music, “Purveyors of the Conscious Sound” snagged nominations for album of the year (“Lifers 2”), artist of the year and best hip-hop/rap. Dominique Morgan was nominated for album of the year (“Love Chronicles”), artist of the year and best rhythm and blues/soul.

Album of the year nominees who also scored in a second category are Travelling Mercies (“Motel”), Big Harp (“Chain Letters”), Jake Bellows (“New Ocean”), Narcotic Self (“Erase Me”) and Matt Whipkey (“Penny Park”).

Double nominees among the artist of the year field were Josh Hoyer & the Shadowboxers, Rock Paper Dynamite and Matt Whipkey. New-artist nominees The Decatures and shooK on3 were also double nominees.

Simon Joyner's “Ghosts” was an album of the year nominee. Others tapped for artist of the year were Kris Lager Band and Universe Contest. New artist nominees include Artillery Funk, Twinsmith, John Larsen and the Sub-Vectors.

In visual arts, Jamie Burmeister is a nominee for best visual artist, new-media artist, 3-D artist, solo show (“Prime,” Gallery of Art and Design) and public art (Gifford Park).

Two artists earned four nominations each. Ying Zhu was chosen for visual artist, new-media artist, 3-D artist and solo show (“No Strings Attached,” RNG Gallery). Michael Tegland was nominated for visual artist, emerging artist, 2-D artist and two-person show (“Cool Abstractions” with Gary Day at Modern Arts Midtown).

Triple nominees were Mary Zicafoose (visual artist, 2-D artist, solo show at Gallery 72) and Freddy Rincon (emerging artist, 2-D artist, solo show at RNG Gallery).

RNG received two nods for group show, two for solo show and one for two-person show.

Other nominees for best visual artist are Tim Guthrie and Colin Smith. Emerging-artist nominees include Megan Boylan, Jamie Hardy, Weston Thomson and Edwin Carter Weitz. - Omaha World Herald


"Band of The Week"

BAND OF THE WEEK

The Decatures

Genre: Rock

The Show: Rock Paper Dynamite with Moses Prey, The Decatures at 9:30 p.m. Friday at O'Leaver's Pub.

About The Decatures:

Young guys with guitars, drums and an overwhelming desire to rip through some rock riffs is no small thing. The Decatures is a trio of dudes fresh out of high school, but don't let the fact that they can't drink a beer in the clubs they play in keep you from checking them out, especially if you're into blues, the Beatles or the Black Keys. Give their eight-song EP, "Fat Kids," a spin and you'll hear Led Zeppelin in Charlie Encell's guitars and Jack White in his voice. - Omaha World Herald Go!


"Band of The Week"

BAND OF THE WEEK

The Decatures

Genre: Rock

The Show: Rock Paper Dynamite with Moses Prey, The Decatures at 9:30 p.m. Friday at O'Leaver's Pub.

About The Decatures:

Young guys with guitars, drums and an overwhelming desire to rip through some rock riffs is no small thing. The Decatures is a trio of dudes fresh out of high school, but don't let the fact that they can't drink a beer in the clubs they play in keep you from checking them out, especially if you're into blues, the Beatles or the Black Keys. Give their eight-song EP, "Fat Kids," a spin and you'll hear Led Zeppelin in Charlie Encell's guitars and Jack White in his voice. - Omaha World Herald Go!


"‘Fat Kids Lp’ Is A Must For Rock And Roll Fans"

by Skylar Harris

Local bands such as Rock Paper Dynamite and Snake Island have lit a fire underneath Omaha's rock and roll scene. The Decatures, another band at the forefront of the rock and roll revival in Omaha, are releasing a full length album this weekend and, in the process, are liberating the once worn out rock and roll sound.

Fat Kids Lp, the bands first album, combines different genres and creates an entirely new musical ecosystem. It's no secret that lead singer Charlie Encell is a Jack White fan. In the Decatures' demo release, the White Stripes influence was fairly obvious, but the familiar sound left the listener in a comfortable position, somewhere between the blues and The Black Keys. Fat Kids Lp drops the listener in a barren land that feels somewhat familiar but mostly undiscovered.

The influences that the Decatures' draw from on Fat Kids Lp are wide. "Ryan likes Yes, I'm a huge Green Day fan, Pat used to play in a black metal band," said Encell.

"We all have very specific tastes, but we find common ground with some bands," said Ryan Call, the band's bassist.

So what is this album about? To Encell, it's about rock and roll. "Rock and roll isn't dead. It's taken a brief hiatus," said Encell. "The album's loud, nothing's light on the loafers."

The Decatures deal with controversial topics, such as the recreational use of marijuana. According to the band, smoking weed is as common in the music scene as smoking cigarettes. The drug is used as a way to socially bond and make new musical connections, even helping them to score an out of town show.

With the musical landscape of Omaha being indie rock dominated, the group feels like they have something to bring to the table.

"We want to start something else," said Encell.

"Something that can bring a bunch of people from different backgrounds together," said Call.

"We play the perfect music for that, we play rock and roll," said Encell.

The fans of The Decatures are currently their friends, friends of friends and middle aged people, but their base is rapidly expanding.

"Our fan base is everyone who's there to see the other bands. A lot of the time we're just picking up people that came to see the other bands," said Encell.

The Decatures don't attempt to imitate other artist's acts on stage, have a gimmick, or stand still like The Strokes. On an average night, the band simply creates a high energy atmosphere. "We just have fun playing with our buddies," said Call.

Fat Kids Lp is a necessity if you've lost all hope for rock and roll. - The Reader


"Rocking Beyond Their Years Omaha's The Decatures is turning heads with its nod to classic and hard rock"

The first time I saw the young, pure rock-and-roll band the Decatures, I – and a lot of my fellow chronologically gifted colleagues – were the ones to take notice. It was a noticeably young group churning out classic rock-influenced riffs and songs with experience and manic energy that turned our heads and made us walk to the front of the room. This is the reaction the Decatures do not want. Sure, they want heads turning and people energetically eating up their every note – they just don't want that reaction to be because of their age.
It’s a natural reaction, though, and probably something the band will have to deal with for a while. The Deactures is not a novelty act – this is a real deal rock and roll band that woke up and warmed up a mellow cold afternoon crowd recently at Omaha’s Earth Day event. The band is recording with Omaha producer Curt Grubb, and plans to have a full-length out soon. The band has been hitting all the major clubs in town and will be performing at Barley Street Tavern on Saturday May 25 with Artillery Funk and John The Bastard. I recently hung out with the three-man band at the Pizza Shoppe and discussed where they came from, their influences, and where they would like to go from here.

MarQ – How did the band get together?
Charlie Encell – Well, they were in a death metal band before I met them. They broke up and they didn’t have anyone to play with for a while. We started jamming at our friend's house on Decature, and that is how we got our name.
Ryan Call – Lots of jamming
Charlie – Played our first show July of 2011 at the Sandbox.


MarQ – How did you guys evolve from death metal to what you are doing today?
Ryan – We just kind of jammed and we just developed.
Charlie – There is still some metal influence. There is more classic rock than there is metal. They didn’t just give up the metal cold turkey.
Patrick Stutzman – It is kind of like with hot sauce – there is just enough in it.
Ryan – I also think we have a little Midwest twang . Not country, but just a little twang it.
Charlie – My parents are Deadheads and so I grew up listening to the Dead and Phish, and then I started listening to these guys and they opened me up to Black Sabbath and Zeppelin.
Patrick – We did a lot of extended jams. We would jam for three-hour sessions.
Charlie – We never played any songs – we just played for the hell of it. We actually went through a couple of drummers, too.


MarQ – I have seen great reactions to your live sets. How does that make you feel?
Charlie – It’s great, and we are really glad that people like it a lot. We don’t want to be liked because we are young. We do not want to be “good for our age.” So we are trying to do this with a certain level of professionalism and maturity.


MarQ – What are the advantages to playing as a three-piece?
Patrick – I think we function well under the three-piece setting. We act like a triangle with space between for different parts. We are not trying to out-do ourselves.
Charlie – Jimi Hendrix is a big influence because they were a three-piece.


MarQ – How has you sound evolved since you first started?
Charlie – There are songs that we played at that show that we don’t play anymore. They didn’t cut it and I guess that is how we have evolved. We are making better songs and shedding the skin of being a new band. I think the challenge is doing something that other bands in town do not do. There needs to be more bands that are not afraid to get out of the Omaha comfort zone. We don’t want to get in that rut.


MarQ – Who are some of the bands you like to play with in Omaha?
Charlie – There are not a lot of bands that play the same style of music. It’s hard to find bands to play with. Rock Paper Dynamite is one we like. We would love to play with the hardcore bands but we just do not fit in.


MarQ – What is the reaction you would like to get from a live audience?
Charlie – I want them to not just watch the band and clap because the song is over. You wonder, are they clapping because the song is over and they are being polite? We want them to want to see us again. We want people to be genuinely excited.
Ryan – We want them to tell other people and have those people tell other people.
Charlie – I want people to say they are seeing something they haven’t seen in Omaha. I think if you play rock and roll and play it well people will like it. There is this kind of mindset where people think that rock and roll is kind of already done and let’s move onto this other stuff. I think that is bulls**t. You have to change it up and make it current but rock and roll is not dead.


MarQ – How is the recording going?
Charlie – Slow but steady. We have never done it before. So it is kind of a new experience. We run into a lot of newer things. Those microphones are unforgiving. We want to make it good but not overproduce the Decatures out of it.


MarQ – How do you want to release the record?
Ryan – Vinyl - The Dispatch


"Barley Street review 5/25/13"

"Headed down to The Barley Street Tavern to catch the tail end of The Decatures set and got two songs of balls out bluesy guitar that was played as loud as it should be. Those guys are the musicians to watch in town....and that guitar player is someone that people will be talking about a lot. There is a lot of genuine feel and fury in his playing...it's pretty exciting to watch." - Marq Manner, Shout Weekly


"Decatures review 1/19/13"

"People got pretty wound up about The Decatures last night. Especially people my age and older. There is still something thrilling about seeing young guys with X's on their hands strapping on guitars and rocking out and doing it well. I can't imagine a time when that will be boring-especially if the band is as dedicated to their craft as these guys are. Gritty, bluesy in places, classic rock influenced and yet current. People were really chatting about this band and I think they benefited a lot from playing the show last night." Marq Manner, Shout Weekly, January 19, 2013 Waiting Room Show review. - Marq Manner, Shout Weekly


Discography

Fat Kids LP released July 2013

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Bio

The Decatures is a rock n' roll blues band from Omaha, Nebraska formed in 2011 by high school friends Charlie Encell (guitar & vocals), Ryan Call (bass & vocals) and Patrick Stuzman (drums).

Don't let their age fool you, these guys are incredible musicians with rock star qualities on stage. With influences ranging from Zeppelin to Jack White and Phish to Wilco, this band will make your jaw drop as they rule the stage like veterans with their gritty blues-infused rock songs.