Here at KZUM, a few of us spent the last week down in Austin, Texas, to celebrate Nebraska music on a national scale during the annual music and industry festival, South by Southwest.
In its fourth year, the unofficial Nebraska Exposed showcase teamed up with the Midwest Music Foundation to join its four-day two-stage event, Midcoast Takeover on March 13. Now in its 10th year, MidCoast Takeover provided an opportunity for Nebraska Exposed to not only be more visible during the famous Austin day parties, but to also step up its day of production. The Midwest Music Foundation brings a crew of close to a dozen Kansas City community members that consists of sound techs, event organizers and more.
Nebraska Exposed, originally founded by KZUM board member and Laughing Falcon bassist, Kyle Gibson, along with Nebraska festival organizers Spencer Munson and Jeremy Buckley, moved from its original home at Cheers Shot Bar further East on Austin’s crowd-pleasing 6th Street, to Shangri-La. This allowed eleven bands from Lincoln and Omaha to maneuver through the day of showcase, and SXSW festival, with more ease and flexibility, not to mention more visibility for their performances.
The two-stage setup started outdoors at 12:30 p.m. and ran until 7 p.m. inside, in Austin’s vintage inspired rockin’ tikki bar, Shangri-La.
Here is our recap — post the March 13 social media meltdown.
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