“White Mystery plays Farnam Street Soirée,” Wowt

That buzz coming from the Blackstone District in recent years continues to grow by the decibel as the neighborhood surges ahead with its reemergence as a bustling hub of activity in midtown Omaha – from new eateries and watering holes to locally rooted, one-of-a-kind stores like Ground Floor Guitar, Surly Chap Barbers and Almost Music-Solid Jackson Books. You’ll also find the forward-thinking, music-minded gathering space known as the Hi-Fi House in Blackstone.

That’s a lot to celebrate. In fact, that calls for a festival.
Serendipitously for us, that’s exactly what’s on the schedule for Saturday (Sept. 16) when the free “Farnam Festival” is set to be held.

The best part: A stellar lineup of bands that will perform (for FREE) at 40th and Farnam streets during the festival. Seriously, this lineup is a daisy.

Before the music, though, the day begins at 9 a.m. with a “Morning Market.” Lots of vendors. Then the music begins at 3 p.m., with sets by:

Denver-rooted indie pop-rock band Tennis (pictured), which features husband-wife team of Alaina Moore and Patrick Riley. Watch their video to “In the Morning I’ll Be Better” from their latest album, Yours Conditionally, by clicking HERE.

Oakland, Calif.’s Shannon & the Clams, which mixes R&B, surf rockabilly and doo-wop (all with the zeal of a garage band). Watch the band’s video to “Rip Van Winkle” by clicking HERE. They should be a blast.

Sibling rock duo White Mystery (Alex White and Francis Scott Key White) from Chicago is one not to miss. The twosome has a wallop of energy. Can’t wait to see them bring it live. Watch their video to “Dubble Dragon” by clicking HERE.

High Up . . . You should know by now how I feel about this Omaha band, whose Maha Music Festival performance was my personal favorite. Icky Blossoms is another Maha alum from Omaha that is also a nationally adored indie band. Miwi La Lupa is an Omaha Transplant who is most certainly worth seeing. As is Both, an Omaha hip-hop duo who has been winning praise from local music fans in recent years. And finally, don’t miss Kansas City’s Yes You Are.

Like I said, a choice lineup. And hosting it all is comedian-actor Timmy Williams from sketch comedy troupe “The Whitest Kids You Know.”

Get more info on Farnam Festival via their Facebook page HERE.

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