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The Suburbs at the Drumstick Saturday nigM.
Craig AnsininDt"y Nstrxrtsn
Get into Suburban
groove at-the Grove
By Mark Hendricks
The Suburbs, an underated band
from Minneapolis drove up p the Royal
Grove Saturday afternoon in a 1949
bus named "Nimrod" to begin their
'Slug and Snail Death Tour."
I met Chan Poling, keyboards and
vocals; Bruce C. Allen, guitar and vocals;
Michael Holiday, bass; and Hugo Klaers,
drums, after the sound check. The
interview, held in a motel room watch
ing "Love Boat" became an exercise in
sifting through satire. For example, I
asked the band how they like Lincoln.
Their reply was, "How much money
does the University of Nebraska spend
on recruiting football players and are
they very intelligent?"
The Suburbs formed in early 1980.
Initially they appeared on the Min
neapolis based Twin Tone record label
and later they signed with Polydor.
When asked about the break from
Polydor Records, Chan Poling (a self
proclaimed Bruce Springsteen fan
atic?) said, The Suburbs quit working
for Polydor because Polydor wasn't
promoting them very well." He added
that the group has thirteen new songs
ready to record and have had several
offers from different labels to record.
"We're shooting to have the record
out by January," he said.
When asked how the group writes
their songs, Allen said, "We jam on one
lick by one of us and add something by
someone else and make a song."
..Allen said he preferred., playing 'the
Rainbow Music Hall in Denver (their
next stop), while Poling said he likes
the Ritz in New York, "because of the
diversity of the crowd." One of their
worst experiences was in Chicago
where they were forced off the stage
when the bottles from the crowd of
5,000 began picking up velocity.
Pcling added one last comment, "Buy
our records, some of our friends like
On stage at eleven the Suburbs had
some friends. They opened with "Am
erica Sings the Blues," and went right
into a catchy new song titled, "Nine."
They played an hour's worth of selec
tions from their records, "In Combo,"
"Credit in Heaven," "Music for Boys"
and "Love is Law." The Suburbs had a
lot of people dancing to every song.
They are very tight with a super horn
section and sound better live than on
their records. The show built up
through "Cigarette in Backwards,"
"Cows" and Tired of My Plans."
"Beej" Ch&ney, guitar and vocals,
added some new lyrics for Nebraska,
chanting, "I saw the missiles rising
from the cornfields and they scare the
s out of me!"
The band played two encores ending
. with Chaney teetering in his leather
jacket on the edge of the raainspeak
ers. His final comment, "If you like this
kind of music listen to it!" Thanks to
the Royal Grove, we could.
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By Sarah Sieler
Springfield to sing Aug. 18
Rick Springfield will be in concert ing Box Office, (open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday, August 18 at Pershing Aud
The show starts at 8 p.m., and the
doors open at 7 p.m.
Tickets are on sale now at the Persh-
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Monday througn Saturday) and are
also available at both Dirt Cheap stores,
both Pickles Records stores, UNL Stu
dent Unions, and all Brandeis ticket
centers in Lincoln, Omaha, Grand
Island and Council Blufls.
At first there was standing room
Only when more than 60 people assem
bled for a poetry reading by Judith
Sornberger Thursday in the Heritage
Room at Bennett Martin Public Library,
14th and N streets. More chairs were
found and the crowd was seated in
time to enjoy an energtic reading by
one of Lincoln's up-and-coming poets.
Most of Sornberger's poetry seems
deeply rooted in her own experience,
but not blatantly confessional. She
often weaves her thoughts and feelings
about a particular experience around
a central theme or story. She read, for
example, a series of poems abstracted
from fairy tales, and another
series that used dolls as the controlling
Sornberger's poem The Second Wife,"
based on the story of Cinderella, illus
trates this artistic blending of fact and
fiction. It begins:
You 'd think it would embarrass her
. To beat the children mth a belt.
To be the stepmother of all their iiories.
Her spell still tvorks on their father. -They
take down their shorts for him,
And the blisters all but disappear. -
Bui I am another vxtxian, '
A n d I s'ie her design, the cruel
Work she makes of their few visits.
Mirror, mirror, its the fairness
Of her husband sface in theirs
Turning hers green in her reflection.
Sornberger's poems have been pub
lished in several literary magazines,
including Kansas Quarterly, Cotton
wood Review, and The Spoon River
Quarterly. She has recently edited an
anthology of poems, "All My Grand
mothers Could Sing: Poems by Nebraska
Women," which will be available soon
in local bookstores.
The reading was sponsored by the
Nebraska Literary Heritage Association.
The brassy musical "George M!" con
tinues to play Tuesday through Satur
day at 8 p.rn at the Howell Theatre in
the Temple Building.
Outdoor entertainment at Antelope
Park this week includes the Lincoln
Parks & Recreation Playground Child
ren's Theatre on Wednesday, the Cheryl
Priess-Dicky School of Dance on Thurs
day, the folkjazz, group Trilogy on
Saturday and a Municipal Band Con
cert on Sunday. These events will be at
the bandshell at 7:30 p.m.
A five-piece jazz band led by Chuck
Pennington will be featured in the brown
bag lunch concert in Foundation Gar
dens Wednesday from noon to 1 p.m.
The group consists cf Chuck Penning
ton, piano and synthesizer; Allegra
Pennington, Fender bsss; Bill Bolmeier,
drums; Joey GuMaia, percussion, and
Chris Psscale, voice. The band plays
)2zz versions of popular music S3 well
cs some traditional jszs pieces.
; . - Bluersss Crusade wia pky .in Foun
delicti Garden Thursday from nooa to
1 p.m. '
Hie Continental Orchestra, an interna
tionl touring Christian Orchestra, will
present a concert of contemporary
Christian music Friday at Indian Hills
Community Church, 1000 S. 84th St.
Tickets are $2 in advance or $2.50 at
the door. They are available at Indian
Hills Community Church and at Chris
Orson Welles' version of Shakespeare
vignettes, "Chimes at MidnihtFalstafF
will be shown at the Sheldon Film
Theatre Wednesday through Sunday
at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. with weekend
matinees at 3 p.m.
Tuesday, July 24, 1984
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