The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, June 26, 1997, Summer Edition, Page 8, Image 8

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    New bar
looks to
jazz up
By Sean McCarthy
Staff Reporter
Daryl Dickerson’s dream of creating a jazz
bar came true earlier this month.
Rogues Gallery quietly opened at 4 p.m.
on June 11. Owners Daryl and Jody
Dickerson, who also own Sandy’s on 14th & O,
began construction on the jazz bar in January.
The success of Sandy’s in its new location
enabled the couple to make Rogues. Daryl said
he has been impressed with the feedback
Rogues has received since its opening.
“We’re still in the developmental stages,
but the reception so far has been great,” he
Tne bar, located at 1100 O St., combines
the intimate feel of an upscale lounge with the
casual setting of a bar where you can play a
good game of pool.
“We recognized the need for a gathering
place that older people and young, sophisticat
ed people did not have before,” said Dan
Bauer, the manager and entertainment director
of Rogues Gallery.
“It has a definite atmosphere, something
you don’t notice anywhere else in town,” he
Part of Rogues’ atmosphere comes from
the selection of art that hangs in the bar.
Rogues purchased the currently displayed art
work from Malibu Galleries.
Bauer said he plans to employ local artists
to show their work in the future. Currently,
Bauer said, he wanted to establish the proper
atmosphere of the bar.
“But if someone wants to buy it (the art)
off the wall, they’re more than welcome to,” he
Bauer said Rogues’ location fits in well
with the audience they want to attract. In addi
tion to being close to eating establishments
like Crane River, Rogues is also close to the
Lied Center for Performing Arts, the
Haymarket and Kimball Recital Hall.
It s a good complement to the downtown
bar scene. We offer a flavor that is definitely
different,” he said.In the upcoming weeks,
Rogues will start to integrate jazz into its
The PA system is modeled after the system
in Kimball Recital Hall, Bauer said. The sys
tem allows a rich, full sound to resonate
through the bar, but still allows patrons to con
verse with one another comfortably, he said.
For its grand opening on July 11, Rogues
will bring in a live jazz band with no cover cost
to patrons. After that Rogues will experiment
by bringing in live jazz a couple of nights a
For now they have an ample supply of
more than 400 jazz CDs to entertain their
Though Bauer said heTias been really busy
the past few weeks, he’s enjoyed the work.
Aside from talking to various local artists,
Bauer has also spent time helping tie down the
music format of the bar, sifting through the
massive jazz collection.
“It takes a long time to establish a local fol
lowing to any type of music,” Bauer said,
“We’ll expose people slowly at first.”
Rogues has a good selection of premium
liquors, including single barrel bourbon: and
single malt scotches. Bauer said he plans on
getting a couple of micro-brewed beers on tap
to go with the import brew selections. Along
with the premium drinks, Bauer said Rogues
plans to have specialty champagne and ice
cream drinks.
i nougn me lounge ana martini raa seems
to be in full smoking jacket swing among col
lege students, Bauer said Rogues does not fit
the stereotype of a typical lounge. One
notable signature of lounges, cigars, has not
fully penetrated Rogues yet.
Though Bauer said he would consider sell
ing cigars over the counter, he wants to see
how adequate the ventilation system is. And
Rogues was created to be more of a jazz bar
than a lounge, Bauer said.
Until the grand opening on July 11, Bauer
said he plans to rely on word-of-mouth to get
Rogues’ name out. Bartenders will use this
time before the opening to hone their skills, he
said. Apparently, the positive word of mouth
seems to be working in attracting new patrons.
“We’re already having second generation
patrons come in because their friends recom
mended us. It makes us really happy,” Bauer
“We’ve really been pleased with all of the
results so far,” he said.
Lane Hickenbottom/DN
JENNIFER FOLGER (left), a senior education major, and Ingrid Jordon, a senior horticul
ture major, enjoy their drinks at Rogues Gallery, 1100 0 St. The new club’s grand open
ing will be July 11.
NU receives
two more
By David Wilson
Staff Reporter
On June 24, DeAntae Grixby became the third
Nebraska athlete to give a verbal commitment to
the Cornhuskers for the 1998-99 football season.
The running back from Omaha Central w ill
follow the footsteps of former Husker backs
Leodis Flowers, Calvin Jones and current NU I
back Ahman Green - all graduates of Omaha
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dash, led the Eagles as a junior last fall with 1240
yards rushing on 151 carries. Omaha Central
Coach Joe McMenamin said Grixby’s quickness
has made him one of the best backs in the state.
“He can cut on a dime,” McMenamin said.
“He can change directions and he is a very aggres
sive player. He sees the football field very well
and he is a very physical football player.”
The 5-foot-9, 190-pounder also played free
safety on defense where he made “numerous
highlight hits,” McMenamin said. But Grixby,
who was a freshman when Green was a senior in
high school, is being recruited as a running back.
McMenamin said.
“He isn’t as big as Green, but he’s quicker,”
McMenamin said. “He doesn’t have the outright
speed, but he does have a little bit more of a wig
gle to him.”
Grixby benches 275 pounds and squats 455.
but needs to put on a little more weight during his
senior season to be prepared for the physical
nature of the Big 12 conference in 1998,
McMenamin said.
But Grixby, who has qualified academically,
wasn’t the only high school athlete to give NU a
verbal commitment last week.
Nate Kolterman will likely be the next
Nebraska-grown football player to join the
Comhusker offensive line. Though high school
seniors cannot sign letters of intent until February,
the 6-foot-4, 310-pounder from Seward also gave
the Huskers a verbal commitment for the 1998
season. Linebacker Chris Kelsay from Auburn
became the first athlete to commit to Nebraska on
June 13.
Kolterman had drawn attention from the
Huskers since his sophomore season, Seward
Coach Greg Welch said, but his performance at
the first session of Nebraska’s June camp sealed
the deal.
Despite running a 6.0 40-yard-dash,
Kolterman had the NU coaches discussing his tal
ent all week, Welch said.
“I think Nate did some good things,” Welch
said. “They were monitoring him pretty close.
They said he looked agressive and has good tech
As a junior last season, Kolterman blocked for
the leading rusher in Class B as Seward finished
5-5. Kolterman, along with junior Andrew
Schlueter - another Division-I prospect - paved
the way for running back Dan Ellis, who rushed
for 1760 yards and 21 touchdowns. In 1995, as a
sophomore, Kolterman blocked for Dan Owens,
who led Class B with 1690 yards on the ground
and 22 touchdowns.
“We’ve had the top running back at the end of
the season two years in a row,” Welch said. “That’s
a great indication of the quality of your line.
We’re even hoping for bigger things this year.”
A very physical player, Kolterman benches
355 pounds and squats 505 pounds and was an
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