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    Former Millions to reunite at show
By Bret Schulte
Assignment Reporter
Harry Dingman helped give Chris
Sommeric a push into the local music
scene when No Left Stone opened for
Lincoln supergroup The Millions more
than six years ago.
'Saturday, the two will share the
stage once again, both fronting different
bands and exploring different avenues
of musical expression.
Oil, a more melodic and lighter ver
sion of the now-defunct hard-rock
Omaha group No Left Stone opens the
10 p.m. show for G.I.O. at
Knickerbockers, 901 O St.
Sommerich, Oil’s bassist, is looking
forward to playing with Dingman and
Lori Allison of G.I.O., whom he has
known since their days as The Millions.
“Now there is a reunion,” he said.
“It’s great to see Harry and Lori playing
again together.”
Since The Millions split up about
three years ago because of personal con
flicts the members have pursued differ
ent interests.
A few left the industry altogether
but Allison and Dingman continued to
pursue their passions for music. Allison
went on to fibnt a band called Kitten 97
and joined Heidi Ore from Mercy Rule
in Floating Opera, a project that coordi
nated the efforts of Lincoln’s most tal
ented rock musicians.
Six months ago, Allison became a
part of G.I.O. - short for Get It On, a
name inspired by one of Allison’s
She brought Dingman into the fold
only five weeks ago. The guitar player
for The Millions and current frontman
of Starla the Nudie Dancer, Dingman
jumped at the chance to play with his
old friend again.
“I saw one of their shows and was
really impressed,” Dingman said.
“We’ve had a lot of separate experiences
in the past three years, so it is a really
different, totally different band than The
No Left Stone, which experienced
relative success in the Midwest, broke,
up around the same time as The
Millions. Band members took some
time off, playing on their own.
Ironically enough, No Left Stone
recouped about the same time Allison
founded G.I.O., adding J. Hanson to the
group and changing its name to Oil.
Sommerich attributes part of No
Left Stone’s success to the early support
ofThe Millions, but the groups have fol
lowed distinctly different paths that ran
parallel more than they crossed.
“Oil’s music is similar (to G.I.O.’s),
and I think that it is kind of interesting
that No Left Stone came shortly after
The Millions and then they broke up
shortly after The Millions did,”
Dingman said
From ’92 to ’95, No Left Stone
toured heavily around the Midwest,
establishing a reputation as a fun, ener
getic, and hard-playing band
Sommerich said Oil has gone in a
new direction, leaving the days of fast
rock and hazy vocals behind them. Now
the members of Oil are playing a whole
different breed of rock ’n’ roll.
“I think it has elements of pop, ele
ments of blues, even a little bit of jazz
and country,” Sommerich said “I think
it is just kind of an amalgamation.”
Neither G.I.O. nor Oil have played
many shows yet, but Dingman and
Sommerich are very supportive of each
other’s efforts.
“G.I.O. and Oil work together in the
same way that The Millions and No Left
Stone worked together,” Dingman said
“They are both very melodic, but people
won’t get bored”
G.I.O. continues in the same vein
that made The Millions so popular and
eventually led them on a world tour.
“It’s very spirited, melodic, female
vocal pop music,” Dingman said. “It’s
hooky with heart and soul. Lori sings
about experiences from her own life that
she really cares about”
Oil and G.I.O. have shared plenty of
life experiences, a trend that promises to
continue for a long time to come.
Saturday’s concert begins at 10 p.m.
at Knickerbockers. The 19-and-over
show has a $3 cover charge.
Posse takes carnival on road
Band will be ringmasters of Royal Grove
From Staff Reports
Shaken loose from Disney’s Hollywood
Records last year, Insane Clown Posse is
bringing its Dark Carnival to The Royal
Grove, 340 W. Comhusker Hwy., Saturday
Although Disney balked at Shaggy 2
Dope and Violent J’s lyrics and subject mat
ter, the 6:30 p.m. show is open to all ages.
Hailing from Detroit, which the group
frequently likens to a post-apocalyptic hell
hole, ICP is touring in support of its fourth
Joker Card (album) “The Great Milenko,”
on Island Records.
ICP originally stood for Inner City
Posse, and both Violent J and Shaggy 2
Dope were associated with urban gangs
while working on hard-driving rap albums.
They quickly gained local attention,
which resulted in serious gang violence and
pressure from rivals, and changed their
names to the Insane Clown Posse.
The name change was accompanied by a
sudden fascination with evil, carnival-style
theatrics. Donning makeup and rubber
noses, the Insane Clown Posse began
spreading its message of judgment and
The $15 tickets to ICP’s Dark Carnival
are available at all Ticketmaster locations.
Call (402) 475-1212 for more information.
' Courtesy Photo
INSANE CLOWN POSSE, (from left to right) Violent land Shaggy 2
Dope, will bring its twisted rap/rock act to Lincoln’s Royal Grove
Saturday night. The group is touring in support of its controver
sial album “The Great Milenko.”
Courtesy Photo
MATADOR RECORDING ARTISTS The Lynnfield Pioneers will bash out their
brand of R&B rock at Knickerbockers, 901 0 St., Saturday evening in an
early all-ages show.
trail in
From Staff Reports
Saturday evening, Matador
recording artists The Lynnfield
Pioneers will perform as part of a
full night of music at
Opening act Almost None will
start the all-ages show at 4p.m.,
followed by ^ the Lynnfield
Pioneers, who will play until 9 p.m.
After that, local groups Oil and
G.I.O. will play a 19-and-over
show from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m.
The Lynnfield Pioneers are a
noise-rock trio that adds rhythm
and blues drum beats and incredi
bly fuzzed-out guitar riffs to
pounding organ blasts to create
emotionally charged rock ’n’ roll
The group’s musical ideology
favors energy and intensity over
technical aspects ... like tuning,
notes, song structure and keyboard
fingering (the keyboards are
played with fists, not fingers).
What thcjjCgg*! '
groups lik^ _
Jon Spencer Blues Explosion.
The Brooklyn-based group
started in 1995 but has already
played with the likes of Guitar
Wolf, the Jon Spencer Blues
Explosion, Butter 08 and Strapping
Fieldhands, to name a few. Is it
noise? Maybe. Is it music? More or
less. Is it fim? Oh, yeah.
The all-ages show starts at 6
p.m. and costs $4. i •
Circus perfo
to juggle acts at Lied
By Sarah Baker
Senior Reporter
It makes lion taming and tightrope
walking look like child’s play.
Cirque Eloize, the French
Canadian circus troupe founded in
1993, comes to the Lied Center for
Performing Arts tonight
The performance consists of 12
performers, most of whom are from
the Magdalen Islands off the coast of
Quebec and who attended the famed
Ecole Nationale de Cirque, the
National Circus School, in Canada.
Most of the troupe also has per
formed with members of the Cirque
Bob Vaughn, director of opera
tions and booking at the Lied Cotter,
said the performance is very ener
“They are circus-type acts with
out the animals,” Vaughn said. “It’s
really exciting.”
Vaughn said the performances
take place in sync with a high-eneigy
The show includes several differ
ent acts, including a one-man ladder
act, juggling, bicycle stunts and an
acrobatic finale.
Vaughn said the choreography of
the circus is unique.
“You could classify it as dance,
but it is realty a unique art form,” he
said. “It is very colorful, but at the
same time not overly elaborate.”
Vaughn encouraged people to
come to the show for a unique experi
“This show has a huge entertain
ment value and a low price,” he said.
“This is absolutely a top-quality per
forming art event”
Cirque Eloize opens at the Lied
Center tonight and runs through
Saturday night. Show times are 8
tonight and 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. on
Tickets are $9 for adults, $4.50 for
students and $4 for children. For
more information, call the Lied
Center box office at (402) 472-4747
or toll free at (800) 432-3231.
In Thursday’s edition of the Daily Nebraskan, the preview of “Arcadia”
contained misspellings of two of the play’s cast members, Amy Jirsa and
Amy Rafa. We apologize for the error.