By Carolyn Lee
The Imperial Republican
Crews from Hear Nebraska are crossing the state at this time, recording impressions of living in the towns in which free concerts will be held this summer.
Imperial is the first town on the tour, with a three-band concert scheduled for July 17 at the Imperial Country Club.
Featured bands will be Imperial’s own Talbott Brothers, The Bottle Tops and See Through Dresses.
The Talbott Brothers, now of Omaha, features roots rock. See Through Dresses of Omaha features indie rock, while The Bottle Tops of Lincoln features rockabilly.
During the evening concerts, Andrew Norman of Hear Nebraska said, videos of the interviews being conducted will be shown.
The videos will feature young professionals in Imperial and the other eight cities. The Imperial concert goers will see interviews with Tyler Pribbeno, Derek Russell, Tanna Hanna and Logan and Brianna Pribbeno.
In addition, writers interviewed musicians Marla Smith and the Talbott Brothers during the Imperial visit.
A total of more than 27 music/arts-related feature stories and videos highlighting the elements that make the communities great to live, work and play in, especially for young people, were being made this past week.
The purpose of the tour, which will visit nine Nebraska towns, is to promote living in Greater Nebraska.
Norman chose Imperial as the first stop in the tour as it is his home town, he said. He hopes “a couple hundred come” to the free event.
The “doors” open at 7 p.m. in time for people to arrange their blankets and lawn chairs. The concert begins at 8 p.m.
The concerts are for all ages and include country, rock, funk and folk music. The concerts are free and no ticket is required.
Beverages will be available from Imperial Country Club during the evening concert. The tour will be paid 10 percent of the beverage sales as its income.
No coolers will be allowed on the golf course during the concert, Manager Mary Wilson noted.