BROKEN BOW—Custer County is just a day away from the 2018 State of Art and Music Festival–featuring the Good Living Tour! The fourth annual Hear Nebraska Good Living Tour is coming to Broken Bow June 8-9 and encompasses a weekend full of festivities celebrating art, music, and local Nebraska talent.
Rabble Mill and Hear Nebraska will kick off the 2018 Good Living Tour in Broken Bow with a free, all-ages concert on Saturday, June 9. Musical guests include Oatmeal 97 (psychedelic rock- Lincoln), See Through Dresses (Indie rock- Omaha), Matt Cox (Americana Folk- Omaha), and headliner Clarence Tilton (Country Rock- Omaha).
Artist Chris Weber said he and his brother Corey Weber named the band after their grandfather, Clarence Tilton. The band plays a variety of country, rock, and Americana. Other band members include Paul Novak, Jarron Wayne Storm, and Craig Meier.
Originally from Wisner, Chris Weber has been playing guitar since he was 12 years old and says he and his brother love playing loud, live music. They grew up listening to classic, old-school country and have incorporated rock music into their band as well. Clarence Tilton formed about three years ago according to Chris.
“That’s the best part of these shows that Hear Nebraska puts on is that they’re so diverse. We all come from the same spot but we’re coming from different planets musically, you know, so it’s cool to get together and share the stage in one night,” Weber said.
The free and open-to-the-public concert and street dance will be held on Saturday night in the Broken Bow city square on South D and South 9th. Bands will begin at 6:15 p.m. and will play until approximately 11:30 p.m.
Weber said Clarence Tilton is excited to visit central Nebraska and share its music with all generations.
“We’re excited to be there. When these gigs came up–the first Broken Bow show–we all thought it would be nice to play there,” Chris Weber said. “It’s fun to connect with several generations of people.”
Other weekend events will take place at the Sandhills Journey Scenic Byway AKA the “Red Barn” on Friday and in the city square on June 9. Click here to view the full schedule: State of Art and Music Festival Poster.
The Lied Educational Center is hosting classes–open to everyone–on Saturday morning at the Broken Bow Public Library. Classes include Music and Journalism (10 a.m.), Visual Story Telling (11:15 a.m.), and Build a Band class and discussion with See Through Dresses (12:30 p.m.).
Deb McCaslin said the Good Living Tour also brings children’s authors, the Nebraska Writer’s Guild, and a mobile skateboard park to town. A skateboard safety class will be held at 2 p.m. in the city square and is mandatory in order to participate in the free skate from 2 to 5 p.m.
“The weekend will be focused on the fine arts. And so to me, that’s dance and music and speech and movement and maybe some sort of classic fine film-because that’s fine art too, just all sorts of things going on. Just very, very excited about this,” McCaslin said. “We tried very hard to have something for everyone, all ages and a ton of entertainment but mainly showcasing the wonderful talents that are out there. It’s just going to be such great fun. It’s taken truly a village to put this on.”
The Good Living Tour will also travel to Imperial, Red Cloud, and Norfolk throughout the summer.