COLUMBUS — Area performers are tuning up for an annual showcase of musical talent.
Twenty-five acts will take the stage Aug. 4-6 during the Power and Progress Music Festival at Camp Pawnee.
For the sixth year, the event is presenting a lineup of bands covering a variety of genres.
“We try to include more diverse acts every year. We reach out to musical acts all across the state,” said Tom Adelman, one of the event organizers.
Adelman, a member of The Midland Band, said the event has grown over the years, in both attendance, which reached around 800 in 2016, and the number of musicians who want to participate.
“We get a lot of submissions every year. It’s hard to choose. We have to pick and choose who we want. I wish we could have everyone,” Adelman said.
The festival focuses on displaying the talent of area musicians. The lineup typically includes acts from Columbus, Omaha, Lincoln and Norfolk. This year, there are also regional bands from Kansas and Minnesota.
“We really try to have a broad spectrum,” Adelman said of the type of music played, which ranges from bluegrass, 80s and tribute tunes to punk, funk, jazz and electronic music performed by bands and DJs.
A couple of bands Adelman expects to be big draws are tribute bands Rock and Roll Suicide from Omaha and Lincoln-based Jerry Pranksters. The Omaha group will perform songs by David Bowie and the Lincoln band will play music from the Grateful Dead.
The event is open to people of all ages and camping space is available, including a separate area for families. Music will be played on two stages with live performances taking place until the early morning hours.
The event starts at 5 p.m. Friday and runs until noon the following Sunday.
The lineup includes the following performers: The Midland Band, Kind Country, Funk Trek, Linear Symmetry, Rock and Roll…