Hear Nebraska’s “Good Living” tour is a statewide concert series that brings a mix of free, original Nebraska bands and DJs to small communities that rarely have the opportunity to host live music. In 2016, the second year of the tour, twelve towns hosted concerts over the span of three weekends.
Nathan Olson, aka DJ Pink Bunny, grew up in Grant, Nebraska (pop. 1,137), where the only way he could learn to play guitar was to find chord charts on the Internet and teach himself. As he was preparing to return to Grant to spin progressive music for his leg of the “Good Living” tour, he hoped to inspire other young people to purse music.
“You can start a band from nothing, create something from nothing, and have something that wasn’t there before,” Olson said. “You get kids that maybe have that idea in their head when they’re in middle school, they’d be a lot better off.”
Before the concert portion of the tour, a team of professional journalists and videographers visit each of the 12 communities in search of compelling music-related stories that connect the arts in a community context. Sponsored in part by a grant from Humanities Nebraska, the stories are published on the Hear Nebraska website.