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Imperial can take pride in support for Hear Nebraska PDF Print E-mail

By Russ Pankonin, The Imperial Republican
Imperial has done itself proud once again. Last weekend, Imperial played host to the kickoff concert for Hear Nebraska’s nine-day Good Living Tour across Nebraska.
And as a gracious host, Imperial not only turned out in force, but they came to support some of their own, as well.
The mission of Hear Nebraska, taken from their web site, is to cultivate “Nebraska’s vibrant, fertile music and arts community by providing resources and a voice for bands, artists and members of Nebraska’s creative class and the people and businesses that support them.”
They want to see Nebraska become a globally-recognized cultural destination.
They brought some of that culture to Imperial Friday night, with three bands offering a diverse mix of musical genres and styles. These included Rockabilly, Indie Rock and Roots Rock, which featured Imperial’s own, The Talbott Brothers.
Imperial has another tie to Hear Nebraska in that it’s executive director, Andy Norman, grew up here in Imperial and is a Chase County High grad.
Norman couldn’t say enough good things about how the Imperial community welcomed him and his staff and pitched in to make sure that Friday’s event was a success. To say the least, Norman was simply blown away.
Of the four other venues where the tour has appeared, none has surpassed the turnout and support that Imperial produced.
Imperial can take pride in itself for these efforts. What’s amazing is that it doesn’t take some special event for this to happen—it happens on a daily basis. That’s what makes Imperial a special place to live.


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