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2008

After helping her team win the Stanley Cup, Hussie Deb got to pose with the trophy. Okay, she IS posing with the real Stanley Cup, but she did NOT assist in any wins. The Cup was on tour through Lincoln to mark the announcement of the City's new Ice Center in late December of 2007. And since Deb and her husband are such Hockey fans (well they ARE), they both had their pictures taken with it. And Barb is pretty sure Deb was told NOT to touch it...and you see how that caution worked!.

Plans for 2008...After the success of our little CD Sampler in 2007, we will be devoting time to completing our first full-length CD this year. Also, for all you folks who asked us to do this...We want to try to put out a Christmas CD in time for the end of the year. Overly ambitious? Perhaps, but we'll give it a shot. We have a couple of songs already recorded, and we've made a list of what we want to include, so we're off to a good start! Stay tuned!

Jan 15, 2008
6:30 - 7:30 pm - Savannah Pines - 3900 Pine Lake Road, Lincoln, NE. Residents & Guests Program. This is also open to the public. It is in their great theatre! As always, it was great fun performing at Savannah Pines. The audience included several guests as well as residents and everyone there, including us, had a great time. We enjoyed chatting with folks afterwards and look forward to seeing how one gentleman does learning to play his new ukulele! Another gentleman had played in dance bands in his younger days, so the nice things he had to say about our music were especially meaningful.
Jan 18, 2008
 

 

 

7 - 9 pm - Thé Cup - 643 South 25th - Kristin and her staff have wonderful soups and sandwiches as well as organic tea, coffee & pastries. It's a super performing space, so come early for food, and stay for the music and laughter. Special Note: Don Bennett will be playing for 30 minutes during our break! It may have been cold outside, but the entertainment was hot on the inside.  It was a full house and, as Deb noted, it was enough to warm the cockles of our hearts (and, she added, there's nothing better than hot cockles on a cold night!) We debuted several new songs, including a tribute to Bo Pelini, written by Barb. She continues to deserve her title, "Queen of the Short Shelf-Life Song." In fact, the Bo Pelini song was so popular, we played it by request three times during the performance, a first even for the Hussies! Don Bennett, guitar and banjo player extraordinaire, kept the music going while we took a break. Life doesn't get much better! Special thanks to Kristin & Mike and all the staff at Thé Cup for their "TLC" of the audience and the musicians!
Feb 1, 2008 Barb will be doing the pre-talk for the Natalie MacMaster Concert at the Lied Performing Arts Center in Lincoln, NE. Wow! What a memorable evening. The music was super, and Barb got to help sell CD's for the Natalie MacMaster band! How the heck did that happen? Well, prior to the pre-talk, Barb was chatting with the lovely lady who was "womaning" the CD table. And Janelle said that if she looked really busy at the break to feel free to come help. She did! And Janelle turned out to be none other than young Nathanial Smith's mom! If you don't know who Nat is, he's a cello virtuoso, and just 14 years old. He's touring with the band. Check out the site above. What a hoot!
Feb 14, 2008 7 - 8 pm - Brentwood Estates - 1111 South 70th - Residents and Guests program. A Valentine's Day Show!! What a wonderful Valentine's Day we had at Brentwood Estates! Everyone was so nice to us. We had a packed room, with most of the folks wearing red, and everyone loved the music and the typical Hussie humor. We had so many people come up afterwards to tell us how much they loved the show. We even met a gentleman who had been a musician in the Red Skelton and Ozzie Nelson bands!? Wow - how cool is that!? And the Bo Pelini song continues to be a HUGE hit!
Mar 4, 2008 7 - 8 pm - Legacy Retirement Home - 56th & Pioneers, Lincoln, NE. Residents & Guests Program. We always have great fun at these Legacy gigs, and tonight was no exception. We heard someone going through the hall after their evening meal telling everyone that "The Hussies are Here". We had a very nice crowd, and they really enjoyed singing along with old favorites. We pulled out some new "old" songs for an early St. Pat's songfest, and also used the electronic bagpipes on a couple of crowd pleasers. All in all, a super evening with lots of old friends. And yes, the Bo Pelini song was very well received! Thanks, Carla & Nancy!
Mar 14, 2008

 

7 - 9 pm - Thé Cup - 643 South 25th - just North of Randolph in the renovated Pepsi Bottling building. Kristin and her staff have wonderful soups and sandwiches as well as organic tea, coffee & pastries. It's a super performing space, so come early for food, and stay for the music. 
Schedule Note regarding future performances at Thé Cup that had been on our schedule. We've been playing at Thé Cup since shortly after they opened and we feel privileged that they like our music and the crowds we bring in enough to have booked us last year as often as we wanted.  This year we even booked ahead every other month through the end of the year. HOWEVER, their business has been so successful that they are going in a new direction as of April 1st. They'll be focusing on a growing catering clientele and will be closing each evening at 4 pm (including Fridays) to handle those customers.

So, unless they change their plans, this means no more evening gigs at Thé Cup. It's a loss of a great performance area for not only us, but also for the many other Lincoln musicians who have utilized the space on weekends and through the week. And it's a loss for the fans who come enjoy the music, and also the wonderful food. Kristin and Mike have been good friends to us and our fellow musicians, and we can only hope that they will someday find time to open their doors again to music.

We'll miss playing there.

Whoopee! We're starting our 5th Year as Wee Brazen Hussies!!!

Mar 15, 2008 2:00 - 2:45 pm - Annual St. Patrick's Day Fundraiser at St. Patrick's Church, 6120 Morrill Ave., Lincoln. NE. This is a fantastic way to spend the Saturday before St. Pat's. There will be bands all day, and plenty of homemade corned beef with all the trimmings, as well as plenty of green beer! So come on out and enjoy the music and fun! Plan on spending a few hours at least and bring the family for the great fundraiser! The Ides of March proved to be lucky for all concerned this year. This was SUCH fun!!! A huge hall, packed full of families and friends, food, music, and more...what's not to like! Great job, Rand, on organizing this annual fundraiser. And thanks for inviting us to perform. We're already looking forward to next year!
Mar 17, 2008 6:30 - 7:30 pm - Savannah Pines - 3900 Pine Lake Road, Lincoln, NE. Residents & Guests St. Patrick's Day Program. This is also open to the public. What a perfect way to end our series of St. Pat's Day...performing in the Savannah Pines theatre to a large, enthusiastic crowd. We even were visited by a leprechaun who danced a lively jig to one of our songs. But we weren't fooled...it was Ann Bremer, and she is an AWESOME dancer! Thank you to everyone who made it such a fun evening!
Mar 25, 2008 7 - 8 pm - Legacy Estates - 7200 Van Dorn, Lincoln, NE. Residents & Guests Program. Once again, the Legacy showed us a great audience, and we showed them some great tunes. We were still in our St. Patrick's Day mode for part of the show, and the crowd sure seemed to appreciate the songs and the humor. And yes, the Bo Pelini Song is still a hit! Thank you, Jenny, for always making us feel so welcome, and thank you, residents and guests who make us feel so special. We'll see you all soon!
April 8, 2008
Celebrate the last party event at PO Pears, and help support the Lincoln Library's Heritage Room

 

6 - 6:50 pm - Wee-Pre-BEE-Spree!  We'll be doing the Pre-Show for the 24th Annual Heritage Room Spelling Bee at P.O. Pears in Lincoln. SPELLING STARTS at 7 pm. The Spelling Bee benefits the Heritage Room of Nebraska Authors at the Bennett Martin Public Library in downtown Lincoln. WOW, and double WOW! This was our 4th year playing this gig, and it gets better and better. Bob and all the staff at Pears had the kitchen and bar up and running (no small feat after being closed), and it was just like old times at the Bee, except we all knew it was the last one at Pears, so it was tinged with sadness. But the spellers were awesome and the fun crowd was over 200! Channel 10/11 had some great coverage of the Bee, and our Bo Pelini song was again a crowd pleaser. In fact, there were some fun gals at one of the tables who know Mrs. Pelini. They really liked the song and they asked for a copy of the words to show her, and so we were honored and happy to oblige. What fun! (Barb was thrilled to drink the very last bottle of Guinness ever served at PO Pears!)

Deb & Barb warm up the
crowd at the Pre-Bee

Part of the  200 + people at the 24th Annual Spelling Bee

The final two spellers, Barb, emcee, John Baylor, and John's young "helper".
(Julia was the winner!)

PO Pears owner, Bob Jergensen, gets a souvenir Bee for his 20 year's of supporting the Spelling Bee
April 13, 2008 Noon to 2 pm - Brownville, NE - NOTE: Due to illness, we asked friends Bill Behmer and Gwen Meister to fill in for us at this gig. We're so sorry to have to miss this gig, but know Gwen & Bill will do an excellent job for Cinnamon and the folks in Brownville for the opening of the shops.
April 25, 2008 8 - 10 pm - Mo Java Cafe & Roasting Co., 2649 N. 48th, Lincoln, NE. Always fun, and always great food, coffees, teas...and you can celebrate ARBOR DAY with the Hussies! It'll be TREE-mendous! And it WAS! There was even a "tree" that kept trying to grab Barb's guitar through the evening...though to be fair, it was mostly Barb's fault. We had a great crowd of our "regulars" and some new folks, too. All joined in the singing and the fun and it was a typical Hussie evening...lots of music and lots of laughs. Thank you all so much for coming out on a chilly evening to help us fog up the windows at Mo Java. Thanks to Jim Lee for the plastic pig nose and for Barb's new musical instrument...an ocarina!  Yes, she's learning songs already. Deb has even mentioned getting one!
April 27, 2008
Sunday Gig! Odell is just down Hwy 77, and south of Beatrice - 60 miles


 

1 - 3 pm - Old West Trail Center, Odell, NE - NOTE: The gig is for the Old West Trail Center, which will be open for tours that day, HOWEVER, the gig will take place at the Community Center down the street. It's across from the park and you can't miss it! So take an afternoon jaunt and come on down and see this great little piece of history...and hear us, too! Link to Google Map. Well this was just fantastic. We came into Odell and there was a sign with our name on it! Cool! And Judy and all the folks at the Community Center and the Trail Center were so great. We had a super crowd and Deb's sister Peg, and her husband and family drove up from Kansas to hear us, so it was a very special day in more ways than one. Afterwards, we chatted with a lot of folks then went down the street to tour the Old West Trail Center. And we were SOOOOO impressed. If you want to take a lovely drive and have a great lunch at the bar/cafe there, then see the Old West Trail Center some weekend, it's WELL worth the effort. Check their website above for special events. And the countryside just south of Beatrice on Hwy 112 is gorgeous. Thanks to everyone in Odell for a wonderful time. We hope to see you again!

Odell welcomes the Hussies!


Even the Restroom has a mural at the Trail Center, although Deb & Barb do look a bit overwhelmed at having their photo taken there.


Deb and her sister, Peg and her husband, Doug, and Doug's parents Sheila & Bob...who drove up from Kansas to see us!

At the Trail Center
April 29, 2008 7 - 8 pm - Legacy Terrace - 57th & Fremont, Lincoln, NE. Residents & Guests Program. Another fine evening with the folks at Legacy Terrace. Luckily Barb had her BP Tipper on hand as promised last time we were here...because someone asked! We played several new, old tunes and we had a request for The Scotsman song, and as usual we happily obliged. Thank you all for coming out to fill the dining room with fun and laughter and some great singing from the audience, too.
May 10, 2008 10 am - Annual Mother and Daughter Brunch - Frieden's Lutheran Church, 6th & D Streets, Lincoln, NE. We played here last year and had such a good time, and we're thrilled to be invited back. What a super time at this annual Brunch! And the food...cooked and served by the men...it was delicious. There were over 75 mothers and daughters of all ages, and from all parts of the world, and the newly remodeled church basement was filled with love and laughter on this day before Mothers' Day. Thank you so much for asking us to play again this year and be a part of this special day, and thanks for being such a fun audience...and great singers!
May 13, 2008 6:30 - 7:30 pm The Arbors, 3777 N. 58th, Lincoln, NE - Residents' Program. This was our first time at The Arbors, and we feel so lucky to have been asked. The residents have varying degrees of dementia and Alzheimer's and music is a common language that we were able to share with them. Both Deb and I have had dearly loved relatives with dementia, and this meant so much to us to be able to share an evening of songs and laughter with the folks at The Arbors. It was humbling and inspiring at the same time. In fact, we played a half hour extra, just because we were all having so much fun! We hope to be back soon.
May 18, 2008
Sunday Afternoon
Open House 1 - 4 pm - Hussies play from 2 - 4 pm  New Office location for Barb's Healing Hands Massage. 3633 "O" Street. Come see Barb Frank's new location and have some Hussie fun, too. This was a lovely way to spend the afternoon. Barb's new digs are great and there were plenty of folks taking the tour and stopping a bit to listen to us. And the munchies were tasty, too!
May 20, 2008 6:45 - 7:45 pm - Clark Jeary Retirement Center - 8401 South 33rd, Lincoln, NE.- Residents & Guests Program. We love coming out to Clark Jeary and playing for the folks. We always have a few surprises from the crowd and we love it. Tonight was no exception and a splendid time was had by all.
June 12, 2008 6:15 - 6:45 pm - Van Dorn Villa - 3001 South 51st Street - Lincoln, NE - Residents & Guests Program. This was our first time at the Villa, and we had a ball. They want us back, and we're so pleased. What a fun group of folks, and it's a lovely setting for music in their dining room. The Bo Pelini Song was requested and was...of course, a hit. After we played we packed up and dropped in on Bob (of Bob Stick fame) at Madonna. He's recuperating from some knee surgery and doing really well. So we play a few songs for him! Get well, soon, Bob!
June 14, 2008 8 - 10 pm - Crescent Moon Coffee - 816 "P" Street, Lincoln, NE Haymarket. Come join us in the spacious courtyard for an evening of music, laughter and all around fun! Don Bennett will be opening for us from 7 - 7:45pm. The weather was great and so was the crowd who came out to enjoy the music, the laughter ,and the great CM drinks and food. Thank you for a wonderful evening, and thank you, Don, for warming up the crowd for us with you songs and chat.
June 20, 2008


 

7 pm - Private Function - WW II Navy Reunion - LST-944 - Hampton Inn, Lincoln, NE  We are thrilled and honored to be providing the entertainment after the reunion dinner! Find out more about LST's in general, and LST-944 in particular.

This was the 13th reunion of this great group of folks (and their families) from all over the U.S. Sadly, it was their last because of the difficulty in traveling for a lot of the veterans. We were recommended to them as entertainment by friend Ann Bremer who is the activities director at Savannah Pines. We prepared some sassy songs of the sea, as well as some of our regular tunes and we were absolutely awed by the response. They made us feel like members of their LST-944 family. A number of the veterans and their families were from southern states, and afterwards one of the wives taught us "In the Pines", by playing Barb's guitar with several joining in on the vocals. We were also given some special Louisiana Easter candy (Elmer's Pecan Egg...a pecan and caramel covered nougat egg & Elmer's Gold Brick Egg...a pecan meltaway) that is only made once a year. It was lovingly carried on ice to the reunion, and YES, it was delicious! This was one of the best gigs we've ever played. Thank you all so much.

After the event, Deb had the terrific idea to donate our fee to the Heartland Honor Flight efforts of the VFW. So that's what we're doing. To find out more about this program, click HERE to read the Journal Star Article.

How to help

To contribute to the Heartland Honor Flight:

Contact John Liebsack, state adjutant and quartermaster for the Nebraska VFW, at (402) 464-0674 or vfwne@alltel.net.

Or send a check to: Heartland Honor Flight-VFW, P.O. Box 4552, Lincoln, NE 68504. Contributions are tax-deductible.

June 21, 2008 3:30 - 4:15 pm on the MAIN STAGE - Celebrate Lincoln Festival in downtown Lincoln. This was our first time on the main stage and we had a ball. Admittedly, it was a different experience, with the seated crowd under the tent all the way across the street from the stage, but by the time we were halfway into the set, we had folks strolling by the stage and hanging around to hear more. And one fun guy on the other street corner (by the beer tent) who absolutely loved and cheered for anything we did. Thanks to the organizers and to all who came out to enjoy Celebrate Lincoln.

June 22nd thru August 31st

We are limiting bookings to just a couple in July and August (see below)
so we can devote our time to working on our CD's.

Do call us early for fall bookings!

July 2, 2008 6:30 - 7:30 pm - Fairbury, NE - Cedarwood Assisted Living - Resident's Program - We're really looking forward to this special Fourth of July Program! We had a ball here at Cedarwood. It was a new venue for us, and the trip there was truly worth the effort. It's a lovely facility, and the staff and residents were ready for some Hussie tunes and fun. We seemed to go over well with our mix of patriotic and nostalgic songs, as well as some fun newer ones...yes, the Bo Pelini song was a hit.. The drive home was enhanced by one of the most beautiful sunsets we can recall in a long time. We look forward to going back to Cedarwood to see everyone again!
August 2, 2008 7:30 - 8:30 pm - Homestead National Monument Saturday Night Campfire Series, Beatrice, NE - We'll be playing at the Homestead Education Center (the old visitors' center). This is part of their regular summer series and we're really excited to perform. Oh WOW! What a super evening at Homestead. A crowd of 73 (according to the staff) packed the inside performance space, and I think we were all glad to be inside with a heat index well into the 90's. We had folks there almost as soon as we got there at 6:15 pm. There were a number from Odell, NE, where we performed earlier this summer, and it was great to see everyone again. It was a wonderful group of folks who came for the gig and they were ready for some fun. I think we delivered. We know we sure had fun and the crowd was really into the songs and the merriment. We had our new printing of the Sassy Sampler CD's with the Bo Pelini song added and they were popular after the gig. Thanks, Todd at Homestead for giving us the chance to do one of the Campfire shows, and thank you so much, Gene and all the staff for your kindnesses. We hope to see you all again at Homestead.

On the way home, Barb got stopped by the State Patrol but they weren't looking to buy a CD. Deb laughed all the way home and so did Barb. And thanks to the officer for being so nice...we're sure it will be a good story for her to tell, too. You'll have to ask Barb about it...there may even be a song about it someday.

Read the article about the Wee Brazen Hussies in the 8-24-08 edition of Lincoln Journal Star

Sept 12, 2008 6:30 - 7 pm and 7:30 - 8 pm  - Private Function for Lincoln Libraries Staff. Farewell dinner for retiring Lincoln City Libraries Director, Carol Connor. We'll be doing two short sets. We are so honored to be asked to perform, and we plan on making this evening very special for Carol. What a hoot this was. We played before dinner, then got to watch the Library Staff do their skits before our next set. They were awesome, and so funny! Thanks for asking us to help with this special evening.
Sept 16, 2008 11:30 - 12:15 or 12:30 - 1:15 pm - Private Luncheon Performance for a Lincoln employer's Employee Appreciation Day. This will be our 4th year for this event, and we love the venue and the chance to play for the employees. As always, this is such fun. The bosses all cook for the employees and there are lots of health and wellness exhibits, as well as several bands with employees in them. Really well done!
Sept 23, 2008 7 - 8 pm - Legacy Retirement Home - 56th & Pioneers, Lincoln, NE. Residents and Guests Program. What a great group of folks at Legacy. Tonight was fun, as always, and we feel right at home with our friends at Legacy! Hope to see you soon!
Sept 24, 2008 6:45 - 7:45 pm - Grand Lodge at the Preserve - 80th & Pioneers, Lincoln, NE. Residents and Guests Program. This was our first time a the Grand Lodge. We played after dinner as part of the special 4th Anniversary celebration of the facility. We had the crowd singing along in no time at all and we think everyone had a great time. We know we did! And they want us back!
Oct 3, 2008

7 - 9 pm - Blue Moon Coffee - South end of the mall at 70th & Vine, Lincoln, NE - We've played at Blue Moon in Hastings, NE, and are really looking forward to checking out the space at the one here in Lincoln. Come out and show them what fun a Hussie Crowd can be!!! Well, I know we'll never forget this gig. Not only is the venue very nice, and the crowd was just super...a nice mix of our "regulars" and some folks we haven't seen in a while, as well as a very nice lady from Germany...but the evening had some added surprises...not all good, but very exciting. After a warm-up at Barb's house for the gig, Barb & Deb were headed to the Blue Moon in separate cars. Barb was stopped for a light on 70th street, near East High, when a guy plowed into the rear of her vehicle doing over 40 miles an hour. He was looking at something his girlfriend was showing him and didn't notice the cars ahead had all stopped. Yikes. Barb's van was pushed into the two cars in front of her by the impact and instruments and equipment were all pushed toward the front of the vehicle. After the pieces stopped flying around and the dust had settled, Barb checked herself and checked the instruments and the equipment. Only the épinette was damaged. So while the police officer wrote the other driver a citation, Don arrived with his pickup, and he and Deb loaded everything and took it to the gig and set it up. Barb's van was towed, so Don came back and got her and the gig went on as scheduled. HUSSIES NEVER QUIT !!!!
Oct 6, 2008 6:10 - 6:50 pm - North Gate Garden Estates, 2425 Folkways Blvd., Lincoln, NE - Residents' Evening Program. We're looking forward to being back at North Gate to see everyone. It's great to come out here and see so many folks who remember us, and whom we remember. They are a really cool group and they really keep us on our toes! Thanks for inviting us back, and we'll see you soon!
Oct 15, 2008 6:30 pm - Frieden's Lutheran Church, 6th & D Streets, Lincoln, NE - WELCA Annual Potluck Supper. We played for these great folks last year and this year at their annual Mother-Daughter Banquet, and we're excited to be coming back for the Annual Potluck Supper at this historic church. This was such fun. All of the folks who had been to our Mother-Daughter Brunch performances the past two years were so excited to have the chance to bring their husbands. And they weren't disappointed, judging from the comments. Deb remarked how pleased we were to be the Frieden's Church "House Band". Even though we're really not, we just love playing for them all...no matter what the occasion.
Oct 16, 2008

7 - 9 pm HUSSIES HOUSE CONCERT - Denice Franke - Texas Singer Songwriter. She's performed previously in Lincoln at a LAFTA house concert, and at the 2007 PlainSong Folk Festival...and each performance adds to her fan base here in the Midwest. This will be a casual concert. Pizza provided. Bring the beverage of your choice.


Denice has long been a force in Texas music. She’s worked with Nanci Griffith, Eric Taylor, Lyle Lovett and others. Her voice embodies all the richness of the Texas Gulf Coast, and one listen will make you a fan for life.

Her new CD is the best yet!

Sound samples at www.denicefranke.com

Nashville City News Review, Sept 2008"But whether singing in a sparse or extensive setting, Franke’s mellow, intense vocals prove both delightful and compelling on Gulf Coast Blue.”

Billboard Magazine Review, Aug 2008…“Denice Franke writes vivid, compelling musical short stories that adeptly blend empathy and danger on this third albumHer lithe, mesmerizing voice and acoustic guitar are at the heart of each track, and Mark Hallman's sympathetic production advances each song with bent electric guitar notes, percussion jabs or keyboard sounds.”

            

This was super fun. Denice is a great friend of the Hussies (and Don), and it was super to be able to welcome her back for this first House Concert at the new place. We had 21 folks in attendance, and a great time was had by all. Buddy the Cat made his usual appearance on-stage, but firmly declined Denice's offer to take him to Wisconsin with her by turning around and exiting the room. Thanks to Denice for sending along these photos!

Oct 21, 2008 7 - 8 pm - Legacy Estates - 7200 Van Dorn, Lincoln, NE. Residents & Guests Program. It's just always just a pleasure to be at the Estates. We feel like family there, and tonight was no exception. In fact, even more so because of all the residents' families in attendance. We even had folks come early to watch us warm up. We tried out a couple of new songs as well as some old fav's. And we incorporated one that Denice Franke showed us...a Robert Frost poem set to music. Lovely! Thank you all. We'll look forward to our return visit.
Oct 28, 2008 7 - 8 pm - Legacy Terrace - 57th & Fremont, Lincoln, NE. Residents & Guests Program. It was all Treats, and no Tricks...even though Halloween was just around the corner. We had a ball, and we know the residents did, too, because they told us so. We even had some of the kids from the wait staff come out and sit for a song or two after they finished their shift. We love the Legacy folks and always appreciate all they do to make us feel like family. Thanks you, Tonia, and everyone! We'll see you in a few months!

November Vacation................We're taking the whole month off................Why?
We're Hussies and it's our birthdays - Deb's is on the 4th, and Barb's is on the 18th!
Besides...it's a tradition!

Nov 23, 2008 6:30 - 7 pm - The Parthenon Greek Restaurant - Private Surprise Party for Rachel Garver's Birthday. We didn't post this in advance because we didn't want Rachel to see it, but now that it's past, we can say it was just a hoot. Thank you for asking us to play, and for helping make this a birthday you'll remember!
Dec 7, 2008

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5th Annual Hussies Holiday Hoopla!

 

1pm - 5pm - Meadowlark Coffee, Tea, & Espresso - 17th & South Streets - Next to Open Harvest.
Annual Benefit for the Lincoln Food Bank and Cedars Youth Services. In addition to the donations, all tips are split equally between the two charities.

Wee Brazen Hussies, Butch & Lucy Krause, Keith Grotrian, John Baylor, Pama Heikes Baylor, Charlie Horner, Mike Barna, Don Bennett, and Sylvia Griffith!

This really was a super fundraiser, and we had a ball. We received $190 in cash which was split between the two charities. We also got a half barrel of food donations for the Lincoln Food Bank, and a half container of personal care items for the Cedars Youth Services Street Outreach Program. Meadowlark was filled with folks who came out to enjoy the music and John, Pama & Charlie were joined on stage by their friend, Mike Barna, who really added a lot with his playing. Hope he can join us next year, too!

Thank you to all who contributed, all the musicians, and to Adam and the folks at Meadowlark for allowing us to use their wonderful coffee shop for this yearly event.

Dec 12, 2008
 
7 - 9 pm - Mo Java Cafe & Roasting Co., 2649 N. 48th, Lincoln, NE. Join us for music with a Holiday feel, lots of fun, and always great Mo Java food, coffees, teas. What a great crowd! We were so thrilled that will all the music around town, we still had a full house. Thank you all so much. There were plenty of laughs as the crowd got into the tunes. Barb had a couple of new verses of Ode to Bo. Deb had a new tune she wrote to a poem ("Hope") by Emily Dickenson, and another highlight of the evening was when we were accorded the opportunity to be the first players of a new drum made by Jim Lee from the bole of a maple tree. Appropriately, we christened it with Deb playing to an original Native American flute tune by Barb, "Spirit Dance'. Later, we used the drum on "Little Drummer Boy". Thanks, Jim; it was truly an honor to play this drum.
Dec 15, 2008 6:30 - 7:30 pm - Savannah Pines - 3900 Pine Lake Road, Lincoln, NE. Residents & Guests program. Brrrrrrrrr...the weather was frigid, but the folks in the Theatre were warm as we played Holiday songs, including some sing-a-longs. Thanks to Ann Bremer, activities director, for the years of playing here, and best wishes in your new position at Tabitha. Hope to see you there!
Dec 20, 2008
(Saturday gig)
7 - 9 pm - Blue Moon Coffee - South end of the mall at 70th & Vine, Lincoln, NE We're not sure we remember playing on a night colder than this...it was 10, but the wind chill was much, much lower. Barb even went to the nearby hardware store before the gig and got some Toe Warmers to attach to her socks. She highly recommends them. But in spite of the bitter weather, we had a great crowd of our "regulars", and we turned them into our rhythm section for the evening, passing out all of our percussion items and giving them a free hand. They even came up with a name for themselves...the Rhythm-Masters! And they were! Thanks so much to all who braved the cold to share the fun and the music. It made a chilly evening very warm. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Hope to see you back here January 16th...a FRIDAY eve.
2007
Jan 5, 2007 7:30 - 9:30 pm - The Blend Coffeehouse - Lincoln, NE - 4900 North 26th - What a wonderful way to start 2007! We had a full house at The Blend, and during the second half, with minimal encouragement, they turned out to be a fine chorus! We think they're "naturals"! We added a few new songs to our repertoire and they went over quite well. Thanks to all who came out for the festivities; we hope to see you soon!
Jan 19, 2007 8 - 10 pm - Mo Java Cafe & Roasting Co., 2649 N. 48th, Lincoln, NE. Come on over to Mo Java and see if Barb has made good on her boast to write a new verse to her Gilbert & Sullivan take-off! And she did! We also had several new songs and some fresh arrangements of old favorites. We were so pleased to have a full house for this great evening of music, stories, and fun. And the audience proved to be fantastic singers, too! A HUGE "thank you" to everyone who came out to share the evening with us. And especially, "thanks" to the folks at Mo Java who always make us feel so welcome.
Feb 10, 2007 8 - 10 pm - Crescent Moon Coffee - 816 "P" Street, Lincoln, NE Haymarket. The Crescent Moon is under new ownership and the performance area is super. Holy COW! What an evening! We were just blown away by the super crowd and all the merriment! The time flew by ,and we just want to say thank you to our "regulars" and to all the new folks who are now Hussie fans! Nebraska folk music crowds never let a little cold weather stop them. We've booked another gig at Crescent Moon in June, and we're looking forward to it! Thank YOU ALL!
Feb 17, 2007 We'll be back in the recording studio today to hopefully get two more songs done toward our CD! We had a ball this afternoon. We recorded "Marks of Weakness", "Pesky Serpent" and "Trimming the Hedge"! We'll combine the last two on the CD, just as we do in performances. And we did it all in two hours! It helped that we nailed all the tracks on PS and TTH the first time through. Yes, we are quite proud of ourselves, and of Terry Keefe, for putting up with us!
Feb 19, 2007 We're taping an interview that will become a Podcast for the Journal Star to air on their website. Should be fun! It was a hoot! We walked in to the Journal Star and told the nice lady at the desk that we were the Wee Brazen Hussies and were there for a podcast. Then we looked down and saw we were at the Obituaries window...YIKES! But when she stopped laughing, she pointed us in the right direction and we were met by Jeff Korbelik, our interviewer. It was fast and furious...five songs and some chat in 20 minutes. There were a couple of bobbles, but it was real and we're happy with it! It was out on the Journal Star site in about an hour! Nice work Jeff, and thanks for asking us to do this!

www.journalstar.com/media/podcast   - then scroll down and look on the right side...Coffee Club - this is a Flash file and loads quickly

or Click here to listen This is our copy...it's an MP3 and is pretty large. If you have a fast connection it will be okay, but give it time.

Feb 23, 2007 7 - 9 pm - Thé Cup - 643 South 25th - just North of Randolph in the renovated Pepsi Bottling building. This is a new venue for us, and we are thrilled. Kristin and her staff have wonderful soups and sandwiches as well as organic tea, coffee & pastries. It's a super performing space - seats 60 or so, but still feels cozy. So come early for food, and stay for the music and fun. As the old song says, "leave your worries on the doorstep". Our first gig here was just incredible! We had a full house and the kitchen was kept busy thru most of the evening! The high ceiling in the old building gave us a few acoustic problems, but we think we have things worked out so the sound will be more even in the future. So, come on back and check us out when we're here in April. And till then, enjoy the great food and service, and other fine performers who play at Thé Cup! See you back here April 20! This is now our "home" in South Lincoln...we're booked in here every other month thru the end of the year!
Feb 24, 2007 Back to Terry Keefe's studio to (hopefully) finish up our CD! Keep your fingers crossed! We recorded the final three songs! Terry mixed what we had and we're listening to it now. We think we'll re-do a couple of them, just because we know more about the whole process now. But essentially, we're nearing the end of this first CD, and hope to have it ready to go in a month or so!
Feb 24, 2007 Fundraiser for Terrence Moore. Info at http://www.dirtcheapreunion.com/. This will be an evening of great bands and lots of superb music. The Hussies are not playing, but we urge you to please support this worthy effort to help Terrence.

This was just the neatest thing! The Loft was absolutely packed all evening. The bands were great, the food was awesome, the auctions were responded to with enthusiastic bidding. All in all, everyone was there for the best reason in the world...to help! Terrence made an appearance, and the love expressed by all there towards him was a palpable presence in the room!

Mar 12, 2007

Wee Brazen Hussies; Chris Sayre & Terry Keefe; The Killigans

5:30 pm till 9 pm - Zoo Bar - Lincoln, NE, 3rd Annual "Gettin' Jiggy with It", KZUM's St. Patrick's Day Fundraiser. Start your week of St. Patrick's Day gigs off the right way at the Zoo Bar. We're not sure which is more fun at these Jiggy fundraisers...playing music, or sitting and listening to the other two groups, but we do know we had a ball doing both. And it was so great to know that at the end of the evening, we'd been a part of something that netted over $300 for KZUM. Thanks to all those who came out to enjoy the music. Thanks to the Zoo Bar staff who always make us feel at home; to Beau for handling the sound; to Chris & Terry, and The Killigans for all the fun; to Jessie and the other folks from KZUM; to volunteer Rachel & KZUM interim chief, John, who do a great version of the twist to the Killigans music; and and especially to the young lady who got the towels successfully installed in the lady's room, so we didn't have to use the men's room! And yes, we did get home in time for the 10 pm news...just as promised!
Mar 14, 2007 6:30 - 7:30 pm - Savannah Pines - 3900 Pine Lake Road, Lincoln, NE. Residents & Guests Program - This was our first time here, and we had a wonderful evening! The sound system in their theatre is just awesome, and the residents are great singers! Thank you to everyone at Savannah Pines. We're working with their great Activities Director, Anne Bremer, to book another visit in the future!
Mar 16, 2007 7:30 - 9:30 pm - The Blend Coffeehouse - Lincoln, NE - 4900 North 26th (1 1/2 blocks North of 27th & Superior) Come out for a little pre-St. Pat's Day fun! We guarantee you'll have a great time. We were absolutely thrilled to have a full house with some folks even sitting behind us in the little area. We even got to see another version of Barb's strumstick, and a real Oud, which were brought by folks who stopped by for the gig. One of the best surprises was when some of our "regulars" whipped out their very own duck calls to help Barb out on "Cindy's Duck Call", an original song by Steve Davis, Deb's husband. It brought down the house! Apparently we'll have to be very careful of our fans shopping in groups! We even have some leads on new tunes! Thanks to all who shared the fun of St. Patrick's Eve!

We hope to see you at the next Hussies' gig!

Mar 17, 2007 Support the St. Patrick's Celebration at St. Patrick's Church in Havelock! We were asked to perform again this year, but unfortunately, Barb had other things on her calendar. But we encourage you to all go to this day long funfest, and have a great time!
Mar 27, 2007 1 - 3 pm - Clinton Elementary School - We'll be doing all kids stuff here. What fun! This was just a hoot! We had four different groups of kids in a two hour time period. We did action songs, which they loved, and also brought several extra percussion items and had them try them on a song or two. That went over really well, too. The kids were really interested in all our instruments and we are looking forward to our visit back to Clinton in April!
April 2, 2007 7 - 8 pm - Legacy Estates - 7200 Van Dorn, Lincoln, NE. Once again, we had a great time here with the residents! We always do. Thank you all so much for joining us and for your interest in our instruments and your lovely comments after the performance! We'll see you in a few months!
April 4, 2007 6:10 - 6:50 pm - North Gate Garden Estates, 2425 Folkways Blvd., Lincoln, NE - Residents' Evening Program. This was our second trip to North Gate and we had a ball! We joined in the celebration of residents' birthdays and anniversaries, and then had lots of folks joining us in singing choruses of some of their old favorite songs! We even were interviewed for the North Gate newsletter afterwards! Hope to see you all soon!
April 10, 2007 7 - 8 pm - Legacy Terrace - 57th & Fremont, Lincoln, NE When we got set up at Legacy Terrace, we looked out on the crowd and told them we weren't sure who had the best seats in the full house...us or them. And when we finished our fun-filled set, we were pretty sure we had the best seats because we had a ball watching all the smiles and giggles as we sang our songs, and encouraged the crowd to join us. Thank you to everyone there! We can't wait to come back!
April 17, 2007


Photo by Tami Works

6 - 6:50 pm - Wee-Pre-BEE-Spree!  We'll be doing the Pre-Show for the 23rd Annual Heritage Room Spelling Bee at P.O. Pears in Lincoln. The Spelling Bee benefits the Heritage Room of Nebraska Authors at the Bennett Martin Public Library in downtown Lincoln. It's our third year at this gig. Come early, stake out your seat and practice your cheers with our songs. Then stay for the Adult Spelling Bee. It's a HOOT! NEWS...there's a solid rumor that Hussy Barb may enter the Bee. She actually won 2nd place at this event years ago...perhaps she's trying to relive her youth! Barb has been coming to these Spelling Bees as a contestant for a long time, but the Hussies have only been performing at them for three years. The Spelling Bees are always such fun, but this one may have been the best yet! We actually had folks start to arrive a little after 5 pm! By 6:30 pm the place was almost full, and any empty tables had been commandeered for late arrivals by "squatters". The whole thing was over before 9 pm and NO, Barb didn't win, in spite of being in tight with a couple of the judges! But she had a great time. Thank you SO MUCH to everyone, the crowd, the spellers, and most of all, thanks and congrats to the great folks at the Lincoln Library Foundation who put this benefit on. They told us we really help make the Bee more fun! In fact, they've already booked us for next year! Wheeeeeeeeee! Support your local libraries!
April 20, 2007 7 - 9 pm - Thé Cup - 643 South 25th - just North of Randolph in the renovated Pepsi Bottling building. Kristin and her staff have wonderful soups and sandwiches as well as organic tea, coffee & pastries. NEWS! We definitely have the sound figured out! It worked! Our great audience last night said our new sound config really helped. We had a bunch of new folks there, as well as our beloved "regulars".  We tried out a couple of new songs that went over well. Thank you to all who came out to enjoy a fine Friday evening at Thé Cup. See you back here June 8th!
April 24, 2007 1 - 3 pm - Clinton Elementary School - Our second gig at Clinton. Again, we'll be doing all kids stuff here. This was even more fun than before, if that's possible! Only because the kids remembered us and were asking for some of their "favorites" that we'd played last time. They are just the cutest kids! We brought even more percussion instruments and had a wonderful time leading our new "band" groups! A highlight...when one of the little boys gave Barb's guitar a hug before he left! These after school gigs really keep us on our toes and we love them. We hope to be back some time!
April 30, 2007 7 - 8 pm - Legacy Retirement Home - 56th & Pioneers, Lincoln, NE - We love being "regulars" at the three Legacy Retirement Homes in Lincoln. We feel as if we are visiting extended relatives every time we play here. Thank you so much for your hospitality and for allowing us to share part of your evening. We'll see you in a few months!
May 4, 2007 7:30 - 9:30 pm - The Blend Coffeehouse - Lincoln, NE - 4900 North 26th (1 1/2 blocks North of 27th & Superior) What a hoot! There were flying monkeys, duck calls, kangaroo songs, and even some song pantomiming by Barb. Oh yes, there was lots of singing, too! Thanks to all who came out to make the evening so much fun!
May 12, 2007
10 am - Annual Mother and Daughter Brunch - Frieden's Lutheran Church, 6th & D Streets, Lincoln, NE We've been asked to provide the entertainment for the Brunch. WOW, and double WOW! What a wonderful way to spend a Saturday morning! The men at Frieden's Lutheran cooked and served a fabulous brunch to around 100 Grandmothers, Mothers, and Daughters at this annual event. We were honored to provide the entertainment following the food. And the ladies (and guys in the kitchen) were just about the best audience we've ever had! Afterwards we got to show off our instruments to some of those who attended, and we took a tour of the beautiful old church. What a fine group of folks! Thank you all so much, and thank you to our friend Donna S., who arranged it all. We had a great time and hope to see you again!
May 18, 2007 8 pm -9:30ish pm - GLBT - PFLAG - May Coffeehouse - Unitarian Church - 6400 "A" Street, Lincoln, NE - We had a great time here in 2006 and are really looking forward to it this year! Thanks for asking us! This was just the best time! We really loved the setup using the round tables. And the food and drinks were absolutely delicious. But, as always, it's the audience that makes each gig special, and tonight was another example of that. Thanks to all who came out to share the evening, the music, the fellowship, and the fun. You're super, and we hope to see you again, soon!
May 19, 2007

SPECIAL !!!!

6 - 7 pm  Crescent Moon Coffee - 816 "P" Street, Kick-Off Fundraiser for 2007 Plainsong Folk Festival
6 to 7 pm: Wee Brazen Hussies | 7 to 8 pm: Plain Label | 8 to 9 pm: Emanon

There will be a $5 cover with the proceeds helping fund the PlainSong Festival. There will also be Festival tickets for sale, as well as great looking t-shirts! Check out the awesome Festival line-up by clicking on the link above. The weather was perfect and the folks who came out to enjoy the music and support the upcoming Festival were just super! The Crescent Moon Courtyard was the perfect setting for this first fundraiser. The PlainSong Folk Festival, now in its 6th year has put together an awesome lineup of talent for the afternoon and evening of Sunday, Sept. 30th. The price can't be beat either...$15 for all the music and fun! Check it out at www.plainsongfestival.com!

June 3, 2007
(Sunday)
12:45 - 1:30 pm - Live Interview on KZUM's "The Wimmin's Show" with host Deb Andersen. Catch us at 89.3 FM in Lincoln, or Channel 10 Cable in Lincoln, or from anywhere in the world at www.kzum.org! We're fans of this show, but we'd never been interviewed on it before, so this was a huge treat for us! We had a BALL! Deb Andersen is a great host and interviewer and the time just flew by. Thanks so much, Deb & KZUM!
June 8, 2007 7 - 9 pm - Thé Cup - 643 South 25th - just North of Randolph in the renovated Pepsi Bottling building. Kristin and her husband, Mike and their staff have wonderful soups and sandwiches as well as organic tea, coffee & pastries. It's a super performing space, so come early for food, and stay for the music. Once again we are just in awe of the great performing space, some of the best "made fresh" food in town, and especially of our audience members! We had a super full-house and thank you all for coming out to the gig. If you had as much fun as we did (and we think you did because you stayed through the break), well then we think you had mighty fine evening! We'll see you back here in August!
June 23, 2007 6:00 - 7:00 pm - Private Function - Wilber, NE -  The Hussies will play at the Awards Banquet for all for the riders & guests of the 20th Annual Tour de Nebraska. WOW! And double WOW! What a great day for an outing to Wilber, and Sokol Hall is a wonderful venue. We set up on the stage of this historic building, and the room was filled with at least a couple hundred folks. The riders were from all across the US & Canada, and were all charged up after a day of riding from Fairbury. The pix below was taken as the Awards part of the evening was starting. Thank you, Rich & Susan (& Elsie), and all the riders for your hospitality and nice comments. Thanks, also, to the great folks at Sokol Hall who fed us homemade Czech food. And special thanks to everyone who bought our new CD Sampler, and most of all, to those from California who bought us a beer afterwards!


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June 30, 2007

Our "Opener", Don Bennett






Thanks to our good friend, Leonor, for some of these photos!

8 - 10 pm - Crescent Moon Coffee - 816 "P" Street, Lincoln, NE Haymarket. Come join us in the spacious courtyard for an evening of great music, laughter and all around fun! GREAT EVENING! We had an opening act for the first time ever. Illinois musician, Don Bennett, performed a range of songs on 12-string guitar, banjo, resonator guitar, and harmonica from 7 - 8 pm. Don is an outstanding musician and plays with a group in Illinois called "The Light Steppin' Gang" - If you're in Freeburg, IL, you can catch his group at Perks on July 7. He was a real crowd pleaser with his songs and stories...the perfect opening act for Hussies, and we've promised to have him back next time he's in town. Thank you, Don.
 


"Marks of Weakness"


"Cindy's Duck Call"

We played from 8 to 10 and were thrilled with the many friends and fans who filled the courtyard on a perfect summer evening. We debuted our new sampler CD, "Wee Bee Hussies", and had several folks take home more than one copy!  Barb even wrote a new song detailing the making of the CD. Deb has dubbed her the "Queen of the Short Shelf Life Songs."

Honestly, this little sampler CD is a dream come true for us, and we really do owe it all to you, our families, friends, and fans, who make it such a pleasure to bring our music to you. Thank you so much!!!

July 2, 2007 6:45 - 7:30 pm - Clark Jeary Retirement Center - 8401 South 33rd, Lincoln, NE.- Residents & Guests 4th of July Program. We always love coming out to Clark Jeary to play for, and sing with the residents. Tonight was no exception. We had a patriotic themed program for the 4th of July, and we had lots of singing going on in the audience! We also added a few fun "Hussie" songs for good measure. A great time was had by all, even Pretty Boy, the bird! See you all soon!
July 13, 2007 Private Luncheon Performance for Symposium Attendees - Homestead/SCC Monument Land Records & Genealogy Symposium - Beatrice, NE - WBH will play a luncheon engagement for the Conference members! Well, this was just huge fun! We had no idea what to expect, and were overwhelmed by the enthusiastic response from the 100 or so Symposium attendees. Thanks to Todd at Homestead, and Kelly at SCC, and to Doug who helped with our lights/sound. And most of all, thank you to all those who made us feel welcome, laughed at our jokes, and enjoyed the music enough to take a CD home with you, especially Sonja, who caught us just as we were about to leave and bought a CD!
July 20, 2007

 

8 - 10 pm - Scrumpy Jacks - 5520 South 56th - In the shopping center - just South of CVS Pharmacy - This is home of the famous Frost Bar! You know how much we love a listening audience, and Scrumpy Jack's has a great "music" room with comfortable couches and cozy tables. Check out their website (above) for a virtual tour! What a great room for music and the staff at Scrumpy's couldn't have been nicer...it was a hot evening and with lots of things going on around town, the restaurant crowd was a little on the light side, but our fans kept the back room where we were playing, busy for the wait staff with their food and "spirit" orders. We debuted some new songs, sang some old favorites, pulled a few surprises, and managed to keep those who were lounging on Scrumpy's comfy sofas awake and laughing through the evening. In fact, the crowd pretty much kept us laughing through the evening, too! And thanks to a fan, Barb now has a couple of nifty additional musical instruments...a saw and a washboard (we used the washboard on "The Scotsman"! Thank you so much to all who came out for the food, the fun, and the Hussies, and thanks again to everyone at Scrumpy's for a great evening!
July 24, 2007 6:30 - 7:30 pm - Savannah Pines - 3900 Pine Lake Road, Lincoln, NE. Residents & Guests Program. This is also open to the public. It is in the wonderful Savannah Pines theatre! As always, this is such a treat! The audience and the theatre space are equally wonderful and we always look forward to playing here! Thank you Anne, and all the folks at Savannah Pines, and the guests who came out to spend a little Hussie time with us. Remember, the public is welcome at these, too. See you in September!
Aug 7, 2007 7 - 8 pm - Legacy Estates - 7200 Van Dorn, Lincoln, NE. We always love playing at the various Legacy sites around town, but tonight was just special! The crowd was ready for fun and we were ready to provide it. It was a magical evening. We had a ball, and from the comments from all those who came up afterwards, we know the residents and guests did, too. Thank YOU!
Aug 10, 2007 7 - 9 pm - Thé Cup - 643 South 25th - just North of Randolph in the renovated Pepsi Bottling building. Kristin and her staff have wonderful soups and sandwiches as well as organic tea, coffee & pastries. It's a super performing space, so come early for food, and stay for the music. Talk about a fantastic evening! WOW and double WOW!  We really love playing at the Thé Cup, and tonight was just extra special. The full house of folks who came out on this beastly hot evening were ready for some fun. The super audience...that's YOU...the great food and drink (as well as the air conditioning) provided just the right atmosphere for a memorable evening of Hussie humor and songs. And it's been a while since we've had a crowd of such fine singers. And during the second set, a young videographer showed up who was doing a panorama shoot for advertising at Thé Cup...so we, and our fine crowd are now part of that video! Thank you all SO MUCH, and thank you Kristin & Mike and the hard working baristas who took care of the crowd so well. See you back here in October...maybe you can even hear the "Turtle Song!"
Aug 13, 2007 7 - 8 pm - Legacy Retirement Home - 56th & Pioneers, Lincoln, NE - We adore these Legacy gigs, and by now the folks know exactly who we are, and they are always eager to hear what we have to offer. Thank you ALL for your hospitality and for making us feel like old friends. We'll see you in December for a Holiday show!
Aug 28, 2007 7 - 8 pm - Legacy Terrace - 57th & Fremont, Lincoln, NE - Well, I don't know how many superlative adjectives we could possibly put in one or two sentences, but it wouldn't be enough to describe how great the audience was at this gig. The main dining room was full of fun-loving folks who really got into the music and the fun. Thank you ALL so much for giving us another wonderful evening at Legacy. We'll see you over the Holidays!
Aug 31, 2007 8 - 10 pm - Mo Java Cafe & Roasting Co., 2649 N. 48th, Lincoln, NE. Always fun, and always great food, coffees, teas...and the music is mighty fine, too. That's US! Holy Cow! What a night at Mo Java! What a fun crowd, and thanks for bringing the Duck Calls! You're a fine choir!  Barb did "There is No Place Like Nebraska", in honor of Saturday's first home football game...she did it on the Nose Flute with the crowd clapping out the beat. Deb is not of the "football persuasion", and she's holding out for hockey season. During the break some of us adjourned to the outdoor patio to pay homage to one of the largest Praying Mantis we've seen in a long time. Never a dull moment at a Hussie Gig! During the evening we debuted a new song, based on a true story about a runaway turtle..."Turtle on the Lam". Yes, it's just as goofy as it sounds. Thank you Rose & Gary for the maracas, and thank you Barb F., for the Irish book! Thank you ALL for coming out on such a lovely evening and sharing the fun and the music. See you all soon!
Sept 2, 2007 We're back in Terry Keefe's studio to work on our next CD. We already have a couple of songs done, and we know what we'll be putting on the CD. Things are going well, we got parts of five songs recorded!
Sept 11, 2007 6:30 - 7:30 pm - Savannah Pines - 3900 Pine Lake Road, Lincoln, NE. Residents & Guests Program. This will be a special September 11th Patriotic Program, and we're honored to be asked to put this together. This is also open to the public. It is in the spacious Savannah Pines theatre! Well, the folks at Savannah Pines really know how to make a special day for their residents and guests. They had a 3 pm show by Johnny Ray Gomez, followed by a picnic, and then we presented our Patriotic Show at 6:30 to a packed house in their theatre. As always, we love coming out here and performing for the residents and guests. However, because of the significance of the date, this evening was very special for us. Anne Bremer read her composition, a poem, written after 9-11, and we followed with "The Star Spangled Banner", more patriotic songs, a bit of gospel and some rousing 60's folk tunes, as well as an original song by Deb. The evening ended with everyone singing a medley of "My Country 'Tis of Thee" and "America the Beautiful". Wow! Thanks so much for asking us to put this special show together.
Sept 18, 2007
 
11:30 am - 12:30 pm - Private Luncheon Performance for a Lincoln employer's Employee Appreciation Day. This will be our third year for this event, and we love the venue and the chance to play for the employees. We'll be in the auditorium again this year! The first time it's rained since this event began! But the organizers were undaunted, and they moved everything inside. We ended up playing in the beautiful cafeteria...it was just like an upscale coffee shop! What a fun crowd! Thank you all. We hope to see you one at our regular gigs some time.
Sept 30, 2007 We encourage you to support the 6th Annual PlainSong Folk Festival! This was the BEST ever! If you were there, you know it; if you missed it...well stay tuned for next year!
Oct 12, 2007 7 - 9 pm - Thé Cup - 643 South 25th - just North of Randolph in the renovated Pepsi Bottling building. Kristin and her staff have wonderful soups and sandwiches as well as organic tea, coffee & pastries. It's a super performing space, so come early for food, and stay for the music.  It rained and rained outside, but the mood was warm and fun inside for this great evening. Thanks to those who came out to fill up Thé Cup! Deb debuted a super new song and a great time was had by all. Special thanks to the little girl (age 3 or 4?) who loved Barb's jokes, and helped us with a special song toward the end of the gig. What a super dancer she is!
Oct 27, 2007
(Saturday)
9:30-10:30 am AND 2:00-3:30 pm - Nebraska Book Festival - Centennial Mall - Lincoln, NE - Hussies will be playing in the large tent with the book displays. The tent is located near the Children's Museum. (This was formerly the Nebraska Literature Festival) Holy cow, this was such fun!!! We loaded in around 8 in the morning and set up with the vendors in the main tent. It was chilly, but we were dressed for it and we had the camaraderie of the cold to keep us charged up! Our first set was full of fast paced songs to keep the blood flowing, and we were rewarded with great comments and even some folks who braved the chill to come sit and listen for a while. By afternoon, the sun was out and we'd shed out coats for our second set. It was such fun to see the folks come through the tent and stop and listen and even dance around a little to our tunes. We even had some of the vendors dancing! We sold some CD's, and made lots of new friends. Kudos to Michael Cartwright and his staff who organized this event. We know it will grow well! Thanks so much for including us in the day.
November 2007 We're taking the whole month off! Why?
We're Hussies and it's our birthdays - Deb's is on the 4th, and Barb's is on the 18th!
Besides...we are also working on Holiday tunes!
Nov 9, 2007 6:30-7:30 pm - Potluck Supper Performance for St. Andrew's Lutheran Church, 1015 Lancaster Lane,  Lincoln - WHAT! We're playing in November!!??? You betcha...Deb's mother-in-law asked us to play for her group's pot luck supper and we were thrilled, so we said YES! This was just an awesome evening. The food was delicious...when have you ever had a bad meal at a church dinner...and the audience was really into the songs and the fun. We played almost every instrument we had, and were so overwhelmed by the group's reception that we surprised them at the end by donating our performance. They turned around and surprised us by giving the donation back to us in the form of a contribution to Cedars Youth Services. What a lovely thing to do...we thank you so much, especially at this time of year when gifts like this are especially appreciated. When we were chatting with folks after show, Barb was asked by one gentleman if we were a "mother-daughter act"! Barb spent the rest of the evening looking for grey hairs and buying wrinkle remover. Deb spent the rest of the evening laughing and calling Barb, "Mom"!

Merry Christmas from Deb & Barb and the folks at JibJab!
Watch Deb & Barb have a snowball fight with Oprah, Howard Stern and The Donald!

Dec 7, 2007 8 - 10 pm - Mo Java Cafe & Roasting Co., 2649 N. 48th, Lincoln, NE. Pearl Harbor Day and the start of the Holiday Season...tough for songs, but we'll find some that you'll like! So come on out to Mo Java. Always fun, and always great food, coffees, teas...and we'll provide the tunes! Another fun evening at Mo Java! The weather was cold and frosty outside, but it was warm and fun-filled for those who came out to enjoy the music and the laughter. The turnout was light, but enthusiastic during the first half of the evening, but during the break the tables filled up completely, and the newcomers explained they were dividing their time between Haymarket festivities earlier and Hussies later, and we thought that was super! Barb debuted a new song about a nose flute and the new song annoyed Deb, which was pretty much Barb's goal. Amid Christmas songs and musical merriment, a splendid time was had by all!
Dec 10, 2007 7 - 8 pm - Legacy Estates - 7200 Van Dorn, Lincoln, NE What a wonderful evening! We did mostly Christmas songs, but were happy to honor the request of one of the residents to do The Scotsman. We figured it was a Christmas song because we did it around Christmas! We also tried for the first time a very old German song, "O Come, Little Children". One of the residents came up afterwards and told us it brought back memories of his father singing it in German. And yes, we probably will also learn the German version. Thank you ALL the folks at Legacy for such a warm, memorable evening.
Dec 14, 2007
4th Annual Hussies Holiday Hoopla Charity Gig

6 - 9 pm - Thé Cup - 643 South 25th - Joining us were  Butch & Lucy Krause, Keith Grotrian, John Baylor, Pama Heikes, Charlie Horner, Don Bennett, and Sylvia Griffith. We also had a couple of the Lincoln Irish Dancers/musicians, Luanne and Brad Anderson, sit in with us on a couple of numbers. They were nearby at a function and had their instruments handy! All tips were split between the two charities...Cash donations were $200.00 even, plus a large box of personal care items for Cedars Youth Services, and 3/4 of a barrel of food for the Lincoln Food Bank - a new Food Bank record for our Hoopla. WOW!  Thank you for your caring and generosity! The gig actually ran till about 10 pm...a little longer than we thought, but no one minded. The musicians provided a broad range of songs and stylings... all just a superb mix of fun songs, heart touching ballads, and rousing sing-a-longs. We're pretty sure the crowd loved it, too, because even though it was snowing like crazy outside, the full house hung around till the end to enjoy the music. Thanks to our fellow musicians who played and sang, and to all who came out to be entertained and to help others. We're already set to play here next year, so check our calendar for the 2008 Hoopla!
Dec 18, 2007 6:30 - 7:30 pm - Savannah Pines - 3900 Pine Lake Road, Lincoln, NE. Residents & Guests Holiday Program. This is also open to the public. Our final gig of 2007 was a memorable one at Savannah Pines...a fitting way to end our performance year. We did an all Christmas music show filled with songs from around the world, and also with more familiar favorites, as well as sing-a-longs. The audience proved to be a lovely choir! We ended the evening by reading 'A Visit from Saint Nicholas" for the appreciative crowd. Barb even made it snow...on Deb!

 

 2006

Jan 3, 2006
7 - 8 pm - Legacy Terrace - 57th & Fremont, Lincoln, NE - We always have a wonderful time at the Legacy sites around Lincoln, and this was no exception. In fact it's hard to tell who has more fun, the residents or us!
Jan 6, 2006
7 - 9 pm - Wilderness Perk Coffee & Tea Co. - 1501 Pine Lake Rd. #5 - What a great time we had. Another super crowd of friends and we honored 20 folks with their 2006 Hussy-In-Training Certifications!

We also debuted our new song, "Hussy Road Trip", about Deb & Barb's recent trip to Missouri, as well as a couple of other new songs and some harp music! AGAIN, Barb forgot the camera!!!

January 9 - Early March, 2006 - Not booking during this time

Mar 13, 2006


We found a good home
for one of our hats
with this emerald sprite!

5 pm till 9 pm - Zoo Bar - Lincoln, NE, 2nd Annual "Gettin' Jiggy with It", KZUM's St. Patrick's Day Fundraiser. This was such great fun! It was wonderful to share the stage with Chris & Terry and all of The Killigans. And the crowd was fantastic...they raised the roof singing along with "The Scotsman"!

Chris Sayre & Terry Keefe;
Wee Brazen Hussies
The Killigans

    And all for a great cause! Remember to support Community Radio
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Mar 16, 2006
 

The electronic bagpipes
were a big hit!

6:30 - 7:30 pm - Combined St. Patrick's Day Party for Lincoln Senior Centers -1540 North Cotner (Cotner and Holdredge), Lincoln, NE  We played in the old school gym on the stage to a full house, and it's hard to tell who had more fun, the audience or us! We met a lady whose father played the bones, and Barb got some sound advice on dating from an audience member..."Try eBay!"

Thanks, Paula, for asking us to take part in the St. Pat's Day Party, and thanks to all who helped
make this such a wonderfully fun show for us!

Mar 17, 2006

Barb will be doing the pre-talk for the Lied Center's St. Patrick's Day Show featuring The Boys of the Lough!

There's a rumor that she might be joined by her bandmate for part of the talk!

AND SHE WAS!

What a great time! We led the pre-talk crowd of over 100 who filled the Steinhardt Room in a couple of pub style session songs, paving the way for a truly memorable performance by the Boys of the Lough on the main stage. It was a capacity crowd at the Lied, and a night to remember...including changing a flat tire on the 6th floor of the parking garage after the show. Special thanks to the fellow who stopped to lend a hand! Adventure follows us everywhere!

Mar 30, 2006
6:45 - 7:30 pm - Clark Jeary Retirement Center - 1313 Eldon Drive, Lincoln, NE. The chapel here is just the nicest place for a mini-concert! And thanks to the residents and staff who made us feel like we were old friends...and by the time we left, we were!!

April 7, 2006


Buddy

7:30 - 9:30 pm - The Blend Coffeehouse - Lincoln, NE - 4900 North 26th (1 1/2 blocks North of 27th & Superior) Okay, we were just blown away by tonight's crowd! What a hoot!

Thank you to all who came out and filled The Blend - out front, and behind the window, and in the back - on a night when there were just so many choices of great things to see and do...thanks for joining the music and the laughter.

There was even a song about Buddy the Cat's Big Adventure, and the whole evening was huge fun! We will remember this as a very special night.

Note from Barb..."In spite of what was said tonight I NEVER actually dated Charles Dickens or Mark Twain...at least not simultaneously!"

April 11, 2006
6 - 6:50 pm - Wee-Pre-BEE-Spree! Once again we'll be doing a Pre-Show for the 22nd Annual Heritage Room Spelling Bee at P.O. Pears in Lincoln. The Spelling Bee benefits the Heritage Room at the Bennett Martin Public Library in downtown Lincoln. Great crowd, and super support for this worthy benefit!
April 13, 2006

7 pm to 9 pm - Deb & Barb hosted another Hussie House Concert at Barb's House. Performing were Taos, NM, musicians, Roger Landes & Chipper Thompson, who were in the area for concerts at Hastings, NE, and Kansas City. The sell-out crowd were treated to a masterfully performed concert featuring the bouzouki...actually several bouzouki's. Roger & Chipper played a variety ranging from vintage southern United States songs, to original compositions, to tunes from Turkey, Greece and Northern Spain, with some blues slide bouzouki thrown in. And the great stories about the songs and tunes were fascinating! Thanks Chipper & Roger, and all who came out to share the evening!
 
April 21, 2006
10:30-11:00 am - Preschool Playtime - Lincoln Children's Museum - 1420 "P" Street - Lincoln, NE - It's hard to beat the great feeling generated by a bunch of kids, mostly 6 and under, doing action songs and giggling! We LOVE these Children's Museum gigs...and besides, we get to play on all the great stuff afterwards!
April 22, 2006
Colcannon II - The Sequel! A full Irish Dinner of Colcannon and Corned Beef, PLUS Entertainment...All for $10!  This is the 2nd season of the highly successful Colcannon Dinner Fundraiser event for St. Matthew's and St. David's Episcopal Churches here in Lincoln. Just like last year...a full house!! It was an honor to be invited back to join the entertainment line-up of harpist, Molly Esseks, and the Lincoln Irish Dancers.

And the food!!! WOW!!! It was delicious! We thoroughly enjoyed our role of capping off the evening's festivities, and we had a ball with our fun songs and our more serious ones. A moment we'll never forget was when the crowd started singing "Amazing Grace" spontaneously to our instrumental. What a wonderfully moving experience. Thank you so much; we hope to see you at some of our coffeehouse gigs!

April 25, 2006
6:30-7:30 pm - Haven Manor - 6330 Platte Avenue, Lincoln, NE - We'd never played at Haven Manor till tonight, but we can't wait to return! We felt so welcome, and we sure appreciated our audience! We have never had folks who actually knew "Eddystone Lighthouse" before! We even did it again as a special request encore.  And thanks so much for the chat time afterwards with cake and Kool-aid! We look forward to being invited back.
May 6, 2006
7:30-9:30 pm - "Wine, Women & Song...and Chocolate!"  Fundraiser for GLBT- Lincoln PRIDE - Unitarian Church - 6300 "A" Street, Lincoln, NE  - Donation at the door; cash bar & lots of saucy songs you haven't heard before from the Wee Brazen Hussies!

We had a wonderful time and we think the audience did, too! What an honor to be asked to headline this fundraiser. We don't recall a nicer group of folks than those who got this organized. We hope to be asked back for more of these, because we had such a great time!

May 9, 2006
7 - 8 pm - Legacy Estates - 7200 Van Dorn, Lincoln, NE - As always, the Legacy folks are loads of fun, and tonight was another fine time with all the great residents and their guests! Thanks for asking us out to play and sing for you.
May 23, 2006
7 - 8 pm - Legacy Retirement Home - 56th & Pioneers, Lincoln, NE - Ohmygosh! Could a group of people possibly be any better than the ones we had this evening. Well, we know we say that a lot, but we were so overwhelmed by the large crowd, the sing-a-longs, the laughter, and the general camaraderie that we will be riding high for quite a while! Thank YOU Legacy, and thank YOU, Carla. What a fantastic evening!
May 28, 2006



Evening Wedding & Reception - Ceballos-Angeles Wedding - Private function.

What an honor to be invited to the wedding of our friends, Leonor and Hugo, at the Sunken Gardens in Lincoln. They asked us to play a few songs at the reception. A special request was a song from Leonor's region of Spain, Cantabria. The song was "Viva la Montaña". We learned it, with Leonor's help, in the Cantabrian dialect, and sang it after they cut the cake. (It's such a beautiful melody, that we've decided to make it part of our regular gigs!)


Leo's parents
from Spain

Hugo and Leonor

"Viva la Montaña"
June 10, 2006
2 - 2:45 pm  Celebrate Lincoln! on the inside stage in Energy Square - 12th & "N", Downtown Lincoln. Hussies will be sandwiched between Scottish and Irish acts...perfect for Hussies!!!  What fun! We actually had folks doing sound for us! Lots of friendly faces in the crowd and some new ones, too. It was hard to stop after only 45 minutes...we were having such fun. Hope to see you folks again!
June 16, 2006

Blue Moon Coffee, 402.462.5214, 635 West 2nd Street in Downtown Hastings, NE, 8 -10 pm - What a rainstorm driving in to Hastings. We heard that it unfortunately rained out some of the Cottonwood Festival, but we were warm and dry inside the Blue Moon. And what a great venue! Terrific food and drink and great new Hussie Fans! We don't recall ever having so many folks come up afterwards to talk about and try our assortment of instruments. It was quite an honor for us! The gals in the pix at left hung out after the gig and tried some of our instruments! It was a hoot. Thanks Susie, Ian, and Nathanial at Blue Moon, and thank you, Hastings! We're looking forward to coming back!
June 23, 2006
8 - 10 pm - Mo Java Cafe, 2649 N. 48th, Lincoln, NE - What a HOOT! The room was full, and the crowd was just as sassy as we were...often even cracking us up...and we had a ball! Thank you all SO MUCH for filling our evening with fun! And thanks to the great staff at Mo Java who always make us feel so welcome.
July 7, 2006
7:30 - 9:30 pm - The Blend Coffeehouse - Lincoln, NE - 4900 North 26th (1 1/2 blocks North of 27th & Superior) The Blend is always a great place for us, and tonight was no exception. We'd prepared several new songs and they were hits! Barb even managed to play "That Damned Song" on the harp! You'll want to ask us about that! Thank you to ALL those who came out to fill the room and enjoy the music and the fun. We wouldn't enjoy these gigs at all without our great audiences; you make all that we do worthwhile!

July 8 thru August 28, 2006
Not booking during this time...kids getting married...moving off to college...lots of things going on!

Note: We encourage you to support the American Cancer Society Relay for Life on the weekend of July 21 at Haymarket Park in Lincoln. We've come a long way in making cancer less feared than it was in years past, but there's still a long way to go. Your donation of time and/or your financial support continues to make a positive difference as we fund those who are working to find cures for the many forms of cancer that touch the lives of those we love.

August 9, 2006
Lincoln Food Bank's Dine Out to Help Out.

Click Here to View a List of Participating Restaurants in 2006

Dine Out to Help Out takes place on the second Wednesday of every August. This effort was originated by KFOR Radio in 1989, and is sponsored by the Lincoln Journal Star, KFOR, KFRX, ESPN 1480, and 95Rock. There are over 100 restaurants in Lincoln and surrounding communities that donate 10% of the days receipts to the Food Bank of Lincoln. Over the years, Dine Out to Help Out has raised over a quarter of a million dollars to support the Food Bank’s annual budget.

The Lincoln Food Bank is one of our favorite charities. Please support their worthy efforts! - Deb & Barb
 

Sept 10, 2006


"Amazing Grace"
 2 - 4 pm - 50th Anniversary Celebration - Lincoln, NE - Private function. This was just wonderful! Congratulations to Jay & Barbara on 50 years of marriage, and a terrific family and great friends. We got to play in the sanctuary of an old church. The reception hall was right off the sanctuary, and the wall between the two had been removed so it great fun to have both together like that. Thanks to Rachel & Jim for asking us to be a part of this special day!
 

Sept. 16 -- 1:30 pm. Our first recording session for the new CD !  Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeee !!!!

We were little nervous ahead of time, but that quickly dissipated as we got to work. Terry Keefe, who is recording the CD, did a great job of educating us as to what to expect during the recording process. He is just brilliant at editing and putting tracks together, and we're lucky to be working with him.

AND, we were very pleased that we got two songs in the bag, Song for a Spirograph, and Poor Wayfaring Stranger. We'll keep plugging away, and before long we'll have our first CD for you to take home and play all day long!

Sept 20, 2006
11:30am - 12:45 pm - Private Luncheon Performance for a Lincoln employer's Employee Appreciation Day. This is our 2nd year for this event, and we'll be inside, in the Auditorium. What a difference being inside made. We're pretty much band of stringed instruments, so the auditorium was just great for us. And the appreciative audience which came in to eat and listen made for a perfect gig. Afterwards we got to go out and listen to the Polka band and check out all the booths. Barb had her picture taken with an alligator (a small one). Deb declined the offer. Go figure!
Sept 22, 2006
7:30pm - 9:30 pm - Meadowlark Coffee & Espresso - 17th & South Streets - Next to Open Harvest. We'll be arranging the seating a little differently to get us closer to the crowd, so come on down to Meadowlark and join the fun! We still need to work on exactly where we want to set up for best sound, but we have some ideas and will keep at it! But we sure don't need to do any work on the crowd who comes to hear us. You are all awesome, as always. If you missed the gig, Deb showed off her daughter's wedding pix during break!
Sept 26, 2006
6:45 - 7:30 pm - Clark Jeary Retirement Center - 8401 South 33rd, Lincoln, NE. The new Clark Jeary Retirement Center is just beautiful! The activities room is perfect for all kinds of great functions, and we were thrilled to be playing there to a very appreciative audience. We had a lot of folks who came up afterwards to chat about the music and the instruments and the evening was so special. All the great staff who were at the old Clark Jeary are still there and it was fun to see them again. Thanks for asking us, and we are really looking forward to our next gig there! And yes, we'll learn "On Top of Old Smokey", as requested!
Oct 4, 2006


2005 in Lincoln


Backyard practice on the Welsh pipes

7 - 9 pm - Hussies' House Concert for Arizona based duo, Oceans Apart! John Good is from Wales, and Steve Colby is from right here in the good old USA. They will be playing this year's PlainSong Folk Festival as well as other central US venues on this jaunt to our neck of the woods. Some will remember them from the summer of 2005, when they were kind enough to donate their talents to a successful fundraiser with Wee Brazen Hussies for the Lincoln Food Bank.  They're good folk, great friends, and wonderful musicians. AND, they may know more saucy songs than we do! Do we hear a challenge!

What a fantastic time we had, and people have been telling us that it was just a magical evening. Steve & John's rapport with the crowd, their selection of songs, and their wonderful musicianship added up to another extremely successful concert. Even the animals behaved themselves! Thank you to all, the performers and the crowd, who made this possible.

          

Sept 30, 2006
Now that we're recording pro's we were all ready for our second session in the studio working on our CD. We finished two more songs in the two hours we had..."Katy Cruel" and "Ratcatcher's Daughter".  Of course, when I got home and went to update our list of songs for the CD, I discovered that we hadn't actually planned on including "Ratcatcher's Daughter"! BUT, neither Deb nor I recalled that at the time. We have it now, and it really does sound nice, so it will be there...unless we decide to save it for the next CD!.
Oct 5, 2006

Highly Recommended by Wee Brazen Hussies!

October 5 - 28, 2006 - Midtown Art Gallery 1637 South 17th, Lincoln, NE. (next door to Grateful Bread)

Exhibit of metalwork by Steve Davis & paintings by Julie Reager.

Reception - October 5, 2006  5:30 pm - 7:30 pm at Midtown Art Gallery

Oct 8, 2006
Come out to the 5th Annual PlainSong Folk Festival in Lincoln, NE   Live music from 11:30 am till 9 pm
Beer Garden & Food on site! Click on the link to see more!
Oct 16, 2006
6:10 - 6:50 pm - North Gate Garden Estates, 2425 Folkways Blvd., Lincoln, NE - Residents' Evening Program. We had never been to North Gate before, and we were so pleased with the great group of folks who were in the audience! Special thanks to Jeanette, who booked us, and to LaVerda, who saw us at The Blend and recommended us. We had just as much fun as the residents, and we are looking forward to a return visit!
Oct 26, 2006
Time TBD - Evening Private Anniversary Party for one of our Hussies In Training. This was very special. We pre-recorded a song for them to play at their Anniversary celebration. Nothing's too good for our Hussies in Training! Thanks for asking us to do this.
Oct 29, 2006
1:00 - 3:00pm (we'll be doing two 45 minute sets within this time period) - Beatrice, NE - Celtic Art & Spirit Festival, Burwood Books, 111 South 5th Street. The Festival runs from 1 to 5 pm. WOW! What a fun afternoon of music and festivities. We played from the balcony and had the best time! We were even joined for a few songs by a very talented Illinois bluegrass musician who was visiting in the area! Too bad he's the wrong gender, or he could be a Hussy, too! He'll just have to settle for being a special Hussy friend. As for the Festival, we've already been asked back for next year and we'll be there! We met lots of great folks at this gig and absolutely LOVE Lori McAlister's shop, Burwood Books...be sure to check it out because it has more Celtic gifts than just about anyplace we know of, plus loads of other neat stuff.

The Goals

We'll try to keep the schedule open in November to work on the CD, get our Holiday tunes dusted off,
and celebrate our birthdays.
Deb - Nov 4 and Barb - Nov 18

Happy Thanksgiving!

The Realities

We haven't been back to the studio, BUT, we have been working on Holiday tunes
and we HAVE celebrated our birthdays!
So we're pretty happy...doing 2/3 of
what we'd originally intended!
And we've been booking lots of gigs for 2007!

We had great Thanksgivings...hope your Holiday was the same. Deb and her husband and youngest daughter had a wonderful time with their newly married daughter and husband in Illinois. Barb spent the holiday in Illinois with friend, Don and his family, where she managed to become part of the landscape!

Click the photo at right and see Barb being eaten by a tree! She escaped unscathed.

Nov 27, 2006
7 - 8 pm - Legacy Terrace - 57th & Fremont, Lincoln, NE  - Our first gig after taking most of November off, and this was just more than we could have hoped for! We had a huge crowed at Legacy Terrace, saw lots of folks we'd met before, and made a bunch of new Hussie Friends. Deb debuted on penny whistle, and we ran out a few Holiday favorites, as well as some new tunes and some old regulars...wait a minute...the "Old Regulars" are US!!!  Anyway, we had a ball. Thanks to all the super residents and staffers at Legacy Terrace for your hospitality and for your great response to our songs. We'll see you again in 2007!
Dec 2, 2006
SATURDAY NIGHT! 7:30 - 9:30 pm - The Blend Coffeehouse - Lincoln, NE - 4900 North 26th (1 1/2 blocks North of 27th & Superior) Even though we were up against the Big XII Football match up on TV, we were happy with the crowd that braved the cold. Since it was mostly made up of our regulars, we got to try a few special things on them! We had a ball! We're booked at the Blend in 2007 clear through December on Friday nights!
Dec 3, 2006


1 - 4 pm - Sunday Afternoon - Meadowlark Coffee & Espresso - 17th & South Streets - HUSSIES' HOLIDAY HOOPLA - Our 3rd Annual Fundraiser for Lincoln Food Bank and Cedars Youth Services. Thanks to all the musicians who played, the folks at Meadowlark, and especially to the crowd who came to enjoy the music and help out with their donations to the Lincoln Food Bank & Cedars Youth Services. The afternoon was HUGE success! Tips were split between the two charities...Cash donations were $232.50 (almost double last year's cash total), plus a basket of personal care items for Cedars and almost a half a barrel of food for the Lincoln Food Bank. WOW!  Thank you for your caring and generosity!


Back row...Charlie Horner, Keith Grotrian & Butch Krause, Front row...John Baylor, Pama Heikes Baylor, Lucy Krause, Deb Davis & Barb Biffle
Dec 8, 2006
8 - 10 pm - Mo Java Cafe, 2649 N. 48th, Lincoln, NE - And again we have to say "Wow" and "Thank YOU", to all the folks who came to the gig, and stayed the whole two hours! We ran out some new songs, some Holiday tunes, and some old favorites. All in all, it was just a super evening! And thank you R & J for the Christmas instruments. We'll definitely be using them! We'll be back at Mo Java in January!
Dec 12, 2006
7 - 8 pm - Legacy Estates - 7200 Van Dorn, Lincoln, NE - The folks at the Legacy Estates were primed and ready for a fun Hussy evening, and that's just what we had! We revised our set list a bit to play to their truly festive mood, and we think a wonderful time was had by all. We're really looking forward to seeing you all again in 2007!
Dec 14, 2006
Evening Time TBA - Clark Jeary Retirement Center - 8401 South 33rd, Lincoln, NE.- Residents & Guests Holiday Program. The new Clark Jeary Retirement Center looked lovely...all decked out with Holiday trim. The residents and their families, and the CJ staff were filled with joy and good cheer. We played an all Holiday music program, and ended by reading "A Visit from Saint Nicholas", just before Santa arrived! Thank you so much, Carla & Amy, for inviting us to play at this special occasion. Merry Christmas...Happy Holidays to all!
Dec 20, 2006
7 - 8 pm - Legacy Retirement Home - 56th & Pioneers, Lincoln, NE - Residents & Guests Holiday Program.

Our last gig for 2006! And what a way to end our performing year. The folks at Legacy were just wonderful. We ran into some friends from previous gigs, and even had some folks "sneak" in to see us. We're looking forward to seeing you all in 2007. As you'll see in the photo, on the way out, we couldn't resist trying our Hussy wiles to sweet-talk Santa - yes, we still believe there really IS a Santa Claus! Just to be sure, we'll also leave cookies and milk for him, or maybe a single malt scotch!  Merry Christmas - Happy New Year to you all. Thank you for your support and for all the fun you bring to our gigs! We'll see you on January 5th!

 

July 2005 thru December 2005
Wee Brazen Hussies Duo
Deb Davis & Barb Biffle

July 31, 2005
1:30 - 3:00 pm - Private 50th Birthday Party in Lincoln, NE. What a thrill to debut as a duo in front of such a fantastic crowd! Lots of wonderful old friends, and now great some new ones!

Who is this?
Hint: She's one of our great fans!

Aug 10, 2005 - All Day Event

The Hussies encourage your support of the 16th Annual "Dine Out to Help Out". These community minded restaurants (Click HERE for List) have agreed to donate 10% of their August 10th receipts to the Food Bank. This is the 16th annual Dine Out. This has been a great annual fund-raiser for the Food Bank. They will use the money to support efforts
 to make sure everyone in Southeast Nebraska has enough to eat.

Aug 19, 2005
8 - 10 pm - Mo Java Cafe, 2649 N. 48th, Lincoln, NE - What an evening! It started off with a full rainbow after a brief shower...a good omen, because we had a full house, too. Thanks to all the folks who showed up to enjoy the tunes and the fun!

And thanks for saving those bottle caps...The percussion apple stick is coming along quite nicely! Just need a few more...keep those bottle caps a comin'!

Aug 20, 2005

A BIG
"Thank You"
to KZUM for sponsoring
the only music awards for Lincoln musicians



 

6 - 10 pm - Attending the 7th Annual KZUM Members Music Choice Awards at The Zoo Bar, Lincoln, NE. Holy Cow! We brought home some hardware! Hearing Wee Brazen Hussies read as the award recipient may have been one of the only times we've been totally speechless and immobile at the same time!
 
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And another BIG "Thank You" to all those who voted for the Hussies, and who have supported us by coming to our gigs, and spreading the word about our music. Our great audiences keep us looking forward to new tunes and more fun!  Thank you so much ! Now, back to practice !!!!!

Sept 13, 2005 7 - 8 pm - Legacy Terrace - 57th & Fremont, Lincoln, NE

What a wonderful time we had with the folks at The Legacy on Fremont & 57th! And the instrument that got the most questions...well, it was the drum beater made from the dried bull penis! One lady said her husband, a former UNL professor, used one for a pointer in class!
Click on the photo above to view a larger version...
a larger version of the photo-not the bull thing!
Sept 22, 2005       
Noon - 12:30 pm - Private Luncheon Performance for a Lincoln employer's Employee Appreciation Day. What a hoot this was; we had a great time!! Click on the photo above to view a larger version
Sept 27, 2005 7 - 8 pm - Legacy Estates - 7200 Van Dorn, Lincoln, NE - WOW! What a great evening! This crowd was fully engaged in the songs and the fun, and we had a ball!

Click on the photo above to view a larger version

Support Great Live Music - October 1, 2005
Attend the 4th Annual Plainsong Folk Festival

Oct 7, 2005 7 - 8:30 pm - First Friday Gallery Walk at So-Oh Fine Art Gallery, 137 South 9th, Lincoln, NE. This was great fun!  So-Oh had a marvelous walk-thru crowd, and we received a great many compliments through the evening. We were glad to see our business cards disappear, one by one, and we hope to see some of the folks we met this evening at our next gig.
Oct 21, 2005 7 - 9 pm - Wilderness Perk Coffee & Tea Co. - 1501 Pine Lake Rd. #5. What a great evening we had...a full house thru the evening! Lots of friends and several new faces, too! It looks like everyone had just as fine a time as we did! Thank you for coming out to share the music, the new tunes, and best of all...the fun & laughter!

Click on the photo above to view a larger version
Oct 23, 2005 4 pm - Celebration of Life - Memorial Service - Private

We were honored to be asked to provide music for a Celebration of Life service for a dear friend's father. Being a part of the ceremony created wonderful memories we will cherish forever.

Barb & Deb are Hosting a HUSSIE HOUSE CONCERT!
Wednesday Evening, Nov. 2, 2005
7:00 - 9:00 pm
Boston based duo, and Hussie friends, Matthew & Shannon Heaton were spectacular!

We sold out. This was huge fun!! We don't plan to do these too regularly, but we definitely will be doing more. Even the weather cooperated, and we were able to enjoy the patio during intermission! 

Shannon and Matthew were particularly complimentary over the fact we had obviously read the fine print in their contract rider about always having a fat grey cat on "stage" with them. Luckily, Buddy was happy to oblige! Hussies aim to please!!

 

Nov 5, 2005 3 pm till ? Guy Fawkes Day in England!  Private Function in Lincoln. And a new song about Guy Fawkes!!!
Nov 10-29, 2005 Not booking due to prior commitments of time, vacations, Hussy Birthdays, and working on Christmas songs!
Nov 30, 2005 10 - 11 am - Hussies LIVE on Acoustic Wheel on KZUM  (www.kzum.org) Thanks for having us on the show, Rich!  We had a wonderful time!
Dec 2, 2005 10:30-11:00 am - Preschool Playtime - Lincoln Children's Museum - 1420 "P" Street - Lincoln, NE
Looks like we left our mark at the Children's Museum. That's Barb on the left! We had a ball singing action songs with around 20 kids who showed up with their parents for Playtime!
Dec 2, 2005 7:30 - 9:30 pm - The Blend Coffeehouse - Lincoln, NE - 4900 North 26th (1 1/2 blocks North of 27th & Superior)  The crowd was just the best ever, and we had a great time! Click on the photo to view it larger.
Dec 4, 2005 1:00 - 1:30 pm - Lincoln Women's Chamber Holiday Luncheon - Hillcrest Country Club - Private Performance. This was a hoot, and we learned that anything that could go wrong DID go wrong with tuners, but things worked out just fine!! But Barb forgot to take a pix!! Nuts!
Dec 9, 2005
 
7 - 9 pm - Licorice International, now located in the Historic Haymarket at 803 "Q" Street - Suite 300, has asked us to play for them during Holidays in the Haymarket. If you haven't been to this wonderful place, be sure to stop by.

They have every type of Licorice imaginable, and we also think the staff is just the best ever! Santa Claus even paid us a visit at Licorice International! He looks mighty pleased to have his pix taken with the Hussies! We told him we wanted more instruments for Christmas. We're looking forward to playing here again sometime in the spring!
Dec 15-16, 2005
Deb & Barb took a Hussy Road Trip to Columbia, MO to see Scottish Fiddler Bonnie Rideout's Christmas Show. What a great time we had! Met lots of wonderful folks, saw some old friends and made new ones. Drove past Biffle's Bar-B-Q on I-70, and we even saw some Snow Geese on the way back...or was that No Geese??? Be sure and ask us about that!
Dec 18, 2005
 

Thank you
SO MUCH for sharing your gifts of talent, food, and money this Holiday Season!

Deb & Barb

2 - 4 pm - Meadowlark Coffee & Espresso - 17th & South Streets - Next to Open Harvest

Second Annual Hussies' Holiday Hoopla - We shared this fun afternoon with musicians, Butch & Lucy Krause, and Keith Grotrian at our annual charity event.

Donations of food and personal care items were accepted and all tips were divided equally between Lincoln Food Bank and Cedars Home.

Thanks to Lucy, Butch, & Keith and our fantastic crowd, we surpassed last year's efforts and over $120 in tips was divided between our two charities, as well as donated food and personal care items. Plus, we got to hear "Blue Christmas" done by someone who wasn't wearing a white sequined body suit!

June 2004 thru June 2005
Wee Brazen Hussies Trio
Deb Davis - Pat Oliver - Barb Biffle

June 19 8:00-10:00 pm - Crescent Moon Coffee, Lincoln, NE - Debut Performance !
July 17 2:30-3:30 pm - Benefit Concert in Hickman, NE - Hickman Park
July 24 1-1:30 pm - July Jamm - Indoor Stage - Lincoln, NE
Oct. 15 7-9 pm - Gallery Opening - Midtown Art Gallery - Lincoln, NE
Oct. 22 7:30-9:30 pm - The Blend - Lincoln, NE
Nov. 19 8-10 pm - Mo Java Cafe, Lincoln, NE
Dec. 13 7-8:30 pm - KZUM Holiday Party at Zen's, the Art of Martini Maintenance, Lincoln, NE - (Private function for Programmers and Staff)
Dec. 17 8-10 pm - Holiday Jamboree with other musicians at Mo Java Cafe, Lincoln, NE, (2649 N. 48th - Just West of Mrs. Wigglesworth's) NOTE: Show your Holiday Spirit...Please bring a can of food to donate to the Lincoln Food Bank and/or a personal care item to donate to The Cedars Home. SUCCESS!! Thanks to musicians Kevin, Robert, Butch & Lucy, (and Plain Label for their support), and thanks to the full house who contributed a half barrel of food plus items for Cedars AND tipped so generously. Tips were divided between Cedars and the Food Bank with each netting $40!
Dec. 18 7:30 - 9:30 pm - Crescent Moon Coffee, Lincoln, NE - Enjoy a nice dinner at one of the fine Haymarket restaurants, then stop in to the Crescent Moon for some lively Holiday fun with Wee Brazen Hussies! (816 "P" Street)

2005

Jan. 7 7:30 - 9:30 pm - The Blend - Lincoln, NE - 4900 North 26th

Feb. 9
 

7:00 - 9:00 pm - World Famous P.O. Pears in Lincoln, NE. Come on in for some early Valentine's Day fun, great beer and food! We'll have lots of new Hussy songs for this show!
Feb. 10 7:15 - 8:30 pm - (private function) CEDARS Youth Services Cultural Celebration - Northbridge Community Center - 1533 North 27th, Lincoln, NE
March 4 7:30 - 9:30 pm - The Blend - Lincoln, NE - 4900 North 26th
March 12 5 - 5:30 pm - Annual St. Patrick's Day Celebration in Havelock - St. Patrick's Church, 6211 Morrill Ave. Lincoln, NE
March 12 7:30 - 9:30 pm - Crescent Moon Coffee - 816 "P" Street in the Haymarket, Lincoln, NE - A Pre-St. Pat's Day Show!!!
March 14 6 - 9 pm - Fundraiser for KZUM at Mickey's West (Coddington & West A - in Lincoln) with Paddywhack, Wee Brazen Hussies, John Baylor & Charlie Horner...The Hussies will be playing from 6 to 7 pm.
March 18 7 - 9 pm - Wilderness Perk Coffee & Tea Co. - 1501 Pine Lake Rd. #5 - Come join the fun at this new venue for us!  We'll have some new songs!
March 24 10 pm - 11 pm - Alive in Lincoln with Hardy Holm on KZUM 89.3 - Pledge Drive Show
April 2 Dinner served 5:30-6:30pm with live Harp Music!; 6:30 to 7 pm - Lincoln Irish Dancers;
7:00 to 8:30 pm - Wee Brazen Hussies! Fundraiser for Order of St. Luke Healing Ministry/Healing Mission. Corned Beef & Colcannon Dinner with Dessert - Planned by St. Matthew's & St. David's Episcopal Churches - Held at St. David's Episcopal Church, 88th & Holdrege, Lincoln, NE. Tickets $10 - Call 402-310-5854 (Lincoln) for more information. Hussie Note-This was such fun! They actually sold out of Colcannon!
April 12

6 - 7 pm - Wee-Pre-BEE-Spree! Hussies will do a Pre-Show for the 21st Annual Heritage Room Spelling Bee at P.O. Pears in Lincoln.The Spelling Bee benefits the Heritage Room at the Bennett Martin Public Library in downtown Lincoln. It's a no-holds-barred competition of fun and literacy! Come early this year and reserve a seat up front and enjoy the Wee Brazen Hussies before the Bee. Kan U Spel FUN?

April 23 11:45 am - 12:15 pm - Brentwood Estates Fifteenth Anniversary Celebration - 1111 South 70th - This was GREAT! We even met a lady named Nancy, whose grandfather was foreman of the Lewiston, Maine factory - the same place the song above came from!!

May 10 7 - 8 pm - Legacy Retirement Home - 56th & Pioneers
May 14 7 - 10 pm - Crescent Moon Coffee Courtyard, 816 "P" Street, Lincoln Haymarket...PlainSong Festival Kick-Off and Entertainment Announcement.
We are privileged to join 5 other groups/individuals from the area (see below), each performing 30 minutes from 7 to 10. You'll also be the first to find out who is playing at this year's PlainSong Festival, held in October.
7pm-String Beans  --  7:30pm-Almost Tuned  --   8pm-Plain Label  --  8:30pm-Emanon  --  9pm-Wee Brazen Hussies  --  9:30pm-Chris Sayre
May 20 7 - 9 pm - Wilderness Perk Coffee & Tea Co. - 1501 Pine Lake Rd. #5
May 23 7 - 8 pm - Legacy Estates - 7200 Van Dorn
June 4 1:30 - 2:30 pm - Legacy Terrace - 57th & Fremont
June 5 Sunday Fun!  2 - 4 pm - Meadowlark Coffee & Tea - 16th & South Streets (next to Open Harvest), Lincoln, We'll be joining visiting Arizona Celtic group , Ocean's Apart for a fun jamm, AND it's a benefit for the Food Bank! Please bring a can of food to donate to the Lincoln Food Bank. Heck, bring more than one!  Results: $75 and 1/3 of a barrel of donated food to the Lincoln Food Bank! Thanks to all those who came and enjoyed the music, and especially to John & Steve from Oceans Apart for joining us, and to Meadowlark Coffeehouse for hosting the event! Thank you so much! Be sure to support the Food Bank all year long.
 


Part of Our Great Crowd

15 Sec Video of Oceans Apart on KZUM - Celtic Heartland
Opens in Windows Media or RealPlayer
   

June 11 8 - 10 pm - Meadowlark Coffee & Tea - 16th & South Streets (next to Open Harvest), Lincoln, NE This is a NEW coffeehouse venue in Lincoln. Nice space!
 


Our heckler groupies...Love Em!
And we got to color during break, too!

More of our Fine Crowd...a table of folks all the way from Illinois...
What a hoot!


Mr. X, a future stand-up comedian, gets his big chance! He asked us at break whether we knew any jokes to go with our funny songs. We said we were a bit short on regular jokes, but if he had one, he could sure tell it. He ran it by us, and we definitely approved, so heeeeeeere's Mr X!

Who is Mr. X????
 
Well, since he's under age, and since he was with his aunt, and his folks may not want his undisguised pix on the web, we have cleverly disguised him as the Lone Comedian. We hope someday to reveal his identity!  He was very good!

June 18 7 - 8 pm - Antelope Park Bandshell - City of Lincoln's "That's Entertainment" Series - The day before Fathers' Day. Hussie Fun for All! Thanks to Brad Anderson for the photos!
 

"Star of the County Down"

A nice setting for
"Ashoken Farewell"


We spot our favorite under-age comedian, "Mr.X", 
in the crowd!
(see our gig on June 11, 2005, for more on "Mr. X")


Just as the sun came back..."You Are My Sunshine"

June 24 7:30 - 9:30 pm - The Blend Coffeehouse - Lincoln, NE - 4900 North 26th (1 1/2 blocks North of 27th & Superior) What a great evening...lots of familiar faces and a bunch of new ones. We were sorry it had to end, but gosh darn it...even Hussies need their beauty sleep.

  
Looks like we weren't the only ones having a good time!  Thanks to one of the most fun crowds we've had!

"Hussy" drawing courtesy of Library of Congress
Butterfly & Thistle art courtesy of Tyson at Iron Brush