The Lightning Bugs
The Lightning Bugs, a jazz trio from Lincoln, will open the North Platte Concert Association season with a matinee performance at 2 p.m. on Sunday. The trio will perform downtown at the Neville Center for the Performing Arts at Fifth and Bailey, also known as the old Fox Theater.
Their repertoire includes jazz and pop standards from the 30s and 40s. The Lightning Bugs take their audience back to the days of big bands and famous musicians such as Duke Ellington, Fats Waller, Nat King Cole and the Mills Brothers.
The members of the trio are Jim Pipher, bass; Reynold Peterson, drum and Steve Hanson, guitar.
The band's name is borrowed from the pop-music classic "Glow Worm." The Lightning Bugs have performed since 1987 and released four recordings, "The Lightning Bugs," "Bugology," "Stretchin' Out" and "Glow."
The Lightning Bugs have performed at the Lied Center in Lincoln and in towns and cities across Nebraska.
“Their performance was excellent, superb, highly recommended to anyone looking for top quality entertainment," the Kearney Arts Council said.
Corporate sponsors for The Lightning Bugs are Great Plains Regional Medical Center and Great Western Bank. Funds from the Nebraska Arts Council, the Nebraska Cultural Endowment and the National Endowment for the Arts help support this concert.
All other concerts in the series will be at 7:30 p.m. in the Neville Center.
• Monday, Dec. 2 – Ann Chang, an active piano performer who was recently appointed as Artistic Director of the Lied Center for the Performing Arts in Lincoln.
• Friday, Feb. 28 — Sons of the Pioneers, whose music celebrates the landscape, people, culture and legends of the American West.
• Tuesday, March 18 — Tribute to ABBA, an exciting and dynamic concert that features the great music of the Swedish pop super-group ABBA.
• Monday, May 19 — John Davidson, a star of stage, film, television, nightclubs and recording who has performed for 50 years.
Admission is by season memberships, which will be available at the door Sunday, or from the secretary of the North Platte Concert Association, Pat Hoban, 1412 West 4th St., North Platte, NE 69101 or by phone at (308) 534-4699, or on the concert association's website, www.npconcertassociation.org
Memberships are $50 for adults and $100 for families. Student memberships are $15. Special patron memberships are also available.
Season membership in the North Platte Concert Association allows reciprocity with Cozad, Kearney, McCook, Holdrege and Grand Island concert associations.