The histories of the Grand Island Liederkranz and the city itself are intrinsically tied, and the successful growth of Grand Island was integral to helping Nebraska’s oldest social club thrive. But the German social club actually predates the city itself, with the railroad reportedly deeding the land of the Liederkranz to the club as part of its efforts to seed the town around its newly-constructed depot. As such, the club's first president, John Wallichs, would go on to become Grand Island first Mayor after its 1872 incorporation. As the city grew, so too did the Liederkanz, which not only functioned as a choir and social club, but also grew to function as the town's civil space, hosting momentous occasions in the town's history including the signing of treaties, political debates, performances and galas. Among some notable happenings include hosting figures such as John F. Kennedy, Susan B. Anthony, and William Jennings Bryan. The 150-year history of Grand Island can be seen throughout the Liederkranz, including Hall County’s oldest flag, which is on display. As Grand Island celebrates its sesquicentennial, events like the Craft Brew & Sausage Fest celebrate the significance of German settlers, culture, and arts to the city's history. And the goal of the Craft Brew & Sausage Fest is to bring the Liederkranz back to its former glory, with the hopes that it once again writes a history worth remembering.
While the Craft Brew & Sausage Fest has two requisite components listed in the event's name, a third and crucial element is music that is just as important. Leading the charge on that third component is Omaha-based band Domestic Blend, which will be performing at the third annual Craft Brew & Sausage Fest on Aug. 19.
Domestic Blend is an Omaha-based Soul/Pop/Rock band featuring five unique musicians.
Lead singer Brady Wells, who also provides rhythm guitar, created the band in early 2016. Wells originates from Iowa, where he started teaching himself guitar and writing music at 19, according to the band's website. After spending several years in Chicago and moving to Omaha, his singer-songwriter style began to transform.
Bassist Matt Jones, who provides bass and Nz with harmonies and rapping, hails from Knoxville, TN where he started playing bass at age 9. His southern blues roots influence his distinct style that makes him one-of-a-kind on the bass.
Lead guitarist Sebastian Lane grew up in Chicago, where he started playing music at the age of 3. Blues and rock are in his blood; music was instilled in him by his father, Jimmy D. Lane, and his Blues Hall of Fame grandfather, Jimmy Rogers, who played with the great Muddy Waters. Lane's passion and commitment to every note make him a fierce blues guitar player.
Vocal artist Ndzi Tante is a tasteful lyricists and soulful singer. His harmonies provide a colorful warmth, and he adds a hip hop essence with his clever raps and crisp delivery.
Drummer Brandon Myers is the true backbone of Domestic Blend, straight from Colorado Springs, CO. His ability to groove in the pocket and tremendous stamina provide everything the band needs to get you up and grooving.
Domestic Blend is a high energy band with songs derived from any genre that instills a beat in the audience's heart.
The band's performance at the upcoming Craft Brew & Sausage Fest mark the first time a five-piece band will performance at the annual event.
Craft Brew & Sausage Festival at the Liederkranz in Grand Island, NE