November 8th House Concert a Two Act Show: Alex Wand and Duo Orion Walsh and Amy Schmidt

On Thursday, November 8 at 7:00 p.m. visit Whispering Pines Bed & Breakfast in Nebraska City to enjoy live music up close and personal in a house concert setting with artist in residence and composer, Alex Wand and singer/songwriter duo Orion Walsh and Amy Schmidt.

Alex Wand is a young musician and composer originally from Michigan, currently living in Los Angeles, California. He has studied music at the University of Michigan School of Music and CalArts. His original works incorporate an array of non-western musical traditions, in particular, North Indian, Eastern European, Spanish, Brazilian and Mexican. His love for telling a story through song along with a fascination for the field of acoustics and just intonation lends a folkiness to his music. He sings and plays guitar, sitar, and other stringed instruments and regularly performs in the bands Light in August, Three Thirds, and Our Brother the Native. He is currently spending 6-weeks as a composer-in-residence with the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts where he is working on a grouping of songs based on the poetry of Dylan Thomas using his recent muse, the Just Intonation National Steel Guitar, which he will be performing with at Whispering Pines B&B.  Have a listen to Alex.

Alex Wand

Nebraskan singer/songwriter Orion Walsh has been involved in the independent music scene for over 10 years now. He self released two full length albums “Tornado Lullabies” in 2008, “The Hitchhiker’s Son” in 2010, and one EP, “Freedom Lost, Freedom Found” in 2009. He also released a full length album with major label distribution, “Farewell to the Familiar” in his previous band Slow Coming Day back in 2003. His accomplishments also include releasing several songs for multiple compilations. Walsh has been touring for the past 9 years now and is no stranger to the road. Several of his songs have been used on television and independent films, the most noteworthy being on “America’s Next Top Model” of international fame. He toured the U.S. and Europe extensively in support of his full length album “The Hitchhiker’s Son”, which was produced by AJ Mogis (Bright Eyes, Cursive, The Faint) in 2011 and then hit the road again in 2012 on the “For The Love of Music Tour” with his newest album “First By Water Then By Fire”. Expect to see more from this veteran folk singer in the years to come.  Have a listen to Orion

Orion Walsh       

Joining Orion and whispering from Lincoln, Nebraska, chamber-popstress Amy Schmidt is quickly making a name for herself in the independent music scene. Performing with a 5 string guitar and banjo, Schmidt has already released a full length album and 2 EP’s on A-Reaction Records. Combining catchy melodies, simple storytelling, and a gentle stage presence, she is captivating audiences around the globe.  Amy is currently touring Europe and the US in support of her latest release “Landscapes.” Have a listen to Amy.

Come join us in the up-close house concert setting for a special two performance show and welcome Alex and Duo, Orion and Amy to the ‘stage’ at Whispering Pines.

This will be final show for 2012 and our 19th show in the series.  We are currently working on scheduling artists for the 2013 series and plan to continue hosting one concert on a Thursday each month.  Lodging packages may also be available for certain shows.

Simple snacks are provided. Guests are encouraged to bring their own adult beverages or if available, may enjoy samplings from sponsoring local wineries or non-alcoholic drinks.

A $10 -$15 donation that goes directly to the performers the night of is suggested. Guests should RSVP in advance to reserve a seat by contacting Jeanna Stavas, Owner/Innkeeper at 402-873-5850 or

For more about Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts and the residency program, visit or 402-874-9600.