If you like great rock music from the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s, you will have a great time at “She Rocks: The Women of Rock” at the Omaha Community Playhouse.
Tara Vaughan is the lady in charge. She is center stage for this salute to the most notorious women in rock ‘n’ roll. It was fascinating to hear Vaughan talk how rock music in the ’50s was mostly written by men and sung by women. Things started to change and more female artists were not only performing songs, but they were writing the songs. Vaughan is a graduate of Tufts University and has recorded three albums.
A packed Howard Drew Theatre at the Omaha Community Playhouse on June 13 was treated to a show featuring great classic rock songs. The setting was simple with little platforms for the musicians to perform with lights hanging from the ceiling of the intimate theater. The house lights dimmed and a young lady in a beige jumpsuit took center stage in the theater. The stage was covered with a fine fog as the woman sat down at the keyboard and began playing and singing “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman.” That song was written in 1967 for Aretha Franklin. As Vaughan was playing and singing in a narrow shaft of light, the remaining performers came on stage in the dark and joined her. It was an impressive and artistic way to start the show. Vaughan then sang “These Boots are Made for Walking”, which was recorded by Nancy Sinatra in 1966. That was followed with “When Will I Be Loved” and Carly Simon’s hit “You’re So Vain.”
The other members of her group were brothers Matthew and Ryan McGuigan on guitars. Vaughan has performed with their brother, Billy McGuigan, on several of his shows. The lead guitarist — who really rocked — was Max Meyer. There is also Natalie Thomas who sings and plays the guitar. She has a great voice and sang several songs in the show, including “Keep Me Hangin’ On” and “Chain of Fools.” Their drummer was Adam Stoltenberg.
The first act ran 65 minutes. After a 15-minute intermission, the second act was 55 minutes. The performers did a costume change for the second act. These were a little more glitzy in the second half of their show. A well-deserved standing ovation from the audience closed out the show after a wild medley encore.
“She Rocks: The Women of Rock” runs through June 30 at the Howard Drew Theatre at the Omaha Community Playhouse. The intimate atmosphere is perfect for this rock concert. The music and information is fantastic. The show is great for all ages who like fine rock music.
Ticket prices start at $30 and vary by performance. Curtain times are 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Sundays. The box office is at 6915 Cass St. in Omaha, or call the box office at 402-553-0800.