September Mourning entertains at Bourbon Theatre

September Mourning @ Bourbon Theatre, Lincoln, Nebraska on Thursday, March 7, 2024. (Photo credit: Pam Whisenhunt)

PAM WHISENHUNT | Go Venue Magazine

On March 7th, 2024 a small but mighty crowd gathered at the Bourbon Theatre to catch September MourningThe Great Alone and Lincoln’s own Cyphen.  All bands ended up playing in the Bourbon’s Rye Room, which if you don’t know is a very small stage where the merch tables are typically set up. The confined space gave the show a cozy, personal feel.  

Cyphen started the night off with a bang. Less than two years ago, local metal veterans Cody Harlan and Will Gades joined forces with Bryant Hunzeker and Josiah Hastings, and they’ve been on fire ever since. This night was no different. Even with close quarters, their stage presence and energy levels were off the charts. Cyphen played a full 8 song set. It was evident by the crowds’ response, many of their songs are becoming familiar fan favorites. I highly recommend catching them at an upcoming show.

Next up was direct support for the night, The Great AloneThe Great Alone is an alternative rock band based out of France. I use the alternative classification loosely. They have a heavy, dramatic, operatic feeling to them. I felt their sound could fill a huge venue. Bassist Jay Fu definitely needed the extra space, as I kept expecting him to fly off the edge. I could tell he was used to filling the stage while he played. The Great Alone worked through some technical difficulties, but all in all put up a solid set.

September Mourning took the stage with her bandmates StitchRiven and Shadou. I felt they also needed a larger venue to make the grand entrance they wanted. Walking through the crowd to the stage was pretty anticlimactic. Other than that, September Mourning put on a fantastic show. Their mix of comic book video clips, theatrics and costumes were mesmerizing. Their sound was powerful and clean. They took us through a journey, connecting video and songs to tell the story of an empathetic grim reaper. September Mourning is considered a multimedia rarity, as their videos and music sync with a comic book series and graphic novel. To top it off, they have a collection of NFT’s (Non-Fungible Token) with the same name.

Although the space was small, the personal connection with the band was special. Maybe one day I’ll see them in a full arena and will look back on this intimate show at the Bourbon Theatre and smile. They’re currently on tour with Powerman 5000, so catch an upcoming show. It’ll be worth it.

September Mourning

The Great Alone


All images © Pam Whisenhunt

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