Mr. Hand

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Posted By Mr. Hand on December 29th, 2015

“Closing time, every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end…” Well friends, it has come time for us to turn out the lights. It has been an extraordinary 20 year run for this band. We are so thankful for the opportunities to perform at some incredible events and meet so many great people along [...]


Posts Tagged ‘The Depot’

Your Love video

Posted By Mr. Hand on January 1st, 2014

“Josie’s on a vacation far away!” Don’t pretend you weren’t singing it as you read it.  Check out video of our cover of The Outfield’s classic 80′s hit from a recent show at the Phoenix Room @ The Depot in Norfolk, NE. A studio recorded version of this song also appears on our Second Start album.

Basket Case video

Posted By Mr. Hand on January 1st, 2014

Here’s a video of us covering Green Day’s “Basket Case” from a recent show at the Phoenix Room @ The Depot in Norfolk, NE.

Second Start video

Posted By Mr. Hand on January 1st, 2014

Here’s a video of us performing our song “Second Start” from a recent show at the Phoenix Room @ The Depot in Norfolk, NE. A studio recorded version of this song also appears on our Second Start album.

Show Report: The Depot

Posted By Mr. Hand on January 2nd, 2011

A few weeks back we loaded up our gear and made the drive north for 2 fun nights at the Depot in Norfolk, NE. As usual, our old stomping grounds did not disappoint! Both nights were great. Thanks to everyone who came out and thanks to our friends at the Depot for having us.

Show Report: The Depot

Posted By Mr. Hand on November 8th, 2010

We celebrated Halloween with all our Norfolk friends at The Depot the last weekend of October. We were honored to be joined by President Obama, George Lopez, Keith Stone, Wayne and Garth, and Slash! There were a ton of great costumes and we all agreed that this was the best year for costumes that we’ve seen. So, the pictures include some of the best costumes we saw that night. Enjoy!

Show Report: The Depot – 15th Anniversary Party

Posted By Mr. Hand on September 28th, 2010

It’s been a couple weeks, but we celebrated Mr. Hand’s 15th Anniversary at The Depot in Norfolk, NE the last weekend of August. And for us, it was one of those weekends we’ll always remember. We were lucky to be joined by Jeff Lickfelt our original drummer and a great turnout both nights to help us celebrate. Now we’ll see you in 2015 to celebrate 20 years!

15 Years of Rock & Roll!

Posted By Bret on August 19th, 2010

It doesn’t seem possible but this month marks the 15th year since Mr. Hand was formed. I guess it’s like they say, time flies when you’re rockin’ and rollin’! We have a lot of memories including several St. Pat’s shows in O’Neill, NE, playing at the Orpheum in Sioux City, IA, and of course many people who still come up to us and say “You played my prom!”

1995 was the year, and we started out as a 4-piece. Jeff Conrad on bass and backing vocals, myself on lead guitar and backing vocals, Jeff Lickfelt on drums and backing vocals, and Larry Mortensen on lead vocals and rhythm guitar. We based ourselves out of Norfolk and still consider it a special place for Mr. Hand. Interestingly, we spent the first several months writing and recording our first CD “Scheme of Things” before we played our first show in the spring of 1996.

We continued play more shows and released a cassette single (remember those?) called “Why Don’t We Write A Movie?” in 1997 and then our 2nd CD “Treats!” in 1998. These were busy years for us as we played a lot of shows, continued to write our own music, have our music used on an MTV show, and basically figure out what kind of band we wanted to be.

The end of the decade/century found us going through transition as Larry decided to leave the band in 2000. This was definitely one of those points in our history where we could have packed it in and said “We had a good run.” But we decided to continue on as a 3-piece with Conrad taking over as our lead vocalist. We continued to write our own music and release 2 more CD’s during this period of the band with “Fueled by the View” in 2002 and the “Simple Ways EP” in 2005.

At the beginning of 2006, we went through another transition when Jeff L. left the band to pursue a career opportunity that took him to Arkansas. Again, we were faced with the decision of whether to carry on or not. Obviously we decided to continue and brought Craig Verbeski on board to pound the drums. Not only that but he also increased the number of tattoos per band member considerably!

During the past 4 years since Craig joined the band, we’ve continued to play a lot of shows and have had some great opportunities to open some big shows. More recently, the band has moved to Omaha and just this summer released our 5th CD “Second Start“.

It’s definitely been a great ride for us with a ton of great memories. We’re excited to keep it rolling and see what the future brings.

But first we need to celebrate our 15th Anniversary of Rock! Join us August 27th and 28th at The Depot in Norfolk, NE to celebrate. We’ll have a free keg on the 28th starting at 8pm and our original drummer Jeff will be joining us on stage throughout the weekend. It’s going to be a great weekend filled with music and friends!

So here’s to you for coming out to the shows over the years and sharing a drink with us! Feel free to leave your comments below and share any memories you might have of the last 15 years, we’d love to hear from you!

Show Report: The Depot

Posted By Mr. Hand on June 17th, 2010

If there’s 2 things we can count on it’s that The Depot serves up killer Jagerbombs and our friends and fans in Norfolk always show up to party with Mr. Hand! It was a good time and a great way to kick off the summer portion of our schedule.

Thanks to all who came out…we can’t wait to return to Norfolk on June 26 for Summerfest at Divot’s when we will have our new CD, Second Start, available!

Show Report: The Depot

Posted By Mr. Hand on April 26th, 2010

We spent this past Friday at The Depot in Norfolk, NE for a one-nighter. But with the party taking place that night it felt like a typical weekend at The Depot. It’s really no surprise though as we’ve come to expect it!

We were excited for the show because we knew we’d get to play our new songs for some more of our Norfolk friends. In fact we debuted one more original called “Facing Down” as we prepare for our upcoming recording session this weekend. It’s been a great spring playing all these new original songs and getting such great response and feedback about the new songs from everyone. We really appreciate it and it’s made us very excited to record these songs and release a new CD this summer!

Now check out the pics…

Schedule change!

Posted By Mr. Hand on April 9th, 2010

We had a last minute schedule change to let you know about. We will now be playing at Mt. Marty College in Yankton, SD on April 24th.

Previously we were scheduled at The Depot in Norfolk for April 23rd & 24th.  We will still be at The Depot for one night on the 23rd. Sorry for any confusion!

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