The Brownville Concert Series will present award winning five-piece band, Josh Hoyer & Soul Colossal. Their combination of soul, funk and R&B is in a word, electric! Best displayed in their high-energy live show, the blend of Hoyer’s honest lyrics and his rich, intensely soulful vocals merge with his top-notch band to create an undeniable chemistry. They will perform in cabaret on Friday and Saturday, August 3 and 4, at 7:30 p.m. and in concert Sunday, August 5, at 2:00 p.m. Sponsors are Susie Hogrefe, Kathy and Monte McKillip, McKillip & Associates, and The Bluebird of Brownville.
Hoyer formed Josh Hoyer & Soul Colossal in 2012 in famed blues town Lincoln, Nebraska. The award-winning band includes some of the area’s most revered and accomplished musicians. Joining Hoyer (keyboards/vocals) is Benjamin Kushner (guitar), Blake DeForest (trumpet), Mike Keeling (bass), and Larell Ware (drums). Inspired by the sounds of Stax, Motown, Muscle Shoals, New Orleans, Philly and San Francisco, the band continuously crosses musical boundaries both in style and era.
On January 26, 2018, Hoyer released “The End of the Night,” a three-song EP and solo side project with veteran Nashville songwriters Jay Knowles (Harry Connick, Jr., Blake Shelton), and Jon Coleman (Trace Adkins). In the spring of 2018, Josh Hoyer & Soul Colossal recorded their fourth full length record, “Do It Now,” which will be released in Europe in August of 2018, followed by a seven-week European tour before its U.S. release.
In 2017, Josh was featured as a contestant on NBC’s “The Voice,” and the band completed their first European tour; a 27-city stint capped with a live album release from their show in Brussels, Belgium. The hard working band completed several national tours from 2015 to 2017, playing more than 150 shows in 32 states each year. Their year-round touring schedule took them from coast to coast, including several major summer music festivals.
Cabaret tickets are $25, and concert tickets are $20, ($16 for students). To purchase tickets online go to or Facebook or call 402-825-3331. The Lyceum Restaurant in Brownville is open, come early and enjoy a meal before the show. The Nebraska Arts Council (, a state agency, supports this program through a matching grant funded by the Nebraska Legislature, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment.