Formed in July of 2020, Midwest Coast's exhilarating brand of Electric RNB/Soul and charged live shows have quickly earned them a reputation as one of the most exciting acts to emerge from Omaha's music scene.
Skye Junginger had a dream to build one of Omaha's premier bands when the world was shut down. Already life-long friends, Skye would bring on Maggie Vlassakis, Sam McDermott, Gage Wiggins Henry Tomsu, and Harrison ElDorado. Midwest Coast would go on to play originals and covers at some of Omaha's best live performance venues.
Midwest Coast has merged the sounds Steely Dan, Hiatus Kaiyote, and Jamilia Woods in one package, making them one of the most unique groups in the midwest.
In June of 2021, they proudly released their first single entitled, Peel, on Apple Music, Spotify, and YouTube.
Maggie Vlassakis is a singer/songwriter that resides in Omaha, NE. She grew up with all kinds of music in the house, from rock, to musical theatre, to Greek Orthodox hymns. Having this growing up peaked her interest in becoming a musician. Maggie started attending a local open mic run by Aly Peeler, who encouraged her to keep getting back on the stage. In 2021 she performed at the Holland Center in a singer/songwriter contest and formed her own band Terragram with all original music. Maggie is passionate about using music as an emotional tool for touching peoples hearts and opening minds.
Skye Junginger is a saxophonist, composer, arranger, teacher, and Omaha-native studying for his Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Jazz Studies from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Skye has toured the world playing music in Japan, China, South Korea, Lithuania, Latvia, and the Czech Republic. He has also backed up artists such as Conor Oberst, Nate Walcott, Chris Potter, Donny McCaslin, and more. Skye has also played for the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama. He now fronts and organizes his Electric RNB/Soul group, Midwest Coast, here in Omaha.
Sam McDermott began classical piano instruction at age five and regularly competed and won competitions on the district and state levels for over ten years. He graduated in May 2021 from the University of Nebraska at Omaha with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with concentrations in economics and finance and will attend UNO to obtain an MBA beginning in August 2021 while working as a graduate assistant.
Gage Wiggins is a guitarist, singer, and photographer living in Council Bluffs, IA. Gage currently works at Lidgett Music in Downtown Council Bluffs and loves every second of it. He has worked with local artists in town such as Hector Anchondo, Grace Geibler, and Dodge Street.
Henry Tomsu is a Omaha based artist currently working toward a BA in jazz bass at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. While being a member of multiple bands, Henry has also created his own home studio to be able to record, mix, and produce many genres of music. His proficiency at bass and electronics elevate his musicianship and add a unique style to his performances.