Tim Danube
associate director of the Nebraskan Student Union, 308.865.8523

Fear No Ice, an ice sculpting performance group, will come together with singer/songwriter/guitarist John Rush to create a one-of-a-kind event on Friday, Sept. 7, at 9 p.m. by the University of Nebraska at Kearney bell tower.

Fear No Ice is the world’s first and only performance ice sculpting company.  They have appeared on television shows, including “Live with Regis and Kathie Lee,” and have participated in advertising for major companies, including Coca-Cola, Absolut and BMW.

The group is known for its versatility: members Scott Rella, Kevin Roscoe and Peter Slavin will sculpt ice in any climate or in any venue.  “Some of their pieces only take 20 minutes to sculpt, leaving audiences breathless,” said Tim Danube, associate director of the Nebraskan Student Union.

The group’s visual performance will be complimented by a live musical performance by John Rush, known as a “human iPod” because of his large repertoire of songs.

Rush, who first learned to play the guitar at the age of 12 while growing up in Huntsville, Ala., majored in classical guitar at the University of Georgia.    

In his performances, Rush allows his audience to plot the course of his show by passing around a song list containing more than 500 songs that he knows by heart and then taking requests. He incorporates a guitar ‘loop,’ which allows him to record his sound and play a lead over it. His writing influences include Mark Knopfler, Paul Simon, Tom Petty and Neil Young.

Rush has released three CDs: Always Touring, Songs from the Road and They Don’t Know My Name. He was a finalist for Favorite Special Event Music Entertainer by     

“I write some songs with some real depth to them, but my goal as a performer is to help people have a good time,” Rush said. “If I’m lucky, maybe I can make them think a little in the process.”

Gift cards and T-shirts will be given away; and drinks and free popcorn will be provided.

The program is funded by University Program and Facility Fees and sponsored by Loper Programming and Activities Council. It is partially supported by Yanda’s Music and ProAudio.