Hear Lincoln concert series returns to Tower Square; No Means No Fest fosters community of empowerment through art and music; Fly Over Media’s EXTANT showcases seven years of HN work

Hear Lincoln concert series returns to Tower Square

Lincoln-based music nonprofits Hear Nebraska (HN) and 89.3 KZUM have teamed up to announce the return of Hear Lincoln, the Capitol City’s weekly downtown concert series. The nine-week program — presented by Downtown Lincoln Association — features free, family-friendly concerts every Friday night, Aug. 4-Sept. 29, from 5-7 p.m. at Tower Square, 13th & P.

This year’s lineup casts a wide net with hip-hop, folk, indie rock, blues and ska all featured in the series. We’re excited to see the series come together again to showcase the array of music and art being created right here in Lincoln.

Hear Lincoln originally launched in 2011 as a way to connect the local music scene with a new audience. Following its absence in 2016, and in the wake of Hear Grand Island’s evening success, it moves from its former lunch-hour time slot to post-work-day.

The series kicks off with Spit Seeds for Proceeds, a joint watermelon-seed-spitting contest that benefits Hear Nebraska and The Bay. It starts at 4 p.m. and watermelons are free, with a $5 suggested donation. Evol Empire Creative, Whole Foods and WTRMLNWTR sponsor this specific concert. Find more information here.

Hear Lincoln concludes Friday, Sept 29, during night two of Lincoln Calling Music Festival, Sept 28-30. The show will happen on the festival’s Night Market Stage — amidst local vendors and a beer garden — on a closed-down 14th St between O and P.

Check out the full Hear Lincoln lineup below:

Aug. 4 — Jack Hotel, Risky Clique

Aug. 11 — Evan Bartels & the Stoney Lonesomes, Orion Walsh & the Rambling Hearts

Aug. 18 — Mobius, Lucas Kellison Duo

Aug. 25 — I Forgot To Love My Father, Hana Zara

Sept. 1 — Phip Phippa, M Shah

Sept. 8 — blét, Jens Lehman & the Time Cops

Sept. 15 — Andrea von Kampen, Mike Semrad

Sept. 22 — Gabe Nelson w/ Pants, Clay

Sept. 29 — Mad Dog & the 20/20s, Ro Hempel Band

The 2017 Hear Lincoln is made possible thanks to Downtown Lincoln Association, Hudl, Powers Law, Whole Foods, The Bay.

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No Means No Fest fosters community of empowerment through art and music

Music and art have always wielded more power than just the energy to stimulate and excite, and at Milk Run and Midtown Art Supply, a new festival will use music and art’s capacity to empower and encourage too.

No Means No Fest takes place from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. tonight at Milk Run and Midtown Art Supply, 2578 Harney Street, and all funds go to Nebraska Sexual Assault and Abuse Prevention Program, an Omaha-based organization aiming to curb the city and the music and art scene’s issues with rape culture.

The festival was born out of a pair of goals; the first being a desire to fundraise for NESAAP, which is in the process of applying for non-profit status, so the organization can assist more survivors coming from low socioeconomic backgrounds who don’t have the means to pay for the medical attention or therapy they may need. No Means No Fest also aims to amplify the voices of survivors of sexual assault and abuse through art and through shaping a safe space where there’s no fear of being re-traumatized.

“I just wanted to make sure that even audience members or even the crowd that comes to these shows also feels safe in coming to [Milk Run] without having to feel uncomfortable or feel in any sort of danger,” says, A.B, festival organizer and NESAAP outreach director.

In today’s social and political climate, with NESAAP and other sexual assault and prevention organizations like Voices of Hope at risk of losing funding under the current presidential administration, A.B says they see the present as a crucial time to be able to assist survivors.

With the help of a number of local businesses, No Means No Fest will be a night full of music, art and poetry with a burlesque show following the festival’s lineup.

See the full lineup below, and find more info on No Means No Fest here.


Daymare, The Morbs, Plastic Garbage, The Badland Girls, The Boner Killerz, Ria Gold, All Young Girls Are Machine Guns, Pink Aye, Sgt. Leisure, Dominque Morgan, J.Crum, Trapper (KC), Floating Teeth (Denver)


Daphne Calhoun, Kelly Langin, Ian Nauslar, Jade Lacy, Lindsey Hand


Cassidy Hobler, Kai Inzunza, Kealinn Peterson, Amanda Houck, Phalin Strong, Bekah Nigro, Mariah Faust, Michael Johnson

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Fly Over Media’s EXTANT showcases HN Intern Lauren Farris’s work

As part of Fly Over Media’s EXTANT photography series, Hear Nebraska multimedia intern Lauren Farris will showcase her work on Friday night at Lincoln’s Outlook Project Gallery, 2124 Y St.

Over the past year, Farris has documented the Nebraska music scene through her photography and videography, shooting shows from Killswitch Engage to The 1975 and creating video features on local artists and record labels. Her work will be on display from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday night, and she will give a talk at the opening as well. Lincoln musician Kerry Eddy will perform throughout the night.

Farris’s show is part of the new Extant series organized by Fly Over Media, which aims to produce and publish journalism that explores underrepresented topics, like rural communities and local music scenes. Check out the full series schedule below.

July 7 — Extant: Hear Nebraska

July 21 — Extant: Global Eyewitness

Aug 4 — Extant: New Territory

Aug 18 — Extant: Women Photograph

Sept 14 — Fly Over Media’s EXTANT

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Photo coverage: Jaime Wyatt at Duffy’s Tavern

HN multimedia intern Emma Petersen hit Duffy’s on Wednesday night to shoot some photos of country-rock singer-songwriter Jaime Wyatt, who dropped her latest LP, Felony Blues, back in February. Lincoln folk bands The Wildwoods and Michael Wunder opened the show. Check out Petersen’s photos below.

Jamie Wyatt

The Wildwoods

Michael Wunder

photos by Emma Petersen

Photo coverage: Reel Big Fish at The Bourbon

HN contributor Dean Birkheimer went to the Bourbon on Wednesday to catch ska titans Reel Big Fish with skate punk all-stars The Expendables, The Queers and Tunnel Vision. Reel Big Fish is in the midst of a two-month tour stretching from coast to coast, bringing craft beers for sale along the way. Take a look at Birkheimer’s photos below.

Reel Big Fish

The Expendables

Tunnel Vision

photos by Dean Birkheimer

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Concert Round-Up

The next three days in Nebraska are full of shows, so head into the weekend with a plan by checking out our picks below. Give our events page a look for a more comprehensive list of shows, and add your own shows to the page with our contribute feature here.


Hear Grand Island with The Midnight Devils, CJ Clydesdale Band, Upset and Trailer Swift of The Deadbeats (DJ set) – With Hear Grand Island heading into its sixth week, it’s bringing Omaha glam metal trio The Midnight Devils out to GI to headline. The band recently did a Q&A with HN, which you can read here, about retaining its glam metal style into the present and the importance of local, original music. Lincoln blues rock quartet CJ Clydesdale Band, UpSet and Trailer Swift fill out the lineup. As always, food and drink options will be available in Railside Plaza. 7 p.m. RSVP here.

ZooFest 2017 featuring Charlie Musselwhite and Ruthie Foster – This year marks The Zoo Bar’s 44th anniversary, and it’s celebrating with its annual ZooFest. The two-day festival boasts a lineup featuring blues and R&B veterans Charlie Musselwhite and Ruthie Foster, rounded out with local and touring bands including Josh Hoyer & Soul Colossal and The Paladins. Check out the full lineup and ticket info at The Zoo’s website. Music starts tonight at 5 p.m. with The Bel Airs.

TinyFest 2 at The Commons – TinyFest returns to The Commons tonight with a deep lineup of local musicians and artists. Spencer Krull (formerly of This Machine Kills Vibes), Leaves Brown, Lotus Leaves and Zo provide music, while Kat C. Morrow, Brittany Burton and Ollie Oslo display art. 7 p.m. $5. All ages. RSVP here.


Matthew Sweet at The Waiting Room – Nebraska rock icon Matthew Sweet has a new album out, titled Tomorrow Forever, and he’s kicking off a lengthy tour that ends in late-September with a pair of shows Saturday and Sunday nights at The Waiting Room. 8 p.m. $20. All ages. RSVP here.

Rachel Price with Belles & Whistles at The Bay – Nashville via O’Neill, Nebraska, pop singer-songwriter Rachel Price is touring in support of her latest EP, Home, which dropped in early May. Omaha country pop duo Belles & Whistles open the show, playing their second Lincoln show this week. 7 p.m. $5. All ages. RSVP here.


Chess Club with Death Cow, The Grand Poobah and Shit Flowers at The Commons – Lawrence, Kansas, pop punk band Chess Club is heading out on its first tour, and it includes a pair of Nebraska dates. The three-piece recently did a Q&A with HN on their influences and what it’s like recording albums as high schoolers. Lincoln rock bands Death Cow, The Grand Poobah and Shit Flowers open the show. 7 p.m. $5. All ages. RSVP here.

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