Announcing: Full Lincoln Calling day and venue schedules; The Good Life announces tour with Jake Bellows, shares album outtake; KZUM Blues Blowout concert launches Fall fund drive; Conor Oberst tonight in Grand Island

Announcing: Full Lincoln Calling day and venue schedules

Less than two months away, Lincoln Calling has revealed the day-by-day artist breakdown for all three festival days.

Kali Uchis headlines the opening night of the 13th-annual downtown Lincoln music festival, which happens Oct 6-8. Real Estate and Cloud Nothings top Friday night’s billing, while Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires close down the festival Saturday.

The comedy splits are included as well, with Zoolarious on Thursday night and Adam Clayton-Holland, Timmy Williams, Jo Firestone, Ian Douglas Terry and more national acts Friday and Saturday.

There are already a few noticeable threads running throughout each evening. Thursday night has a handful of singer/songwriters in Esmé Patterson, Simon Joyner, David Dondero, The Lawrence Arms’ Brendan Kelly and Arliss Nancy’s Cory Call. There’s plenty of indie and heavier rock Friday, but don’t sleep on Allan Kingdom and Both or Plack Blague’s showcase. And note Josh Hoyer & Soul Colossal and High Up in the same building as Charles Bradley.

Lincoln Calling will pack nearly 120 artists into eight venues in downtown Lincoln, including Bodega’s, The Bourbon, Zoo Bar, Vega, The Bay, Tower Square and both inside and outside Duffy’s Tavern. The complete schedule will be released in the coming weeks, so stay tuned. Tickets are available for $49 here

Lincoln Calling is also giving away a pair of festival passes. To enter, share this post prior to Sunday, Aug 21. We’ll draw a winner at random at 9 p.m. that day.

Below the poster, see the festival breakdown by venue:


Bodega’s Alley

State Disco
Marah In The Mainsail

Duffy’s Tavern – Back lot

Conny Franko
Icky Blossoms
Gosh Pith
Kali Uchis

Duffy’s Tavern – Indoor (KZUM Showcase)

Walk By Sea
The Hottman Sisters
Thirst Things First
Ron Wax
Laughing Falcon

Zoo Bar

Comedy: Audrey Farnham Grant Parsons James Lindsey Jordan Kleine Will Dougherty Ross Brockley Corey Brewer

Gerardo Meza
Cory Call (Arliss Nancy)
Brendan Kelly (The Lawrence Arms)
The Architects


Andrea von Kampen
Gaelynn Lee
David Dondero
Simon Joyner & the Ghosts
Esmé Patterson

The Bay

No Getter
Brendan Kelly
If I Fail
The Ambulanters
A Summer Better Than Yours

Tower Square

Orion Walsh
The Wildwoods


Bodega’s Alley

Kethro & Black Johnny Quest
A Ferocious Jungle Cat
Third Eye Merchants
Ebony Tusks
Allan Kingdom

The Bourbon

Eric In Outerspace
A Giant Dog
Twin Peaks
Real Estate

Duffy’s Tavern – Back lot

DJ Tyrone Storm
Her Flyaway Manner
Eros and the Eschaton
Modern Vices
White Mystery
Cloud Nothings

Duffy’s Tavern – Indoor

Of Earth and Sun
Echo Beds
Plack Blague

Zoo Bar

Powerful Science
Uh Bones
Shy Boys
Yes You Are

Vega – Comedy

Zach Peterson, Mike Perry, Matt Cobox, Ryan DLG, Andrew Bueno, Mollie Bartlett, Mallory Wallace
David Venhuizen
Dante Powell
Ian Douglas Terry
Nicole Conlan
Brett Davis
Jo Firestone
Timmy Williams
Adam Clayton-Holland

The Bay

Mike Zimmerman
The Cult of Lip


Bodega’s Alley

Mad Dog & the 20/20s
Marty McMoon
Green Trees
Cake Eater
Routine Escorts
Chrissy & Hawley

The Bourbon

DJ Relic
CJ Mills
High Up
Josh Hoyer & Soul Colossal
Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires

Duffy’s Tavern – Back lot

Once A Pawn
Bien Fang
Better Friend
See Through Dresses
Screaming Females

Duffy’s Tavern – Indoors

No Thanks
Unmanned (formerly Powers)
Red Cities
Little Brazil
The Kickback
Universe Contest

Zoo Bar

TBA Comedy
The Bottle Tops
Wagon Blasters
Belles & Whistles
Jack Hotel
Lloyd McCarter

The Bay

Anna McClellan
The Way Out
White Mystery

Presented by Allo Fiber, Lincoln Calling 2016 is made possible with support from Lincoln Convention & Visitors Bureau, Visit Nebraska, Lincoln Community Foundation, Nebraska Bank of Commerce, Union Bank & Trust, Pen-Link, Firespring, Nebraska Lottery, Downtown Lincoln Association,Eagle Group, Lincoln Industries, Assurity Life Insurance Company, Tetrad Property Group, Lee R Stuart Family Foundation, and Bulu Box.

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The Good Life announces tour with Jake Bellows, shares album outtake

The Good Life isn’t quite ready to call it a year.

The Tim Kasher-led indie rock band announced today it will tour throughout November with former Neva Dinova frontman Jake Bellows, hitting mostly Midwest and East Coast cities in two and a half weeks. No Nebraska dates, as the band has hit Omaha (twice), Grand Island, Kearney and Ord, Neb. (for The Good Living Tour) in the last year.

In addition, The Good Life shared “The Modern Mary,” an outtake from last year’s album Everybody’s Coming Down, via Brooklyn Vegan. It begins with a folky stomp and picked-out chords, building into a driving, echoing lament of lovers as false-saviors.

Listen to the track and see full-tour dates (including a few with Field Mouse) below:

Tour dates:

Nov 09: St. Paul, MN Turf Club
Nov 10: Milwaukee, WI Cactus Club
Nov 11: Chicago, IL Beat Kitchen
Nov 12: Cleveland, OH Grog Shop
Nov 13: Ferndale, MI The Loving Touch
Nov 14: Buffalo, NY Mohawk Place*
Nov 16: Allston, MA Great Scott
Nov 17: Brooklyn, NY The Bell House
Nov 18: Philadelphia, PA Boot & Saddle
Nov 19: Washington, DC Songbyrd
Nov 20: Richmond, VA Strange Matter*
Nov 21: Carrboro, NC Cat’s Cradle – Back Room
Nov 22: Orlando, FL The Social
Nov 23: Atlanta, GA The Earl
Nov 25: Nashville, TN The High Watt*
Nov 26: St. Louis, MO Blueberry Hill’s Duck Room*
Nov 27: Lawrence, KS The Bottleneck*

all dates with Jake Bellows
* – w/ Field Mouse

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KZUM Blues Blowout concert launches Fall fund drive

As KZUM approaches its final fund drive of the year, the Lincoln community radio station has announced a benefit concert to kick it all off.

Brooklyn soul/rock band Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds will headline KZUM’s Blues Blowout benefit concert Thursday, Sept. 1 at Zoo Bar. Hector Anchondo Band, CJ Mills and the Tim Budig Band round out the bill (RSVP here).

The concert precedes KZUM’s Fall Fund Drive Sept 6-13, during which it will make its final push for this year’s $300,000 fundraising goal, a total it must hit to continue qualifying for government funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. The federal grant program supports nonprofit community radio stations by way of a donation-matching system, raising its baseline mark to $300,000 this year.

Hitting that mark by Sept 30 would not only mean a record fundraising year for KZUM, it would also secure CPB funding through 2020. Current projections show the station at $272,000 in grants and private donations, though staff is optimistic that the concert and fund drive will help reach its goals.

“We have been working diligently the past year on building KZUM’s visibility in and around Lincoln, all the while building new relationships and supporting so many different facets of our community,” said Shannon Claire, KZUM development director and concert organizer. “This event is intended to not only raise funds so we can continue that work, but also to celebrate the history and dedication this station has to its community.”  

Along with proceeds from a silent auction and raffle prizes, all ticket sales will benefit KZUM’s push to reach its fundraising goal. General admission tickets are $20. Find them here. A limited number of VIP tickets are available for purchase at KZUM’s business office, 3534 S. 48th St., Suite 6, in Lincoln.


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Concert Round-Up

Tonight, Conor Oberst kicks off a handful of tour dates in Grand Island, playing a free show in the heart of downtown at 309 N Pine St. Shortly after announcing the tour, Oberst revealed the title and tracklisting for a new solo album Ruminations, out Oct 14 on Nonesuch Records. If you’re interested in what two people think the album will sound like, and which direction Oberst is heading after a turbulent 2015, read the email exchange we published earlier in the week here. McCarthy Trenching, Miwi La Lupa and Phil Schaffart open the 7:30 p.m. show. Though it’s a free show, local promoter Knife and Fork Productions asks that you RSVP here.

Also tonight, Lincoln indie rock band The Ambulanters return home from a two-week Midwest tour to play Milk Run, 1907 Leavenworth St., with Omaha band’s The Sunks and the Derek Higgins-led Chemicals. The all-ages show is at 9 p.m., entry at $7. RSVP here.

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