The Bay’s ‘Skate Art Music Festival’ to takeover the Railyard; Jack Hotel releases homegrown music video; Big Thief’s intimate appearance on NPR’s Tiny Desk

The Bay’s ‘Skate Art Music Festival’ to takeover the Railyard

Lincoln’s indoor skatepark is hauling its operation outside this weekend for a full day of skateboarding, art and music.

The Bay hosts its aptly titled Skate Art Music Festival this Sunday afternoon in the Railyard. It is the second year for the all-ages event, which will feature a series of skate competitions and local artists.

Los Angeles alt-pop band Half The Animal headlines the music portion of the event. A stout local billing also features Conny Franko, Twinsmith, Evan Bartels & the Stoney Lonesomes, Lincoln rapper Hakim and Lincoln’s DJ Relic. Music starts at 4 p.m. with drink and food specials at Buffalo Wings and Rings.

On the skate side, there are two competitions happening throughout the day. The first, Street Skate Contest, is invite-only, and will feature 28 handpicked skaters competing on street obstacles. Later that evening, an open-to-the-public kicker contest will pay out $500 for best trick and $500 for biggest air. The heats go down at 7:30 and 9:40 p.m., respectively.

And throughout the day, a giant six-foot skate deck and interactive mural will be open for painting, which starts at 4 p.m.

The Bay is a Lincoln-based international outreach program, built around local arts, music and skateboarding. In addition to providing a safe place for recreation, The Bay focuses on eliminating hunger and homelessness in its street outreach efforts, according to its website. Earlier this summer, it unveiled PHASE 2, which features an brand new music venue and state of the art coffee bar in addition to its top-notch indoor skateboarding facilities.

Find the day-long schedule and RSVP to Skate Art Music Festival here.

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Jack Hotel releases homegrown music video

Lincoln folk outfit Jack Hotel released a new video over the weekend after filming in the same location it recorded its latest record.

“Paint” was shot with a single camera in songwriter Günter Voelker’s apartment. HN contributor Andrew Dickinson was behind the camera, with audio by Matty Sanders. The setting gives cohesion to the pleasant yet mournful track and its accompanying visual (Sanders also worked on both Jack Hotel albums).

The song is the second track from Voices From The Moon, which dropped May 13 on Sower Records. Hear our podcast review and read our interview with Voelker here.

Watch “Paint” below:

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Big Thief appears on NPR’s Tiny Desk

This year’s breakout Saddle Creek signee continues to draw national attention, scoring a feature from behind NPR’s Tiny Desk

Brookyln’s Big Thief stripped things back for the intimate concert, which posted yesterday. The band toned down its explosive “Masterpiece” for the session, and played two of its most intimate, emotional tracks from its debut record in “Paul” and “Lorraine.”

Big Thief has enjoyed quite the breakout year. It first announced its Saddle Creek signing early this year. Its ensuing debut record Masterpiece received acclaim across the board, and the band followed up with a national tour that included buzz from SXSW. Listen to our On The Record review here (not once did we ever think to use the word “muscular,” but to each his own).

Watch Big Thief’s Tiny Desk Session below:

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