DIO Fest releases schedule, starts Thursday; Photo coverage from O’Leaver’s Fest, The Way Out album release show; Xoboi tonight on Hear Nebraska FM

DIO Fest releases schedule, starts Thursday

by Andrew Stellmon

Lincoln’s DIY Do-It-Ourselves Fest starts this Thursday, running all weekend long with local music, workshops that teach useful (and sometimes unconventional) skills and panel discussions addressing important relevant socialpolitical issues.

The festival released the schedule for its vast, four-day event, which all happens throughout The Bay’s complex at 2005 Y St. DIO Fest will feature an indoor and outdoor stage (the latter starting Friday), with nearly 50 acts performing before the weekend is out.

DIO’s massive menu of workshops and panels will feature something for anyone looking to learn a new skill or otherwise self-improve. They cover everything from guitar tone and bullet journaling to knowing ones rights and conflict resolution. Panel topics include Anti-Racism, Starting a Hustle, Radical Families, Self-Care and (especially relevant given last weekend’s events) DIY Spaces. They happen in the meeting space north of the coffee shop, in the parking lot and inside the skatepark.

As in years past, DIO Fest is free to attend and predicated on the idea that bettering oneself, improving the community and celebrating art do not have to be subject to the status of one’s monetary resources. It is about sharing one’s skills and capabilities for the betterment of all. The Commons LNK’s Amanda Huckins’ essay from the 2015 DIO Fest is no less relevant today; read it here.

Find the full schedule below and RSVP to DIO Fest here.

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Photo coverage: Plack Blague, Bib, Oquoa and more at O’Leaver’s Fest

HN photographer Lauren Farris spent the weekend at O’Leaver’s, where The Club held its annual O’Leaver’s Fest. Dallas glam rock band Midnight Opera played the indoor stage Friday night, with Oquoa, Miwi La Lupa, Sean Pratt & the Sweats and BareBear, while DJ Tyrone Storm spun in the beer garden. Saturday brought the heavy with Bib, Dilute, Satanic Abortion and Plack Blague. Check out the spread below.



Midnight Opera

DJ Tyrone Storm

Miwi La Lupa


Sean Pratt & the Sweats



Satanic Abortion


Cult Play

Plack Blague | Photos by Lauren Farris

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Photo coverage: blét, Jens Lehman & the Time Cops at Hear Lincoln

HN photo intern Arianna Bohning was at Tower Square Friday evening as indie rock band blét and soul/funk band Jens Lehman & the Time Cops performed for our Hear Lincoln series. See her shots below. Just three more Hear Lincoln concerts remain, the final one happening Friday, Sept 29 in the midst of Lincoln Calling Music Festival’s night market. This week, Andrea von Kampen and Mike Semrad join us at Tower Square; RSVP here.

Jens Lehman & the Time Cops


Photos by Arianna Bohning

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Photo coverage: The Way Out’s album release party at The Bay

Ashland/Lincoln indie rock band The Way Out released its debut LP Automatic Writing Saturday at a show at The Bay. The quartet made the album available earlier in the week via Bandcamp. They were joined at the indoor skatepark/coffeeshop complex by Mad Dog & the 20/20s, Uh Oh and Centerpiece. See Arianna Bohning’s photos below:

Uh Oh


Mad Dog & the 20/20s

The Way Out

Photos by Arianna Bohning

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Photo coverage: Hurricane Harvey relief benefit at The Bourbon

Rounding out the weekend, The Bourbon hosted a relief benefit for various Houston organizations providing aid after Hurricane Harvey flooded the city last week. The Hanyaks, M Shah, Wendy & the Lost Boys and more performed on the main and front-room stage. All proceeds will be donated to the Houston Food Bank, Coastal Bend Disaster Recovery Group and Houston SPCA.

See photos below:

After Arizona

Gabe Nelson

Josh Stephens

M Shah



The Hanyaks

The Rewind

Wendy & the Lost Boys | Photos by Arianna Bohning

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Xoboi tonight on Hear Nebraska FM tonight

It’s Monday, which means Hear Nebraska FM takes the KZUM airwaves from 8-10 p.m., spinning the latest and greatest in Nebraska music.

We return from the Labor Day Blues Blowout break to KZUM’s end of summer fund drive, with help from Omaha rapper Xoboi. Part of Omaha hip-hop group The Dilla Kids, Xoboi has been active since 2008 with both bands and with his own solo projects, which take influence from the likes of Mos Def, Andre 3000 and Apex Twin. The rapper is part of a strong local billing at this Saturday’s New Generation Music Festival, which happens at Stinson Park with headliners Talib Kweli and Rakim (RSVP here).

Tune in at 8 p.m. for local tunes, then at 9 p.m. for Xoboi live on the air. We’ll also give away two (2) pairs of passes to Lincoln Calling Music Festival, so don’t miss it!

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Concert Round-Up

Shake those Monday blues and plan for the early part of the week with our concert picks below. Find more at our statewide calendar here, and add your own via the contribute feature here.


Jay Som with Stef Chura, Soccer Mommy at Reverb Lounge – Oakland songwriter Melina Duterte broke out earlier this year with her fabulously self-produced bedroom rock album Everybody Works. As Jay Som, Duterte recorded and released that record and her debut Turn Into in the span of less than a year, her latest effort inspired by the production in Carly Rae Jepsen’s E-MO-TION. And while the layers of glittering guitars and keys and Duterte’s intimate voice are slickly arranged, there still awaits flashes of grunge and distortion. Through those compositions, she channels the angst found on her previous record into fuel, reminded by the message in the album’s title: “We’re all working for something.” Detroit songwriter Stef Chura and New York indie pop project Soccer Mommy open the show. 9 p.m. show, $14, RSVP here.

Spoon, Twin Peaks at Sokol Auditorium – Big-time indie rock band Spoon tours through Omaha in support of its ninth studio album Hot Thoughts. Chicago rock band (and Lincoln Calling alumni) Twin Peaks hops on board for this and a few additional midwest dates. Tickets are $35, RSVP here.


Halfwit, PINKO, The New Primals at The Bourbon – Lincoln hard rock band Halfwit, San Antonio post-hardcore group PINKO and Minneapolis noise rock band New Primals play The Bourbon tomorrow night. Both touring bands have new EPs out. PINKO released a split with BUMMER this past April, while New Primals drop Wraith today. 8 p.m. show, $5, RSVP here.