Do-It-Ourselves, Farnam Fests in photos; Continental Drift Music Festival announces lineup, moves locations; Chon, Sheer Mag, Mothers this week

Photo coverage: Do-It-Ourselves Fest

News coverage starts with our recap of the weekend in shows. Do-It-Ourselves Fest took over The Bay in Lincoln Thursday through Sunday with more than 50 local and regional acts, myriad workshops and a handful of big-ticket panels. HN photogs Arianna Bohning, Lauren Farris and James Dean caught the first three nights of action; see their photos below.


DIY cooking on the road workshop

DIY Venue panel


Mutinerango Sun




Jens Lehman & The Time Cops | Thursday photos by Arianna Bohning


Do-It-Ourselves Fest

A skateboarder completes a flip-trick Friday night outside the Bay during Do-It-Ourselves Fest

Spencer Krull

Zine-making workshop

DIO Fest

Eddy Mink

Gamma Goat

The Boner Killerz

Bitch Please

DIO Fest-goers hang out in The Bay’s parking lot

Dazzle Ships

Jack Hotel

Low Long Signal | Friday photos by Lauren Farris


Anti-Racism Panel at DIO Fest | photos by Lauren Farris


Sgt. Leisure


Chevrolet Pile

Mad Dog & the 20/20s

Green Trees

Izzy Dominguez


Powerful Science

Red Cities | Saturday photos by James Dean

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Photo coverage: Farnam Fest

Saturday, HN photographer Lauren Farris was in Omaha for Farnam Fest, the third-annual day-long street and music festival in the heart of the city’s Blackstone District. The crowd and performers braved the weather for most of the day until pouring rain drove its final act, Tennis, into Blackstone Meatball. Below are Farris’ photos from the outdoor portion.

Farnam Fest


Miwi La Lupa

High Up

Yes You Are

White Mystery

Icky Blossoms

Shannon & the Clams


Photos by Lauren Farris

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Photo coverage: Mike Semrad & the Likes, Andrea von Kampen at Hear Lincoln

HN photog Arianna Bohning went to Tower Square Friday, as HN & KZUM’s Hear Lincoln outdoor concert series rolled on with Americana band Mike Semrad & the Likes and folk singer/songwriter Andrea von Kampen. Check the photos below and join us this Friday, Sept. 22 for Gabe Nelson w/ Pants and Clay (RSVP here).

Mike Semrad & the Likes

Andrea von Kampen

photos by Arianna Bohning

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Continental Drift Music Festival announces sixth year, moves to new location

One homegrown Nebraska music festival has become a yearly outdoor destination, but this year it celebrates a new home.

The sixth-annual Continental Drift Music Festival has announced its performance lineup and brand new location, moving to Fremont Lakes State Recreation from its former digs at Riverwest Park. The free, family and camping friendly festival will stage several Nebraska acts from 2-10 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 30.

Omaha musician and Onken-Stein record label founder Taylor Stein runs the festival, which features a rock-and-country-focused lineup that includes Third Frate, Ten O’Clock Scholars, Brothers Tandem, Robo Dojo, Edge of Arbor, Vince Giambattista and The Electroliners.

Both the concert and camping are free to attendees; a state park pass is all that is required. RSVP here.

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Concert Round-Up

The early week offers plenty of intriguing shows. Check out our picks below and find more via our statewide calendar here. Send all shows, news tips, story ideas and comments/suggestions to news@hearnebraska.


Chon with The Fall of Troy, Hail the Sun at Slowdown – San Diego math rock band Chon hits Slowdown tonight, touring in support of its sophomore full-length album Homey, out June 19 on Sumerian Records. Hailed for its genre-pushing orchestrations, Homey finds CHON at its most sun-baked, beachy and oceanic. The Fall of Troy and Hail the Sun open the show. 7:30 p.m. show, $20, RSVP here.


Mothers with Thick Paint at Vega – Athens, Georgia folk-rock band Mothers stops in Lincoln during its fall tour for a show with Omaha indie rock band Thick Paint (whose frontman, Graham Ulicny, originally hails from Athens). We caught them in May at Kansas City’s Middle of the Map festival, where they turned in a mesmerizing, angular-rock performance. 9 p.m. show, $10, RSVP here.

Sheer Mag with Bib, Laffing Gas at Reverb Lounge – Philadelphia five-piece Sheer Mag is riding high off the release of its 2017 debut album Need To Feel Your Love, which delivered in-full on its early punk-meets-classic-rock promise. They stop in Omaha tomorrow night to play with Bloomington, Indiana punk band Laffing Gas and locals Bib. 9 p.m. show, $10 advance/$12 day-of, RSVP here.


Vagabon, Nnamdi Ogbonnaya with See Through Dresses at Reverb Lounge – New York multi-instrumentalist Vagabon, the project of Cameroon-native Lætitia Tamko, returns to Omaha, bringing with her a deftly-blended mixture of east and west African influences with hard elements of punk and electronic music. Chicago multi-instrumentalist Nnamdi Ogbonnaya and Omaha indie rock band See Through Dresses open the show. 9 p.m. show, $10 in advance/$12 at the door, RSVP here.

2:40 p.m. CST — Editor’s note: The Anti-Racism panel happened Saturday at D0-It-Ourselves Fest, not Friday. We have updated our coverage.