Do-It-Ourselves Fest announces 2017 event, opens applications; Salt Creek release new video “Rulo,” announce EP; Photo coverage: Stormfest at Lookout, Moonfest at Crescent Moon Coffee; The Wildwoods on HN FM tonight

Do-It-Ourselves Fest announces 2017 event, opens performer and workshop applications

A Lincoln-based community event focusing on communal learning and art returns this fall.

Do-It-Ourselves Fest has announced another year of presenting local DIY bands, community discussions and hands-on practical skill workshops this September 14-17 at The Bay, 2005 Y St. It will be the first DIO Fest since 2015, and third overall since its founding in 2013.

DIO Fest is a free community event celebrating DIY music, culture, and learning through mutual aid. In the past, it has hosted workshops on live sound engineering, photo transfer, gardening and self-defense while staging a wide variety of local musical acts. See our coverage from its 2015 event here.

We are expecting a much larger turnout and many more community collaborators coming together to bring free music and learning to Lincoln,” says organizer Margot Erlandson. “We’re happy to announce that this year’s iteration will be held at The Bay, which is a local mecca for positivity and inspiration for the future.”

In an effort to host a festival which caters directly to its attendees’ interests, DIO Fest has opened applications to potential performers, workshop presenters and discussion leaders. Apply here.

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Salt Creek release new video “Rulo,” announce EP

After spending a significant part of its one-year existence on the road, Salt Creek has a new album in the can and the first peak is in the open.

The Lincoln post-rock band has released “Rulo,” the first single from its forthcoming debut EP Where Strangers Go, in video form. Premiered Friday via Highlight Zine, it finds the band performing in a rustic rural setting, a visual element utilized by the band in past releases. Indeed, the name is a nod to the small Nebraska town.

“‘Rulo’ is about the stages of growing up and dealing with relationships while also struggling to avoid becoming stuck in a certain state of mind,” the band told Highlight. “While shooting the video we wanted our surroundings to display the decay of nature while also capturing the beauty of the fall season and the state we live in.”

The new track and its accompanying visual relay an intimate energy — through familiar surroundings and vocalist Chase Thompson’s hushed, personal delivery — that Salt Creek has quickly developed over the past year. Following the May 26 release, the band will head out again on the road through the midwest and upper east coast.

Watch “Rulo” below. Where Strangers Go — recorded with Jeremy Schaeffer at All Poetic Audio — is out May 26 (pre-order here). Salt Creek plays its Lincoln record release show Saturday, May 27 at The Bourbon with Bernardus, Hakim and The Way Out (RSVP here).

Apr 29 — Fargo, N.D. at The Aquarium
May 27 — Lincoln at The Bourbon
June 2 — Kearney, Neb. at Gillie’s Bar
June 14 — Milwaukee, Wisc. at JJ’s Bar & Gril
June 15 — Pittsburgh at Ba Sing Se
June 17 — Wilkes Barre, Pa.
June 18 — Rochester, N.Y.
June 19 — Amityville, N.Y.
June 20 — Boston
June 21 — Buffalo, N.Y.
June 22 — Elyria, Ohio
June 23 — Toledo, Ohio at Ottowa Tavern
June 24 — Chicago

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Photo Coverage: Stormfest at Lookout Lounge

HN multimedia intern Lauren Farris stopped by Lookout Lounge Saturday to catch night three of Stormfest, an annual metal, hardcore and rock festival which this year featured more than 30 local and regional bands all weekend. Check out Farris’ photos below:

Empires End

Exit Sanity

Before I Burn




Odds Against

Screaming Red Mutiny

Photos by Lauren Farris

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Photo Coverage: Moonfest at Crescent Moon Coffee

HN multimedia intern Connor Lepert went to Lincoln’s Crescent Moon Coffee for its annual Moonfest one-day acoustic music festival. The Saturday evening lineup featured longtime Nebraska folk player Dr. John Walker along with Gerardo Meza and Jack Hotel. See Lepert’s photos below:

Gerardo Meza

Dr. John Walker

Jack Hotel


Photos by Connor Lepert

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HN Internship applications due Friday

This is your last week to apply for Hear Nebraska’s summer internships.

We are looking for enterprising, self-starting multimedia, editorial and marketing candidates for positions lasting May 8 through August 18. Working both remotely and at either our Omaha or Lincoln offices, you will help us cover, promote and present Nebraska’s music scene through multimedia and written storytelling (like this live performance by Cursive at Beer Nebraska or this report on the state of federal arts funding).

Applications close at 11:59 p.m. this Friday, April 28. Find it here, and email managing editor Andrew Stellmon ( with questions.

Here’s one more example, a feature video on Love’s Jazz and Arts Center, by former HN intern Lindsey Yoneda:

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The Wildwoods on Hear Nebraska FM

Tonight, The Wildwoods joins Hear Nebraska FM live in the KZUM studio. The Lincoln folk group releases its third studio album Sweet Nostalgia on Saturday, April 29 at Vega. They’ll play a few songs from the new record and chat with our host/managing editor Andrew Stellmon

Tune in at 8 p.m. for our Nebraska music playlist and stick around for The Wildwoods at 9 p.m. That’s 89.3 FM in Lincoln or around the world.

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Plan your week in shows — starting tonight with Echobeds, Dilute, and CBN at Milk Run — at our statewide calendar here. Add your own shows using the contribute feature or email us at, where you can also send news tips, story ideas or song submissions.