Lincoln Calling ‘community giveback’ benefits Planned Parenthood, Nebraska Appleseed; Do-It-Ourselves Fest releases performer, workshop lineup; Skate Art Music Festival & more in photos

Lincoln Calling ‘community giveback’ benefits Planned Parenthood, Nebraska Appleseed

Lincoln Calling is excited to present a culturally stimulating, engaging, raised-fist-inducing party, but we’re also aiming to better the community in which we live. It’s why we’re proud to partner with Planned Parenthood of the Heartland and Nebraska Appleseed, two organizations whose work makes a significant difference throughout our state, and we couldn’t be more proud to offer our support to their missions.

During separate three-day periods, Lincoln Calling (presented by Allo and produced by Hear Nebraska and The Bay) will donate 20-percent of all online ticket sales to Planned Parenthood of the Heartland and Nebraska Appleseed to help spread and further their missions. The first campaign runs Thursday, Aug. 31 through Saturday, Sept. 2, and benefits Planned Parenthood. The second is Sept. 7-9 and benefits Nebraska Appleseed.

Lincoln Calling is bigger than ever this year, with 100-plus musical acts including Charli XCX, Best Coast, Angel Olsen and many more. And it’s more than music, with innovative community programming from Sept. 25-30, including Lincoln YP Week headliner Chip Gaines (TV’s “Fixer Upper”), Startup Week, Make Lincoln (Lincoln’s original Maker’s Fair), visual art displays/exhibitions via Benson First Friday, sustainability initiatives, professional development workshops and the Lincoln YPG Night Market — a free-to-the-public, outdoor bazaar featuring awesome vendors, a beer garden and live music on 14th street between O & P.

If you haven’t yet purchased your ticket, support one of these awesome nonprofits by doing so during their specifically designated window. Find tickets here.

Suddenly, we’re one month away from Lincoln Calling! Relive the excitement of last year and get amped for this one with our video recap below.

Lincoln Calling is presented by Allo, and produced by Hear Nebraska and The Bay. It’s made possible by Lincoln Convention & Visitor’s Bureau, Downtown Lincoln Association, Nebraska Bank of Commerce, Lagunitas, Bacardi, Whole Foods, Union Bank & Trust, Omaha Steaks, Eagle Printing and Sign, Pen-Link, 106.3 KFRX, 89.3 KZUM, Firespring, Lee Rankin Stuart Family Foundation, WRK Family Foundation, D.A. Davidson, The Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker Hotel, Courtyard by Marriott Lincoln Downtown, Embassy Suites Lincoln, Graduate Lincoln, Shirts101, Assurity, Nebraska Lottery, Lincoln Industries,Lincoln Young Professionals Group, HomeServices of Nebraska, Woods Bros Realty, Lincoln Partnership for Economic Development and Nonprofit Hub Lincoln.

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Do-It-Ourselves Fest releases performer, workshop lineup

Do-It-Ourselves Fest, Lincoln’s celebration of DIY culture, is just three weeks away, and its vast menu of workshops, discussions and musical performances is set. The festival announced a whopping 49 local and national musical acts in varying genres, as well as more than 25 workshops and discussions for the Sept. 14-17 event at The Bay.

Eight out-of-state acts including Bitch Please, Gxnther Valentine and (former Lincoln resident) Izzy Dominguez join a local lineup that features Bien Fang, Bogusman, Histrionic, Jack Hotel, Mad Dog & the 20/20s, The Boner Killerz and many more.

In addition to staging local music, DIO Fest exists to share skills and educate each other — crucially, free of charge — in order to strengthen the DIY community. To that end, the fest offers more than 20 workshops covering a variety of valuable topics from the tangibly practical to the interpersonal to the strangely intriguing. On top of that, six panel discussions will dive into broad, complex topics like Inclusive Feminisms, DIY Spaces and Radical Families.

See the full lineup below and RSVP to the free, four-day event here.

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Photo coverage: I Forgot To Love My Father at Hear Lincoln

Kicking off the weekend in photo coverage, HN photographer Lauren Farris went to Hear Lincoln Friday to catch I Forgot To Love My Father. A pair of scheduling conflicts pushed the show from its usual home at Tower Square to the Black Circle Record rooftop and IFTLMF as the sole band on the bill. No matter, as a young crowd of roughly 50 people rocked out with the Lincoln seven-piece band in the late-afternoon sunlight, opening numerous dance pits and singing along.

Next week, we’re back at Tower Square with rappers Phip Phippa and M Shah. RSVP here. Check out Farris’ photos below:

Photos by Lauren Farris

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Photo coverage: Better Friend release’s debut LP at 1867 Bar

Later Friday evening in Lincoln, post-punk band Better Friend sold out 1867 Bar in celebrating the release of its debut album Just Turn Green. It was five in, five out by the time opener Oketo went on after 9 p.m., and stayed that way through The Amublanters and Better Friend. It was perhaps the busiest I had ever seen 1867 (save for the JV Allstars reunion). See photos by HN contributor Will Stott below.


The Ambulanters

Better Friend

Photos by Will Stott

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Photo coverage: Skate Art Music Festival in the Railyard

The Bay packed tons of talented skaters, six local bands, local art and an audience of hundreds into the Railyard for its third-annual Skate Art Music Festival. The all-day event featured a Skate School and all-day open competition and an afternoon of music from CJ Clydesdale Band, M Shah, The Grand Poobah and Khari the Duo. The invite-only competition capped the evening, played out on a converted classic car fitted with two skateable boxes and a variety of ramps, followed by an electric performance by Both. Lauren Farris and Marti Vaughan were on hand for the action; see their photos below.

Skate School | photos by Lauren Farris

CJ Clydesdale Band | photos by Lauren Farris


Skate Art Music Festival | photos by Lauren Farris

M Shah | photos by Lauren Farris

The Grand Poobah | photos by Lauren Farris

Khari the Duo | photos by Marti Vaughan

Main-event skate competition | photos by Marti Vaugahn

Both | photos by Marti Vaughan

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Concert Round-Up

The week has just begun, but there’s still plenty to do. Check out a few selections below and find more at our statewide calendar here. Add your own here, or email us at

Kevin Morby with Shannon Lay at Reverb Lounge – Kevin Morby, the former Woods bassist, comes to Reverb Lounge tonight on the heels of his new solo record City Music, out now on Dead Oceans Records. City Music builds on Morby’s oft-explored theme of solitude, this time framed by the skyscrapers and bustle of urban settings nationwide. Singer/songwriter Shannon Lay opens the show. 9 p.m., $12, RSVP here.

Baus, Plastic Garbage, Nathan Ma & the Golden Coast Family Band at West Wing – Oakland, Calif. punk band Baus comes to Omaha house show venue West Wing, plays tonight with Lincoln synthpunk band Plastic Garbage and Omaha’s Nathan Ma & the Golden Coast Family Band. Both Baus and Plastic Garbage have new music out this year: Baus dropped six-track tape Will Be Right Back in April, while the latter band released its self-titled cassette late last month. 10 p.m. all-ages show, $5 (free for 18-under), RSVP here.

Hear Nebraska FM on 89.3 KZUM – Our two-hour Nebraska music show is back for another week and tonight will preview two huge weekend events in Benson First Friday Femme Fest and the Nebraska Hardcore Showcase. BFFFF festival organizer and All Young Girls Are Machine Guns vocalist Rebecca Lowry will join us for the first time in a long time to play some tracks by festival artists and shoot the breeze about its third year. Tune in two 89.3 FM in Lincoln or stream at or via the Tune In app.

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