Lincoln Calling early-bird tickets on sale Thursday, lineup drops July 13; David Nance talks new record, moving back to Omaha with Noisey; Weekend photo coverage featuring Hear Grand Island

Lincoln Calling early-bird tickets on sale Thursday, lineup drops July 13

Lincoln Calling Music Festival’s new look is starting to take shape with the first wave of ticket and lineup details.

Early bird three-day general admission festival passes go on-sale Thursday, July 7, as do all-ages passes ($25), comedy-only passes ($25) and two types of specialty packages. The first lineup announcement is set for the following Wednesday, July 13.

In its first year operated by Hear Nebraska, Lincoln Calling will occur across at least eight stages Oct. 6-8. Thus far, venues include festival stalwarts in The Bourbon, Zoo Bar, indoor and outdoor Duffy’s Tavern stages, as well as Vega, Bodega’s Alley, The Bay and Tower Square.

The 2016 edition more heavily emphasizing nationally touring acts, as well as the addition of visual art — in conjunction with Lincoln’s First Friday — and art workshops on Saturday. The festival has also aligned with Lincoln Startup Week, YP Week and Make Lincoln, giving it an increasingly well-rounded feel as a city-wide event.

Two tiers of specialty passes will be available Thursday for those interested in an exclusive experience. The “Frontier Trustee” — a tribute to early/mid-‘90s Nebraska tractor punk band Frontier Trust — includes a three-day festival pass, access to a lounge area, food and drink tickets and additional, yet-to-be-named perks. The “SPEED!” pass — a tribute to the 45s label SPEED! Nebraska Records — gets its holder to the front of the line at every concert, with immediate access even when shows are at capacity. 

Once early-bird passes, initially available at $29, sell out, they will rise to $39, and then $49. The Frontier Trustee is $250 and the SPEED! pass (of which there are only 10) is $150. Find tickets at Lincoln Calling’s website here. For updates, follow along via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Festival sponsors include presenting sponsor Allo Communications, Lincoln Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, Nebraska Tourism Commission, Lincoln Community Foundation, Nebraska Bank of Commerce, Union Bank, Pen-Link, Firespring, Nebraska Lottery, Downtown Lincoln Association, Eagle Group, Lincoln Industries, Assurity Life, Tetrad Property Group and Bulu Box.

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David Nance talks new record, moving back to Omaha with Noisey

Omaha-based songwriter David Nance came back home recently after spending a few years wading through the overflowing pool of the Los Angeles music scene. It was then that his latest album, More Than Enough, came to fruition.

As Nance tells Noisey in an interview published over the weekend, the recording process failed a few times in LA before it succeeded in one afternoon in Omaha. He says he called a few friends and “whoever picked up the phone that day was in the ‘band.’”

What I had foolishly tried to complete by myself in two years was easily accomplished in a few hours with some friends,” Nance says.”

The article itself gives praise to Nance for his first full-length, full-band release on Brooklyn label Ba Da Bing Records. In the Q&A, he chats about why he moved to the City of Angels in the first place, and why his move back was the right decision. Read it here.

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Lincoln’s Swing Fever kicks off Tower Jazz series

June may be over, but live outdoor jazz continues in Lincoln all summer long.

Lincoln jazz ensemble Swing Fever plays the first of six free concerts, all part of Downtown Lincoln Association’s Tower Jazz series, tonight at Tower Square, 13th & P. The performance starts at 7 p.m. RSVP here.

Tower Jazz made its first run last year with four concerts throughout the month of July. This year it expands to six, stretching through to Aug. 9. Performers include internationally-acclaimed soloist Nicaulis Alliey, Lincoln’s O Street Brass Band, Ed Archibald and Darryl White (performing together for the first time), CJ Mills & Guitars & Saxes and the Bill Wimmer Trio. View the full schedule here.

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Photos of Freakabout, Eric In Outerspace at Hear Grand Island

HN intern Lauren Farris attended the second Hear Grand Island concert this past Friday, snapping photos of Eric In Outerspace and Freakabout. The show was very well attended for a second week in a row.

This Friday, Grand Island-native Parallel Paths and Omaha R&B artist Dominque Morgan will perform at downtown Railside Plaza. RSVP to the free, all-ages show here.

See Farris’s photos below:

Eric In Outerspace


Photos by Lauren Farris

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Photos of Chemicals, All Young Girls Are Machine Guns, DJ Kethro at Barley Street Tavern

HN contributor James Dean was in Benson Friday night, shooting photos of Chemicals, All Young Girls Are Machine Guns and DJ Kethro at Barley Street Tavern.

Kethro will play the second stop of this year’s Good Living Tour, which takes place July 22 at the Museum of Nebraska Art in Kearney. He joins The Good Life, AZP and Minor Movements. RSVP here.

See Dean’s photos below:

DJ Kethro

All Young Girls Are Machine Guns


Photos by James Dean

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Photos of Pandas & People, Walk By Sea at Vega

Farris was out and about again Sunday, taking photos of Fort Collins, Colo., alt-folk band Pandas & People, which played Vega on its current “Planting Seeds” tour. Lincoln band Walk By Sea joined them; catch that band this Friday at Reverb Lounge as it opens for The Hottman Sisters’ EP release show (RSVP here).

See Farris’s photos below:

Pandas & People

Walk By Sea

Photos by Lauren Farris

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