Lincoln Calling schedule released, single day tickets on-sale; Cursive, Flowers Forever to play third-annual O’Leaver’s Fest; Coverage of KZUM’s Blues Blowout; Femme Fest, Nebraska Hardcore Showcase, Skate Art Music Festival this weekend

Lincoln Calling schedule released, single day tickets on-sale

Lincoln Calling is barely more than a month away, and you can now plan your entire weekend.

The downtown Lincoln music festival released the full three-day eight-venue schedule for the Oct 6-8 event. View the layout of all 120-plus acts at Lincoln Calling’s website and below:

A limited number of single-day tickets have been made available for $29. Once they are sold out, more will be released as capacity allows. Three-day tickets are still the best value at $49. View your options here.

The thirteenth annual Lincoln Calling includes music, comedy and art in conjunction with downtown’s First Friday. Headliners include Kali Uchis, Charles Bradley, Cloud Nothings and Real Estate. The festival has also aligned with Lincoln Startup Week, YP Week and Make Lincoln as part of LNKDNA.

Lincoln Calling is presented by Allo Communications. It’s made possible in part by Lincoln Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, Nebraska Tourism Commission, Lincoln Community Foundation, Nebraska Bank of Commerce, Union Bank & Trust, Pen-Link, Firespring,Omaha Steaks, Nebraska Lottery, Downtown Lincoln Association, Eagle Group, Lincoln Industries, Assurity Life, Tetrad Property Group, Courtyard Lincoln Downtown/Haymarket,Embassy Suites, Alpha Media, Uber Nebraska, Lee R Stuart Family Foundation and Bulu Box.

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Cursive, Flowers Forever to play third-annual O’Leaver’s Fest

O’Leaver’s will celebrate another coming of fall with three days of music.

The Omaha club has announced its third-annual O’Leaver’s Fest, which will feature performances by Cursive, High Up, CJ Mills, Noah’s Ark Was A Spaceship and the return of Icky Blossoms’ Derek Pressnall’s side-project Flowers Forever, among others. The weekend event (Sept 23-25) will also make good use of the beer garden, with outdoor acoustic and DJ sets.

Friday night’s show starts at 9 p.m., while the club opens at Noon both Saturday and Sunday, when music starts at 4 p.m. They’ll show the Husker game at 6 p.m. Saturday before getting back into music. Entry is $7 per day.

See the complete schedule below:


9 p.m. — $7
DJ Tyrone Storm
Fun Runner
Eric In Outerspace
Bien Fang
Flowers Forever


4 p.m. — Free beer garden show
James Maakestad
Mike Schlesinger
CJ Mills

6 p.m. — Nebraska Football

10 p.m. — $7
High Up
All Young Girls Are Machine Guns


2 p.m. — Free beer garden show
Haunted Gauntlet

4 p.m. — $7
Noah’s Ark Was A Spaceship

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Coverage of KZUM’s Blues Blowout

HN intern Lauren Farris went to Zoo Bar last night to catch KZUM’s Blues Blowout concert, which kicked off the Lincoln community radio station’s final fund drive of the year. Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds headlined the show, which also included performances by Hector Anchondo, CJ Mills and the Tim Budig Band.

KZUM is currently making its final push to reach its $300,000 fundraising goal, which it must meet by Sept 30 in order to qualify for federal funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting in 2018. Read more about the recent regulations changes and how they affect the radio station here.

See Farris’s photos below:

The Tim Budig Band

CJ Mills

Hector Anchondo

Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds

Photos by Lauren Farris

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Concert Round-Up: Weekend Edition

This weekend is packed with live music, featuring more than a handful of one-day festivals. There are a few events mentioned below; check the rest at


Tonight, Benson First Friday Femme Fest happens all over Benson. CJ Mills headlines the event’s second year, with all 56-acts featuring at least one woman member. View the full schedule and some under-the-radar picks by our guest columnist/Femme Fest organizer Rebecca Lowry here. Opening ceremonies, led by Omaha Girls Rock band Lions Tigers and Babes, begin at 6:30 p.m. at The Waiting Room. RSVP here.

While all that is going on, Jake’s Omaha hosts its annual block party around the corner. Satchel Grande, Midwest Dilemma, AZP, Matt Cox and Brad Hoshaw comprise the bill. Entry is $5, RSVP here.

Downtown, Stoned Meadow of Doom Fest takes over both Slowdown stages, headlined by North Carolina band Weedeater and featuring Wo Fat, Egypt and locals Through The Stone, Super Moon and Valley Of Shadows. The show starts at 4 p.m. Day-of tickets are $40. RSVP here.


Lookout Lounge hosts the seventh Nebraska Hardcore Showcase, which kicks off at 2 p.m. with Omaha’s Bib and features 16 total bands flying through 20-minute sets. Watch later today for our featured five bands to watch for at tomorrow’s show. It’s all-ages and costs a whopping $5. Doors are at 1 p.m. RSVP here.

Also tomorrow night, Todd and Orenda Fink’s Closeness project performs at O’Leaver’s with Silversphere and Little Ripple. Entry is $5, music at 9:30 p.m. RSVP here.


The Bay hosts its second Skate Art Music Festival in the Railyard. In addition performance’s by Los Angeles’s Half The Animal, Twinsmith, Conny Franko, Hakim, Evan Bartels and DJ Relic, there will be two skate competitions throughout the day. The invite-only street competition is at 7:30 p.m., while the open Big Air/Best Trick kicker contest starts at 9:40 p.m. See the full schedule and RSVP here.

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