Lincoln Calling venue schedules released, 25-plus new bands added; RubyRay, Andrea von Kampen, The Way Out release new music videos; Hear Lincoln, Turner Park Night Market, Skate Art Music Festival & more this weekend

Lincoln Calling venue schedules released, 25-plus new bands added

by Andrew Stellmon

Nearing the one-month Lincoln Calling countdown mark, and everything is coming together.

We have added more than 25 bands to the Lincoln Calling lineup, pushing the number of talented national and regional acts past the century mark. And now, you can see where all of them will perform during the three-day music festival.

Closeness, Oquoa, The Ambulanters, Flowers Forever and Ojai are among the new additions to the 14th-annual downtown Lincoln festival, produced by Hear Nebraska and The Bay and presented by Allo Communications. They join an already exciting horde of performers that includes headliners Charli XCX, Angel Olsen, Best Coast and Charles Bradley, as well as great support acts Frankie Cosmos, John Moreland, Pup, (Sandy) Alex G and more.

There’s more great news, as we can now share the venue-specific lineups for each night, so you know where to find the acts you want to see. Best Coast (Thursday), Angel Olsen (Friday) and Charli XCX (Saturday) will cap performances at The Bourbon, one of eight indoor and outdoor venues that also includes The Bay, Duffy’s Outdoor and Indoor, Zoo Bar, Bodega’s, 1867 Bar and the Lincoln YPG Night Market stage. See the full lineup here.

Lincoln Calling is so much more than music, with innovative community programming beginning Sept 25 and running throughout the festival’s duration. They include 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 FirstFriday, 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.

Don’t miss one of Lincoln’s biggest cultural event of the year. Buy tickets here.


Bourbon Theater
Best Coast

Duffy’s Outdoor
Post Animal
Acid Dad
Matt Stansberry & the Romance
Salt Creek

Zoo Bar
Mount Moriah
Ian Sweet
McCarthy Trenching
The Artichoke Hearts

Bodega’s Alley
Malcolm London
M Shah
Maddog & the 20/20’s

The Bay
Frankie Cosmos
Navy Gangs
Thick Paint
Sean Pratt

Street Sects
Cult Play
Darren Keen
Low Long Signal
Verse and the Vices
Bomb Earth

Night Market
Jens Lehman & the Time Cops
Karmen Delancey
Indigenous AK
Bach Mai
Orion Walsh


The Bourbon
Angel Olsen
Julie Byrne

Duffy’s Outdoor
Charles Bradley
El Ten Eleven
Josh Hoyer
Evan Bartels

Zoo Bar
Universe Contest
Gerardo Meza & Friends
Those Far Out Arrows
Kait Berreckman

Bodega’s Alley
Future Punx
I Forgot to Love My Father
Once A Pawn
Jacob James Wilton
Number One Hit Kids

The Bay
Cakes Da Killa
Jewel and Thalia
Ria Gold

1867 Bar
Arc Flash
Stiff Middle Finger
Screaming Plastic
Edem Soul Music

Night Market
Bazille Mills
Ashley Buck
Pleiades and the Bear
Wagon Blasters


The Bourbon
Charli XCX
Flint Eastwood
Plack Blague

Duffy’s Outdoor
(Sandy) Alex G
Digital Leather
David Nance
Flowers Forever

Zoo Bar
John Moreland
Brad Hoshaw
Andrea Von Kampen

Bodega’s Alley
Ghost Foot
Nation of Language
See Through Dresses
Ro Hempel Band

The Bay
The Bad Ideas
Uh Oh
Boner Killerz

1867 Bar
John Freidel

Night Market
The Ambulanters
Bokr Tov
Sleep Sinatra

Lincoln Calling is presented by Allo, and produced by Hear Nebraska and The Bay. It’s made possible by Lincoln Convention & Visitor’s BureauDowntown Lincoln AssociationNebraska Bank of CommerceLagunitasWhole FoodsUnion Bank & TrustOmaha SteaksEagle Printing and SignPen-Link106.3 KFRX89.3 KZUMFirespringLee Rankin Stuart Family Foundation, WRK Family Foundation, D.A. DavidsonThe Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker HotelCourtyard by Marriott Lincoln DowntownEmbassy Suites LincolnGraduate Lincoln, Shirts101AssurityNebraska LotteryLincoln Industries,Lincoln Young Professionals Group, HomeServices of Nebraska, Woods Bros Realty, and Lincoln Partnership for Economic Development.

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Ruby Ray, Andrea von Kampen, The Way Out release new music videos

by Andrew Stellmon

A rapper calls-out fake friends, a folk artist faces an ending relationship and an indie rock band escapes from the cops — all in a trio of new music videos out this week.

First up, Lincoln rapper RubyRay pulls no punches in “Fall Off,” the new single and accompanying visual. The track lashes out at late-coming fans who support artists only when it’s beneficial for them. RubyRay Loyalty is important to the rapper, who grew up in a struggling household with seven children. So when he spits the lines “every single thing I got, I had to earn,” his personal history and forceful tone come off as genuine — and motivated.

All that hardship just made me hungry and music was my coping mechanism,” he says.

“Fall Off” is the first taste from a forthcoming mixtape, made with local producer Doe Doe (Scru Face Jean). Watch the video below:

In “Let Me Down Easy,” Lincoln singer/songwriter Andrea von Kampen sings of a relationship in post-deterioration. The drawers are empty, the driveway is vacant and the narrator’s significant other has left her with only reflections. In the new video, directed by Carter Knopik, those memories take the form of home video and photo album, images that conjure the joy of a life passed and the heartache drifting in its wake.

The song appears on von Kampen’s latest EP Desdemona, which dropped in December 2016. It also happens to be the song she submitted to the NPR Tiny Desk Concert Contest last year, and the song that landed her in the contest top 10.

Watch the new video below.


Finally, The Way Out released the first single from their forthcoming debut LP today via video. “Cops” is a poppy and snappy two-minute run-from-the-cops anthem with a slight twist. Vocalist/guitarist Mari Crisler would be daydreaming about impressing a potential partner, but the police appear at every turn, thwarting a show or a bike ride or a speedy joyride. The video itself evokes the same kind of anxious feeling one might get from flashing lights in the rear view mirror.

The Way Out’s debut album Automatic Writing is out Saturday, Sept. 9. The band plays at The Bay that evening to celebrate with Uh Oh, Centerpiece and Mad Dog & the 20/20s. RSVP here.

Watch “Cops” below:

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Concert Round-Up: Weekend Edition

by Ben Buchnat

It’s a big weekend for shows and events, and we’ve culled some of the most intriguing for the concert round-up. Find a fuller listing here, and add your own in the comments or to the calendar via the “contribute” feature here.


Hear Lincoln: I Forgot To Love My Father at Black Circle Records – Hear Lincoln keeps on rolling this week with a special rooftop show at Black Circle Records in downtown Lincoln. Lincoln indie group I Forgot To Love My Father will headline. Read a recent HN interview with the band’s frontman JP Davis, where he talks about the project’s evolution here. 5 p.m. The event is all ages and free. Follow @hearlincoln for updates.

Better Friend Record Release Show with Oketo and The Ambulanters at 1867 Bar – Fresh off releasing debut LP Just Turn Green today, Lincoln post-hardcore band Better Friend will hit 1867 Bar in order to celebrate it. Lincoln psychedelics Oketo and Lincoln post-folk group The Ambulanters will open. Check out the most recent HN podcast, where we chat with Better Friend’s Meghan Munyon about the new record here. 9 p.m. 18+, $7 with a $2 minor fee.

Turner Park Night Market – Midtown Crossing hosts another exciting Night Market event, chock full of local vendors, food and local music. Matt Cox Band, The Artichoke Hearts and Ryan Menchaca perform starting at 6 p.m. The event is free and open to all-ages. RSVP here.

Domestic Blend with Andre Vander Velde at Harney Street Tavern – Omaha soul-rock group Domestic Blend and Council Bluffs singer-songwriter Andre Vander Velde will play Harney Street Tavern tonight. Domestic Blend are currently finishing up their debut record, while Andre Vander Velde just released a self-titled record this year. 9 p.m.


Back 2 School Party with Linear Symmetry, A Ferocious Jungle Cat and Kenny Barz at the Bourbon Theatre – Omaha dance group Linear Symmetry, Lincoln thunderfunks A Ferocious Jungle Cat and Lincoln rapper Kenny Barz will play the Bourbon’s Back 2 School Party. The show is $10 advance and the day of the show, but is only $5 at the door with a student id. 8 p.m. 18+, there is a $2 minor fee at the door.

Third Annual Skate Art Music Festival at the Railyard – The Bay and 106.3 KFRX present the third Skate Art Music Festival this Saturday at the Railyard. This year’s event includes Skate School in the Railyard, interactive murals, an invite-only skate competition and live music throughout the day. Check out the full lineup and schedule here. Music starts at 2 p.m. and features CJ Clydesdale Band, M Shah, The Grand Poobah, Khari the Duo and Both. 10 a.m. The event is all ages and free to the public.

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