Nebraska Folk and Roots schedule revealed; Sofar Sounds, Melvins tonight

Nebraska Folk and Roots Festival has unveiled the schedules for its second annual run, two weeks ahead of the event.

The festival features 24 soul, blues, folk and roots acts on two outdoor stages at Branched Oak Farms, just outside of Raymond. Provo, Utah, indie rock band Desert Noises headlines the first night, preceded by neo folk singer/songwriter Joshua James.

Saturday begins at noon with The Wildwoods on “Stage 1” and Victor and Penny at 12:30 p.m. on “Stage 2”. Bud Heavy and the High Lifes and Memphis-based Motel Mirrors headline the two stages, respectively.

With sweeping views from Branched Oak Farms and nearby camping available, the outdoor setting of this year’s Nebraska Folk and Roots Festival seems befitting. Plus, it will feature haystack rides, on-site music workshops, craft vendors and much more.

Tickets are $15 per day, $20 for a weekend pass, and are available via Ticketfly here.

Friday 7/31

Stage 1:
5:00: Mesonjixx
6:00: All Young Girls Are Machine Guns
7:15: Lloyd McCarter and the Honky-Tonk Revival
9:00: Evan Bartels and the Stoney Lonesomes

Stage 2:
5:30: Violet and the Undercurrents
6:30: The Way Down Wanderers
8:00: Joshua James
9:45: Desert Noises

Saturday 8/1

Stage 1:
12:00: Wildwoods
01:15: Toasted Ponies
02:30: Dr. John Walker
03:45: Bolzen Beer Band
05:00: Union Specific
06:15: Eros and the Eschaton
07:45: The Bottle Tops
09:15: Bud Heavy and the High Lifes

Stage 2:
12:30: Victor and Penny
01:45: Brad Hoshaw and the Seven Deadlies
03:00: Old Salt Union
04:15: Jack Hotel
05:30: Kill County
07:00: Amy Lavere
08:30: Al Scorch
10:00: Motel Mirrors

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Sofar Sounds: Omaha hosts its seventh show this evening. Those who have signed up for the show (using this link) have the location, usually a living room or other intimate performance space.

As usual, performers are not revealed until the show begins at 8 p.m. Sofar typically books locally, but with good timing, the occasional touring act makes it on the bill — like Minneapolis soul singer Caroline Smith in March or Kentucky’s Buffalo Rodeo in April. If you are not attending this evening but are interested in future shows, keep tabs of the schedule via the Sofar Sounds: Omaha website here.

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Elsewhere, sludge rock trio Melvins comes to The Waiting Room. Formed in 1983, Melvins draw on influences like Black Flag, Kiss and Alice Cooper mixed with experimentation and a bizarre sense of humor. The band was at once influencers and benefactors of the grunge era, signing to Atlantic Records for a three-album stint in the mid-1990s after Nirvana achieved mainstream success. Melvins has released more than 20 studio albums, most recently 2014 LP Hold It In. Guadalajara, Mexico, trio Le Butcherettes, fellow Ipecac Records mates, will open the show. Tickets are $17. RSVP here.

For a full listing of this week’s shows, check out our statewide events calendar at As always, feel free to email with shows, story ideas and news tips.