The 4th-annual concert series across Greater Nebraska

The Good Living Tour returns for the 2018 summer, bringing the ambitious concert series to four communities across the state in an effort to celebrate the unique livelihood Nebraska has to offer. Now a division of youth education and outreach nonprofit Rabble Mill, Hear Nebraska is better equipped than ever to help answer the question “What is there to do here?” by featuring homegrown Nebraska musicians, progressive community building and — new this year — skateboard-centric programming, including skate school and exhibition.

“The Good Living Tour connects us with the abundance in our hometowns, including terrific local musicians and artists,” says Nebraska Community Foundation President and CEO Jeffrey Yost. “Showcasing local talent is a wonderful way to celebrate the goodness that is Nebraska.”

Dive into the photos, video and journalism from the 2017 tour here.

One of the most significant issues facing Nebraska communities — especially outside of Lincoln and Omaha — is a loss of young people. In the last 30 years, Greater Nebraska has seen a 6.8% drop in its 18-34-year-old population. Young people think Nebraska is old, flat and boring, that interesting and diverse cultural events happen elsewhere, not here. So they leave.

It doesn’t have to be that way — you can make your own grass greener. Through the tour, presented by the Nebraska Community Foundation, HN helps show Nebraska’s youth that their communities are worth investing in, encouraging them to remain in their communities after high school or returning after college.

As is summer tradition, the Good Living Tour will feature some of Nebraska’s most buzzed-about original bands — ranging in style from hip-hop to honky tonk — performing in family friendly outdoor concerts, free and open to all ages. The 2018 tour will travel to four locations: Imperial, Red Cloud, Norfolk and first-time GLT community Broken Bow. In addition to music, this year’s tour aims to reach young audiences through skateboarding — specifically, our educational skate-school and engaging technical demonstrations played out on our portable mini ramp.

Project Mission

  • Celebrate the unique livelihood available in Greater Nebraska.
  • Cultivate an increasingly vibrant, original, contemporary music culture and industry in Greater Nebraska — connecting and growing the state’s urban and rural communities.
  • Expose a young audience to new, innovative music and performance through homegrown Nebraska musicians — inspiring them to learn an instrument, host a concert or pursue a career in the arts.
  • Educate Nebraskans — and the world— about Greater Nebraska music venues, music-related small businesses and passionate arts supporters.

Plan your summer trip to visit the Good Living Tour! RSVP:

June 9, Broken Bow —

Location: Townsquare, Corner of D st and 9th ave

Community Sponsors: Custer County Tourism, Custer County Foundation, Custer County Economic Development Corporation, Sandhills Journey Scenic Byway Interpretive Center (The Barn), Broken Bow Chamber of Commerce and the City of Broken Bow.

June 23, Imperial –

Location: 703 Broadway St

Community sponsors: Imperial Community Foundation Fund, Chase County Tourism

July 7, Red Cloud —

Location: City Park, 100-198 3rd ave

Community sponsors: Red Cloud Community Foundation Fund, City of Red Cloud

July 20, Norfolk —


The 2018 Good Living Tour is produced by Rabble Mill and Hear Nebraska, presented by Nebraska Community Foundation and sponsored by the Peter Kiewit Foundation, Nebraska Arts Council, Nebraska Cultural Endowment and Nebraska Loves Public Schools.