Lincoln Calling is a chance to see some of Nebraska’s best artists sharing the stage with national acts.

Our festival now boasts 50/50 representation between male and female artists at a time when, on average, only 15% of performers at national music festivals are women. Since 2016, 60% of our headliners represent BIPOC and LGBTQ+ communities.

And while Lincoln Calling has varied slightly in length and venue participation in its lifetime, in recent years it has consistently offered in the vicinity of 100 performances.

SLOTHRUST

Alternative Rock

Leah Wellbaum has never been afraid of her own humility or honesty. But she’s never quite examined it the way she has now with Parallel Timeline.

On Slothrust’s latest album, bandleader Leah Wellbaum pushed herself to try and understand her own spirituality on a deeper level, putting a lens on the core wound of the human experience, the idea that we’re alone. While the majority of songs were written pre-pandemic, “A Giant Swallow” was not. The lullaby-like acoustic track unites the record and serves as a roadmap for Slothrust’s previous work, referencing lyrics spanning as early as their first record. Recalling the sweet harmonies of “Courtesy” and “Waiting,” Leah reflects on her search for the unified space.

BIRTHDAYY PARTYY

Dance / Electronic

It’s always someone’s birthday and Birthdayy Partyy is here to celebrate that. The twin brothers Jon and Bryan of Chicago have taken over 2020 with their bass-boosted project that gallivants between genres with ease. From bass house and tech house to dubstep and beyond, Birthdayy Partyy has a little something to satisfy everybody.

Birthdayy Partyy shows no sign of slowing down, releasing music at an unrivaled speed. From their originals on labels like Jauz ‘s Bite This! and AC Slater ‘s Night Bass imprints, to their remixes, including official ones for Autograf, Odd Mob, Spinnin’ Records, and Circus Records, Birthdayy Partyy gives listeners something exciting each and every time. Welcome to the Partyy!

INDIGENOUS

Blues / Rock

Born and raised on the Yankton Sioux Reservation in South Dakota, Indigenous front man Mato Nanji (Ma-TOE NON-gee) was heavily influenced by the music his father and uncles were making. Mato was exposed to Greg’s vast collection of blues records by legendary artists such as Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan and B.B. King. 

Consequently, Mato embraced and began utilizing his own musical talent at a young age. With the experience, love and wisdom of their father to guide them, Mato, his brother, sister and cousin formed the band Indigenous while in their late teens.

THELMA & THE SLEAZE

Rock and Roll

Thelma and the Sleaze is an independent all-female, queer southern rock band from Nashville, Tennessee. The group is the brain-child of lead vocalist and guitar player Lauren “LG” Gilbert.

KRIS LAGER BAND

Blues / Rock / Funk

Kris is a Lincoln, Nebraska native and a family man who has built a reputation for refusing to play by industry rules or pander for awards and accolades.  He is truly a one of a kind performer who hits the stage with an intense purpose of uplifting and engaging audiences while delivering his flavorful gumbo of rhythms and melodies.

THELMA & THE SLEAZE

Rock and Roll

Thelma and the Sleaze is an independent all-female, queer southern rock band from Nashville, Tennessee. The group is the brain-child of lead vocalist and guitar player Lauren “LG” Gilbert.

KRIS LAGER BAND

Blues / Rock / Funk

Kris is a Lincoln, Nebraska native and a family man who has built a reputation for refusing to play by industry rules or pander for awards and accolades.  He is truly a one of a kind performer who hits the stage with an intense purpose of uplifting and engaging audiences while delivering his flavorful gumbo of rhythms and melodies.

TWINSMITH

Indie Rock / Pop

By stripping words, music, and players down to their raw parts, Twinsmith have created a work of confident determination. Melodies soar, rhythms sway, yet beats pulse with a laid back urgency.

PLACK BLAGUE

Dance / Industrial

Nebraska’s elusive Leather Band, PLACK BLAGUE, has been on a rampant path of sex, destruction and electronic leather mayhem for nearly two decades.  Performing internationally from large theaters and dive bars, to art galleries, dingy basements, and even children’s television shows.

YASMIN NUR

Alternative Rock

Yasmin Nur is an indie rock singer/songwriter from the middle of the map. Born and raised in Wichita, Kansas, Yasmin has always been a creative soul, and she has always found comfort in expressing herself through music and art. Yasmin writes music about all aspects of life – good and bad. Her newest single “My Favorite T-Shirt” is out everywhere now!

GULLY BOYS

Indie Rock / Power Pop

Gully Boys is a trio made up of Kathy Callahan (guitar, vocals), Natalie Klemond (bass, vocals), and Nadirah McGill (drums, vocals) based in Minneapolis, MN. Citing influences such as No Doubt and Hole, Gully Boys have crafted a sound that brings a new life to the nostalgic 90s grunge rock that is irresistible to many. Their newest single “Russian Doll” is out everywhere now via Get Better Records. More soon!!

PINK FUZZ

Rock and Roll

Sludgy riffs, ripping guitar solos and driving intricate rhythms are a large part of this band’s sound. But what stands out are those song’s counter parts. Pink Fuzz can still throw down with the heaviest rock n’ roll, but what is setting them apart is their ability to balance that with beautiful melodies and a wide array of dynamics.

KATY G

Indie Soul / Rock

Into the next decade KG & The Drive push ahead with a melodic, heavy, and soulful sound while maintaining the edge of the artist’s rock ‘n’ roll and blues roots. Guillen calls their genre-bending style “indie soul-rock.”

CJ MILLS

R&B / Soul

Tapping into her love of 90s/alternative R&B music, CJ Mills is a multi instrumentalist who often builds her songs around vivid harmonies and soulful baselines. This Nebraska native has injected herself into the Philly music scene with her ability to create a song from scratch live using her loop pedal. This self produced artist will grab your attention with her catchy lyrics and unique vocals.

DEREK HIGGINS

Electronic

On the music scene since the 70’s Dereck is known primarily as a bass player but is in fact a multi-instrumentalist. Has played most every style from rock, blues and jazz to electronic and avant garde.

FREAKABOUT

Rock and Roll

Lincoln four-piece rock band FREAKABOUT signals at monumental changes with its supercharged sophomore record BABEZOOKA, a brisk 32-minute romp packing a bold lyrical attitude and mind-bending density.

DARK OCEANZ

Electronic

Dark Oceanz comprises of the two bass music heavyweights Darkwood & OCEANZ. Breaching out from the emerging underground Lincoln/Omaha Nebraska bass music scene, the two producers have combined forces to form a tidal wave of subsonic party beats summoned from the deep trenches. With Oceanz’ grinding, twisting mutant bass swells, and Darkwood’s heavy winds of entrancing vibes and razor sharp dance-floor attention, the two brothers from other mothers conspire to submerge all dance floors that dare to brave the storm that is Dark Oceanz.

THE FEY

Neo Soul / Rock

The Fey, an Alternative R&B band, was formed by singer, songwriter, and producer Zach Watkins. While the infrastructure of the group’s style and sound is developed by Watkins, it is made complete by instrumentalists Michael Rogers (lead guitar), Ludwing Siebenhor (rhythm guitar), and John Fucinaro (bass). “Growing up, my father loaded the house with gospel and soul albums,” says Watkins, “but it was the culture of hip-hop that pulled me under its wing outside of the home. It was the best of both worlds.” Those classic soul and gospel tunes are where Watkins gives vocal credit. The Fey’s gripping connection between soulful-bluesy vox and modern-vintage instrumental continues to entice music enthusiasts of all sorts.

MYLES JASNOWSKI

Funk / Blues / Soul

Guitarist and producer Myles Jasnowski melds elements of funk, jazz, blues, and soul music with infectious grooves, electrifying guitar playing, and a silky smooth vocal delivery.

JACK HOTEL

Folk / Americana

Jack Hotel contains multitudes. A listen to the band’s discography reveals a range that encompasses Ry Cooder and Leo Kottke, Gillian Welch and Townes Van Zandt, Mississippi John Hurt and Etta Baker–but this band is no mere product of its influences.  Since their start in 2012, Jack Hotel has proven itself one of the best, and most original, folk/Americana acts in the midwest.  A storyteller’s sensibility prevails in their songs.

TONE ZONE SKAM

Ska

Tone Zone Skam was formed in 2010 seeking to have the Mexican Ska rhythm and style. From Chicago to the world, TZS seeks that the people identify themselves with the band making them forget their problems for a while, TZS, through their songs, also fights for equality, unity, & brother/sisterhood, Wherever you are TZS will make you dance “Ska Without Compassion.”

MARCEY YATES

Hip-Hop / Rap

A recording artist, music producer, sound engineer and founder of Culxr House, a creative art/community space where artists and entrepreneurs can grow and enrich their own artistic talents and create opportunities. As both an emcee and producer, Yates collaborates with others in a variety of capacities.

LA JONES

Soul/Pop

WIFE PATROL

Indie Rock

BETTER FRIEND

Post Hardcore

RASCAL MARTINEZ

Americana

J CRUM

Hip-Hop/Rap

BLÉT

Indie Rock/Pop

LAS CRUXES

Post Punk/Psychedelic Pop

TRVPSQUAD

Electronic

INDOOR CREATURE

Jazz/Pop

PALA ZOLO

Electronic

SOULTRU

Soul/Gospel

VERSE AND THE VICES

Indie Rock/Blues

PROBLEMS

Electronic

VENUES

Since 1936 Lincolnites have come to enjoy live music and Fish Bowls at this well-known establishment. By expanding into the alley parking lot, the Duffy’s Backlot stage is one of the most engaging of the festival.

Home to the greatest blues, Americana, and funk since 1973; Host of the long-running, annual summer blues festival the Midwest has come to know and love, “Zoo Fest”.

Lincoln’s home for jam and bluegrass music since 1996, Bodega’s also provides space for some of Nebraska’s most beloved DJ’s to hold residencies and EDM dance parties.

1867 Bar celebrates all things Nebraska providing an impressive variety of local beers. A music venue separate from the bar one can simultaneously attend the loudest rock show or opt to hop on the couch and duel a friend in Markio Kart.

This historic 100+ year old theatre hosts a variety of renowned acts spanning across multiple genres such as Rock, Hip Hop and Country. With a unique build, the front room provides space to also hold local shows and community events.

 

Plus special pop up shows and exhibitions!

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Past Headliners

2020

Digital Experience

oshunblackbelt eagle scoutadult.madame gandhi fat tonykississippi

2019

lee fields & the expressionssoccer mommy • cautious claya tribe called red tt the artistcharly blisstaylor mcferrinfat tonyzuzuka poderosabad bad hatssamiasquirrel flower

2018

japanese breakfastwaxahatcheejoey dosikparquet courtsron gallofantastic negritolion babeleikeli47oughtohmmereynathe nude party

2017

charli xcxbest coastangel olsenbeach fossilsfrankie cosmossandy (alex G)pupel ten elevenjohn morelandcupcakkepalehouse

2016

domo genesisreal estatecloud nothingstwin peaksalan kingdom • ceremonygosh pithhidea giant dogscreaming females

2015

desert noiseshead of femurbandit soundwestside proletariatjosh hoyer and soul colossalfreakaboutuniverse contest

2014

sidewalk chalkbailiffdeerpeoplethe kickbackwhite mystery

2013

future islandsboyjeremy messersmithhenhouse prowlershot buttered rumallie kral of cormeal

2012

wolfgang gartnerlaetitia sadier of stereolabivan and alyoshaauthor and punisherdesert noiseshume

2011

larry and his flaskthe kickbacklionizegauntlet hairuuvvwwzthe photo atlas

2010

roger clyne and the peacemakerssea wolfthe hood internetthose darlinsthe love languagethe flatliners

2009

sleepy sunthe rosewood thievesfrontier ruckusflowers foreverbroken spindles

2008

pattern is movementthe killigansthe machete archivetatsuya nakatanicameron mcgill and what army

2007

head of femurgito gito hustlerflobotssomasphere

2006

criterianeva dinovamaritimeheiruspecsthe prids56 hope road

2005

tilly and the wallorenda finkdavid donderorailbenderslegendary shake shakers

2004

for againstshanti groovefalconfive-0ad aspera per asperathe architects

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