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.
VISION MAKER MEDIA
Vision Maker Media is a nonprofit organization in Lincoln, NE that is a premiere source of public media by and about Indigenous Americans do the past 45 years. VMM supports the increase number of Indigenous Americans and Alaska Natives producing broadcasting programs. This is done by partnering with Tribal nations, Indigenous organizations, and Native communities. This year Lincoln Calling has partnered with VMM to produce the Vision Maker Media Showcase, which includes this remarkable lineup: Classic Roots, Raye Zaragoza, Indigenous, and Antoine.
Night Market | Friday, Sep. 24 | 6 p.m
Created in 2018, Latino Lives is a music and arts festival that celebrates and empowers Latinx creatives from all around the Midwest. Concentrated on highlighting underrepresented voices in the music world, the fest encourages the action of providing platforms to those who haven’t had the opportunity to share their work in a spotlight. This year Latino Lives partners up with Lincoln Calling to bring you an energetic lineup with no lack of diversity in genres. Put this showcase on your must-see list; Fea, Tone Zone Skam, Verse and the Vices, and Las Cruxes will be putting on an electrifying show.
Tower Square | Friday, Sep. 24 | 8 p.m.
THE RECORD MACHINE
The Record Machine is a record label out of Kansas City, MO, strive to work with a diverse group of musicians that work hard, are dedicated, and stick out on their own accord. This label company also founded KC’s Middle of the Map Music and Film Fest and The Sound Machine KC concert series. With over 40 artists signed, and includes Lincoln’s The Fey. The Record Machine showcase includes, The Fey, Indoor Creature, Soultru, and NuBlvckCity.
Duffys Tavern | Friday, Sep. 24 | 8 p.m
Culxr House is a nonprofit organization in Omaha, NE, that focuses on providing resources and knowledge to artists in an effort to turn their talents into economic opportunities. The new Culxr House album project “Freedom Summer” will be performed in its entirety for the first time at Lincoln Calling. With the most performers in a single showcase, you won’t want to miss Corro, Mars Black, Keives and Verze, Jay Boi, Conny Franko, J. Crum, DJ Laced, Xoboi, and Marcey Yates.
Duffy’s Backlot | Saturday, Sep. 25 | 8 p.m.
A Nebraska-based creative collective specializing in bass music and experiences, Black Magik’s objective is to push the boundaries of art, music and live performance. This showcase will host Chicago’s Birthdayy Partyy, a bass-boosted project that flows between genres with no difficulty, along with Dark Oceanz, JGrimmy, Odinson, TrvpSquad, lady_rave, and Zarkilor.
Duffy’s Backlot | Saturday, Sep. 25 | 9 p.m.
JAY KREIMER EXPERIMENTAL
Tower Square | Thursday, Sep. 23 | 6 p.m.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Hailing from San Antonio, Texas, these Chicana rockers have made a mark on the ever-so reemerging riot grrrl genre, gaining praise from Iggy Pop, touring with Joan Jett and the Black Hearts, the Descendants, Against Me! and Babes in Toyland, as well as with punk icons Agent Orange.
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.
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.
Raye Zaragoza is a galvanizing presence, a self-assured artist making music to fight for, represent, and celebrate those left too long outside the spotlight. Known for tenacious feminist anthems and fearless protest folk, her stage presence teems with determined morale. As a Japanese-American, Mexican, Indigenous woman, Zaragoza spent much of her early life trying to assimilate with the world around her, to meet punishing standards of beauty synonymous with just one color of skin—and not her own.
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.
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.
Tatsuya Nakatani is an avant-garde percussionist, composer, and artist of sound. Active internationally since the 1990’s; Nakatani has released over 80 recordings and tours extensively, performing over 150 concerts a year. His primary focus is his solo work and his large ensemble project, the Nakatani Gong Orchestra. With his activity in the new music, improvisation and experimental music scenes, Nakatani has a long history of collaboration. He teaches master classes and lectures at universities and music conservatories around the world. Originally from Japan, he makes his home in the desert town of Truth or Consequences, New Mexico.
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.”
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.
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 comprises 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.
Dirt House, an endearing designation for a childhood play place of pretending, dreaming, and imagining futures, is now the name of one of Omaha’s newest songwriting projects. Annie Dilocker, songwriter, had been writing bits and pieces of songs for years, while playing with other Omaha musicians. In late 2015, she challenged herself to begin her own project and wrote a set of songs over the following year. Dirt House formed in mid-2017, when Dilocker asked friends Miwi La Lupa, Roger L. Lewis, and Amy Carey to join her.
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).
Reed Hoelscher and Jack Blocker grew up together. They went to the same school and played on the same sports teams, up until middle school, when they parted ways. Years later, they reconnected after finding out that they lived in the same dorm at the University of Arkansas, and what started as old friends jamming in the music room and watching baseball games together turned into musical duo Rightfield.
Neo Soul / Jazz
Hailing from Kansas City, NuBlvckCity’s genre-bending Jazz influence, on top of neo-soul vocals, storytelling lyrics, the bounce of funk, and electric performance, is a blend of music that can’t be contained to any one thing. Influenced by The Roots, Fugees, Erykah Badu, G-Funk, and Jazz greats’, the collective pulls from various sounds to create something you may have never heard before. Through custom curated set’s, the range of NuBlvckCity’s vibe will have you dancing and joining in on their catchy hooks, while appreciating the depth of their art via colorful soul ballads and narratives.
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.”
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.
XOBOI is a solo hip-hop/rap artist who frequently teams up with Marcey Yates as a duo. STDNT BODY and The Dilla Kids more specifically.
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.