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.

Duffy’s Tavern >>

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. 

The Zoo Bar >> 

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”.

Bodega’s Alley >>

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 >>

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.

Bourbon Theatre >>

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!

Past Headliners

2019

lee fields & the expressionssoccer mommycautious claya tribe called redtt the artistcharly bliss • taylor mcferrin • fat 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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