Events 2014

December 2014

Open Mic Night
Wednesday, December 3, Signup at 7pm, Performances at 8

Jazz Jam Session
Thursday, December 4, 7-9pm
Every Thursday, Jazz enthusiasts converge to create some great soundscapes! Come out with your instrument and jam with our house trio!

Dead String Theory
Friday, December 5, 7-9pm
Mike Dowty and Mark Leeker play acoustic Dead and Garcia music, live, for your listening pleasure.

Kerry Eddy and the Current Situation
Friday, December 5, 8:30 pm
Singer/songwriter Kerry Eddy joins together with Tom Harvill (accordion), Delan Lonowski (bass); playing original songs, select covers and the occasional Latin standard. Her music is soulful mix of folk, country, blues and unconventional weirdness. Kerry Eddy and the Current Situation will be playing a couple sets of fine music while you drink the coffee and savor something sweet. Come in from the cold and let us warm you up.

Bonehart Flannigan & Evan Bartels
Saturday, December 6, 7pm
Bonehart Flannigan. There may be no more fitting pseudonym in all the singer-songwriter pen names I’ve heard. First, it sounds a little silly rolling off the tongue, makes you giddy in some way. Same goes for a Bonehart Flannigan performance. While the songs may hurl themselves at heartbreak, murder and destitution, their exuberance and charm matches that of their composer. But back to the name: Bonehart Flannigan. There’s something boisterous about it. What sort of person has that name? Well, it’s whatever piece of Jon Dell writes the rip roaring folk that takes the stage with him at a Bonehart show. Whether it’s a motormouth homage to Dharma, the immortalized van of his other band Universe Contest or the wicked-sharp murder ballad “Mean Blade of Grass,” Bonehart music wears most of its emotions and intentions right there on its happy, dirty sleeve. Whatever the message may be, it’s absolutely exuded by a country rock voice and a speeding acoustic guitar. Life sucks, life is great. Bottoms up!”
Chance Solem-Pfeifer, www.hearnebraska.org

Open Mic Night
Wednesday, December 10, Signup at 7pm, Performances at 8

Jazz Jam Session
Thursday, December 11, 7-9pm
Every Thursday, Jazz enthusiasts converge to create some great soundscapes! Come out with your instrument and jam with our house trio!

Mark and Mike
Friday, December 12, 7pm

Harley Graves and Trainwreck Findley – The Inbetweens
Saturday, December 13, 7:30pm

Death Café
Sunday, December 14, 7-10pm
Death is an often Taboo subject, but one that should be understood. Our religion class has setup a “Death Cafe” to discuss various issues and rituals involving death. This event is open to the general public and we encourage everyone to join. This is a class project, so we may not have all of your answers, but we will do our best to answer them. This is not however, a counseling service, we understand many may be dealing with grief and we empathize with that, but we are not experts in that field. The best we can do is answer your questions to the best of our ability. We will not promote any religion or provide our own personal opinions, we are simply there to enlighten you with our knowledge of death and how different societies and people deal with it. It should be an educational night. Hope to see you December 14, at 7:00pm at the Meadowlark Cafe near 17th and South, it should be an interesting event.

Open Mic Night
Wednesday, December 17, Signup at 7pm, Performances at 8

Jazz Jam Session
Thursday, December 18, 7-9pm
Every Thursday, Jazz enthusiasts converge to create some great soundscapes! Come out with your instrument and jam with our house trio!

Scott Severin – Gunter Voelker
Friday, December 19, 7pm
Gunter Voelker and Scott Severin will each be performing a special solo acoustic Christmas show. It’s totally free and starts promptly at 7pm

Günter Voelker is the leader of Lincoln, NE band, Jack Hotel. Who is Jack Hotel? It’s a question that might not have an answer. Günter says he imagines a man without a face, a blur in a crowd of strangers. In “Tobias,” from the band’s debut record Good Sons and Daughters, Hotel is a meth-addicted outlaw in hiding after the possible murder of a gas station attendant. “Throwing Pennies” finds him pensive, considering the strange effects of time and the unknowability of other people. Good Sons and Daughters, released in May of 2014 on Sower Records, represents the band’s best attempt to address the question of their identity. Tonight, Günter will be accompanied by Joe Salvati, and perhaps play a few tunes with Mr. Severin as well, just for fun!

Scott Severin redefines eclectic. Born “sometime during the Kennedy administration,” this songwriter/performance artist has been a folkie, punk rocker, actor, street performer, and published poet. Although his musical style could nominally be defined as Indie-Rock, he manages to encompass and eviscerate musical styles from Country & Western, Americana, traditional Rock & Roll, Blues, Folk, and Tom Waits-like mock opera. The only thing easily definable about Scott’s sound is that it is truly original and challenging. A born and raised New Yorker, Severin moved to Nebraska in 2004. His defunct band, The Milton Burlesque, were local and regional favorites thoughout the first decade of this century.

Of late, Scott has returned to his roots, and is performing solo acoustic shows throughout the US during the fall and winter of 2014/2015. He will be performing several new songs from “The Witches Of Council Bluffs”, an EP scheduled for 2015 release.

Black Eyed Susan
Saturday, December 20, 7pm

No Open Mic or Jazz Jams on December 24th and 25th. Merry Christmas everybody!

Frek and the Elixir
Friday, December 26, 7pm

Mike Mattison – Frailin’ Hearts
Saturday, December 27, 7pm

No Open Mic on Wednesday, December 31. Happy New Year everybody!

November 2014

Accidental Seabirds (New Jersey) – Midnight Wanderers
Saturday, November 1, 6pm
Accidental Seabirds are and Alternative/Indie band from New Jersey. Members: Jesse Lee Herdman, Jimmy James Cutrera, Anthony Defabritus, and Alex Letizia. (facebook) | (facebook)

The Suspenders (Los Angeles)
Tuesday, November 4, 8pm
From Sacramento, CA, performing Jazz/Classics, The Suspenders believe in originality. From their bow ties and suspenders, to their fresh sound they can guarantee “Class and Elegance”. The Suspenders are: Zanko, Jimmy Bogdanovich, Tanya Kalenyuk, Mark Lutsik, Andrey Kalenyuk, and Dima Demchuk.

from their Facebook page Music is an art form we use to make your event the best. We would love to be part of your event and do what we love-create music. We are group of six individuals from different musical backgrounds who enjoy performing a variety of styles from jazz standards to contemporary love songs. Each individual in our band is a major component in making our music sound the way you as a listener would want to hear it. IF you have any questions or would want us at your event, let us know. (facebook) | (website)

Open Mic Night
Wednesday, November 5, Signup at 7pm, Performances at 8

Jazz Jam Session
Thursday, November 6, 7-9pm
Every Thursday, Jazz enthusiasts converge to create some great soundscapes! Come out with your instrument and jam with our house trio!

FCC Bros. – Olde Style Flatland Band
Saturday, November 8, 7pm
The FCC Bros. are an acoustic/folk duo featuring brothers Dylan and Casey Fink. Their lyric driven, harmony rich songs tell stories of life, love and loss. Armed with acoustic guitars and occasionally Grandma’s lap dulcimer, the FCC Bros. create a modern spin on their deep, musical heritage. (facebook)

The Olde Style Flatland Band is made up of 3 amazing musicians: Nick Pratt, James Tomlinson and Troy Pracht.

Open Mic Night
Wednesday, November 12, Signup at 7pm, Performances at 8

Jazz Jam Session
Thursday, November 13, 7-9pm
Every Thursday, Jazz enthusiasts converge to create some great soundscapes! Come out with your instrument and jam with our house trio!

Hana Zara (Burlington, VT) – Meghan Yates
Friday, November 14, 7pm
Burlington-based singer-songwriter Hana Zara is an up and coming artist on the national folk-music scene. Her songs are lyrically intricate and emotionally gripping. Explore her music, videos, and selected albums to learn more. (website)

Meghan Yates Meghan’s solo career started 12 years ago, in a Portland, ME — walking past a local club on Congress street, apparently humming loud enough for the club owner to run out, grab her by the arm and ask her to sing right there on the spot for his guests. Stunned and unprepared, she sang an a’capella tune she had written earlier that day. The club owner asked if she would be willing to play a real set sometime.Through the support of the local scene in this small port city, Meghan developed a distinctive songwriting style and performance that both captures and stuns her audiences. She recorded a few solo albums before she met her husband and bassist, Mordechai Rosenblatt and started The Reverie Machine. Early into the project, Elliot Heeschen stepped in with drums and percussion. Peter Himmer has played with the band on vibes, keys and percussion since late 2012. The band is presently a duo with Meghan and Mordechai. Whether solo, as a duo, or when other players join, the music both uplifts and penetrates the listener.
Meghan Yates and The Reverie Machine, along with some phenomenal players recorded and released their debut album Not By Blood in October of 2012, which was well received. Sophomore album is expected to come out in 2015.
Members: The Reverie Machine: Meghan Yates-vocals, guitar; Mordechai Rosenblatt-Bass, vocals Other musicians join for special projects/tours/recording
Genre: folk fusion
Hometown: Portland, Maine

Common Ground
Saturday, November 15, 8pm
Seasoned musician Paul Baker joins forces with Laurie Fraser to form Common Ground. They make an engaging duet focusing on folk, country and bluegrass favorites as well as originals written by the duo. Paul has played extensively for the past 40 years in a variety of bands and most recently has been entertaining folks doing solo gigs. Laurie is a relative newcomer to the scene, cutting her teeth with the bluegrass band Grassfire, then moving on to form Black Eyed Susan, in which she still plays guitar and provides vocals.

Bassoons Across Nebraska
Saturday, November 15, 9pm
Bassoons Across Nebraska is a bassoon quartet, showcasing the best bassoon playing in the region. The performers are James Compton and Wenmin Zhang, Omaha Symphony; Dr. Jeffrey McCray, Lincoln Symphony; and Karen Sandene, a member of both orchestras. Ensemble members have performed extensively in Nebraska, as members of the two orchestras, the Omaha Symphony Chamber Orchestra, UNL’s Moran Quintet, the New Music Agency, the Lincoln Municipal Band, and in numerous solo and group settings. Bassoons Across Nebraska strives to raise the profile of the singular sounds of the bassoon and contrabassoon.

Mount Saint Elias (Berkeley, CA)
Monday, November 17, 8pm
Mount Saint Elias is Joey Coe, Matteo Lovik, Tatyana Schmid, Luna Fuentes, Jordan Stern and sometimes Will Norman and Lucas Vasquez. (From) Oakland, CA by way of Louisville, Minneapolis and Chile. (website)

Open Mic Night
Wednesday, November 19, Signup at 7pm, Performances at 8

Jazz Jam Session
Thursday, November 20, 7-9pm
Every Thursday, Jazz enthusiasts converge to create some great soundscapes! Come out with your instrument and jam with our house trio!

Prairie Creek Ramblers
Saturday, November 22, 8pm
Prairie Creek Ramblers is a teen Bluegrass Band supported by Blue Raven Music Studios in Lincoln, NE. Bringing love for Bluegrass/traditional/folk music to a new Generation! Noah Gose – Bass, Accordian, Vocals; Lia Havlena – Banjo, Guitar, Vocals; Chloe Pinkman – Violin, guitar, Vocals; Grant Rohan – Dobro, vocals; Colten Welch – Guitar, Bass, Vocals; Kellyn Vuchetich – Guitar, vocals

Open Mic Night
Wednesday, November 26, Signup at 7pm, Performances at 8

October 2014

Open Mic Night
Wednesday, October 1, Signup at 7pm, Performances at 8

Jazz Jam Session
Thursday, October 2, 7-9pm
Every Thursday, Jazz enthusiasts converge to create some great soundscapes! Come out with your instrument and jam with our house trio!

Black Eyed Susan
Friday, October 3, 7pm

New on the scene, Black Eyed Susan, a two piece band made up of Lincolnites, is putting a new spin on bluegrass and folk. Covering bluegrass classics such as Buck Owen’s Truck Driving Man and Levon’s Helm’s Got Me A Woman, the repertoire includes covers from unknown artists from around the globe as well as folk, and original songs composed by Laurie Fraser.

Friends, Jen Jurgens and Laurie Fraser started playing for fun. Jen, an accomplished musician who has played with several bands over the years really hones her skill on guitar with vocals and harmonies. Laurie Fraser, formerly of Grassfire, is a long time fan of the local music scene and publicist for the Kris Lager Band, and plays guitar and adds vocals with a clear, low alto range.

The harmonic, rich voices of Laurie Fraser and Jen Jurgens dip, wheel, and whirl around each other and the melody of each song with uncanny precision. The duo offers a tight blend of contemporary folk with two uniquely powerful voices joined together to create beautiful and sunny music.

Harley Graves – Frailin’ Hearts
Saturday, October 4, 7pm

Open Mic Night
Wednesday, October 8, Signup at 7pm, Performances at 8

Jazz Jam Session
Thursday, October 9, 7-9pm
Every Thursday, Jazz enthusiasts converge to create some great soundscapes! Come out with your instrument and jam with our house trio!

Open Mic Night
Wednesday, October 15, Signup at 7pm, Performances at 8

Jazz Jam Session
Thursday, October 16, 7-9pm
Every Thursday, Jazz enthusiasts converge to create some great soundscapes! Come out with your instrument and jam with our house trio!

Lincoln Songwriters Benefit
Friday, October 17, 7pm
A songwriters night of music to raise money for updated lighting and sound equipment at Meadowlark Coffee House. Currently we have a Yamaha PA system but are looking to add a monitor sound wedge to help the musicians hear their performance better while on stage and also a simple lighting rig that would hang above the stage. All money raised will benefit traveling and local songwriters as well as their audiences giving performers and listeners a more intimate and enjoyable experience.

To reach our goal; there is a suggested donation $5-$10 for musicians and attendees alike participating.

Benefit put on by Meadowlarks Baristas: Myles Jasnowski, Will Hutchinson, Jim Rhian, and Kris Jarvis Davis

On the line up!
FCC Bros
Nick Gerken
I Forgot to Love My Father
The Wildwoods

Squeaky Wheel Tour
Sunday, October 19, 3-5pm

GINA for Missing Persons FOUNDation’s mission is to educate the public by utilizing entertainment to create awareness and media attention for missing persons world-wide, and to offer a source of information to help people whose family members become missing.

GINA for MissingPersons FOUNDation was created in honor of Gina Bos, who disappeared from Lincoln, NE in October of 2000 after a performance. Her case had no scandal or suspect; she simply vanished. With no media hook, it became her family’s challenge to create ways to gain attention for her and the thousands of people that simply vanish each year.

GINA’s goal is to uncover “missing pieces to find the missing.” By opening their hearts anddoors, those in the music industry and the sponsors who participate are promoting an ongoing effort of raising awareness of the missing while being a bridge to all forms of media.

Each year, GINA For Missing Persons produces The Squeaky Wheel® Tour, a world-wide event consisting of talented musicians performing shows and profiling missing persons in their area.

Help bring attention to the thousands of missing children and adults who have vanished without a trace—the Squeaky Wheel Tour supports the GINA for Missing Persons FOUNDation, www.411GINA.org. | Squeaky Wheel Tour Website

Open Mic Night
Wednesday, October 22, Signup at 7pm, Performances at 8

Jazz Jam Session
Thursday, October 23, 7-9pm
Every Thursday, Jazz enthusiasts converge to create some great soundscapes! Come out with your instrument and jam with our house trio!

Open Mic Night
Wednesday, October 29, Signup at 7pm, Performances at 8

Jazz Jam Session
Thursday, October 30, 7-9pm
Every Thursday, Jazz enthusiasts converge to create some great soundscapes! Come out with your instrument and jam with our house trio!

September 2014

Open Mic Night
Wednesday, September 3, Signup at 7pm, Performances at 8

Michael Engberg (Denver, CO)
Wednesday, September 3, 7pm

Michael Engberg is, at heart, a folk musician. Folk music has a rich and wide ranging legacy that stretches from as far back as the troubadors of medieval and renaissance times to the salons and cabarets of Paris. It ambled through the juke joints and clubs where blues and jazz were first heard, to the coffeehouses where artists like Bob Dylan, Simon and Garfunkel, Steve Goodman, and Harry Chapin first captivated audiences with beautiful narratives and powerful passions. Folk music is still alive and vibrant today, on college campuses, at house concerts and other events, both large and small, showcasing the newest wave of folk exemplified by the likes of Gillian Welch, Old Crow Medicine Show, The Decemberists, and more. Engberg embraces all of this, from the medieval to the modern.

The common element in all of these traditions is the power of the song. Engberg thrives on that power, and joyfully shares it with an audience

Michael Engberg is an award-winning singer/songwriter and accomplished guitarist, an independent recording artist and producer who has entertained fans across the United States, as well as Canada and parts of Europe.
Michael grew up in the Mississippi town of Burlington, Iowa. He spent hours upon hours in the basement of his family’s house, banging away at the old upright piano, or the $100 used acoustic he picked up at age 14. He also cut his teeth playing in a variety of country, rock, jazz, and blues bands. When he was sixteen years of age, he discovered an old vinyl recording of classical guitarist, Andres Segovia, and began a lifelong passion for classical guitar. Later (after a stint in college, studying guitar and composition), he played cruise ships in the Bahamas and worked as a music director and pit musician for repertory musical theater in the Rocky Mountains.

All of these experiences and influences serve to add a real depth to Michael’s performances. His original material has a ready sense of humor (evident in songs like “Blond Leading The Blind”, or “Falking Tunny”), or the compassion demonstrated in a song like “The Land of Remembering When”, or the sense of social justice expressed in songs like “When The Dealer Comes To Town”, or “The Last Man”. He is equally comfortable with tossing in a traditional blues tune, a cabaret standard, a classic rock song, or a gem from Hank Williams. He is most at ease and in his element in front of an audience, sharing all manner of songs, along with an occasional story, here and there.

Michael continues to enjoy a rich and varied career; playing for numerous audiences, producing new music through his own recording label (Many Hats Recordings), and teaching classes, workshops, and seminars on songwriting and the music industry.

Loren Eiseley Celebration
Saturday, September 6, 1pm

Open Mic Night
Wednesday, September 10, Signup at 7pm, Performances at 8

Jazz Jam Session
Thursday, September 11, 7pm
It’s back! Every Thursday, Jazz enthusiasts converge to create some great soundscapes! Come out with your instrument and jam with our house trio!

Ben Kuzay (Madison, WI)
Friday, September 12, 8pm

Ben Kuzay is a composer, multi-instrumentalist, and one of the world’s leading instrumental bassists. Known for his riveting compositions and virtuosic playing ability, he has earned a great reputation among fans and musicians alike. His third and latest cd Beyond Black Mirrors came out on November 15th, 2011, and features ambient music with occasional forays into classical and rock. His previous album Perpetual Reign was the first album ever, by anybody, to feature as its format lead bass with metal accompaniment. Kuzay is credited with having influenced a movement of instrumental bassists whose purpose in creating music is strictly the art of self-expression.

Open Mic Night
Wednesday, September 17, Signup at 7pm, Performances at 8

Jazz Jam Session
Thursday, September 18, 7pm
It’s back! Every Thursday, Jazz enthusiasts converge to create some great soundscapes! Come out with your instrument and jam with our house trio!

Chiara String Quartet
Saturday, September 20, 7:30pm
Renowned for bringing fresh excitement to traditional string quartet repertoire as well as for creating insightful interpretations of new music, the Chiara String Quartet (Rebecca Fischer and Julie Hye-Yung Yoon, violins; Jonah Sirota, viola; Gregory Beaver, cello) captivates its audiences throughout the country.

Open Mic Night
Wednesday, September 24, Signup at 7pm, Performances at 8

Jazz Jam Session
Thursday, September 25, 7pm
It’s back! Every Thursday, Jazz enthusiasts converge to create some great soundscapes! Come out with your instrument and jam with our house trio!

Frek and the Elixir
Friday, September 26, 7pm

Witness for yourselves what is Frek the Elixir… Derek Dibbern with Jon Appleget and The Mystery and The Flow and Lincoln the Chain and One Lane Bridge and even a touch of Zen Pudding for the Pre-Drifting Era Bolo Paleo. (facebook)

Redleg Husky (Boone, NC)
Saturday, September 27, 8pm

Redleg Husky is an Americana/folk band from Boone, North Carolina that recalls the sounds of a long drive, a well-worn record, and boots on a dusty floor. Formed in 2012 by Misa Giroux and Tim McWilliams, their live performances have continued to captivate audiences throughout the Southeast, leading to features on the Jonesborough Yarn Exchange, WNCW’s “Local Color,” WMMT Mountain Community Radio, WDVX’s “Blue Plate Special,” and a performance at the 2014 Sirens on the Mountain Music Festival. Their debut EP was recorded in January 2013 in Greensboro, NC by Daniel Levi Goans (Lowland Hum) and mastered in Brooklyn, NY by Peter Recine (Allison Weiss, The Files and Fires). They released their first full-length studio album, Carolina, on March 4th, 2014. Carolina was recorded at Wild Chorus Studios in Knoxville, TN with Scott Minor (Sparklehorse) and mastered in Chicago, IL by Carl Saff.

Originally from Southbury, Connecticut, Misa has been playing Mary Chapin Carpenter covers in her room since she was 13. After seeing Tift Merritt perform a solo show at the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton, Massachusetts with just a soulful voice and a beat-up guitar, she knew that music was something she had to pursue. Armed with a dog and her record collection, she moved south and met Tim at a potluck, after which they quickly joined forces to pursue their love of acoustic roots music.

A lifelong resident of Cincinnati, Ohio, Tim started out mastering the licks of Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan. After playing lead guitar in numerous rock bands, he saw an Avett Brothers concert while at Ohio University and was instantly drawn to American roots music. Continuing a journey to find the music that has inspired the artists he loves, Tim has become engulfed with old-time, country and delta blues field recordings. He now merges blues and old-time styles on acoustic guitar, flowing from the songs of Doc Watson to Muddy Waters with ease.

Originally from Greenville, South Carolina, David Funderburk has been a musical being his entire life and has over twenty years of song-writing experience. From classical choral performances at Carnegie Hall and the Grand Ole Opry, to experimental electronic noise concerts in the seedy bars of New Orleans, to sing-along folk performances at the John C. Campbell Folk School and the International Storytelling Center, David has performed in a wide variety of musical contexts. He combines an eclectic taste in music with a keen sense of songwriting and a love of unconventional instruments. With Redleg Husky (a band that loves to busk), David has focused on building a tool kit of easily portable acoustic instruments, providing a wide variety of sonic possibilities – box drum, musical saw, limber jack, jaw harp, melodica, washboard, nose flute, kazoo, etc. If it makes noise and it’s small enough to fit in his bag, he’ll play it.

August 2014

Open Mic Night
Wednesday, August 6, Signup at 7pm, Performances at 8

Remember When We Trashed The Golf Course
Thursday, August 7, 8pm
Remember When We Trashed the Golf Course is coming to Lincoln! We’re a folk-punk duo hitching all around the country playing music, advocating the release of prisoner Randall Sondai Ellis, fighting the Keystone XL pipeline, and handing out zines about consent and taking down patriarchy.

links:
justiceforsondai.wordpress.com
fuelingdissent.org
rememberwhenwetrashedthegolfcourse.bandcamp.com

Open Mic Night
Wednesday, August 13, Signup at 7pm, Performances at 8

Open Mic Night
Wednesday, August 20, Signup at 7pm, Performances at 8

Hillary Scott (St. Louis, MO)
Wednesday, August 27, 7pm
My name is not really Hilary Scott. I thought that might catch your attention. You see, back in 1998, my older brother Scott died of complications due to epilepsy. It was the most devastating thing to happen in my life to date. Scott (and also my sister, Heather) shaped a huge part of my involvement in, and appreciation of, music. It was part of his every day life, as it was for my entire family, and Scott introduced me to the more “rebellious” side of music, which I think ultimately helped lead to my desire to create my own songs. When Scott died 16 years ago, I adopted his first name as my performance name, because then he would be with me, and my music, wherever we went. It was the best personal tribute I could think of.

I had no idea that around 2005 or so, when I had already been Hilary Scott for 7 years, had a web presence, and a large Midwest following, and was gaining exposure everywhere with 4 or 5 albums to my name that Hillary Scott with “2 L’s” would start cropping up in a soon-to-be quite popular country group called Lady Antebellum. I had no idea people would ever confuse us, but eh…it happens…….

Open Mic Night
Wednesday, August 27, Signup at 7pm, Performances at 8

Emily Earle (Colorado Springs, CO) & Tom Whall (Nashville, TN)
Saturday, August 30, 7pm
Emily Earle started writing when she was little; she wrote short books. By about third grade she realized that no one had the time or inclination to sit down and read a poorly written, 12-page, 10-point font story by a third grader. Not even her dad. So she started writing short poems. The highlight of her poetry career was an earnest contribution to a family friend’s proposal to his girlfriend.

However it wasn’t until eighth grade that she really realized she wanted to be a writer. She had told her teacher that she wanted to be president when she grew up, after her teacher laughed at her she decided she would write, because it was much more practical.

Guitar didn’t come until high school. Emily was told that she couldn’t audition for the pops concert they have at the end of the year unless she could accompany herself. This was a day before the audition.

Unable to pass up the chance to perform, she borrowed her dad’s guitar and spent the night learning the three chords to Buddy Hollys Its So Easy. The next day at the audition she was the only person accompanying herself. Thanks to that episode, she not only learned to play guitar, she learned to check her sources. Emily has been playing guitar ever since.

By the end of high school, this guitar playing and poetry writing had evolved into bad songwriting.
At 18, Emily left home to pursue her passion for music. After a few years in Boston attending Berklee College, She worked her way to New York City where she made a living playing in the subways. She spent her days underground on train platforms, and her nights in bars and clubs playing alone or with her band.

Not one to stay in one place, Emily is currently living in Nashville Tennessee working on her writing. She recently performed on season 3 of NBC’s the Voice.
website

July 2014

Open Mic Night
Wednesday, July 2, Signup at 7pm, Performances at 8

Mary Clare – Katie Jane – Comfort Kings (Cedar Valley, IA)
Saturday, July 5, 6pm

The Comfort Kings are a contemporary acoustic band from the Cedar Valley in Iowa. They play a mix of old-timey, Americana, indie rock and original work using a traditional bluegrass instrumental arrangement. All three members draw on the rich history of Americana melodies to create original songs with vivid, poetic lyrics that evoke bygone eras.

They have been featured on Iowa Public Radio’s “Java Blend,” performed live, on-air “Studio One” sessions and have been featured on the weekly IPR show, “The Folk Tree.” They also played in a cave in South Dakota once.

The Comfort Kings’ first full-length debut studio album, “Prairie Fire”, was released by Aquatic Noise of Excelsior, Minn., in 2013. It’s available online at iTunes, and at Cedar Valley retailers or in person at a show. Which you should go to.

In early 2014, the band recorded five tracks that will make up a forthcoming EP entitled “Two States Over” to be released that summer.

Cody Grimes – Mandolin, violin, guitar, vocals; John Molseed – Banjo, guitar, vocals; Amie Steffeneicher – Lead vocals, guitar, harmonica, foot percussion.

Open Mic Night
Wednesday, July 9, Signup at 7pm, Performances at 8

Will Hutchinson
Saturday, July 12
Will Hutchinson: Indie Folk from Lincoln, Nebraska. Will has been playing music and songwriting for the last 8 years. In that time he has toured nationally, recorded two full-length studio albums, street performed for 3 years in Los Angeles on the Santa Monica Promenade, and was awarded as a finalist in the 2013 International John Lennon Songwriting Competition with over 25,000 entrants. Notable shows for him have been opening for Mat Kearney, Tyler Hilton, Rogue Valley and a songwriter showcase he played while living in LA that Prince happened to attend… and a guitar case that Conan O’Brien and his children happened to throw money into whilst walking on the street. Alt-folk mixed with Motown and Smart Pop. website

Open Mic Night
Wednesday, July 16, Signup at 7pm, Performances at 8

Black Eyed Susan
Friday, July 18, 8pm

New on the scene, Black Eyed Susan, a two piece band made up of Lincolnites, is putting a new spin on bluegrass and folk. Covering bluegrass classics such as Buck Owen’s Truck Driving Man and Levon’s Helm’s Got Me A Woman, the repertoire includes covers from unknown artists from around the globe as well as folk, and original songs composed by Laurie Fraser.

Friends, Jen Jurgens and Laurie Fraser started playing for fun. Jen, an accomplished musician who has played with several bands over the years really hones her skill on guitar with vocals and harmonies. Laurie Fraser, formerly of Grassfire, is a long time fan of the local music scene and publicist for the Kris Lager Band, and plays guitar and adds vocals with a clear, low alto range.

The harmonic, rich voices of Laurie Fraser and Jen Jurgens dip, wheel, and whirl around each other and the melody of each song with uncanny precision. The duo offers a tight blend of contemporary folk with two uniquely powerful voices joined together to create beautiful and sunny music

The duo recently recorded a sampler CD with Studio Blue in Omaha and will be releasing it late spring.

Orion Walsh (lincoln, NE) – Illium (Sioux City, IA)
Sunday, July 20, 7pm

Orion Walsh: After a decade of putting out albums and touring, Nebraskan singer-songwriter Orion Walsh has released his fifth album “The Tale of a Broken Compass” with indie label the Hunter Records. Consisting of ten new songs full of highly personal storytelling, the album is truly a mature step forward for this well traveled troubadour. Walsh has previously released two full length albums, “The Hitchhiker’s Son” produced by AJ Mogis (Bright Eyes, The Faint, Cursive) and “Tornado Lullabies” produced by Aaron Edwards as well as two EPs, “Freedom Lost Freedom Found” and “First By Water Then By Fire” with indie label The Hunter Records and Morning Radar Sounds. He has also released a full length album with his previous band Slow Coming Day (Tooth and Nail Records) which had major label distribution back in 2003. His accomplishments include releasing several songs for multiple compilations as well. Walsh has been touring for a decade and has performed shows all over the United States and in Europe. Several of his songs have been used on television and independent films in the past, the most noteworthy being on “Americas Next Top Model” of international fame. Expect to see more from this free spirited traveler and songwriter in the years to come.

Illium:From Sioux City, Iowa, Justin Yap – Guitar/Songwriter; Abby Kohout – Vocals; Mikey Rickord – Vocals.

Open Mic Night
Wednesday, July 23, Signup at 7pm, Performances at 8

Redleg Husky (Boone, NC)
Wednesday, July 23, 7pm

Redleg Husky is an Americana/folk band from Boone, North Carolina that recalls the sounds of a long drive, a well-worn record, and boots on a dusty floor. Formed in 2012 by Misa Giroux and Tim McWilliams, their live performances have continued to captivate audiences throughout the Southeast, leading to features on the Jonesborough Yarn Exchange, WNCW’s “Local Color,” WMMT Mountain Community Radio, WDVX’s “Blue Plate Special,” and a performance at the 2014 Sirens on the Mountain Music Festival. Their debut EP was recorded in January 2013 in Greensboro, NC by Daniel Levi Goans (Lowland Hum) and mastered in Brooklyn, NY by Peter Recine (Allison Weiss, The Files and Fires). They released their first full-length studio album, Carolina, on March 4th, 2014. Carolina was recorded at Wild Chorus Studios in Knoxville, TN with Scott Minor (Sparklehorse) and mastered in Chicago, IL by Carl Saff.

Originally from Southbury, Connecticut, Misa has been playing Mary Chapin Carpenter covers in her room since she was 13. After seeing Tift Merritt perform a solo show at the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton, Massachusetts with just a soulful voice and a beat-up guitar, she knew that music was something she had to pursue. Armed with a dog and her record collection, she moved south and met Tim at a potluck, after which they quickly joined forces to pursue their love of acoustic roots music.

A lifelong resident of Cincinnati, Ohio, Tim started out mastering the licks of Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan. After playing lead guitar in numerous rock bands, he saw an Avett Brothers concert while at Ohio University and was instantly drawn to American roots music. Continuing a journey to find the music that has inspired the artists he loves, Tim has become engulfed with old-time, country and delta blues field recordings. He now merges blues and old-time styles on acoustic guitar, flowing from the songs of Doc Watson to Muddy Waters with ease.

Originally from Greenville, South Carolina, David Funderburk has been a musical being his entire life and has over twenty years of song-writing experience. From classical choral performances at Carnegie Hall and the Grand Ole Opry, to experimental electronic noise concerts in the seedy bars of New Orleans, to sing-along folk performances at the John C. Campbell Folk School and the International Storytelling Center, David has performed in a wide variety of musical contexts. He combines an eclectic taste in music with a keen sense of songwriting and a love of unconventional instruments. With Redleg Husky (a band that loves to busk), David has focused on building a tool kit of easily portable acoustic instruments, providing a wide variety of sonic possibilities – box drum, musical saw, limber jack, jaw harp, melodica, washboard, nose flute, kazoo, etc. If it makes noise and it’s small enough to fit in his bag, he’ll play it.

Rachel Kate – Christian Lee Hutson (both Nashville, TN) – Frek and the Elixir
Friday, July 25, 7pm

Rachel Kate: Feisty soul folk from Nashville, TN/Charleston, SC. Rachel Kate was born and will continue to be raised. No one thinks she will ever grow up, and she probably won’t because it’s not real. She is a rainbow circus ninja dream catcher, soul kite flying, smiling river flower and a lover of all things people, music, and arts. Rachel Kate creates honest creations from the soul. Interested in harmony and eeri-ness-sunshine and daydreams. Rachel Kate is a way of life. Step into her world.

To merely call Christian Lee Hutson an old soul would be to deny the vibrancy of his sound. Championed by LA Record as “sparse and graceful,” Hutson writes songs that the SF Bay Guardian describes as, ”… Foreboding, bluesy love ballads laden with longing nostalgia.” Despite the maturity and commitment to tradition found in the 22-year-old singer-songwriter’s songs, they vibrate with a youthful energy as if a drunk and sedentary George Jones was being channeled through a drunk and animated Conor Oberst.

Hutson’s debut solo E.P. Will Never Break Up marked his stylistic shift away from the dustbowl-era sound of the recently defunct Driftwood Singers in favor of a more recent tradition of country songwriting in the vein of Steve Earle and Dwight Yoakam. This lean towards the modern continues with Hutson’s full-length debut The Hell With It, out on Trailer Fire Records in March. The Hell With It finds Hutson working once again alongside Grammy-nominated producer David Mayfield, who also produced the Driftwood Singers’ debut.

Christian Lee Hutson still maintains the same rigorous touring schedule that took the Driftwood Singers across the U.S. and back any number of tread-wearing times, so come out and join him for a sour drink of some sort and some newborn songs that retain a feel so well-worn, weathered, and welcoming that they whimper and creak as they pull a stool out for you at the bar.

Open Mic Night
Wednesday, July 30, Signup at 7pm, Performances at 8

Cancellieri (Columbia, SC)
Wednesday, July 30, 7pm

June 2014

Open Mic Night
Wednesday, June 4, Signup at 7pm, Performances at 8

Folias
Friday, June 6, 7pm
Join KZUM and Tango instructor Candi Woods at Meadowlark Coffee & Espresso (16th & South) on Friday, June 6, for a very special evening of live music and tango dancing!

We’re pleased to present flute and guitar duo Folias, of Grand Rapids, Mich., performing music rooted in South American folk and Argentine tango.

Beginner’s lessons will start at 7 p.m., followed by an evening of dancing and music. All proceeds will directly benefit KZUM.

As home to the long-running “Buenos Tangos” program — the only tango radio program in the area — KZUM is proud to continue hosting our series of tango lessons and dances to enrich the culture of our community.

Geoff Baker
Saturday, June 7, 7pm
Geoff was born in Inglewood, California, and raised all over the place. At the age of 14, he borrowed a guitar and never really gave it back. He learned to play along with the records he loved in high school: The Jesus and Mary Chain, the Pixies, Joy Division, Wire. When he later immersed himself in more traditional folk music by the likes of Mississippi John Hurt, Woody Guthrie, Nick Drake, and Bob Dylan, he began trying to blend virtuoso finger-picking, folk urgency, punk energy, introspective honesty, and poetic lyricality.

In 2001, Geoff found himself in Berlin, Germany. To fulfill a promise made to a friend who had recently passed away, Geoff found a cheap recording studio and recorded demos of every song he’d ever written. A few months later, in the spring of 2002, he hauled a couple dozen of these songs out of his closet and played them to friends in a small bar. They seemed to like them, so he played for four hours straight. When Geoff returned to the States in late 2002, he started gigging regularly in New Jersey and New York City. It proved a fateful move; provided with a steady outlet, songs came pouring out of him at an alarming rate.

In 2004, and largely as respite from the two other recording projects already underway, Geoff wrote and performed all but one of the songs for an EP called Songs in the Key of Loooop, a rich blend of electronica, sloppy bar-rock, and spoken word that found frequent local airplay.

Three months later, Geoff released a handful of political songs, Patriot Acts, which went on to scattered national radio play in the States and international play in Europe and Canada. Patriot Acts, since then, has sold widely and been an “Editor’s Pick” on CD Baby. Thomas Florek, host of Channel 30-Princeton’s Cafe Improv, called the CD “important . . . one of the most powerful political statements to be made in American pop music,” and London’s Time Out praised it as a “fine line in protest song.”

In November of 2004, the full-length debut, Know the Rain Here, was released. Web-based and traditional radio in NYC and New Jersey picked it up, and it has since found the support of independent radio stations across the USA and Europe. Geoff was a featured artist on Harris Radio in Brooklyn and briefly shared the top 10 on WRSU-FM in New Brunswick with the likes of Marianne Faithful, Kings of Leon, Ani DiFranco and Pete Yorn. In the summer of 2005, he was invited to play at the San Diego Indie Music Fest and was a featured artist on SunsetStrip.com, where he recorded 6 songs and an interview.

After a successful tour of the U.K., Holland and Ireland in the spring of 2006, Geoff moved to the forests of northern California, where he resumed writing and recording. A 5-song EP, Adding Up the Everything We Lost, will be released in late December of 2008, and Where Are You Now?, a second full-length album, will be done by the summer of 2009.

Open Mic Night
Wednesday, June 11, Signup at 7pm, Performances at 8

RaShelle Myra, Cattywhompass and FCC Bros.
Friday, June 13, 6pm
RaShelle Myra – Since the age of 4, RaShelle Myra composed music and played piano by ear, dreaming of the day when she would be able to connect to people around the world through the performance of her music. Later in college, she began to explore different forms of music while she studied tango and jazz in Argentina.

After to moving to the mountains of Montana for graduate school, the experience of apprenticing with a Grammy award-winning producer and an awarding winning composer inspired her to take a big leap and seriously pursue her musical dreams.

Lately, her music has gained momentum through touring, recording, and performing around the nation. In the summer of 2013, RaShelle Myra formed a band with members from the World Youth Symphony Orchestra at Interlochen Center for the Arts called, Ro Ro & The Boats. She wrote and recorded a self-titled live EP with the band, which was released in September 2013. Most recently, RaShelle Myra has released her Late December EP, which is the first of a four part seasonal EP project.

Cattywhompass

The FCC Bros. are an acoustic/folk duo featuring brothers Dylan and Casey Fink. Their lyric driven, harmony rich songs tell stories of life, love and loss. Armed with acoustic guitars and occasionally Grandma’s lap dulcimer, the FCC Bros. create a modern spin on their deep, musical heritage. (facebook)

Ace & Dan
Saturday, June 14, 7pm
Ace and Dan: Ace Bettinger and Dan Cox make up the dynamic acoustic guitar duet, cleverly named Ace and Dan. For more than 25 years, Ace and Dan have each studied guitar and song writing. They have been acquaintances on the Lincoln music scene for many years and began playing and singing together informally about 10 years ago, exploring different sounds of American music. Website

Open Mic Night
Wednesday, June 18, Signup at 7pm, Performances at 8

Melanie Devaney – Andy Ferrell and Oncoming Train
Sunday, June 22, 8pm
Melanie Devaney is not afraid to speak with her heart, which isn’t surprising considering its history. When she was just four, doctors discovered a small hole and she underwent surgery to repair it. This poignant event at such a young age, which involved taking her heart out of her body, made her aware of the importance of living life to it fullest and making powerful observations about it. These perceptions have materialized in a collection of songs that imply not only life’s brevity, but also its twisted ironies.

She was born and raised small town of Epworth, Iowa, which today has a population of 1,500. Despite her love of Iowa’s pastoral scenery and honest, hard-working people, Melanie has a wide sense of adventure that resulted in her current residence on the West Coast. She travels extensively throughout the year entertaining a wide-array of audiences – from honky-tonk cowboys in Wyoming and Arizona to sophisticated wine drinkers in California. Always in search of great songwriting material, Melanie isn’t known for staying too long in one place and you never know where she’ll wind up next! (facebook)

Andy Ferrell
Currently emerging with his debut EP whose title, I Was Born, boldly asserts his presence as a compelling new voice on the traditional American roots music scene, Andy Ferrell grew up in the small Blue Ridge Mountain town of Boone, North Carolina, not far from the birthplace and home of his greatest musical influence, bluegrass/country/folk music legend Doc Watson.

It would make perfect sense for an artist from this region to create a modern equivalent to a sound Watson once called “traditional plus.” Ironically, it took a lengthy journey “On The Road” far from home — an extended soul searching stay in New Zealand, to be exact – for Ferrell to decide to defy conventional expectations and pursue his musical dreams. After attending Florida State and later enrolling in the renowned music program at East Tennessee State, he quit school altogether, formed his trio Oncoming Train (anchored by upright bassist Zach Smith) and began recording and performing. He still enjoys performing alone on occasion, but likes the extra dimensions and danceability that the trio brings to his songs.

Ferrell cites Beat generation icon Jack Kerouac as one of his favorite writers, but insists that his opening track “On The Road” – also the title of Kerouac’s most enduring novel – was inspired more by his own adventures than the book. The infectious harmonica and fiddle laced tune tells the story of his life changing experience Down Under: “They said I should know better than to go chasing crazy dreams/Better to stick to that straight and narrow/ Gotta get that degree/Now I’ve got a master’s in hitchin’, and a doctorate in livin’ free/I don’t care if I make it back to sunny Tennessee.”

“The music on this EP represents my earliest work and initial writings, the earliest being ‘Waiting On The Rain,’ written when I was 18,” says the 21 year old Ferrell, who cites his guitar playing father’s love for a wide variety of music as the driving force behind his own passions. “I love the way this album turned out because it is a very accurate reflection of my life since I started playing music. I think it is a good mix in that some are directly from personal experience. I wrote ‘On the Road’ and ‘Poor Boy Blues’ during the extended New Zealand trip, and they are literally the story of that life changing time from two different perspectives. It was while in New Zealand that I came to the realization that music was what I not only wanted to do but also, at the risk of sounding dramatic, what I needed to do.

One of Ferrell’s other favorites is “Honey Where You Been So Long,’ which is a powerful representation of the Doc Watson, bluegrassy traditional music influence he grew up with. He gets a kick out of hearing people make the mistake of thinking it’s a traditional song. “As a songwriter, I’m inspired by human nature more than anything else. People and why they behave the way they do are fascinating to me. These concepts are not as apparent on this EP but are very much a part of the songs I’ve written for my future albums. Literature is also a big thing for me. I always have an eye open for something to write about, it’s just second nature at this point. Everything sounds like a song to me, even things that aren’t destined to be songs sometimes.”

Open Mic Night
Wednesday, June 25, Signup at 7pm, Performances at 8

Frailin’ Hearts – Frek and the Elixir
Friday, June 27, 7pm

Frailin’ Hearts (previously known as Blue Boat Pilots) is a blossoming family band featuring original folk, new acoustic and Americana music as well as carefully selected songs from other artists. A few original band songs were recorded recently during KZUM’s (89.3 FM / KZUM.org) “Alive in Lincoln.” Roger Geery has performed for decades in several newgrass and acoustic bands, leading to his family band project with daughters Schuyler and Keelin Geery-Zink. After learning to play guitar at age 15, Schuyler quickly took up songwriting and then banjo at age 18. She’s mostly self-taught on both instruments and writes most of the band’s original songs. Keelin sings in school/church choirs and musical plays as well as playing flute in band. She sings some Frailin’ Hearts cover songs. (facebook)

Witness for yourselves what is Frek the Elixir… Derek Dibbern with Jon Appleget and The Mystery and The Flow and Lincoln the Chain and One Lane Bridge and even a touch of Zen Pudding for the Pre-Drifting Era Bolo Paleo. (facebook)

Mojo Filter
Saturday, June 28, 8pm

May 2014

Jazz Jam Session
Thursday, May 1, 8pm
Every Thursday, Jazz enthusiasts converge to create some great soundscapes! Come out with your instrument and jam with our house trio!

Logan Vath, Will Hutchinson, JD Powers
Friday, May 2, 7pm
Logan Vath: A Nebraska-born singer/songwriter living and playing in Norfolk, Virginia, Logan Vath has been reviewed as “not that bad” by as many as TWO close friends. loganvath.bandcamp.com. Simple music from simple people. Band members include Logan Vath, Logan Leopold, Nate Crawford, Rob Sweitzer, and Andrew Montgomery.

Will Hutchinson: From Lincoln, Nebraska, Will has been playing music and songwriting for the last 8 years. In that time he has toured nationally, recorded two full-length studio albums, street performed for 3 years in Los Angeles on the Santa Monica Promenade, and was awarded as a finalist in the 2013 International John Lennon Songwriting Competition with over 25,000 entrants. Notable shows for him have been opening for Mat Kearney, Tyler Hilton, Rogue Valley and a songwriter showcase he played while living in LA that Prince happened to attend… and a guitar case that Conan O’Brien and his children happened to throw money into whilst walking on the street. Alt-folk mixed with Motown and Smart Pop. website

Purple Hays, Ace and Dan
Saturday, May 3, 7pm
Purple Hays: Purple Hays is a female Indie/Folk group from Lincoln, Nebraska. Caitlin Gilmore – Vocals/Piano/Guitar, Molly Rezich – Cello/Guitar, Gabby Rave – Percussion, Jenny Wood – Occasional Bass.

Ace and Dan: Ace Bettinger and Dan Cox make up the dynamic acoustic guitar duet, cleverly named Ace and Dan. For more than 25 years, Ace and Dan have each studied guitar and song writing. They have been acquaintances on the Lincoln music scene for many years and began playing and singing together informally about 10 years ago, exploring different sounds of American music. Website

Songwriters in the Round
Monday, May 5, 7pm
With Gunter Voelker, Bud Heavy & The High Lifes, Chloe Pinkman, Gerardo Meza, Mike Semrad Jr. and KC Delite.

Open Mic Night
Wednesday, May 7, Signup at 7pm, Performances at 8

Jazz Jam Session
Thursday, May 8, 8pm
Every Thursday, Jazz enthusiasts converge to create some great soundscapes! Come out with your instrument and jam with our house trio!

Amateur Geologists – Geoffrey Louis Koch (Nashville)
Friday, May 9, 7pm
Geoffrey Louis Koch: Geoffrey is a Midwestern singer-songwriter currently based in Nashville. Inspired in part by: Gregory Alan Isakov, Elliott Smith and Ryan Adams – he presents his own compelling and artistic brand of indie/pop/atmospheric folk music. (reverb nation)

Amateur Geologists is an acoustic folk/jazz/rock group.

Open Mic Night
Wednesday, May 14, Signup at 7pm, Performances at 8

Jazz Jam Session
Thursday, May 15, 15pm
Every Thursday, Jazz enthusiasts converge to create some great soundscapes! Come out with your instrument and jam with our house trio!

Open Mic Night
Wednesday, May 21, Signup at 7pm, Performances at 8

Jazz Jam Session
Thursday, May 22, 8pm
Every Thursday, Jazz enthusiasts converge to create some great soundscapes! Come out with your instrument and jam with our house trio!

Northwest Passage – Sweet Ascent (Lawrence, KS)
Saturday, May 24, 7pm
Northwest Passage: Lucas Sullivan, Sawyer Kreikemeier, and Drew Miller serving up folk and alternative.

Sweet Ascent is an up-and-coming Rock/Pop/Hardcore band based out of Lawrence, KS. The 5 piece quickly caught the eye of concert-goers due to their exciting chemistry and high energy.

Open Mic Night
Wednesday, May 28, Signup at 7pm, Performances at 8

Jazz Jam Session
Thursday, May 29, 8pm
Every Thursday, Jazz enthusiasts converge to create some great soundscapes! Come out with your instrument and jam with our house trio!

Ian Miller – Frek and the Elixir
Friday, May 30, 7pm
Witness for yourselves what is Frek the Elixir… Derek Dibbern with Jon Appleget and The Mystery and The Flow and Lincoln the Chain and One Lane Bridge and even a touch of Zen Pudding for the Pre-Drifting Era Bolo Paleo. (facebook)

April 2014

Good Morning Bedlam (Rochester, MN)
Wednesday, April 2, 7pm
Up north Indie Folk from band members Isaak Elker (Banjo, Vocals, Guitar, Baritone Ukelele), Ciaran O’Driscoll (Guitar, Vocals, Harmonica, Mandolin, Ukulele), and Jonathan Muroya (Bass, Ukelele, Vocals). (Facebook) | (YouTube)

Open Mic Night
Wednesday, April 2, Signup at 7pm, Performances at 8

Jazz Jam Session
Thursday, April 3, 8pm
Every Thursday, Jazz enthusiasts converge to create some great soundscapes! Come out with your instrument and jam with our house trio!

Myles Jasnowski
Friday, April 4, 8pm
Myles Jasnowski has been playing guitar since August of 2006, but has amassed many accolades in that short amount of time. With almost one million total YouTube views and several scholarships to the world renowned Berklee College of Music, Myles is on a definite path to success. He currently lives in New York City. (website)

FCC Bros. – The Wildwoods – Black Eyed Susans
Saturday, April 5, 7pm
The FCC Bros. are an acoustic/folk duo featuring brothers Dylan and Casey Fink. Their lyric driven, harmony rich songs tell stories of life, love and loss. Armed with acoustic guitars and occasionally Grandma’s lap dulcimer, the FCC Bros. create a modern spin on their deep, musical heritage. (facebook)

The Wildwoods – The Wildwoods were born in the fall of 2012 under the former band name Slap Happy. They have performed at restaurants, coffee shops, vineyards, bars, private parties and The Nebraska State Fair. Using influences from the old time country masters and mixing it with todays pop sound the group came up with a style of music that will have your toe tappin in minutes. It’s members include Chloe Pinkman, Noah Pinkman and Noah Gose. The Wildwoods perform music to entertain guests for any event at all locations. Music genre includes original music by The Wildwoods, folk, pop, fiddle, and rock. With their unique style of bluegrass meets pop The Wildwoods keep the audience asking for more. (facebook)

Black Eyed Susan – The harmonic, rich voices of Laurie Fraser and Jen Jurgens dip, wheel, and whirl around each other and the melody of each song with uncanny precision. The duo offers a tight blend of contemporary folk with two uniquely powerful voices joined together to create beautiful and sunny music. (facebook)

Tom Neilson
Wednesday, April 9, 7pm
Tom Neilson is a folk musician from Western MA who does political satire and general social commentary. He has a long history of activism in the various realms of human rights, peace & justice, labor, and environment issues.

Jazz Jam Session
Thursday, April 10, 8pm
Every Thursday, Jazz enthusiasts converge to create some great soundscapes! Come out with your instrument and jam with our house trio!

Matthew Kirn
Friday, April 11, 8pm
Indie stylings from Cape Girardeau, MO.
From his Reverbnation page, “I’m a singer song writer and I love that you have stopped by to listen to my music. I hope you’re having an awesome day!” (reverbnation)

Open Mic Night
Wednesday, April 16, Signup at 7pm, Performances at 8

Jazz Jam Session
Thursday, April 17, 8pm
Every Thursday, Jazz enthusiasts converge to create some great soundscapes! Come out with your instrument and jam with our house trio!

Sam Meyers, Tony Church, Katie Jane, Ben Kuzay
Friday, April 18, 7pm
Originally billed as Nicole Carbajal – Ian Miller

Frailin’ Hearts – Jessica Paige – Bellows
Saturday, April 19, 8pm

Bellows is the bedroom recording project of Oliver Kalb. Blue Breath, the second Bellows album, was released on April 11th, 2014. Bellows’ sound is delicate but erupts with frantic wobbling drums and large orchestral sections that defy the limitations of conventional pop and folk. bellows is meant to be encouraging. thanks for listening.

Frailin’ Hearts (previously known as Blue Boat Pilots) is a blossoming family band featuring original folk, new acoustic and Americana music as well as carefully selected songs from other artists. A few original band songs were recorded recently during KZUM’s (89.3 FM / KZUM.org) “Alive in Lincoln.” Roger Geery has performed for decades in several newgrass and acoustic bands, leading to his family band project with daughters Schuyler and Keelin Geery-Zink. After learning to play guitar at age 15, Schuyler quickly took up songwriting and then banjo at age 18. She’s mostly self-taught on both instruments and writes most of the band’s original songs. Keelin sings in school/church choirs and musical plays as well as playing flute in band. She sings some Frailin’ Hearts cover songs. (facebook)

From Manhattan, KS, Jessica Paige is a singing, songwriting, pirate-loving, guitar-playing, coffee-addicted, bohemian child. (facebook) | (website)

Fox and Crow (Iowa)
Wednesday, April 23, 7pm
Originally billed as Luke Fox
Luke Fox has gained a strong following since his first appearing on the Verde Valley circuit about six months ago. His rhythmic guitar work, strong harmonica solos and passionate vocals evoke comparisons to Neil Young and the Avett Brothers.

Fox grew up bouncing from town to town in Iowa, South Dakota, Nebraska, Colorado, and Texas, often moving twice a year.

“The one constant was my love for music,” said Fox. “No one in my family played any instruments or was particularly fired up about music, but for me, it was the beginning of my passion.”

After a shoulder injury put an end to his time on the collegiate baseball field, Fox moved to California and began attending open mics and poetry nights as a spectator with a new-found interest in live music and expression.

His initial foray into music was mostly ’90s power chord rock, even though he admits to never really feeling like a rocker.

“I started to take interest in that older folkier sound filled with great feeling, poetry and wisdom, simple melody with words that blasted new paths into your very own way of thinking and feeling. I loved it,” he said. “Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen, Cat Stevens and some later guys like Ray Lamontagne, Bobby Long, Ryan Adams, and the Avett Brothers all grabbed my attention in a new way. I suppose that’s when I started to really feel like this was something I wanted to take on full time, simply for its exploration and discovery, no matter what fruits it might bear.”

Fox eventually began writing original material and learned to play the harmonica to add to his guitar work.

“At present, I play wherever I can and am always trying to expand my knowledge of song craft. So far it’s been going great and I’m having a lot of fun. I feel very welcome by those I’ve met here and am grateful as a young musician to learn from them. It baffles me how great the talent and variety of musicians there are and I feel lucky to have spent time watching them and being amongst their company … My goal at this point is to play and learn as much as I can wherever I can.”

Said Engler: “I’m excited to have Luke join me at Bent River. It’s a great room for live music. You always have a respectful listening audience. I’ve admired Luke’s craftsmanship from the first time I heard him. He sings ‘real’ songs. There is nothing pretentious about his playing or his delivery. He’s real.”

Jazz Jam Session
Thursday, April 24, 8pm
Every Thursday, Jazz enthusiasts converge to create some great soundscapes! Come out with your instrument and jam with our house trio!

Sandwich Kings
Saturday, April 26, 8pm
Jenny Richardson, formerly with the band Grassfire, will hit our stage with Sandwich King.

UNL Poetry Reading
Wednesday, April 30, 7pm

March 2014

Caleb Bailey and Northwest Passage
Saturday, March 1, 7:00pm

Caleb Bailey: Remember Caleb? He used to serve drinks here. Now he’s serving sweet sweet music from his upcoming album!

Northwest Passage: Lucas Sullivan, Sawyer Kreikemeier, and Drew Miller serving up folk and alternative.

Open Mic Night
Wednesday, March 5, Signup at 7pm, Performances at 8

Jazz Jam Session
Thursday, March 6, 8pm
Every Thursday, Jazz enthusiasts converge to create some great soundscapes! Come out with your instrument and jam with our house trio!

The True Wheel – Amateur Geologists
Saturday, March 8, 7pm As always, No Cover!

The True Wheel is a three-piece (keyboards, drums, bass) with two members also in the band Floating Opera.

Amateur Geologists is an acoustic folk/jazz/rock group

Open Mic Night
Wednesday, March 12, Signup at 7pm, Performances at 8

Jazz Jam Session
Thursday, March 13, 8pm
Every Thursday, Jazz enthusiasts converge to create some great soundscapes! Come out with your instrument and jam with our house trio!

Delbert Anderson Trio
Friday, March 14, 9pm

Formed by award winning jazz trumpeter player Delbert Anderson – The Delbert Anderson Trio is composed of Delbert Anderson on Trumpet, Nicholas Lucero on Drums and Mike McCluhan on bass.

The DAT is well known in the Four Corner’s area as being one of the tightest, fiery, funky and most exciting instrumental groups to hit the Southwest Scene.

With a repertoire that spans such composers as TS Monk to Chick Corea to Herbie Hancock as well as many of Delbert’s original tunes – The DAT is bringing it’s combined decades of experience and influences to the stage and wrapping it all in a jazz/funk package that’s sure to entertain.

Currently embarking on a clinic and educational based tour – The DAT is fired up and ready to play! (Facebook)

Emma Nelson – Mike Semrad of The Bottle Tops
Saturday, March 15, 7pm

Open Mic Night
Wednesday, March 19, Signup at 7pm, Performances at 8

Jazz Jam Session
Thursday, March 20, 8pm
Every Thursday, Jazz enthusiasts converge to create some great soundscapes! Come out with your instrument and jam with our house trio!

Gerardo Meza
Friday, March 21, 8pm

Laurie Ann Frasier
Saturday, March 22, 8pm
Laurie Ann is playing solo before she plays next month in her new band Black Eyed Susan.

Open Mic Night
Wednesday, March 26, Signup at 7pm, Performances at 8

Jazz Jam Session
Thursday, March 27, 8pm
Every Thursday, Jazz enthusiasts converge to create some great soundscapes! Come out with your instrument and jam with our house trio!

Sandwich Kings
Saturday, March 29, 8pm
Jenny Richardson (Grassfire) with her new band.

February 2014

Myles Jasnowski – Damian David
Saturday, February 1, 7pm

Myles Jasnowski has been playing guitar since August of 2006, but has amassed many accolades in that short amount of time. With almost one million total YouTube views and several scholarships to the world renowned Berklee College of Music, Myles is on a definite path to success. He currently lives in New York City. (website)

Damian David is a guitarist/singer/songwriter from Schenectady, NY. Most recently he has been performing, recording, and having some great times playing guitar and singing in the country and blues and roots influenced rock trio, Whiskey Project. Although the band is based out of New York, Damian currently resides in Lincoln, NE with his wife and son. (website)

Open Mic Night
Wednesday, February 5, Signup at 7pm, Performances at 8

Jazz Jam Session
Thursday, February 6, 8pm
Every Thursday, Jazz enthusiasts converge to create some great soundscapes! Come out with your instrument and jam with our house trio!

Geoffrey Louis Koch – The Wildwoods
Friday, February 7, 7pm

Geoffrey Louis Koch: Geoffrey is a Midwestern singer-songwriter currently based in Nashville. Inspired in part by: Gregory Alan Isakov, Elliott Smith and Ryan Adams – he presents his own compelling and artistic brand of indie/pop/atmospheric folk music. (reverb nation)

The Wildwoods were born in the fall of 2012 under the former band name Slap Happy. They have performed at restaurants, coffee shops, vineyards, bars, private parties and The Nebraska State Fair. Using influences from the old time country masters and mixing it with todays pop sound the group came up with a style of music that will have your toe tappin in minutes. It’s members include Chloe Pinkman, Noah Pinkman and Noah Gose. The Wildwoods perform music to entertain guests for any event at all locations. Music genre includes original music by The Wildwoods, folk, pop, fiddle, and rock. With their unique style of bluegrass meets pop The Wildwoods keep the audience asking for more. (facebook)

The True Wheel – Amateur Geologists
Saturday, February 8, 7pm As always, No Cover!

The True Wheel is a three-piece (keyboards, drums, bass) with two members also in the band Floating Opera.

Amateur Geologists is an acoustic folk/jazz/rock group

Jessica Paige
Saturday, February 8, 8pm

Jessica Paige is a singing, songwriting, pirate-loving, guitar-playing, coffee-addicted, bohemian child. (facebook) | (website)

Open Mic Night
Wednesday, February 12, Signup at 7pm, Performances at 8

Jazz Jam Session
Thursday, February 13, 8pm
Every Thursday, Jazz enthusiasts converge to create some great soundscapes! Come out with your instrument and jam with our house trio!

Kris Lager
Saturday, February 15, 7pm

Kris Lager Band is a Nebraska born group who have dedicated their lives to playing Soulful, original music.

With Lager on guitar and vocals and Jeremiah Weir on keys and percussion, the guys have a chemistry that comes from playing well over 1,000 shows together and the word is getting out that they are both powerful and unique. With their “Celebrate Life” mantra and working class musicianship, the show is constantly evolving as the lines between Rock, Soul, Blues, Trance, Zydeco, Reggae, Funk, Hip-Hop, Gospel, and Hill Country Boogie blur into a sound that is truly their own. Their focus is not only on good sounds but also good Songwriting. When Kris sings you can tell that he feels every word and lives every emotion as the songs evoke everything from Joy to Sorrow, Celebration to personal Meditation. And, longtime sideman and Hammond hauler Weir continues to amaze audiences as he has proven to be a slammin’ drummer and all around addition to the Groove.

Together with Rockstar drummer and MC extraordinaire John Fairchild and burgeoning bassist Brandon Miller, they have traveled the country and honed their craft. Never resting on past success and always working in new material, it’s undeniable that Kris Lager Band is the real deal. Good people, good music, and a Real Good Time. (website)

Open Mic Night
Wednesday, February 19, Signup at 7pm, Performances at 8

Jazz Jam Session
Thursday, February 20, 8pm
Every Thursday, Jazz enthusiasts converge to create some great soundscapes! Come out with your instrument and jam with our house trio!

Ian Miller – FCC Bros
Friday, February 21, 7pm
The FCC Bros. are an acoustic/folk trio featuring brothers Dylan and Casey Fink and brother-from-another-mother Adam Widger. Their lyric driven, harmony rich songs tell stories of life, love and loss. Armed with acoustic guitars and Grandma’s lap dulcimer, the FCC Bros. create a modern spin on their deep, musical heritage. (facebook)

Karen Choi
Saturday, February 22, 7pm
Singer/songwriter Karen Choi started her music career in what she says felt like a “reverse order.” At age 20, she married, had her first son two years later, graduated from college, had her second son, completed her Master’s degree, and launched her music career in her mid-twenties. By no means is this the “wrong way,” of course, because the ebb and flow of Karen’s journey has served to influence her grassroots style.

Hailing from the Midwest, Karen was born in Lincoln, NE but has most recently lived in St. Loius, MO. She has penned her own lyrics and melodies as far back as she can remember. “Around the age of 13 I picked up my Dad’s old Martin guitar to try to give some shape to the lyrics I was writing,” she says. “Playing the guitar was a way for me to tease out the songwriter and give musical shape to what were just words and melodies in my head.” Over time, song-crafting became the intersection of daily living, relationships, faith, theology, philosophy, and beauty in Karen’s life. In 2013, Karen moved back to her hometown of Lincoln, NE with her husband and two children after living for 5 years in St. Louis. The years in St. Louis proved to be influential in shaping the voice and style of Karen’s writing. It was during these years that the songs on Karen’s debut album Paper Birch were written.

Paper Birch, not only represents her heart-on-sleeve songwriting, it also heralds the effortless blend of bluegrass and folk genres. Recorded and produced in Nashville, Tenn., Paper Birch is rooted in all the places and phases that have formed Karen and her music. (facebook)

A Fierce Green Fire – Battle for a Living Planet
Sunday, February 23, 7pm

The Battle for a Living Planet is the first big-picture exploration of the environmental movement – grassroots and global activism spanning fifty years from conservation to climate change. The film chronicles the largest movement of the 20th century and one of the keys to the 21st. It brings together all the major parts of environmentalism and connects them. It focuses on activism, people fighting to save their homes, their lives, the future – and succeeding against all odds.

Melanie Devaney
Sunday, February 23, 8pm
Melanie Devaney is not afraid to speak with her heart, which isn’t suprising considering its history. When she was just four, doctors discovered a small hole and she underwent surgery to repair it. This poignant event at such a young age, which involved taking her heart out of her body, made her aware of the importance of living life to it fullest and making powerful observations about it. These perceptions have materialized in a collection of songs that imply not only life’s brevity, but also its twisted ironies.

She was born and raised small town of Epworth, Iowa, which today has a population of 1,500. Despite her love of Iowa’s pastoral scenery and honest, hard-working people, Melanie has a wide sense of adventure that resulted in her current residence on the West Coast. She travels extensively throughout the year entertaining a wide-array of audiences – from honky-tonk cowboys in Wyoming and Arizona to sophisticated wine drinkers in California. Always in search of great songwriting material, Melanie isn’t known for staying too long in one place and you never know where she’ll wind up next! (facebook)

Open Mic Night
Wednesday, February 26, Signup at 7pm, Performances at 8

Jazz Jam Session
Thursday, February 27, 8pm
Every Thursday, Jazz enthusiasts converge to create some great soundscapes! Come out with your instrument and jam with our house trio!

Frek & the Elixir
Friday, February 28, 8pm
Witness for yourselves what is Frek the Elixir… Derek Dibbern with Jon Appleget and The Mystery and The Flow and Lincoln the Chain and One Lane Bridge and even a touch of Zen Pudding for the Pre-Drifting Era Bolo Paleo. (facebook)

January 2014

Caleb Bailey
Friday, January 3, 8pm
Remember Caleb? He used to serve drinks here. Now he’s serving sweet sweet music from his upcoming album!

Open Mic Night
Wednesday, January 8, Signup at 7pm, Performances at 8

Gretchen Jester
Saturday, January 11, 8pm

Open Mic Night
Wednesday, January 15, Signup at 7pm, Performances at 8

Jazz Jam Session
Thursday, January 16, 8pm
Every Thursday, Jazz enthusiasts converge to create some great soundscapes! Come out with your instrument and jam with our house trio!

Angel Settell – SAS
Friday, January 17, 7pm
SAS is a songstress out of Lincoln, NE. Raw. Honest. Distinctive. Check out her Reverb Nation page for further details.

Open Mic Night
Wednesday, January 22, Signup at 7pm, Performances at 8

Jazz Jam Session
Thursday, January 23, 8pm
Every Thursday, Jazz enthusiasts converge to create some great soundscapes! Come out with your instrument and jam with our house trio!

Sower Records Showcase! Gerardo Meza – Mike Semrad & Gunter Voelker
Friday, January 24, 7pm
Three Legendary Lincoln Musicians all in one night! Don’t miss this!
Sower Records is a collection of artists fancied in the styles of American roots music. We are a combination of the old and new—influenced as much by old-time and bluegrass music as we are rock, jazz and country.

4th Annual Seed Swap
Saturday, January 25, 1-3pm
Are you a seed saver or interested in learning how to save seeds from one season to the next? Join Open Harvest and Meadowlark Coffee for the 4th Annual Seed Swap, a community seed exchange to share garden tips and, of course, seeds.

Grassfire
Saturday, January 25, 8pm
Matt Richardson, Laurie Fraser and Jenny Richardson are three friends with a passion for music and performing. With Matt on banjo, guitar and vocals, Jenny on bass, and Laurie on guitar and vocals, this high-energy acoustic trio performs traditional bluegrass, folk, and country, and puts a new spin on pop. (facebook)

Open Mic Night
Wednesday, January 29, Signup at 7pm, Performances at 8

Grover Anderson
Thursday, January 30, 8pm
Grover Anderson declared that his goal is to celebrate life through emotion. Raised in the historic mountain town of Murphys, CA, Grover cut his teeth playing the bars of Santa Barbara and now makes his home in the Bay Area. His albums delicately tread the border between folk storytelling and pop/rock, and his live shows are high-energy affairs inspired by Garth Brooks, John Fogerty, and Josh Ritter. In early 2014, Grover looks forward to releasing his third album and touring the US. (facebook)