Events 2015

November 2015

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

Nicomedez Calhoun, Ojai, and Jessica Errett
Friday, November 6, 8-10pm

Artist Coalition Open Mic
Saturday, November 7, 8-10pm
The Artist Coalition is a Lincoln group who’s trying to grow the local hip hop community. They are hosting a freestyle rap battle.

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

Bassoons Across Nebraska
Friday, November 13, 8-10pm

Poet Tree Slam
Tuesday, November 17, 7-9pm
The Lincoln Poet Tree Slam is a monthly opportunity for all voices to…be! (Standard NPS rules apply, of course.) Open mic-ers welcome, of course!

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

Release Time
Friday, November 20, 8-10pm

Ace and Dan
Saturday, November 21, 8-10pm
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.

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

Cub Phillips Group
Saturday, November 28, 8-10pm
Jazz/Free Improvisation group formed around the core of guitarist Cub Phillips and bassist Michael Frederickson. Based in Omaha, Nebraska.

October 2015

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

Julia Cortiñas
Saturday, October 10, 8-10pm
With roots in the nightspots of early 20th century Paris, French musette is a fusion of musical influences. Folksy dance hall forms, smoky cabaret tunes, and Spanish-Latin genres are infused with bubbly running notes and a sensual, jazz swing that recalls Paris greats such as Piaf, Privat, Reinhardt, and Grappelli.

Lincoln musician Julia Williams Cortiñas has been playing musette style accordion for almost as long as she has been performing. At just 17 years old, she was hired to play pre-show transitional music (it was in the lobby!) for a production of a French play at the renowned Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis. Asked to conjure Paris in America, she dug into a printed anthology of musette classics. For interpretation, she relied on her (pre-YouTube) memories of players she had heard on a trip to Europe. The most juicy handful from that first crop of songs are still in rotation in her repertoire today.

In 2015, French musette remains the most in demand style for Cortiñas – and it has grown to fit like a second skin. But she is also a classically trained accordionist with a love for breaking convention. Her performances inevitably include shades of modern music, tango, and a salty dash of Midwest American attitude.

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

The Original Prime Suspects
Saturday, October 17, 8-10pm
Acoustic Trio

Live Tango ft Maria Volonte
Monday, October 19
Maria Volonte is a Latin Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter from Argentina celebrated around the world for the stories she tells through her songs, her exquisite voice and her intense live performances. A tireless adventurer in music as in life, Maria lives year-round on the road, criss-crossing the globe to share her music with new audiences.

The live Tango is mainly a music focused event, and there may be a number of artists involved. Latin Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Maria Volonte is on tour from Argentina, and the local tango community is looking to do a collaboration of sorts, kind of like a round robin type of event, with multiple artists playing a few tunes each. At this time, Maria is the only confirmed artist. Check back for updates.

Poet Tree Slam
Tuesday, October 20, 7-9pm
The Lincoln Poet Tree Slam is a monthly opportunity for all voices to…be! (Standard NPS rules apply, of course.) Open mic-ers welcome, of course!

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

Masa Ishikawa Trio
Thursday, October 22, 8-10pm
Masa Ishikawa (keyboard)
Chris Varga (drums)
Eric Hitt (bass)

The Brave Optimistic and The True Wheel
Saturday, October 24, 8-10pm

Hemp Council of Nebraska Meeting
Tuesday, October 27, 6:30pm
Join us for a discussion about bringing industrial hemp to Nebraska.

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

Phoebe Dro album release/Tiny Giant launch party
Friday, October 30
Phoebe Dro will be launching her record label, Tiny Giant, as well as her new album. There will be a costume contest, face painting by Fun-tastic Faces, and a photo booth with Great Plains James.

from a hearnebraska.org article
When Lincoln emcee Phoebe Dro takes the stage, she doesn’t use her forceful delivery just to entertain. She aims to open eyes and to teach, carving out her place in a hip-hop tradition that goes back decades.

“I feel that rap is for people who have a lot to say, but right now is just saturated with people who have nothing to say,” Dro says. “I definitely write with the intention of making you think.”

Dro calls her music “hip-hop with a punk soul.” Her style touches genres from metal to house and she brings personal weight to lyrics of social justice and freedom.

Dro has played music since age 10, when, still living in her native Kentucky, she was mistakenly gifted a guitar meant for her brother. They shared while she learned to play, and by high school she was a guitarist in metal bands.

She played punk after graduating in 2006, and her further musical development overlapped with travel. As she explored different states and eventually moved to Nebraska, she spent time as a dubstep producer and started crafting beats for emcees. However, her would-be collaborators were slow to finish their verses. Impatient after what was often months of waiting, she decided to rap on the tracks herself.

Those songs led to working with other producers and eventually to the Straighten Up and Die Right mixtape. The record, 11 tracks of melodically rich beats and strong lyricism, features solo cuts and songs with other artists, like Lincoln vocalist Gina Harvey and fellow Lincoln producer/emcee Kamakauzzy.

September 2015

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

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

Masa Ishikawa Trio
Thursday, September 10, 7-9pm

Joey Plunkett
Friday, September 11, 7-9pm

Loren Eisley Birthday Celebration
Saturday, September 12, 11am-3pm

Poet Tree Slam
Tuesday, September 15, 7-9pm
The Lincoln Poet Tree Slam is a monthly opportunity for all voices to…be! (Standard NPS rules apply, of course.) Open mic-ers welcome, of course!

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

Jack Rodenburg
Thursday, September 17, 7-9pm

Jennifer Hall
Friday, September 18, 7pm
In the past five years, soulful indie Singer/Songwriter Jennifer Hall and her band have taken the Chicago music scene by storm headlining Chicago’s top venues like The Metro, Schubas, Subterranean. She has been named as “an artist to watch” by Chicagoist and a “phenomenal singer” by Lin Brehmer of 93WXRT. Jennifer Hall releases music that is both timeless and fresh. Jennifer’s highly anticipated self titled EP will be released June 12th, 2015.

Funded by a hugely successful Kickstarter campaign and recorded at Rax Trax Recording in Chicago, Jennifer’s latest record will feature lush string arrangements, rich vocal harmonies and Jennifer’s staple, her powerhouse vocals. Jennifer and her band will be embarking on their second nationwide tour in Summer/Fall 2015 in support of her latest release.

Last summer, Jennifer took part in the ‘Hot Stove, Cool Music’ charity show at The Metro, benefiting The Foundation To Be Named Later, performing alongside John Stiratt of Wilco, Tom Morello of Rage Against The Machine, Len Kasper of The Chicago Cubs, Scott Lucas of Local H, Jimmy Chamberlin of The Smashing Pumpkins and Cheap Trick.

The near future is sure to bring promising things to this buzzing artist. (facebook)

Baker Explosion
Saturday, September 19, 7-9pm

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

Open Harvest Storymobile Listening Party
Tuesday, September 29, 6-7pm

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

August 2015

Songwriter Sunday Show
Bonehart Flannigan w/ Oedipus Tex
Sunday, August 2, 9:30 pm
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

Back Rodenburg
Tuesday, August 4 7-9 pm

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

Leaves Brown
Tuesday, August 11 7-9 pm

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

Justin Lepard
Thursday, August 13th 7-9 pm
“The goal is to offer a new type of performance to Lincoln,” Lepard said. “You don’t have to hear the same style of song, one right after another. You just have to hear a flow to the music and stay into it and feel that energy.”

“Interesting” for Lepard is contemporary classical music, the No. 1 thing he said he sees missing from the city’s music scene.

“I’m not seeing people regularly performing this,” he said. “I would see students at school interested in it and occasionally perform a modern work, but there was no context for it. They would do it, but there was no ability for people (outside of UNL) to appreciate it or critique it. There is no community to perform in an ensemble and play bigger works. And there is no venue for it to attract audiences.

“I’ve been passionate about contemporary classical music for years, and I really want to bring it to my hometown.”

Black Eyed Susan
Friday, August 14th 7-9 pm
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.

Poet Tree Slam
Tuesday, August 18th 7pm
The Lincoln Poet Tree Slam is a monthly opportunity for all voices to…be! (Standard NPS rules apply, of course.) Open mic-ers welcome, of course!

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

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

Frek and Elixir
Friday, August 28th 7-9 pm
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)

July 2015

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

Cub Phillips and Mike Frederickson Group
Friday, July 3, 7pm

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

Leaves Brown
Thursday, July 9, 7pm

Latin American Trio
Friday, July 10, 7pm

Joey Plunkett
Saturday, July 11, 8pm

Myles Jasnowski
Tuesday, July 14, 7pm

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

Justin Lepard
Thursday, July 16, 7pm

Poet Tree Slam
Tuesday, July 21, 7pm

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

Jason Norman Wellsandt
Saturday, July 25, 7pm

Songwriter Sunday Show
Orion Walsh w/ Jordan-Morgan Landsdowne
Sunday, July 26, 9pm

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

Cub Phillips
Thursday, July 30, 7pm

June 2015

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

The Deadsea Horses
Saturday, June 6, 8pm
The Deadsea Horses is a musical journal by songwriter A. Salcido Jr. It is middle of nowhere music, inspired by love, truth, people, and forgotten places. From Texas, from the heart, and with a little soul.

Songwriter Sunday Show
Anna Christensen w/ Elle Carpenter (Vermont)
Sunday, June 7, 9pm
Anna is a singer/songwriter and musician from Lincoln, Nebraska. Her EP is now available at www.noisetrade.com/annacchristensen.

Originally from Vermont, Elle Carpenter has been singing as long as she’s been walking. She spent significant childhood years touring around the country with four siblings and her mother, performing and doing workshops at folk festivals, schools and other events.

At age 6 she recorded her first record, singing back-up as one of the “Wee-bops” of Central Vermont. Soon afterwards she recorded another album with a folk group called the Fiddleheads. From age 10 to 16 Elle toured with world/folk music group Village Harmony, traveling around the USA, UK, Canada, Denmark and Germany. In 2009 (after recording and releasing her first solo album “The Best”) she was flown to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam to perform at the White Palace Convention Center for a month.

Elle has been touring the USA since 2010, having released two additional rock albums: “With Open Hands” (November 2011) and “Simple Girl” (January 2014).

Elle is proud to have a new album coming out in May 2015: this next album is a true reflection of the diversity she has experienced in her life as a musician. Titled “Life Just Happens To You,” this acoustic folk/rock/country compilation is Elle’s first step into the world of Americana.

“Many people have told me there is a RIGHT way of doing things in the music business. Well I don’t believe that’s true. I write in as many genres as possible, not always intentionally but because I believe that only by using all our influences can we make sense of the world we live in. This applies to music and to progress. As a young child I was greatly affected by the arts and also encouraged to mix creativity with hard work and self-motivation. I use music as my form of expression in the hopes that I can touch other people and change their lives.”

Poet Tree Slam
Tuesday, June 9, 7pm

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

Songwriter Sunday Show
Blake Byrd Band (Dallas)
Sunday, June 14, 9pm
The Blake Byrd Band is an Indie/Alternative/Pop group based out of Dallas Texas. With their Debut Record Wherever You Are Now recently released and available for free on Spotify, they joined the Indie On Air Records Team and began Turning heads at Festivals such as ACL and SXSW, and playing at popular venues like Six Flags Over Texas. The Blake Byrd Band is taking the ordinary Indie/Pop slapping some funk on to it, and leaving it in your head for days to come!

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

Songwriter Sunday Show
Mary Scholz (Los Angeles)
Sunday, June 21, 9pm

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

Songwriter Sunday Show
Orion Walsh
Sunday, June 28, 9pm

LK1
Monday, June 29, 8pm
LK1 is a sideproject of David S. Gilburd of Ethereal Host. A way of projecting emotions and feelings onto other people, violently. Incorporating Loops, Live Drums (electronic and acoustic), Effected Vocals, Keyboards of sorts, Guest Appearances and Masks/Disguises, this is a way to explore the outer reaches of reality/Sound.

May 2015

Ace & Dan
Saturday, May 2, 8:00pm

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

Vegan Boutique Beauty and Bake Sale
Saturday, May 9, 11:00am
Common Root – Mutual Aid Center will be selling handmade vegan beauty products and tasty vegan goodies outside Meadowlark Coffee and Espresso. Stop by anytime from 11 AM – 3 PM on Saturday, May 9th to pick up some vegan treats for yourself and anyone you’d like to pamper.
Interested in donating vegan food or beauty products for the sale? Questions: contact@commonroot.net. Common Root is a 501(c)(3) non-profit – part of your grass-roots community. All proceeds from the sale will help us continue bringing you free events all year round!

The True Wheel
Saturday, May 9, 8:00pm
The True Wheel is a three-piece (keyboards, drums, bass) with two members also in the band Floating Opera.

Songwriter Sunday Show
Mitch Gettman w/ Nick Gerken
Sunday, May 10, 9pm
Catch a part of the Mitch Gettman Midwest Tour and come see Omaha’s award winning (Omaha Entertainment and Arts Award: Best Singer/Songwriter – 2014) perform an acoustic set of original songs. w/ Nick Nerk Gerken.
Gettman is a singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist currently residing in Lawrence, KS. He has been writing and recording since the age of 13 and has now released two albums and two EPs. Gettman currently resides outside of Lawrence, KS where he creates masterful concoctions of food and walks a dog around named Ella. He is also reported to be working on his third album.

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

The Original Prime Suspects
Saturday, May 16, 8:00pm

Songwriter Sunday Show
Semrad/Günter Spaceship Show (Mike Semrad of the Bottle Tops & Günter Vōelker of Jack Hotel)
Sunday, May 17, 9pm
This rare evening of music will highlight Michael Semrad’s brand new solo-record being released on Sower Records in the fall of 2015. Joining Semrad will be fellow label-mate and guitar extraordinaire, Günter Võelker. The venue only holds 70, so mark your calendars now and get there early.

Poet Tree Slam
Tuesday, May 19, 7:00pm
The Lincoln Poet Tree Slam is a monthly opportunity for all voices to…be! (Standard NPS rules apply, of course.) Open mic-ers welcome, of course!

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

Magma Melodier
Saturday, May 23
Magma Melodier is an Americana Rock band in Lincoln, Ne. They are available for weddings, funerals, bah mitzvahs, and drinking the unguarded beer in your fridge. Members: Jeff Iwanski, Tery Daly, Mark Hansen, Vince Ruhl, Christopher Steffen.

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

Whiskey Drinkers Union
Saturday, May 30, 8:00pm
Hooky Garagey Rootsy Rock from Lincoln, NE. Members: Patrick O’Donnell (guitar, harp, lead vox), Alex Houchin (drums, harmony vox), David Baumann (keys, bass).

Songwriter Sunday Show
Lars & Mal w/ Summerglen (Raleigh, NC)
Sunday, May 31, 9pm
we are lars & mal. we have cool style and nice pipes. for the moment, our music is a sweet and sassy blend of simple, rhythmic guitar and layered vocal harmonies. we draw inspiration from folk, roots and soul music but there is definitely a strong pop element to our sound. lars & mal have been performing together in some capacity for something like 8 years. our long friendship makes the music come easy. sometimes it just feels right, y’know? Members: lars, mal, chels, ricky, adam.

What happens when a trombone meets a marimba? You get Summerglen – positive, peaceful, and heartfelt music! Summerglen, the world’s only trombone and marimba duo, is dedicated to bringing positive energy and creative original music into people’s lives. With a sound that listeners describe as “magical”, “hypnotic”, and “enchanting”, Summerglen transports audiences to a serene and tranquil place during every performance.

Summerglen is trombonist Christina Thompson and percussionist Andrew Munger. Both Christina and Andrew are classically-trained musicians with over 20 years of experience, who have enjoyed fruitful careers as freelance and symphony musicians in the Raleigh, NC area. Despite their success with interpreting other people’s music, Christina and Andrew have always longed to express themselves through their own musical creations.

Starting in 2006, the pair began experimenting with ways to draw the beauty out of their unique combination of instruments, and gradually integrated the trombone/marimba format into their freelance work. In April of 2012, Christina and Andrew performed their first all-original show, and Summerglen was born! Today, Summerglen has completed its first nationwide tour, and is on a mission to continue sharing its distinctive musical flavor with listeners around the world.

April 2015

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

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

Lotus Leaves w/ The Silver Rabbit and Amateur Geologists
Saturday, April 4, 7:00pm

Songwriter Sunday Show
La Musa Confusa w/ Minor Birds (Oakland)
Sunday, April 5, 9pm
From Oakland, CA, Minor Birds is Chelsea Wilde (Keys/Vocals/Guitar), and Joel Wilde (Bass/Contra Bass), a two piece that play beautifully dark songs of truth. They categorize themselves as Indie/Symphonic Rock/Apocalyptic Doom Folk/MINOR-CORE.

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

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

Hope Dunbar
Saturday, April 11, 8:00pm
Hope Dunbar’s music is rooted where and with whom she lives: in small town Utica, NE (population 800) with her husband and three kids. Between basketball games and PTA meetings, she finds time to write about women like her: complicated. Sometimes stretched thin and wanting more; sometimes singing liberation anthems and cracking jokes; always believing love is never too far out of reach. Hope’s debut EP “A Woman like Me” showcases her powerhouse vocals and her ukulele and guitar prowess with songs and style influenced by traditional country and folk.

Hope has released “Woman Like Me”, a solo EP in 2013 and “Make Some Room for Love” the debut album of her ukulele trio, Star Belle.

Songwriter Sunday Show
Jack Hotel w/ Miniature Horse
Sunday, April 12, 9pm

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

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

Midnight Wanderers
Saturday, April 18, 7:00pm

Songwriter Sunday Show
Evan Bartels w/ Joe Stevens (Sacramento)
Sunday, April 19, 9pm

California-based singer/songwriter, guitar and banjoman, Joe Stevens is a third-generation professional musician in a long line of restless westward moving souls. From his roots as an awkward kid with a debilitating stutter, through dark years of alcohol and drug addiction, Joe’s music touches on themes at once specific and ubiquitous, portraying the human condition distilled — where one person’s story is truly everyone’s story. A prolific writer, the muse began whispering at the age of fifteen and Joe has produced some untold thousands of songs and essays in his 32 years. Joe is the main songwriter in the Alt-Americana group Coyote Grace, who released five albums between 2006 and 2012 and toured with the Indigo Girls, Melissa Ferrick, and Girlyman; sharing stages with Chris Pureka, Greensky Bluegrass, Reverend Payton’s Big Damn Band, and legends such as Cris Williamson and Lowen and Navarro.

This year’s highly anticipated release of Last Man Standing, his first album under his own name, takes him back out on the trail, criss-crossing the US from August to November. A seasoned road dog and performer, Joe is as much at home out in the wild public lands as on the concrete of the American urban jungles, from farmer’s markets to theater stages. Co-produced with Michael Connolly at Empty Sea Studios in Seattle WA, Last Man Standing combines Joe’s distinct songwriting – a strong focus on word craft, with folk roots and old time sensibilities yet with subtly altered meters, progressions, and content – and Michael’s multi-instrumentalist and technical skills, creating a genre-bending mix of folk, indie-rock, and neo-soul that is both alternative and traditional. A dark past and keen insight gives weight to Joe’s words, sung in his signature smokey voice, telling the stories that are his contribution to the treasury of North American Roots music.

Joe’s music rides the edge of the first wave of transgender performers to break through into the public consciousness. The social media explosion combined with shifting public opinion created the conditions that enabled trans and queer artists, a highly marginalized and often isolated subculture, to connect and gain visibility throughout the world. Joe performs and gives workshops on songwriting and queer/trans issues at colleges and universities and is a social justice activist for underdogs of all stripes, committed to honoring their vital contributions to the greater collective evolution.

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

Jazz Jam Session
Thursday, April 23, 7-9pm
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)
Saturday, April 25, 8:00pm
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.

Songwriter Sunday Show
TBA
Sunday, April 26, 9pm

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

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

March 2015

Songwriter Sunday Show
I Forgot To Love My Father w/ blét
Sunday, March 1, 9pm

I Forgot To Love My Father (Lincoln crybaby-garbage-folk. There are usually like 10 people in this band.)

blét (Pronounced “blay”). Lincoln 3 piece ambient pop/rock.
All ages. $5.

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

Jazz Jam Session
Thursday, March 5, 7-9pm
Every Thursday, Jazz enthusiasts converge to create some great soundscapes! Come out with your instrument and jam with our house trio!

Real Food pop-up film festival
Friday, March 6, 8:00pm
A screening of 10 short films about food and sustainable farming hosted by the UNL Social Practice Coalition, a group of student and community artists working to build participation in the arts.
Films are finalists from the Real Food Media Contest. The Real Food Media Project is a collaboration among some of the nation’s leading food and farming organizations joining together to help spread the story of food.

Ace and Dan
Saturday, March 7, 8:00pm

Songwriter Sunday Show
Little Marais w/ The Tinder Box
Sunday, March 8, 9pm
Little Marais: Chance has been part of the Lincoln music scene for a long time now. His bittersweet songs of love lost or celebratory verses of love held help the listener through the highs and lows of this human experience. Chance is maximizing his journalistic talent to create a better Nebraska through his past work at the Daily Nebraskan and now at HearNebraska.org. From raising money for the Omaha Tribe at a benefit concert to playing local music on Hear Nebraska’s KZUM program. Chance is one of the hearts, minds, and backbones that make this place sacred.
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The Tinder Box Humbled by their south-eastern South Dakota roots, The Tinder Box (Chad Konrad, Dominic Osterloh, & Jon Wallner) offer a uniquely cohesive blend of Folk, Blues, & Bluegrass. With their February 2011 release of their debut EP These Winds (recorded at Blacklodge Recording in Eudora, KS), The Tinder Box has emerged as a three-member band with the driving force of most full-bands. Facebook | Video

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

Jazz Jam Session
Thursday, March 12, 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
Saturday, March 14, 8:00pm

Songwriter Sunday Show
Purple Hays w/ Risky Clique
Sunday, March 15, 9pm

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

Jazz Jam Session
Thursday, March 19, 7-9pm
Every Thursday, Jazz enthusiasts converge to create some great soundscapes! Come out with your instrument and jam with our house trio!

Wendy and the Lost Boys w/ Rachel Price
Saturday, March 21, 8:00pm

Songwriter Sunday Show
All Young Girls are Machine Guns w/ Mesonjixx
Sunday, March 22, 9pm
All Young Girls are Machine Guns is sometimes a single singer-songwriter on her ukulele, and sometimes a six piece Doo-Wop and Soul band from Omaha, Nebraska. Formed back in 2009, AYGAMG has taken the last five years to develop their sound from a mish-mash of pop, jazz, country, and blues and fine tuned it into a consistent soulful sound that The Readers’ music editor Chris Aponick says “should appeal to Billie Holiday fans and She & Him fans alike.”
Rebecca Lowry – ukulele / vox
Jon Ochsner – bass
Jason Domonkos – drums
Jessica Errett – guitar / bgvs
Kristin Pikop – keys / bgvs
Molly Welsh – bgvs
**And sometimes:
Travis Sing – bass
Will Meinen – guitar
Kaitlyn Hova – violin
Edward Spencer – mouth harp

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

Jazz Jam Session
Thursday, March 26, 7-9pm
Every Thursday, Jazz enthusiasts converge to create some great soundscapes! Come out with your instrument and jam with our house trio!

Cub Phillips w/ Michael Frederickson Group
Saturday, March 28, 7:00pm

Songwriter Sunday Show
SAS w/ Steven DeLair
Sunday, March 29, 9pm
SAS: With sonic comparisons to Joni Mitchell, Kathleen Edwards, and Patty Griffin, SAS brings a warmth and repose to the stage while maintaining a witicism, edginess, and full-bodied sentiment to challenge the most jaded of listenerships. Through her distinctive voicings, SAS invokes audiences with a contemplative and honest delivery. Check out her reverb nation page

February 2015

Songwriter Sunday Show
Finding Muluneh Fundraiser w/ La Musa Confusa, The Silver Rabbit, Crow Moses (Chicago), Miniature Horse, Mesonjixx
Sunday, February 1, 9pm

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

Jazz Jam Session
Thursday, February 5, 7-9pm
Every Thursday, Jazz enthusiasts converge to create some great soundscapes! Come out with your instrument and jam with our house trio!

Years of Living Dangerously Film Series Part 3
Friday, February 6, 7pm

Leaves Brown – Skylark
Saturday, February 7, 7pm

Songwriter Sunday Show
Kerry Eddy and The Current Situation w/ Scott Severin
Sunday, February 8, 9pm

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

Jazz Jam Session
Thursday, February 12, 7-9pm
Every Thursday, Jazz enthusiasts converge to create some great soundscapes! Come out with your instrument and jam with our house trio!

Years of Living Dangerously Film Series Part 4
Friday, February 13, 7pm

Songwriter Sunday Show
Hana Zara w/ Paul Doffing (Ames)
Sunday, February 15, 9pm

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

Jazz Jam Session
Thursday, February 19, 7-9pm
Every Thursday, Jazz enthusiasts converge to create some great soundscapes! Come out with your instrument and jam with our house trio!

Sister Café Benefit Show w/ Frailin’ Hearts
Friday, February 20, 7pm

Bassoons Across Nebraska
Saturday, February 21, 8pm

Songwriter Sunday Show
The Wildwoods w/ The Prairie Creek Ramblers
Sunday, February 22, 9pm

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

Jazz Jam Session
Thursday, February 26, 7-9pm
Every Thursday, Jazz enthusiasts converge to create some great soundscapes! Come out with your instrument and jam with our house trio!

Ozark Hutch
Friday, February 27, 7pm

Clay – FCC Bros.
Saturday, February 28, 7pm

January 2015

Cub Phillips Michael Frederickson Group
January 3, 7pm
Jazz/Free Improvisation group formed around the core of guitarist Cub Phillips and bassist Michael Frederickson. Based in Omaha, Nebraska.

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

Jazz Jam Session
Thursday, January 8, 7-9pm
Every Thursday, Jazz enthusiasts converge to create some great soundscapes! Come out with your instrument and jam with our house trio!

Songwriter Sunday Show
Will Hutchinson Band Debut w/ Xion
Sunday, January 11, 9pm

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

Jazz Jam Session
Thursday, January 15, 7-9pm
Every Thursday, Jazz enthusiasts converge to create some great soundscapes! Come out with your instrument and jam with our house trio!

Songwriter Sunday Show
JD Powers
Sunday, January 18, 9pm

The Lincoln Poet Tree Slam
Tuesday, January 20,7pm

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

Jazz Jam Session
Thursday, January 22, 7-9pm
Every Thursday, Jazz enthusiasts converge to create some great soundscapes! Come out with your instrument and jam with our house trio!

Years of Living Dangerously Film Series
Friday, January 23, 7pm

Songwriter Sunday Show
Father, Misty, and the Big Rock w/ Orion Walsh
Sunday, January 25, 9pm

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

Jazz Jam Session
Thursday, January 29, 7-9pm
Every Thursday, Jazz enthusiasts converge to create some great soundscapes! Come out with your instrument and jam with our house trio!

Years of Living Dangerously Film Series
Friday, January 30, 7pm

Jack of Hearts
Saturday, January 31, 8pm