LINCOLN, NE — Hear Nebraska is excited to announce the addition of the Lincoln Calling Music Festival as part of the nonprofit’s growing menu of event-based programming. The 13th-annual Lincoln Calling Music Festival will feature more than 60 emerging national and local artists performing at multiple venues near downtown Lincoln Oct. 6-8, 2016.
“I am very excited about Lincoln Calling and its potential to become a major music festival in the Capital City. Hear Nebraska’s plans and goals are a perfect fit with city efforts to grow our arts and entertainment options,” says Lincoln Mayor Chris Beutler. “In the last few years, Lincoln has taken on a new positive energy that makes our city an exciting place to live and to visit. Lincoln Calling will help spread the word that Lincoln is the place to be!”
Founded by Lincoln promoter Jeremy Buckley in 2004, Lincoln Calling Music Festival has earned a reputation as an opportunity to catch emerging artists such as Future Islands, The Hood Internet, Those Darlins, Sea Wolf, Boy and The Turbo Fruits, along with some of Nebraska and the region’s top acts. Lincoln Calling has drawn an average of 4,000 concertgoers in recent years. Hear Nebraska plans to build the festival into a national event by featuring predominantly national musicians and attracting concertgoers from across the region, and ultimately nationwide.
“Lincoln Calling supports community. It supports the arts. It invests money into the Nebraska music industry, and creates new connections between Nebraska music and the world. All of those things make it a great fit as a Hear Nebraska program,” says Hear Nebraska Executive Director and Co-Founder Andrew Norman. “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to spearhead its growth into a national event.”
Lincoln Calling Founder Jeremy Buckley says the city of Lincoln has long shown that it is willing to support big ideas.
“Live music has long been an important part of the vibrant culture in the city, and partnering with the Hear Nebraska stable of talent and resources can only serve to make the festival a destination spot for music fans across the country,” Buckley says.
Lincoln Calling joins a Hear Nebraska programming lineup that includes the Hear Lincoln and Hear Omaha concert series (and an as-yet-unannounced, summer 2016 concert series in a Greater Nebraska city), the Good Living Tour, as well as music journalism, promotion and education programs.
“Hear Nebraska’s vision is to make the state a globally recognized cultural destination,” Norman says. “Lincoln Calling is our newest, awesome tool with which to do it.”