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Lincoln Calling 2022 Just Added

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Lincoln, NE: Lincoln Calling adds over 30 bands to its 2022 festival lineup. The multi-day event now boasts over 75 musical acts and takes over Downtown Lincoln September 22-24, across eight stages. Nineteen-year-old Chicago rapper Kidd Kenn, who officially made BET history in 2021, appearing as the first out gay male rapper in the BET Hip Hop Awards Rap Cypher, just released his EP “Grown” with booty-shaking party jams like “Body” and self-love anthems like “Good Day.” Also added to the second tier of headlining acts is Armand Hammer, an incendiary New York rap duo featuring underground hip-hop legends billy woods and ELUCID, and an unmatched penchant for stirring imagery and incisive storytelling.

Up-and-coming Philly rapper Ghais Guevara joins the lineup, too, and the festival also welcomes back Def-I, an Albuquerque Indigenous hip-hop artist who took part in Lincoln Calling’s “Digital Experience” in 2020 and will be part of this year's Vision Maker Media showcase. Also on the Indigenous showcase is metal-influenced acoustic rock songwriter Sage Bond, along with rock violinist Sage Cornelius. Nashville by way of Missouri country songwriter Todd Day Wait brings his rich and smooth Americana folk sounds with a full band performance, and space rock outfit Monta At Odds will cast an electronic set to represent KC indie label The Record Machine; indie-soul artist Soultru and indie rock band Blvck Hippie will round out the showcase.

Lincoln Calling is also a time for reunions, legendary Lincoln band reunions, that is. Sideshow, a trio consisting of members – Bernie McGinn, Rich Higgins and Pawl Tisdale –  who all cut their musical teeth in Lincoln’s punk scene of the ’80s and ’90s,will headline the Zipline Brewing Co. showcase. Another nod to Lincoln’s post-hardcore scene is The Machete Archive, which will reunite for the first time in almost 4 years to take you on a melodic, head-banging trip back to their late-aughts heyday. If those reunions weren’t enough to pique your interest, Nebraska expat Kent Heine brings the four-piece Live Skull, considered by many aficionados to be the quintessential New York noise band. The festival also makes room for local newcomers such as Lincoln’s all-girl alt-punk band Estrogen Projection and dream-pop/shoegaze group Ghostlike, Omaha hip-hop artists Quiet2Quiet, and many more.

Now in its 19th year, the Lincoln Calling music and arts festival is back at full throttle. After a leadership change at the beginning of the calendar year, the nonprofit festival has been focused on curating an event that brings communities together through innovative programming and immersive cultural experiences. Lincoln Calling advances music, art and education through creative community activation; producing events and discussions that uplift underrepresented communities while providing a platform for individuals and community partners from diverse backgrounds to come together and be heard. The goal is to positively impact and shine a light on the arts and culture happening in Lincoln.

Ticket on sale now: $100 VIP festival passes; $65 festival passes;Prices will increase the day of the event. Day passes become available early August. Attend Lincoln Calling for free when you sign up to volunteer, and stay up to date on all festival information when you sign up for the Lincoln Calling e-newsletter at!

This year’s festival will be held September 22-24, 2022 and is presented by NRC Health! Thursday programming includes a variety of artist panel discussions and a special Lincoln Calling Zoolarious comedy show at The Zoo Bar. Friday and Saturday will consist of live music, art workshops and panel discussions, two outdoor markets, and more. Venues include: Duffy’s Tavern, The Zoo Bar, Bodega’s Alley and 1867 Bar, as well as our three main stages – the Bourbon Theatre and the outdoor Night Market and Duffy’s Backlot stages. 

As we announced in June - Headlining the main stages are Pennsylvania pop punk group The Menzingers, performing their 2012 album “On the Impossible Past” as part of their upcoming tour celebrating the album’s 10th anniversary; New Orleans hip-hop/funk/soul outfit Tank and the Bangas, who just released their sophomore LP “Red Balloon” in May; and country songwriter Nikki Lane, who returns this fall with her first LP in five years, “Denim and Diamonds.” 

The top of the bill is rounded out by buzzworthy artists Lido Pimienta (Canadian-Chilean pop), Together Pangea (L.A. surf-punk) and Lady Wray (R&B/soul). Plus, the party continues when Ru Paul’s Drag Race queens Roxxxy Andrews and Coco Montrese take the stage for a night of fabulous performances supported by local drag performers. Lincoln Calling’s lineup also boasts a deep roster of regional and local artists, spanning genres as varied as psychedelic rock, hip-hop, folk, blues and indie rock.

In addition to our music offerings is the brand new Tower Square Community Village – a partnership with our friends at the Lincoln Arts Council and presented by Ameritas – which will close 13th Street between P and Q streets and present artist vendors, interactive art installations, nonprofit booths, live music and more. This space will be an all-access, all-ages, family-friendly and free portion of the festival’s Friday and Saturday nights. 

Lincoln Calling will also continue its long-standing relationship with Omaha arts advocacy group BFF to bring live art, murals and pop-up performances throughout this year’s festival. Constellation Studios, Live Yes, Kiechel Fine Art and OutNebraska will partner and produce a variety of workshops and panel discussions. LC's official beer sponsor Zipline Brewing Co. will bring back its beer garden in the Night Market with festival-exclusive ales (boo-yah!) and will also host a music showcase at Duffy’s Tavern. And Vision Maker Media, a nonprofit organization that creates and shares stories by and for Native Americans, will hold its second Lincoln Calling music showcase. But that’s not all! This year, the festival brings back comedy (!!!) with Nebraska expat Joey Z. The comedian, now a DJ for Austin’s KUTX, brings his successful and colorful comedy act, the “Glo Show,” to Lincoln; and comedian/producer of The Zoo Bar’s Zoolarious, Brad Stewart, curates a special Lincoln Calling edition of the long-running comedy show.

Headlining Lincoln Calling: The Menzingers, Tank and The Bangas, Nikki Lane, Lido Pimienta, Kidd Kenn, Together Pangea, Lady Wray, Armand Hammer, The Velveteers, and Roxxxy Andrews and Coco Montrese from Ru Paul’s Drag Race.

Regional and local support includes: Def-I, Blvck Hippie, Ghais Guevara, Plack Blague, Noah Floersch, Todd Day Wait, Kiss the Tiger, Sage Cornelius, Float Like a Buffalo, Case Oats, Weakened Friends, Sage Bond, Salt Creek, MVTANT, Sideshow, Freakabout, Rascal Martinez, BIB, David Nance Band, MAITA, M34N STR33T, Dereck Higgins, Tylynn, The Real Zebos, Myles Jasnowski, Ebony Tusks, The Machete Archive, PROBLEMS, All Young Girls Are Machine Guns, Thirst Things First, Darkwood, SCND SNDWCH, Warm Weapon, Steady Wells, Domestica, Better Friend, Will Hutchinson, James Hatem, The Midland Band, Scotti Clifford & Spirits Cry, Cat Piss, The Cavves, Karen Meat, Soultru, Mad Dog and The 20/20s, Social Cinema, Uh Oh, Pagan Athletes, Las Cruxes, Live Skull, Ghostlike, Garst, Monta at Odds, Emily Bass and the Near Miracle, Quiet2Quiet, Static Soul, The Crooked Rugs, JGrimmy, Saving Fiona, KevyCav, Dirty Talker, TrvpSquad, Estrogen Projection, Ivory Daze, Live Lyve, Wick O’Rya, Dr. Fick, Verse and the Vices, MotHawk, Callisto, Levi Platero, Leaves Brown, YYB

Special Showcases by Vision Maker Media, Zipline Brewing Co., The Record Machine, Black Magik, Zoolarious, and “Glo Show” w/ Joey Z