Lincoln-based music nonprofits Hear Nebraska (HN) and 89.3 KZUM have teamed up to announce the return of Hear Lincoln, the Capitol City’s weekly downtown concert series. The nine-week program — presented by Downtown Lincoln Association — features free, family-friendly concerts every Friday night, Aug. 4-Sept. 29, from 5-7 p.m. at Tower Square, 13th & P. This year’s lineup casts a wide net with hip-hop, folk, indie rock, blues and ska all featured in the series. We’re excited to see the series come together again to showcase the array of music and art being created right here in Lincoln. Hear Lincoln originally launched in 2011 as a way to connect the local music scene with a new audience. Following its absence in 2016, and in the wake of Hear Grand Island’s evening success, it moves from its former lunch-hour time slot to post-work-day. The series kicks off with Spit Seeds for Proceeds, a joint watermelon-seed-spitting contest that benefits Hear Nebraska and The Bay. It starts at 4 p.m. and watermelons are free, with a $5 suggested donation. Evol Empire Creative, Whole Foods and WTRMLNWTR sponsor this specific concert. Find more information here. Hear Lincoln concludes Friday, Sept 29, during night two of Lincoln Calling Music Festival, Sept 28-30. The show will happen on the festival’s Night Market Stage — amidst local vendors and a beer garden — on a closed-down 14th St between O and P. Check out the full Hear Lincoln lineup below: Aug. 4 — Jack Hotel, Risky Clique Aug. 11 — Evan Bartels & the Stoney Lonesomes, Orion Walsh & the Rambling Hearts Aug. 18 — Mobius, Lucas Kellison Duo Aug. 25 — I Forgot To Love My Father, Hana Zara Sept. 1 — Phip Phippa, M Shah Sept. 8 — blét, Jens Lehman & the Time Cops Sept. 15 — Andrea von Kampen, Mike Semrad Sept. 22 — Gabe Nelson w/ Pants, Clay Sept. 29 — Mad Dog & the 20/20s, Ro Hempel Band The 2017 Hear Lincoln is made possible thanks to Downtown Lincoln Association, Hudl, Powers Law, Whole Foods, The Bay.