Lincoln Calling starts this week; Colony House tonight…

Category: Blog — Tags: , — @ 1:02 pm October 6, 2014
Lincoln Calling 2014 starts tomorrow.

Lincoln Calling 2014 starts tomorrow.

by Tim McMahan,

All the action is happening in Lincoln this week as the 11th annual Lincoln Calling kicks off Tuesday. Actually, the live music portion of LC doesn’t begin until Wednesday. Tomorrow is dedicated to two film festivals happening at The Bourbon Theater.

All the details are at I think it’s safe to say that Lincoln Calling is Nebraska’s largest indie music festival — or for that matter, the closest we get to having a real festival. Eight venues over five nights and god knows how many bands, mostly local but with a sprinkling of regional acts thrown in. My only complaint is that it takes place in Lincoln.

Could Omaha — or more specifically, Benson — host a similar multi-day festival where the participating bands actually get paid something? It would take someone with the same level of dedication as LC mastermind Jeremy Buckley to get it off the ground.  So the answer is probably no, though an organization like Hear Nebraska would be a natural for such a festival. So would Maha in conjunction with its annual concert. Lord knows Benson has the facilities to handle a multi-day local/regional blowout…

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Tennessee indie pop band Colony House headlines tonight at Reverb Lounge. I never heard of these guys but they’ve got nearly 35,000 Facebook likes (whatever that’s worth). With Little Rock’s Knox Hamilton and Philly band Cheerleader. $10, 9 p.m.

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