Nebraska Folk & Roots Festival

Nebraska Folk & Roots Festival 2018 Folk & Roots Music Festival, a community event near Elkhorn, Nebraska. 2018 Folk & Roots Music Festival, a community event near Lincoln, Nebraska.

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There’s a country swing, folk and roots revival happening this Saturday night, July 17th! Get your tickets, and don’t mi...
07/14/2021

There’s a country swing, folk and roots revival happening this Saturday night, July 17th! Get your tickets, and don’t miss this once in a lifetime evening.

Tickets and more info at: www.NebraskaPerformingArts.com

There’s a country swing, folk and roots revival happening this Saturday night, July 17th! Get your tickets, and don’t miss this once in a lifetime evening.

Tickets and more info at: www.NebraskaPerformingArts.com

Saturday, July 17th a pack of Folk & Roots alumni get inducted into the Nebraska Performing Arts Hall of Fame. Don’t mis...
07/11/2021

Saturday, July 17th a pack of Folk & Roots alumni get inducted into the Nebraska Performing Arts Hall of Fame. Don’t miss out on this amazing live show and induction for two legendary bands: Sour Mash & Dr.John Walker.

6pm doors, 7pm show at Pla Mor Ballroom. For tickets and more information, please visit: www.nebraskaperformingarts.com

Saturday, July 17th a pack of Folk & Roots alumni get inducted into the Nebraska Performing Arts Hall of Fame. Don’t miss out on this amazing live show and induction for two legendary bands: Sour Mash & Dr.John Walker.

6pm doors, 7pm show at Pla Mor Ballroom. For tickets and more information, please visit: www.nebraskaperformingarts.com

Saturday, July 17th a pack of Folk & Roots alumni get inducted into the Nebraska Performing Arts Hall of Fame. Don’t mis...
07/11/2021
Nebraska Performing Arts Hall of Fame

Saturday, July 17th a pack of Folk & Roots alumni get inducted into the Nebraska Performing Arts Hall of Fame. Don’t miss out on this amazing live show and induction for two legendary bands: Sour Mash & Dr.John Walker.

For more information, please visit: www.nebraskaperformingarts.com

6pm doors, 7pm show at Pla Mor Ballroom. For tickets, click here:

Tickets for Nebraska Performing Arts Hall of Fame in Lincoln from ShowClix. Dr. John Walker: A true Nebraska Folk music icon. Whether it be through his lyrics, his performances or his encouragement to other musicians, Walker brought the community together with music and impacted many people during h

06/30/2021

Who’s up for a FREEDOM CELEBRATION & FREE SHOW?!!!

Don’t forget, July 3rd in Nebraska City, with Héctor Anchondo Band, Mike Semrad & the Riverhawks, Lucas Minor Music, and Jack Hotel.
Full day of family fun, staring at 1pm to 9pm, with an amazing firework show to follow.

More info at https://nebraskacity.com/festival/independence-day-celebration/

We are so excited to team up with Nebraska City Tourism & Commerce, Inc. for this year's TREESTOCK. This is a FREE admis...
06/10/2021

We are so excited to team up with Nebraska City Tourism & Commerce, Inc. for this year's TREESTOCK. This is a FREE admission Arbor Day 150 year event featuring LIVE music, family fun, and a beer garden...followed by the annual Nebraska City Jaycees Fireworks Show. It's all happening in Steinhart Park!

Featured performers staring at 1pm:
2020 International Blues Challenge Champion Héctor Anchondo Band(full band, horn section), along with Nebraska City favorite Mike Semrad & the Riverhawks, H***y Tonk guitar slinger Lucas Minor Music, and Nebraska roots sensations Jack Hotel.

The whole neighborhood is getting in on it - Bethel Church is hosting a Family Fun Day with bounce houses for the kids, food trucks, and a dunk tank; there are two baseball games at Clemmy Holmes field that afternoon; and the Steinhart Aquatic Center will be open all day.

Invite your friends and family - details on lodging packages coming soon!

We are so excited to team up with Nebraska City Tourism & Commerce, Inc. for this year's TREESTOCK. This is a FREE admission Arbor Day 150 year event featuring LIVE music, family fun, and a beer garden...followed by the annual Nebraska City Jaycees Fireworks Show. It's all happening in Steinhart Park!

Featured performers staring at 1pm:
2020 International Blues Challenge Champion Héctor Anchondo Band(full band, horn section), along with Nebraska City favorite Mike Semrad & the Riverhawks, H***y Tonk guitar slinger Lucas Minor Music, and Nebraska roots sensations Jack Hotel.

The whole neighborhood is getting in on it - Bethel Church is hosting a Family Fun Day with bounce houses for the kids, food trucks, and a dunk tank; there are two baseball games at Clemmy Holmes field that afternoon; and the Steinhart Aquatic Center will be open all day.

Invite your friends and family - details on lodging packages coming soon!

Tune into The Zoo Bar page this Wednesday, Dec.23rd, at 7pm for a very special FREE performance by some Folk N ...
12/22/2020
Zoo Bar Plus is creating Monthly Memberships | Patreon

Tune into The Zoo Bar page this Wednesday, Dec.23rd, at 7pm for a very special FREE performance by some Folk N Roots alums.

Josh Hoyer & Soul Colossal
Kris Lager Band
The Bottle Tops
Jack Hotel

This is a FREE show promoting The Zoo Bar's new ZOO BAR +PLUS Membership Patreon that you can donate to here:

https://www.patreon.com/zoobar

But, we urge you to donate to The Zoo Bar and a small amount of $8 a month to save the venue! Show them and other venues downtown some love by donating what you can all around.

Cheers, Friends.

Become a patron of Zoo Bar Plus today: Get access to exclusive content and experiences on the world’s largest membership platform for artists and creators.

Jack Hotel, one of our Folk & Roots favorites, is realeasing a new record Saturday, June 27th, along with an epic  live-...
06/08/2020

Jack Hotel, one of our Folk & Roots favorites, is realeasing a new record Saturday, June 27th, along with an epic live-streamed Concert event and listening party with some of our national favorites!

Tune into the Jack Hotel page for live coverage, starting at 6pm with the new record listening party, and 7pm live-streamed concert.

Acts include:
Amy LaVere, Will Sexton Music, Jack Rodenburg, David Boye, Hope Dunbar Music, Jonathan Leach, Myles Jasnowski, Union Specific, Hillfolk Noir, Mesonjixx, Corson Branch Buzzard Club, Brad Stewart, Mike Semrad, Laura Lou and a fun night of more goodies. Mark your calendars, and Tune in!

05/27/2020
Nebraska Interfaith Power & Light

A very cool stream happening now with some amazing local Nebraskans. Donate if you can!

Join in for a very special virtual live-streamed concert with inspiring messages from our faith leaders.

Featuring performances from the following artists:

Josh Hoyer, a powerful soul singer who appeared on NBC TV’s The Voice in 2017 and leads a band which has toured throughout the US and Europe and performed at numerous festivals.

Will Hutchinson, an award-winning singer-songwriter with a lovely voice who shares stories that make audiences both laugh and cry.

The Wildwoods, led by the charming young couple Chloe and Noah Gose, make music to touch the soul and warm the heart.

Gunter Voelker, a uniquely inventive songwriter who creates vibrant lyrical images accompanied by the wizardry of his guitar playing.

Dave Miller, a talented singer and guitarist skilled in many genres, from bluegrass to rock’n’roll.

Jack Rodenburg, an in-demand keyboard player and singer whose love for a good groove and a great melody is impossible to resist.

Special thanks to Mike Semrad of Red Rebel Media for live-streaming and running the show from behind the curtain.

Join us for a good time and support a good cause.

FOR ALL DONATIONS, PLEASE CLICK HERE:
https://givetolincoln.com/nonprofits/neipl

04/20/2020

We are bringing the music to the streets, Lincoln! With help from our friends at Springo and Red Rebel Media, you can follow the map around Lincoln and come out on your porch for a show! What neighborhoods should we travel first?

Keep an eye out for the website tracker(coming soon) and make sure to hop on your porch for a very special performance by a local musician rolling through a street near you! The show must go on! ❤️

In the midst of all this craziness, we want to bring some light to those of you stuck at home waiting this out. Stay tun...
03/19/2020

In the midst of all this craziness, we want to bring some light to those of you stuck at home waiting this out. Stay tuned, we have some great news to announce in the coming days.

Only WE can get through this together, and WE will.

Nebraska Folk & Roots Festival
03/19/2020

Nebraska Folk & Roots Festival

If you are headed to Lincoln Friday for the Husker-Iowa game, there is definitely great music after -- Mike Semrad & the...
11/26/2019

If you are headed to Lincoln Friday for the Husker-Iowa game, there is definitely great music after -- Mike Semrad & the Riverhawks play at Rodizio Grill - Lincoln, Nebraska starting at 8:30pm. Free show!

Go check out this smokin' cool music series happening in downtown Lincoln, Nebraska at Hub Cafe put on by some good frie...
08/12/2019
Hub & Soul

Go check out this smokin' cool music series happening in downtown Lincoln, Nebraska at Hub Cafe put on by some good friends of ours. There are some amazing acts playing and doing their thing.

A Lincoln experience like none other. Hub & Soul brings together trailbirds, foodies, and above all, music lovers. This summer, join us on Thursdays in August and September from 5 - 8 p.m. for a free concert series in Union Plaza. There will be food at every event for purchase and parking is free in...

Make sure to cast your vote for Ameripolitan Awards here. Just takes one second, and it really can boost local! Don't fo...
07/03/2019
NOMINATIONS | Ameripolitan Music Awards

Make sure to cast your vote for Ameripolitan Awards here. Just takes one second, and it really can boost local!

Don't forget to nominate The Nebraska Folk & Roots Festival, as we feature h***y tonk, bluegrass, rockabilly from time to time. Also, nominate local acts The Bottle Tops, The Mezcal Brothers, Lloyd McCarter Music, The Hangin' Cowboys, and more. Also, The Zoo Bar for Best Ameripolitan Venues! We can do it, folks!

The great Jeff Austin, of Yonder Mountain String Band, who was a possible at this year's Nebraska Folk & Roots Festival,...
06/25/2019
Jeff Austin, Formerly Of Yonder Mountain String Band, Has Passed Away

The great Jeff Austin, of Yonder Mountain String Band, who was a possible at this year's Nebraska Folk & Roots Festival, has passed away. We are so sad to hear this news. The bluegrass, fusion rock and jamgrass world has lost an incredible player. We send love and healing to his family.

Mandolin firebrand Jeff Austin, formerly of Yonder Mountain String Band, has passed away. Longtime friend Rex Thomson remembers the influential artist.

Thank you so much to KZUM for the love here. What a wonderful day of community and music. We hope you all enjoyed it!
06/17/2019
Photos: Nebraska Folk & Roots Festival | Pinewood Bowl 6.15.19 - KZUM

Thank you so much to KZUM for the love here. What a wonderful day of community and music. We hope you all enjoyed it!

We had the honor of sponsoring the Nebraska Folk & Roots Festival. This is the sixth annual festival happening, for the first time, at Pinewood Bowl.

The Faces of Folk & Roots 2019.--#nefolkandroots
06/16/2019

The Faces of Folk & Roots 2019.
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#nefolkandroots

06/16/2019

Unbelievable. #thetravelinmccourys

Thank you. ❤️ #NeFolkandRoots
06/16/2019

Thank you. ❤️ #NeFolkandRoots

We cannot thank Julie Bauer Kloke and the great Dan Semrad for their guidance and contributions to the festival. We have...
06/13/2019

We cannot thank Julie Bauer Kloke and the great Dan Semrad for their guidance and contributions to the festival. We have so much love for these amazing family members. High fives and hugs to you all.

Every year we are blessed by so many local sponsors. Putting on festivals this size is far from easy, and actually impos...
06/13/2019

Every year we are blessed by so many local sponsors. Putting on festivals this size is far from easy, and actually impossible without sponsor support. So, we ask that you do your part in supporting them. Make sure to fan each of their pages and give them a huge, "THANK YOU, WE LOVE YOU!" Because, if they grow, we grow...and together we grow together in community and love.

Every year we are blessed by so many local sponsors. Putting on festivals this size is far from easy, and actually impossible without sponsor support. So, we ask that you do your part in supporting them. Make sure to fan each of their pages and give them a huge, "THANK YOU, WE LOVE YOU!" Because, if they grow, we grow...and together we grow together in community and love.

06/12/2019
Eileen - The Suitcase Junket

We are so ready to get up on some of this The Suitcase Junket ROCK! The overtones ARE INSANE!

You should too! Get tickets for Saturday's Nebraska Folk & Roots Festival here:
https://nebraskafolkandroots.com

Shot by Bardia Fallah of BE Digital Media Group in the backyard of The Amity House in Amherst, MA aka Home. Song is from the album Knock It Down www.thesuitc...

06/12/2019
Activities – NEBRASKA FOLK & ROOTS FESTIVAL

FREE Workshops in banjo, flat-pickin’, fingerstyle, and vocal Harmony. Bring your instrument Saturday morning of the festival, and take part! Learn from some of Lincoln’s finest teachers. More information here:

We are now taking submissions for the 2nd Annual Dietze Music Guitar & Fiddle Competition held at Pinewood Bowl, sponsored by Dietze Music. All contestants must fit into one of these categories:

06/12/2019
Episode #5 Nebraska Roots Live!

Pete Watters, Owner of The Zoo Bar, joins Nebraska Roots Live! for episode #5, to talk about 2019 ZooFest coming up July 19-20th.

Aired June 11th, 2019

Tune into tonight's LAST episode of the season, as we welcome The Zoo Bar owner Peter Watters, as well as special guest ...
06/11/2019

Tune into tonight's LAST episode of the season, as we welcome The Zoo Bar owner Peter Watters, as well as special guest G & G Smoke Shop owner Joseph Fraas(it's his birthday too!). This is a live stream on the Nebraska Folk & Roots Page. Tune in at 8pm sharp!

We are so lucky to have the support of local businesses as sponsors to our festival this Saturday, June 15th. And, trust...
06/11/2019

We are so lucky to have the support of local businesses as sponsors to our festival this Saturday, June 15th. And, trust that these types of events could NOThappen if it weren't for them. So, in order to maintain the fun, make sure to support them as much as possible. Huge thanks to G & G Smoke Shop and G&G Smokeshop, Omaha & Geostrophics, for believing in this community.

Lincoln Location: 734 S 27th St, Lincoln, NE 68510
Omaha Location: 7211 Farnam St, Omaha, NE 68114

#SupportLocal #GandGSmokeShop #NeFolkandRoots #SeeYouInThePines

THIS SATURDAY! We are so excited to be a part of this local festival! Come find us and say howdy and get some free G&G goodies from us!
Saturday June 15 - Pinewood Bowl

Sign up for the FREE WORKSHOPS with Lincoln's best teachers! Also, the sign-up deadline for the 2019 Dietze Music Guitar...
06/10/2019
Activities – NEBRASKA FOLK & ROOTS FESTIVAL

Sign up for the FREE WORKSHOPS with Lincoln's best teachers!

Also, the sign-up deadline for the 2019 Dietze Music Guitar & Fiddle competitors has been moved back. Please don't be intimidated about sharing a video. It's optional. We just want to see you compete and have fun.

Sign up TODAY!

https://nebraskafolkandroots.com/activities/

We are now taking submissions for the 2nd Annual Dietze Music Guitar & Fiddle Competition held at Pinewood Bowl, sponsored by Dietze Music. All contestants must fit into one of these categories:

Calling all Adults & Children alike, who want to compete in this year's 2019 Dietze Music Guitar & Fiddle Competition at...
05/31/2019
Activities – NEBRASKA FOLK & ROOTS FESTIVAL

Calling all Adults & Children alike, who want to compete in this year's 2019 Dietze Music Guitar & Fiddle Competition at Pinewood Bowl in Lincoln, Nebraska June 15th, the morning of the Festival 9am-noon.

Please sign up now! Amazing prizes for winners and performing opportunities to be onstage at Pinewood Bowl in front of many attentive fans. Spread the word now to pickers of all ages.

https://nebraskafolkandroots.com/activities/

We are now taking submissions for the 2nd Annual Dietze Music Guitar & Fiddle Competition held at Pinewood Bowl, sponsored by Dietze Music. All contestants must fit into one of these categories:

Due to the holiday break, we will pick up next week with the 4th episode of Nebraska Roots Live! See you next Tuesday ev...
05/28/2019
NEBRASKA FOLK & ROOTS FESTIVAL – Pinewood Bowl Theater | Lincoln, Nebraska

Due to the holiday break, we will pick up next week with the 4th episode of Nebraska Roots Live!

See you next Tuesday evening at 8pm right here!

In the meantime, make sure to visit the NF&R website for the following:
- VOLUNTEERS STILL NEEDED, SIGN UP!
- SUBMIT TO THE GUITAR & FIDDLE COMPETITION
- BUY YOUR TICKETS TO THE JUNE 15TH FESTIVAL
- A FEW MORE VENDOR SPOTS REMAIN, SIGN UP!
- CHECK OUT ALL OF THE ARTISTS AND SPONSORS

Do all fo these things here:
www.nebraskafolkandroots.com

Living up to its tradition, the Nebraska Folk & Roots Festival is a consecutively rotating stage, set up with consistent music running throughout the day, featuring local acts as well as national touring artists. This one-day festival will include a number of activities geared toward festival goers....

05/26/2019

Myles Jasnowski part 2!

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The Story of the Nebraska Folk & Roots Festival.

Nebraska’s Premiere Outdoor Americana Music Festival, hosted at Lincoln, Nebraska’s Pinewood Bowl.

A FULL DAY OF MUSIC · TWO STAGES · INFORMATIVE WORKSHOPS ·ROOTS MUSIC FOR THE KIDS · FOOD · MERCHANDISE · ARTS & CRAFTS VENDORS · CAMPING OFFSITE · GUITAR & FIDDLE COMPETITIONS · & MORE!

What began in Chicago, IL in the late 90’s, has now turned into a beautiful sharing of Americana Roots music throughout the center of America. It all began at The Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago, Illinois. Every year, the Old Town School organized the Chicago Folk & Roots Festival that consisted of culture, art, families, and community, as well as a weekend of highlighting local and national talent.

Upon moving back to Nebraska in 2012, Mike Semrad, a former teacher of music at the Old Town School, initiated the idea of bringing the Festival to Nebraska and calling it the “Nebraska Folk & Roots Festival”. The idea was thought up one night surrounded by friends wanting to commemorate the history of Nebraska music. With the roots music scene thriving and growing around this area, there was no better place to do the festival than Nebraska. What a cool idea it would be to bring together the old guild and the new, and share a weekend together. There has been an incredible roots sound in Nebraska for many years, and we wanted to bring this to light. Artists such as The Bluegrass Crusade, Home Cookin’, The Toasted Ponies, Dr. John Walker, all of Prairie Dog Music artists and more.

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🎶Reminiscing 🎶 The Rainbow Girls 🌈 serenading the Nebraska Folk & Roots Festival 🌽 ~ Last year, at this time, we were working this festival enjoying some Live Music ! 🤞 Hope to be doing the same soon!
When will the date for 2020 festival be announced?
The Very Talented & Standard of Fashion Pokey LaFarge ! Incredible set at the Nebraska Folk & Roots Festival ! It was an honor meeting you as well 🙏 Pokey LaFarge is an American musician, writer, and actor raised in Illinois, and now is based in Los Angeles, California. LaFarge was born Andrew Heissler in Bloomington, Illinois. The nickname "Pokey" was coined by his mother, who would scold him to hurry when he was a child In 2013, LaFarge signed with Third Man Records and released his first album on the label, accompanied by a larger band that included Chloe Feoranzo, Matthew Meyer, and T.J. Muller. During the next year, he signed with Rounder Records and released Something in the Water in April 2015.
Saturday, June 15, 2019. The only bluegrass band of the afternoon concerts, The Traveling McCourys, middle aged guys. Instruments left to right, banjo, guitar, mandolin, bass viol, and violin. These guys were superb on their instruments.
The One Man Band - The Suitcase Junket ! We were lucky enough to catch his set at this years Nebraska Folk & Roots Festival at the Pinewood Bowl Theater ! The Suitcase Junket is the solo project of New England multi-instrumentalist and visual artist Matthew Lorenz, whose songwriting draws on American forms of urban blues, rural ballads, and roadhouse rock. “The overall sound lands somewhere between the Avett Brothers and early, dirty Black Keys. There’s a Tom Waits vibe in the fuzzy-megaphone reverb mic, and something ancient, near tribal, in his whistles and moans.” Go check him out and give him a “Like” !
That time when we really did play on the Pinewood Bowl Theater stage. Thanks, Nebraska Folk & Roots Festival! Photos by Audrey Hertel for KZUM.
Our Setup at the Nebraska Folk & Roots Festival in Lincoln, Nebraska ! We LOVED meeting so many people and talking Music 🎶 ! Music is about bringing people together & enjoying LIFE! Thanks to all for stopping by our tent 😄 We have an even greater presence in Lincoln Now ! We also got the opportunity to meet The Suitcase Junket , Rainbow Girls , & Pokey LaFarge ! Very, very talented musicians 👌 We will be showcasing them in the near future!
Fabulous!
Had the pleasure of meeting the one and only Pokey LaFarge!! Such an amazing artist who was generous enough to take the time to chat :) If you don't know him, definitely check him out, he's fantastic! Come down to the Nebraska Folk & Roots Festival - he's on at 6pm!
Clarence Tilton Band
Andrea Van Kanpen
It begins. Monster lineup. Great weather. Will Hitchinson Band opening the show. Werner Althus on lap steel