The first Woodstock music festival, held in 1969, is little remembered by modern audiences, save for John Sebastian's fiery performance of America, the Beautiful on autoharp. Support continuing live music legacies with today's Groupon to the seventh annual Lincoln Calling Music Festival, an amplified assembly of local and national music, art, and more, spread over 10 of Lincoln's finest band-friendly venues from Tuesday, September 28, to Saturday, October 2, 2010. Choose between two Groupons:
- $15 for one all-access pass (a $30 value)
- $25 for one all-access pass, plus admission to a four-hour, 21-and-older VIP party (a $50 value)
Lincoln Calling provides a yearly rendezvous point for Nebraska's art-loving masses. Last year's gathering drew more than 3,600 fans and more than 100 bands, and the 2010 celebration aims for people pools just as deep, with more than 80 bands and counting. The festival kicks off on September 28 with Kinetic Brew's local music-video-themed Homegrown Movie Festival at the Bourbon Theatre, which is also where you will pick up your tickets. The live music begins on Sept. 29, with music at venues including the Alley, Duffy's Tavern, the Black Market, and Tavern on the Square, where fur-coat-wearing bands may play their final live show before going their separate ways toward solo careers of varying critical and commercial success. A vast lineup of groups, all of varied genres and tax-exemption statuses, provides a running soundtrack to the four days of community-bolstering art appreciation. On Oct. 1, Lincoln Calling will feature local photographers' work in an exhibit in the halls of the Parrish Project.
One all-access pass gets you into every concert of the festival, while those opting for the second Groupon option will also get access to the VIP party on Friday, October 1, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. The party is on the rooftop of Sandy's, providing an unparalleled view of teenage vandal aliens crop-circling their way through much of Lincoln's corn-fertile land. Visit the event's oft-updated Facebook page for vital information, and get today's Groupon for an all-access chance to join Lincoln's harmonized throngs of art appreciators.
Age restrictions (all ages, 18+, 21+) apply differently at each show. Call the venues to find out more.