"Home and aways," as in
trading show dates in respective cities -- I'll play your venue
if you come play ours, etc.
"It's not too difficult for bands in two places to find bands
in the other town that are similar in style," Buckley said.
"If the bands put the effort into getting to know each other,
that's when camaraderie should happen."
A junior at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the entertainment
editor at the school's newspaper, The Daily Nebraskan, Buckley
launched Lincoln Calling last year with $3,000 in seed money from
the University Program Council. The results were mixed. A show featuring
three Omaha bands -- Bombardment Society, Fromanhole and Gnome Slaughterhouse
-- only drew about 15 people. "No one from Lincoln knew who
those guys were," Buckley said. On the other hand, a bill that
combined Portland's The Prids with legendary Lincoln ambient rockers
For Against drew more than 200.
"It was the two extremes," Buckley said. "As a result,
the plan this year is to pair a good out-of-town band that doesn't
have a lot of street cred down here with someone from Lincoln that
That plan, however, isn't stopping Buckley from repeating the winning
formula of pairing The Prids and For Against, this time with Lincoln's
Eagle Seagull for a Day 2 showcase at Duffy's, or pulling together
a stellar Saddle Creek-flavored ticket on Day 1 with Neva Dinova,
Tilly and the Wall, David Dondero and Orenda Fink at Knickerbockers.
With such four-star acts in tow and building off last-year's efforts,
Buckley hopes to top 2004's draw of 900 total tickets sold, which
reaped him a measly $80 after paying the bills. This year's goal
is to sell 2,000 tickets. Without last year's $3,000 in seed money
("The university realized they were just giving me money to
have fun with."), Buckley had to find ways to trim costs, including
offering fewer bands guarantees and paying no more than $50 for
sound at each venue.
He's also trying a new pricing scheme, offering all-access passes
to the full weekend of shows for only $20 -- a deal considering
that all six participating venues are within walking distance of
each other, allowing for some serious bar hopping. Without a weekend
pass, individual tickets could run as high as $8.
All shows are evening shows. Check with the individual venues for
specific start times and ticket prices, or go to lincolncalling.com
for more information.
Here's the full schedule:
Knickerbockers (901 O. St.):
Tilly and the Wall
Duffy's (1412 O. St.):
Zoo Bar (136 No. 14th St.):
Sarah Benck and the Robbers
Duggan's (4410 So. 11th St.):
The Legendary Shack-shakers
For / Against
Outlaw Family Band
Chatterbox (819 O. St.):
Love Evil Funk Quartet
Her Flyaway Manner
Life After Laserdisque
Electric Soul Method
Bodega's Alley (1418 O. St.):
56 Hope Street
Published in The Omaha Reader Sept. 21, 2005.
Copyright © 2006 Tim McMahan. All rights reserved.