Innovation Campus to host Nebraska Bluegrass concert series

Nebraska Innovation Campus has partnered with local organizations to offer and host the Nebraska Bluegrass Concert Series.

Nebraska Innovation Campus has partnered with local organizations to offer and host the Nebraska Bluegrass Concert Series.

The live music concert series is free and open to the public. It will feature bluegrass bands from the Appalachian regions, Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia and Lincoln-based groups. The concerts will take place at 6 p.m. in the plaza at Nebraska Innovation Campus on Aug. 10, Sept. 14 and Oct. 12. Food and drink will be available for purchase from The Mill Coffee and Bistro starting at 5 p.m.

“We look forward to welcoming NIC partners and the community to the NIC plaza for the Nebraska Bluegrass Concert Series,” said Dan Duncan, NIC executive director. “We are grateful for the partnerships that made this come to fruition and are excited to activate our outdoor space with three fantastic bluegrass bands.”

The concert series will kick off with Appalachian Road Show on Aug. 10. Appalachian Road Show is a visionary acoustic ensemble, bringing new-generation interpretations of traditional Americana, bluegrass and folk songs, as well as offering innovative original music, all presented with a common thread tied directly to the heart of the Appalachian regions of the United States.

The Sept. 14 concert will be performed by The Steel Wheels. The Steel Wheels have long been at home in the creative space between tradition and innovation, informed by the familiar sounds of the Virginia mountains where the band was formed, but always moving forward with insightful lyrics and an evolving sound.

The final concert of the series on Oct. 12 will feature the Lincoln-based Shucks Brothers. The Shucks Brothers feature great harmony vocals and some serious string tickling on bluegrass, country and western swing favorites.

“The Mill is thrilled to be part of bringing live music to Lincoln in a free, family-friendly environment,” said Daniel Sloan, owner of The Mill Coffee and Tea. “Nebraska Innovation Campus is a beautiful venue, sort of bluegrass on the prairie, but still in the city.”

Tours of  Nebraska Innovation Studio, the makerspace at NIC, will also be offered at 5 and 5:30 p.m. before each performance. Limited concert seating is available; attendees are asked to bring their own chairs.

The concert series is sponsored by Nebraska Innovation Campus, The Mill Coffee and Tea, ALLO Fiber, Union Bank and Trust, The Scarlet Hotel and Tetrad Property Group.

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