Unless otherwise noted, all shows start at 7:30 pm and take place at The 7th Street Loft

The lineup of LAFTA Main Stage concerts for the upcoming 2019-2020 concert season will be announced in July 2018. Please check back then for our concert schedule. Below are the lists of shows for our previous seasons.

LAFTA 2018-19 Main Stage Concert Season

Friday, September 21, 2018 - Brad Colerick   7th Street Loft, 7:30 PM
CBrad Colerick, a native of Lincoln, has had a long and successful career in music. After establishing himself in Los Angeles writing music for advertising, he focused his talents on building and polishing a repertoire of original songs to take with him on the singer-songwriter circuit. He has worked with many household names, including BB King, Johnny Cash, and Suzy Boguss, among others. His latest CD, Tucson, was released in 2014. He will kick off the LAFTA season with special musical guests Jim Pipher and Steve Hanson.   

Friday, October 12, 2018 - The Blue Canyon Boys   7th Street Loft, 7:30 PM
The Blue Canyon Boys have been active in the Colorado bluegrass scene for over 10 years and are a go-to band for festivals such as Telluride (band competition winner 2008), RockyGrass, and others. They blend traditional bluegrass and old country with original material and off-genre covers to create shows that appeal to a wide range of listeners. The band consists of Gary Dark on mandolin, Jason Hicks on guitar, Drew Garrett on bass, and award-winning Zach Daniels on banjo.   

Friday, November 2, 2018 - John Gorka    7th Street Loft, 7:30 PM
John Gorka is a long-standing pillar of the American folk music community, and his 14th album, “True in Time”, came out in January 2018. He has appeared with artists such as Suzanne Vega, Shawn Colvin, Christine Lavin, Cliff Eberhardt, David Massengill, Frank Christian and Lucy Kaplansky. He joined with Kaplansky and Eliza Gilkyson to form the folk supergroup Red Horse in 2010, touring together and releasing a self-titled album on which they performed each other's compositions. John has graced the stage of Austin City Limits, Mountain Stage, and E-town.   

Saturday, January 12, 2019 - The Barefoot Movement   7th Street Loft, 7:30 PM
The Barefoot Movement is a contemporary bluegrass band based in Nashville. Hailing from North Carolina (fiddler Noah Wall and mandolinist Tommy Norris), Illinois (Katie Blomarz on bass), and Mississippi (singer/guitarist Alex Conerly), they deliver a powerful, heart-rending, butt-kickin’ inoculation against lifelessness in any of its forms. They are great players, singers, and arrangers of original songs, and they know the importance of having and building an identity of their own. One of the most promising young bands on the bluegrass scene, The Barefoot Movement are recipients of the 2014 IBMA Band of the Year Momentum Award. And yes, they do play barefoot.   

Friday, February 22, 2019 - Bettman and Halpin   7th Street Loft, 7:30 PM
Bettman and Halpin (Stephanie and Luke, respectively) are fast earning a reputation for hypnotizing performances filled with irresistible lyrics, transcendent harmonies and roof-raising instrumentals. The have created their own blend of bluegrass, Americana, pop, ballads, and jazz that defies labeling as anything other than extremely talented, utterly engaging, and enjoyable music. They have twice been a featured act at the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, KS along with musical heroes Byron Berline, Michael Martin Murphy w/ Pat Flynn, and Tommy Emmanuel. During their decade of touring they have garnered credentials including Grand Prize at the SoCal Live Acoustic Music Competition as well as having their CDs in the top 10 on the National Folk DJ chart. "  

Saturday, March 9, 2019 - Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas
SPECIAL LOCATION: First Presbyterian Church of Lincoln, 840 South 17th Street, 7:00 PM
Alasdair Fraser is recognized throughout the world as one of the finest fiddle players Scotland has ever produced, while Juilliard-trained Natalie Haas is one of the most sought-after cellists playing traditional music today. They delight audiences with their dazzling teamwork, driving and dancing rhythms, and shared passion for taking the infectious melodies of Scottish/Celtic music on an exciting new journey. Their most recent CD, Ports of Call, takes us on a musical journey beyond the Scottish borders, with modern interpretations of dance tunes from Scandinavia, Spain, and France. This show is in collaboration with First Presbyterian’s Arts for the Soul concert series. Tickets are available through the Arts for the Soul website.

Adults: $18     Senior: $15     Student: $8     Child: Free   

Friday, April 12, 2019 - Diana Jones   7th Street Loft, 7:30 PM
Diana Jones has reclaimed her Appalachian mountain heritage and emerged as an outstanding songwriter and musician who delivers enduring songs with a classic ruby-rich voice. Her songs have themes of love, loss, and redemption, exploring themes that are as ancient as the hills yet as young as yesterday, both with the freshness of tomorrow. While seemingly simple and plainspoken, they are in fact skillfully drawn pieces that weave together timeless melodies and deeply stirring lyrics. From the mournful lament of a dance hall girl to the stomping melodic rant of a young woman’s burial instructions, each of her songs draws life from old-time country blues and mountain music.   

Saturday, May 18, 2019 - Jacob Johnson   7th Street Loft, 7:30 PM
Jacob Johnson is a bright, energetic multi-dimensional talent from South Carolina. He wowed LAFTA in 2016 with his flashy guitar pyrotechnics while his songwriting, vocals, and engaging stage presence really set him apart. Taking advantage of the percussive potential of the guitar, as well as using both hands on the fretboard to blend bass and melody lines, he is able to render solo arrangements of covers and originals that sound like multiple instruments playing simultaneously. He has blended and blurred the lines of genres to create a style he describes as “Neo-Acoustic Folk/Funk”.    Tickets   

================ Previous Seasons ================

September 2017 - Jalan Crossland
October 2017 - Dave Nachmanoff
December 2017 - The Honey Dewdrops
January 2018 - Greg Blake and Friends
March 2018 - Paddywhack with Dan Newton
March 2018 - Sam Packard and Steve Hanson
April 2018 - The Chapin Sisters
May 2018 - Michael Reno Harrell

September 2016 - Victor and Penny and the Loose Change Orchestra
October 2016 - Garnet Rogers
November 2016 - Joe Crookston
December 2016 - Harpeth Rising
January 2017 - Jeff Black
February 2017 - Mollie O'Brien and Rich Moore
March 2017 - Bill Staines
April 2017 - FY5 (Finnders & Youngberg)
May 2017 - The Vogts Sisters

September 2015 - Diana Jones
October 2015 - Claire Lynch Band
November 2015 - Bettman & Halpin
January 2016 - Ten Strings and a Goatskin
February 2016 - Robin & Linda Williams
March 2016 - Matt & Shannon Heaton
March 2016 - Jacob Johnson
April 2016 - John McCutcheon
May 2016 - Nebraska Roots Music Collectives

September 2014 - Winfield Winners
October 2014 - Brad Colerick
November 2014 - Rita Hosking with Sean Feder
January 2015 - The Chapin Sisters
February 2015 - The Haunted Windchimes
March 2015 - Krista Detor
April 2015 - Notorious
May 2014 - Finnders and Youngberg

September 2013 - Joe Crookston
October 2013 - The Honey Dewdrops
November 2013 - Nora Jane Struthers and The Party Line
January 2014 - Jalan Crossland
February 2014 - John McCutcheon
March 2014 - Alasdair Fraser & Cali McKasson
April 2014 - Paddywhack with Dan Newton
May 2014 - Lincoln Women's Showcase

September 2012 - Sandy Creek Bluegrass
October 2012 - The Steel Wheels
November 2012 - Finnders and Youngberg
January 2013 - Diana Jones
March 2013 - Tracy Grammer
April 2013 - Matt & Shannon Heaton
May 2013 - Mountain Smoke
May 2013 - The Rain Dogs

September 2011 - Winfield Winners
October 2011 - Eliza Gilkyson
November 2011 - The Greencards
December 2011 - Monroe Crossing
January 2012 - The Toasted Ponies
February 2012 - Neal & Leandra
March 2012 - Joe Crookston
April 2012 - Garnet Rogers
May 2012 - Prairie Dog Social

September 2010 - Bluegrass Crusade
October 2010 - Tommy Sands
November 2010 - Marley's Ghost
January 2011 - Jalan Crossland
February 2011 - New Riverside Ramblers
March 2011 - Jeff Black
April 2011 - Catie Curtis

September 2009 - Prairie Dog Social
October 2009 - Matt & Shannon Heaton
December 2009 - The Bobs
January 2010 - Lonesome Traveler
February 2010 - Driftwood Fire
March 2010 - Paddywhack with Dan Newton
April 2010 - Chris Smither

September 2008 - Café Accordion Orchestra
October 2008 - Darden Smith
November 2008 - Monroe Crossing Band
January 2009 - Garnet Rogers
February 2009 - Neal and Leandra
March 2009 - Jalan Crossland Band
April 2009 - The Shaw Brothers with Steve Hanson

September 2007 - Kusi Taki
October 2007 - Mike & Amy Finders
November 2007 - Marley's Ghost
December 2008 - Laurie McClain
January 2008 - Jeff Black Band
February 2008 - Jackie Tice
March 2008 - Diana Jones
March 2008 - Prairie Dog CD Release Party
April 2008 - Robin & Linda Williams

September 2006 - Stacey Earle & Mark Stuart
October 2006 - Tracy Grammer
November 2006 - Bill Staines
January 2007 - Greg Brown
February 2007 - The Stringtown Castenets
March 2007 - Bluegrass Crusade
April 2007 - John McCutcheon

September 2005 - Eliza Gilkyson
October 2005 - Bluegrass Patriots
November 2005 - The Waybacks
January 2006 - Jeff Black
February 2006 - Neal and Leandra
March 2006 - Paddywhack Reunion
April 2006 - Cliff Eberhardt
May 2006 - The Shaw Brothers

September 2004 - Vance Gilbert
October 2004 - Richard Thompson
November 2004 - Catie Curtis
January 2005 - Greg Brown
February 2005 - Café Accordion Orchestra
March 2005 - Laurie Lewis and Tom Rozum
April 2005 - Tom Russell with Andrew Hardin
May 2005 - Tennessee HeartStrings Band

September 2003 - Doc Watson
(Collaboration with the Lied Center)
October 2003 - Laura Love Duo
November 2003 - Joel Mabus
January 2004 - Neal and Leandra
February 2004 - GrooveLily
March 2004 - Robin and Linda Williams and Their Fine Group
April 2004 - Cheryl Wheeler
May 2004 - Dave Moore

September 2002 - Cosy Sheridan
October 2002 - John Hammond
November 2002 - Laura Love Duo
January 2003 - Ray Bonneville
February 2003 - Bluegrass Crusade
March 2003 - Cliff Eberhardt
April 2003 - Garnet Rogers
May 2003 - Kate Campbell

September 2001 - John Prine and Iris DeMent
(Collaboration with the Lied Center)
October 2001 - Colcannon
November 2001 - Dana Robinson
January 2002 - Neal and Leandra
February 2002 - Songwriter's Sweatshop
February 2002 - Children's Concert 
March 2002 - Daddy Squeeze and the Doctor
April 2002 - Robin and Linda Williams
May 2002 - Buffalo Gals

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