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

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Standard* Ticket Prices
LAFTA Member - $16
Non-member - $20
Student with ID - $10
Children under 12 - $1

* unless otherwise stated

LAFTA 2021-2022 Main Stage Concert Season

LAFTA's Main Stage Concerts are made possible in part by a generous grant from the Nebraska Arts Council and by the financial support of LAFTA members.

Saturday, October 23, 2021 - Eli West
In-person concert at the 7th Street Loft, 7:30 PM

Formerly part of a musical duo with Cahalen Morrison, Eli West hails from the Pacific Northwest. His songwriting evokes images associated with traditional themes of home and hearth, but in a style all his own. His original songs are built on a foundation of solid instrumental prowess (guitar, mandolin, and banjo) resulting in an overall sound that is unusually full for a solo performer. Check out his first solo album, Tapered Point of Stone, just released in April 2021.    Tickets   

Saturday, November 13, 2021 - The Honey Dew Drops
In-person concert at the 7th Street Loft, 7:30 PM

Since winning a Prairie Home Companion talent show for twenty-something troubadors, the duo of Laura Wortman and Kagey Parrish have established themselves in the top echelon of Americana songwriters and musicians. Their music covers the ground between hand-crafted folk songs, Appalachian fiddle tunes, and a cappella spirituals. The words that appear most frequently in their reviews are “authentic” and “genuine”, yet their music is also fresh and newly imagined. On stage they blend two voices, guitar, and banjo to craft beautiful and heartfelt harmonies that will leave you asking for more.   

Saturday January 22, 2022 - April Verch with Cody Walters
In-person concert at the 7th Street Loft, 7:30 PM

April Verch is an extraordinary fiddler steeped in the traditions of her native Ottawa Valley in Ontario; however, she is equally at home in other genres, including Scandinavian styles and old-time American music. On top of this, she is an award-winning step dancer and incorporates dancing into her shows, often fiddling and dancing simultaneously. It doesn’t get much more traditional--and fun--than this! April is one of the most energetic performers you will see on the LAFTA stage.   

Saturday February 26, 2022 - Kyshona
In-person concert at the 7th Street Loft, 7:30 PM

Kyshona Armstrong hails from South Carolina, but currently has her home base in Nashville. With a voice capable of considerable range and power, she presents her songs with great authority and spirituality. Stylistically, she draws from blues, soul and gospel to craft her original songs, which (when playing solo) she accompanies with guitar. If you are an aficionado of strong, clear vocals this is definitely the show for you. Because she had to do an online show last year, we wanted to partner with her again this year in order to experience her in-person presentation.   

Saturday March 26, 2022 - Diana Jones
In-person concert at the 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. Her most recent release, Song of the Refugee, is a powerful song cycle that reflects empathy for the plight of refugees everywhere, in the spirit of Woody Guthrie’s Dust Bowl Ballads.   

April 9, 2022 - John Gorka
In-person concert at the 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.   

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Friday, September 17, 2021 - Matt Cox
In-person concert at the 7th Street Loft, 7:30 PM

Matt Cox is a true original who should need no introduction. A mainstay of the Omaha and Lincoln music scene for many years (either solo or with a supporting band), Matt takes musical ideas from several different genres and blends them into something that’s more than the sum of its parts: Blues, country, rock, folk -- the styles that generally comprise the umbrella term “Americana”, but his approach outruns even an all-inclusive label such as this. He is a seven-time Omaha Entertainment and Arts Award winner. Come hear for yourself!   

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

2020-21
October 2020 - The Honey Dew Drops
November 2020 - Moors & McCumber
November 2020 - Kyshona
January 2021 - Jack Williams
February 2021 - Daniel Boling
March 2021 - Jeff Black
May 2021 - Greg Blake

2019-20
September 2019 - Victor and Penny and the Loose Change Orchestra
October 2019 - The Vogts Sisters
November 2019 - The Mark Lavengood Band
January 2020 - Andrea von Kampen
February 2020 - FY5 (formerly Finnders & Youngberg)
THE FOLLOWING LIVE CONCERTS WERE CANCELED DUE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC:
March 2020 - Moors & McCumber
April 2020 - Matt & Shannon Heaton
May 2020 - Joe Crookston

2018-19
September 2018 - Brad Colerick
October 2018 - The Blue Canyon Boys
November 2018 - John Gorka
January 2019 - The Barefoot Movement
February 2019 - Bettman and Halpin
March 2019 - Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas
April 2019 - Diana Jones
May 2019 - Jacob Johnson

2017-18
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

2016-17
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

2015-16
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

2014-15
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

2013-14
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

2012-13
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

2011-12
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

2010-11
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

2009-10
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

2008-09
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

2007-08
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

2006-07
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

2005-06
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

2004-05
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

2003-04
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

2002-03
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

2001-02
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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