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

Standard* Ticket Prices
LAFTA Member - $13
Non-member - $17
Student with ID - $10
Children under 12 - $1

Alasdair Fraser & Cali McKasson
Ticket Prices

Member - $13
Non-member - $18
Senior over 65 - $15
Student with ID - $8
Child under 12 - free


LAFTA 2013-14 Main Stage Concert Season

The lineup of LAFTA Main Stage concerts for the upcoming 2014-2015 concert season will be announced in July 2014. Please check back then for our concert schedule. Below is the list of shows for our recently-concluded 2013-2014 season.

========= Previous Shows This Season ================

Friday, September 27, 2013 - Joe Crookston   7th Street Loft, 7:30 PM
Joe Crookston returns to the Loft to kick off the 2013-14 season. Hailing from Ithaca, New York, Joe is a collector of personal stories and anecdotes that he crafts into warm and engaging musical proverbs. Add a dash of humor, a few inventively-arranged cover tunes, and you have a hearty stew of entertaining and well-executed music that leaves the listener nourished and satisfied. From his website bio: "Joe Crookston is a master storyteller. His music swirls with themes of lightness, darkness, clocks ticking, weeping willows, cynicism, hope, and the cycles of life and rebirth."   

Friday, October 18, 2013 - The Honey Dewdrops   7th Street Loft, 7:30 PM
The Honey Dew Drops (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 heartsick harmonies that will leave you asking for more.   

Saturday, November 23, 2013 - Nora Jane Struthers and The Party Line    7th Street Loft, 7:30 PM
Nora Jane Struthers brings her band The Party Line and a set of infectious toe-tapping songs to Lincoln for the first time. This group of Nashville-based musicians is making waves in the Americana community with a bouncy, fiddle-driven oldtime sound that still manages to sound fresh and original. In the words of Tim O’Brien, "Old time music continues to reinvent itself in the able hands of young artists like Nora Jane Struthers."

Saturday, January 18, 2014 - Jalan Crossland   7th Street Loft, 7:30 PM
Jalan Crossland is sure to please if you like your traditional music with a little more "hair" on it. Come escape the cold with the pride of Ten Sleep, Wyoming. Jalan's songs paint vivid portraits of colorful characters that dot the landscape in the small towns and backcountry of the 21st century American West. His sound draws on old-time country and bluegrass spiced up with a good dollup of rock-n-roll, delivered with high energy and good humor.   Tickets  

Friday, February 7, 2014 John McCutcheon   7th Street Loft, 7:30 PM
John McCutcheon returns to the LAFTA stage after a 6-year hiatus. A pillar of the folk music community, his career spans more than 40 years and 34 albums. His music treats everything from personal stories, social/political commentary, sports, and historical events. John is recording an album of Woody Guthrie songs due for release in September 2013. Don’t miss this folk legend! SPECIAL PRICING: LAFTA members $17, non-members $20.   Tickets  

Friday, March 21, 2014 - Alasdair Fraser and Cali McKasson
SPECIAL LOCATION: First Presbyterian Church, 840 South 17th Street, 7:30 PM
LAFTA is partnering with First Presbyterian Church of Lincoln’s "Arts for the Soul" concert series to present this show. Alasdair is recognized throughout the world as one of the finest fiddle players Scotland has ever produced. His thirty-year career includes feature performances on top movie soundtracks including Last of the Mohicans and Titanic. Pianist Cali McKasson has performed with Alasdair many times and is steeped in the Cape Breton and Scottish traditions. (NOTE: cellist Natalie Haas was originally set to accompany Alasdair in this concert, but she is unable to appear due to a scheduling conflict.) SPECIAL PRICING: LAFTA members $13, Nonmembers $18, Seniors (over 65) $15, Students $8, children under 12 free.   Tickets  

Saturday, April 12, 2014 - Paddywhack   7th Street Loft, 7:30 PM
Paddywhack first started to play over 30 years ago and was the only group in the state of Nebraska playing Celtic music. You could walk into one of several pubs in downtown Lincoln almost any weekend and see Terry Keefe, Chris Sayre, Dan Newton, and Dave Marsh performing live. Whether you come to reminisce or to enjoy their unique blend of harmonies and instruments for the first time, you are sure to have a great time at this reunion show.   Tickets

Saturday, May 17, 2014 - Lincoln Women's Showcase: Kate Logan, Laurie McClain, Annette Murrell, Melissa Lewis, Emily Bass   7th Street Loft, 7:30 PM  Tickets

"Jumpin" Kate Logan has earned her position in the music scene playing originals and covers all over Las Vegas, the Midwest, and points beyond. Currently she plays solo, with a duo, and with her band, The Naked Reserves. In 2008, she had the honor of serving as music director for the Lincoln Community Playhouse production of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. She also penned 8 songs for the 2009 children’s theatre season productions with director Bob Hall. Her dynamic stage presence is evidenced in her upbeat music and easy rapport with audiences, and of course that jumpin’ energy responsible for the well-deserved nickname.

Laurie McClain announced to her family at age six she would be a singer when she grew up. She has now been writing and performing music for over twenty-five years, and for the past ten years she has been touring on the national folk circuit playing house concerts, festivals and coffeehouses. A longtime resident of Lincoln, Nebraska, Laurie moved to Nashville in 1997. In 1999, she released her first CD, The Child Behind My Eyes, followed by The Trumpet Vine: A Tribute to Kate Wolf. Musicians contributing their talent to this album included Stuart Duncan, Bryan Sutton, Pam Tillis, and Anne Hills among many others. Laurie's latest release is Ascend, which was nominated for 4 awards, and took 3rd Place in the Just Plain Folks Awards Best New Folk Album for 2009.

Annette Murrell Ph.D., aka "Dr. Diva", has spent the majority of her life in Lincoln, Nebraska where she has earned recognition as a singer, actress, and writer. She has performed at practically every Nebraska venue including the Zoo Bar, the Lincoln Community Playhouse, the Loft at the Mill, James Arthur Vineyards, the Nebraska Repertory Theatre, and the Lied Center for the Performing Arts. She has also been a guest vocalist twice with the Lincoln Symphony Orchestra, and numerous times with the Nebraska Jazz Orchestra. Dr. Diva has also appeared as a guest artist on the recordings of legendary Lincoln trumpeter Mac McCune, as well as the Nebraska Jazz Orchestra. She has recorded two albums, My Shining Hour and Annette Murrell: Live at the Zoo Bar!

Melissa Lewis's career has carried her throughout the United States, and includes work for over a decade in Los Angeles and Chicago in film, television, and theatre. Notable performances here in the Capital City include Antony and Cleopatra, The Homecoming, The Taming of the Shrew with the Flatwater Shakespeare Company, several seasons with the Nebraska Repertory Theatre, and the Lincoln Community Playhouse. She has worked with TADA Productions and appeared in the Angels Theatre Company productions Marvin’s Room and What the Wind Taught Me. Melissa is the dynamic front woman for one of Lincoln’s favorite rock-n-roll cover bands, The Dubious Brothers and Sister Red.

Emily Bass grew up in Lincoln, singing with her family, playing piano, upright bass and harmonica, and sang in choirs all through high school. After continuing to study piano and voice at Nebraska Wesleyan University, she moved to Boston in 1999 and spent the next several years performing in some interesting occupations. This included teaching at a magnet-arts high school, accompanying an improv comedy troupe, a zany cabaret show, burlesque, a wedding band, and a short-lived funk project. After returning to Lincoln, Emily joined The Blues Messengers on vocals and keyboard and has been playing blues ever since. She has shared the stage with the Little Slim Blues Band and Mr. Magic Slim himself.

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

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

2005-06 (flyer)
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 (flyer)
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 (flyer)
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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