Lincoln Exposed music festival packs 72 bands into four nights

  • LIFE is COOL plays Duffy's Tavern Saturday night as a part of the 11th annual Lincoln Exposed local music festival.

The cold bit at Holden Zubrod’s cheeks as he walked from The Zoo Bar to Duffy’s Tavern to catch local pop-funk band LIFE is COOL play their set at 10:30 Saturday night.

Shoving his hands in his pockets while dodging dozens of people on the downtown sidewalk, he said he should have worn a better jacket, but the show would be worth it.

Zubrod, a 21-year-old music lover from Roseland, Neb., was a first-time attendee to Lincoln Exposed, Lincoln’s own annual downtown local music festival, which began Wednesday, Feb. 10, and wrapped up Saturday night, Feb. 13.

This year marks the eleventh year Lincoln Exposed has dominated the streets of downtown Lincoln, with 72 local bands playing consecutive sets across four different venues.

Once inside Duffy’s Tavern, Zubrod is greeted with a gush of warmth and the sounds of a trumpet warming up on stage. At least a hundred people were packed in front of the small stage, sprawling back to the bar and pool table.

No space goes unoccupied, as even the smallest corners of Duffy’s are packed with other bands’ drum kits, guitar cases and—in the case of the Root Marm Chicken Farm Jug Band—scrub boards, toy pianos and jugs.

LIFE is COOL was a crowd pleaser. With over six people in the band, there’s barely room to hit a tambourine on stage, but their energy was infectious. A couple in the middle of the crowd unabashedly dances along to the music.

By the end of the set, Zubrod had a smile on his face.

“That was awesome,” he said. “Where to next?”

UNL junior Kieran Kissler describes her first Lincoln Exposed experience:

 

 

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