Lincoln is calling once again.

In its 16th year, the Lincoln Calling festival is once again massive, bringing together art, music and culture in one big celebration.

More than 80 artists will play eight downtown Lincoln venues throughout the weekend.

The music runs through Saturday at the 1867 Bar, Zoo Bar, Bodega’s, Duffy’s Tavern, Bourbon Theatre, Tugboat Gallery, Lincoln Community Gardens and the Night Market.

Before you head down to the capital city for some fun and culture, you may be scratching your head about who to see. With a list of bands that long, I get it.

So I culled the list to pick my five must-see acts.

Lee Fields & The Expressions

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Fields’ first single. You see, Fields left home as a teenager to pursue music, and his resemblance (both in style and moves) to James Brown quickly earned him the nickname Little JB. Catch Fields with his band, The Expressions, at the Bourbon Theatre on Saturday.

Soccer Mommy

Sophie Allison is Soccer Mommy, and the singer-songwriter has earned near universal praise for her first couple records. Rolling Stone called her “one of indie rock’s most relatable heartbreak kids.” See her Thursday at the Bourbon Theatre.

Charly Bliss

Wanna bliss out with some power-pop? Yeah, you do. Head into Duffy’s back lot on Saturday and let the guitars careen around in the night air. It’ll be a fun time to hear this band jam out for a while.

Psychedelic Porn Crumpets

Get past the name for a minute. Yes, it is amusing. And weird. And other things. But the Australian rock band is more than the name. It’s a four-piece psych-rock outfit that you’ll enjoy blasting through the 1867 on Saturday.

Bad Bad Hats

Don’t let the simple rock songs fool you. There’s a lot going on there: Relatable lyricism, ear-wormy choruses and deceptive melodies that’ll get stuck in your head all dang day. Hear them Friday at the 1867 Bar.

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Reporter - Entertainment/music/concert

Kevin Coffey is the entertainment editor and critic, covering music, movies, video games, comic books and lots more. Follow him on Twitter @owhmusicguy. Phone: 402-444-1557.

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