For some reason, the 45-minute drive between Omaha and Lincoln often feels much, much longer.

As much as regular citizens tend to keep things between the capital and River City separate, it goes double for musicians. There’s some intermingling for those souls brave enough to traverse from one of Nebraska’s big cities to the other to perform, but music scenes in the two cities remain largely separate.

I can’t explain it.

In Chicago, a 45-minute drive would barely get you from one suburb to another. But that short expanse of Interstate 80 is apparently an eternity for those hauling guitars and other gear.

A lot of Omahans don’t know Lincoln’s music scene all that well, but you no longer have an excuse. Lincoln is giving you a chance to get to know its best bands with the annual Lincoln Exposed music festival.

The festival will feature 75 bands playing at four Lincoln venues — Duffy’s Tavern, the Zoo Bar, Bourbon Theatre and Bodega’s Alley — from Wednesday through Feb. 13. (The Bourbon has a separate event on Feb. 13.)

All-access tickets are only $20.

Here’s the complete schedule:


Bodega’s Alley, 1418 O St.

9:20 p.m.: Domestica

10:20 p.m.: Jack Hotel

11:20 p.m.: Mesonjixx

12:20 a.m.: Red Cities

Bourbon Theatre, 1415 O St.

9:40 p.m.: SAS and The Final Arrangement

10:40 p.m.: King Thumper

11:40 p.m.: The Magnetic Souls

Duffy’s Tavern, 1412 E. O St.

9:20 p.m.: Toasted Ponies

10:20 p.m.: Sputnik Kaputnik

11:20 p.m.: The Mezcal Brothers

12:20 a.m.: Producers of the Word

Zoo Bar, 136 N. 14th St.

7 p.m.: Swing Fever

8 p.m.: The Cadillac Men

9 p.m.: Mike Semrad and the Likes

10 p.m.: Sun Day

11 p.m.: The Inbetweens

FEB. 11

Bodega’s Alley

9:40 p.m.: The Jazzocracy

10:40 p.m.: Bud Heavy & The High Lifes

11:40 p.m.: Emmett Bower Band

12:40 a.m.: Powerful Science

Bourbon Theatre

8:20 p.m.: The Dancing Dead

9:20 p.m.: Cassandra and the Told Ya Sos

10:20 p.m.: Dr. John Walker

11:20 p.m.: Magna Melodier

Duffy’s Tavern

8:40 p.m.: Verse and the Vices

9:40 p.m.: Ghost Town Radio

10:40 p.m.: blet

11:40 p.m.: Laughing Falcon

12:40 a.m.: This Machine Kills Vibes

Zoo Bar

6 p.m.: FCC Bros

7 p.m.: Ozark Hutch

8 p.m.: The Wildwoods

9 p.m.: The Ambulanters

10 p.m.: Stonebelly

11 p.m.: The Allendales

Midnight: MrMc$

FEB. 12

Bodega’s Alley

9:40 p.m.: Commander Kilroy

10:40 p.m.: Whiskey Drinkers Union

11:40 p.m.: Sunleaf

12:40 a.m.: Thirst Things First

Bourbon Theatre

8:20 p.m.: Yesh

9:20 p.m.: Dirty Talker

10:20 p.m.: Giant’s Arrow

11:20 p.m.: Low Horse

12:20 a.m.: BloodRail

Duffy’s Tavern

8:40 p.m.: Meadow Rave

9:40 p.m.: Lucas Kellison

10:40 p.m.: TJ Saddler

11:40 p.m.: A Ferocious Jungle Cat

12:40 a.m.: Pure Brown

Zoo Bar

6 p.m.: The Dust Jackets

7 p.m.: Hana Zara

8 p.m.: Gabe Nelson w/ PANTS

9 p.m.: Orion Walsh & The Rambling Hearts

10 p.m.: Emily Bass

11 p.m.: Walk By Sea

Midnight: Bogusman

FEB. 13

Bodega’s Alley

8:20 p.m.: Wendy & the Lost Boys

9:20 p.m.: The Hangin Cowboys

10:20 p.m.: Gerardo Meza Band

11:20 p.m.: Once a Pawn

12:20 a.m.: Mad Dog and the 20/20s

Duffy’s Tavern

6 p.m.: Academy of Rock

7:40 p.m.: Down in Circles

8:40 p.m.: Tie These Hands

9:40 p.m.: Root Marm Chicken Farm Jug Band

10:40 p.m.: Life Is Cool

11:40 p.m.: Warbonnet

12:40 a.m.: Sweats

Zoo Bar

8 p.m.: On The Rocks

9 p.m.: Powers

10 p.m.: Saint Christopher

11 p.m.: Evan Bartels and the Stoney Lonesomes

Midnight: The Morbs

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