UPCOMING FEATURED SHOWS:

THE ZOO BAR CALENDAR

August 14, 2022
  • Wine Tasting with Paeter and Jason Ortiz!

    August 14, 2022  3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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  • ZOOLARIOUS

    August 14, 2022  8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

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August 15, 2022
  • Emily Bass and Friends

    August 15, 2022  5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

    Join us on Mondays at The Zoo Bar for Emily Bass and friends playing up close and personal next to the bar and taking requests 5:30 to 7:30. Free snacks, good company and always the best way to start your week! No cover charge.

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August 16, 2022
  • Jazzocracy (no cover)

    August 16, 2022  7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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  • Shake a Tail Feather Tuesday

    August 16, 2022  9:00 pm - 11:30 pm

    Come downtown and hear the sounds of the Bridge Gap Brothers ( DJ Funk Tonne & DJ Relic). Playing all of your favorite dance tracks on wax! There is No Cover so stick around and move the ground!

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August 17, 2022
August 18, 2022
  • SHITHOOK-LIVE BAND KARAOKE

    August 18, 2022  10:30 pm - 11:55 pm

    Sing with a LIVE karaoke band! They know a TON of songs! No cover charge

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August 19, 2022
  • 23rd Vibration $6

    August 19, 2022  5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

    7 piece band from Lincoln, NE with musical backgrounds ranging from Roots Reggae & Caribbean rhythms to Blues Rock RnB & Jazz.

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  • Zoo-tenanny: Outstanding Songwriters Showcase - $10

    August 19, 2022  9:00 pm - 12:00 am

    Rhett McClure, filmmaker, is showing select interviews, outtakes, and drone wonder from his upcoming docu-series HEMPSHOW. 14 minutes. Not rated.
    SET 1 - 9PM Grace Titus, Emily Bass, Justin Lamoureux
    SET 2 - 10pm Matt Cox, Kerry Eddy, Shawn Sparks
    SET 3 - 11pm Gerardo Meza, Derek Dibbern, Jack Hotel

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August 20, 2022
  • DUSTIN ARBUCKLE AND THE DAMNATIONS $10

    August 20, 2022  5:00 pm - 8:00 pm


    Electrified American Roots Music!

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  • Katy Guillen and The Drive - $12adv/$15dos

    August 20, 2022  9:00 pm - 11:55 pm
    Zoo Bar, 136 N 14th St, Lincoln, NE 68508, USA

    Katy Guillen & The Drive is founded on the energetic creative spark and longtime chemistry between Katy Guillen and Stephanie Williams. With Guillen on guitar and vocals and Williams on drums, the two sculpt a sound that recalls a blend of artists like Led Zeppelin, Patty Griffin, and Heartless Bastards.

    After 6 years of touring, writing, and recording together in their former band Katy Guillen & The Girls, the pair forged ahead with their undeniable dynamic, crafting a brand new catalog. KG & The Drive kicked off their very first tour supporting renowned guitarist Robin Trower, playing The Filmore in San Francisco, CA and The Wiltern in Los Angeles, CA. Their sound is rooted in Guillen’s emotive guitar style, poignant arrangements, and a captivating show that showcases Williams’ technical, melodic style, resulting in a striking live experience.

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August 21, 2022
August 22, 2022
  • Emily Bass and Friends

    August 22, 2022  5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

    Join us on Mondays at The Zoo Bar for Emily Bass and friends playing up close and personal next to the bar and taking requests 5:30 to 7:30. Free snacks, good company and always the best way to start your week! No cover charge.

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  • IN THE POCKET-OPEN BLUES JAM

    August 22, 2022  7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

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August 23, 2022
  • Shake a Tail Feather Tuesday

    August 23, 2022  9:00 pm - 11:30 pm

    Come downtown and hear the sounds of the Bridge Gap Brothers ( DJ Funk Tonne & DJ Relic). Playing all of your favorite dance tracks on wax! There is No Cover so stick around and move the ground!

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August 25, 2022
  • SHITHOOK-LIVE BAND KARAOKE

    August 25, 2022  10:30 pm - 11:55 pm

    Sing with a LIVE karaoke band! They know a TON of songs! No cover charge

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August 26, 2022
  • JASON D. WILLIAMS $22adv./ $25dos

    August 26, 2022  5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    A wild man onstage, Jason accredits influences like Jerry Lee Lewis, Moon Mullican, Memphis Slim and Al Jolson, for helping to develop his vast repertoire and seemingly endless energy. “I’ve always welcomed the comparisons; my influences were some of the greatest entertainers ever to be seen.”

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  • Rex Granite Band feat. Sara Benck - $10

    August 26, 2022  9:00 pm - 11:55 pm

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August 27, 2022
  • Kadesh Flow (Kansas City) w/ M Shaw - $10

    August 27, 2022  9:00 pm - 12:00 am

    "A propulsive emcee, a bold songwriter, a skilled trombonist, an auspicious producer and an enterprising artist" - 90.9 The Bridge

    Kadesh Flow is a rapper with an MBA, a trombone Super Saiyan, and a Billboard Charting recording/ performing artist. He brings all of the above together, both on tracks and on stage, in riveting form as he actively blends his jazz and hip hop backgrounds, blending personal, candid lyrical moments and storytelling with call-outs to history, social issues, anime, video games, and anything else that may inspire him at the time.

    At age 11, 'Desh, as many of his listeners call him, began rapping and playing trombone within two weeks of one another. Now, his playing can be heard on records with hip hop stars like Jidenna and underground stalwarts like Ubiquitous and JL. He also boasts performances supporting artists such as Rakim, Janelle Monae, Dave East, The Revivalists, Tech N9ne, and numerous other prolific acts.

    Kadesh is a member of the NPC (Nerdy People of Color) Collective, through which he is working with Founding Member Mega Ran and fellow NPCs such as EyeQ and Creative Mind Frame to both collaborate on fun, relevant content and foster a community for underrepresented nerd enthusiasts. He can be found lighting up stages around the U.S., gracing such events as Official SXSW Showcases, MAGFest, PAX, Momocon & Otakon, as well as various other music festivals and venues. 

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August 28, 2022
August 29, 2022
  • Emily Bass and Friends

    August 29, 2022  5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

    Join us on Mondays at The Zoo Bar for Emily Bass and friends playing up close and personal next to the bar and taking requests 5:30 to 7:30. Free snacks, good company and always the best way to start your week! No cover charge.

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August 30, 2022
  • Shake a Tail Feather Tuesday

    August 30, 2022  9:00 pm - 11:30 pm

    Come downtown and hear the sounds of the Bridge Gap Brothers ( DJ Funk Tonne & DJ Relic). Playing all of your favorite dance tracks on wax! There is No Cover so stick around and move the ground!

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September 1, 2022
  • SHITHOOK-LIVE BAND KARAOKE

    September 1, 2022  10:30 pm - 11:55 pm

    Sing with a LIVE karaoke band! They know a TON of songs! No cover charge

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September 2, 2022
  • The Fey w/ Hakim - $10

    September 2, 2022  9:00 pm - 12:00 am

    The Fey, an Alternative R&B project, is created by singer, songwriter, and producer Zach Watkins.

    Evolved from the rock-soul band formally known as, AZP, and after years of arranging, composing, and performing under the former brand, Watkins felt destined to shape things back to his original design to produce modern music with a retro vibe. 

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September 3, 2022
  • Ghost Town Blues Band

    September 3, 2022  9:00 pm - 11:59 pm

    "Ghost Town Blues Band debut at ZOO Bar!

    Saturday, September 3

    9pm-12am.

    $15


    With a shoot-from-the-hip Memphis attitude, and a STAX-busting explosion of modern blues vision, GTBB represents a welcome changing of the guard."  -Living Blues Magazine 

    GTBB's new album Shine debuted at #1 on the Billboard Blues Chart. Recently headlining the blues stage at The Montreal Jazz Festival, Beale Street’s latest success story, 5-time Blues Blast Music Award Nominee and International Blues Challenge Runner-up is Ghost Town Blues Band. Not your grandpa’s blues band, their live show has been captivating audiences in the U.S., Canada and Europe with their "second-line horn entrance," cigar box guitars and electric push brooms to Allman Brothers style jams and even a hip-hop trombone player. The band's stage show and energy is unparalleled and has been called the best new live blues show in the world. 

    Horns, harmonies and homegrown instruments combined with an energetic and roots rich festival set makes Ghost Town Blues Band one of the “must see live bands on the festival scene today.” Both Andrew McNeill behind the drums and Matt Karner on the bass guitar are a punishing rhythm section behind multi-instrumentalist/frontman Matt Isbell with raunchy cigar box guitar licks and raspy "Dr. John-like, whiskey and gravel-soaked vocals." With the addition of Trombonist Suavo Jones, Cedric Taylor on B3 and Taylor Orr on lead guitar, the grooves go from fresh to funky as the band gains more notoriety in the blues festival and jam circuit. Ghost Town Blues Band has performed all across US and Canada at over 100+ festivals and will perform more than a half-dozen international tours in Canada and Europe in 2019. 

    “GTBB shows what can happen when the past is distilled through young sensibilities, voices, and instruments. This is 21st century blues at its best.”   -Living Blues Magazine

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September 4, 2022
September 5, 2022
  • Emily Bass and Friends

    September 5, 2022  5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

    Join us on Mondays at The Zoo Bar for Emily Bass and friends playing up close and personal next to the bar and taking requests 5:30 to 7:30. Free snacks, good company and always the best way to start your week! No cover charge.

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September 6, 2022
  • Shake a Tail Feather Tuesday

    September 6, 2022  9:00 pm - 11:30 pm

    Come downtown and hear the sounds of the Bridge Gap Brothers ( DJ Funk Tonne & DJ Relic). Playing all of your favorite dance tracks on wax! There is No Cover so stick around and move the ground!

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September 8, 2022
  • Hurricane Ruth feat. Eddie Turner - $12

    September 8, 2022  6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Zoo Bar, 136 N 14th St, Lincoln, NE 68508, USA

    Hurricane Ruth is old school, real and raw. Her vocals are deeply rooted in the blues, but make no mistake she can rock the house! She is cut from the same cloth as Big Mama Thornton, Janis Joplin, and Tina Turner. Hurricane Ruth pulls from all these greats to create her own unique sound. Hurricane Ruth is a powerful, unpredictable, everchanging MUSICAL FORCE OF NATURE!

    Featuring Eddie Turner on guitar:
    Eddie "Devil Boy" Turner is a blues guitarist born in Cuba[ and raised in Chicago.  A former member of the Otis Taylor band, he is currently signed to Toronto's NorthernBlues Music.

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  • SHITHOOK-LIVE BAND KARAOKE

    September 8, 2022  10:30 pm - 11:55 pm

    Sing with a LIVE karaoke band! They know a TON of songs! No cover charge

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September 10, 2022
  • Seven inches of Soul on Saturday

    September 10, 2022  9:00 pm - 11:55 pm


    Soul on a Saturday!
    A Bridge To Sound
    The Bridge Gap Brothers are in the building! It's a know fact that the Bridge Gap Brothers play the best wax. If you're looking for a place to get loose and shake your caboose then look no further than the Zoo Bar. DJ FUNK TONNE & DJ RELIC are behind the Wheels of Steel to play something you can feel. don't you worry about no fee because it's always FREE!

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September 11, 2022
September 12, 2022
  • Sarah Borges $15adv./$20dos

    September 12, 2022  7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

    One way or another, Sarah Borges connects with casual mastery. Whether it’s with the comrades she’s collaborated with over nearly 20 sparkling years of music-making, or the vivid portraits of people’s lives – and occasionally her own – she’s sketched in scores of emotionally resonant songs.  But most of all, Borges has built a loyal following by connecting, through her own charismatic, down-to-earth spirit, with her audience – whether they’re longtime fans from back when she broke through with her terrific “Silver City” debut in 2004, or newcomers just now joining the party.
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    Tickets for Sarah Borges | TicketWeb - Zoo Bar in Lincoln, US

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September 13, 2022
  • Daniel Donato's Cosmic Country - $12adv/$15dos

    September 13, 2022  6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    TICKETS: https://www.ticketweb.com/event/daniel-donato-zoo-bar-tickets/12316035

    When people first meet Daniel Donato, they’re not fully braced for this walking tornado of creative energy. “They think there’s something that tips the scale in ways they don’t understand,” says Donato about his over-the-top, slightly manic vibe. “But what actually tips the scale is the amount of thought and analysis I put into my work and art, all of which is taken from the lessons of my life.”

    Donato, a 25-year-old Nashville native, has distilled those life lessons into his debut album, A Young Man’s Country, his proper introduction to the general musical audience. Recorded at Nashville’s Sound Emporium in a mere two days and produced by guitar-ace Robben Ford, the record weaves outlaw country, Grateful Dead-style Americana, and first-rate songwriting into a singular form Donato calls “21st-century cosmic country.”

    It might surprise some that the Telecaster-wielding wunderkind, who at 16 became the youngest musician to regularly play the iconic honky tonk Robert’s Western World while gigging with the Don Kelley Band, began his musical journey in a purely millennial fashion. Before he ever picked up a guitar, he discovered he had an aptitude for music via the video game Guitar Hero. At the time, he didn’t feel compelled to try his hand at the real thing until one day, about the age of 12, he heard the electric perfec-tion of Guns ‘N’ Roses’ “Paradise City” blast from a set of speakers and his world was changed forever.

    “It was the first time I ever had a vision for my life,” says Donato, who was partly drawn to music because he sucked royally at skateboarding. “I then took one of my dad’s old guitars . . . and I literally fell in love with it.” From then on, Donato lived and breathed music, practicing his chops around the clock. He’d play before school, during his lunch break, and in the evenings at home, sometimes falling asleep with the six-string in his hands.

    It wasn’t long before he was busking on lower Broadway in Nashville, playing eight hours a day on weekends for tips. It was after one of those day’s sessions that he got a wild hair and snuck into Robert’s on a night when house act the Don Kelley Band was playing and his wig-dome was blown. “It was the first time I ever saw a band that was that good up close,” Donato said. “So I’m literally watching them play and I’m crying. I decided right then that I wanted to be the best guitar player in the world.”

    Donato continued busking outside arenas before John Mayer and Phish concerts and on the streets of Nashville and it was then, while playing on Broadway, that he’d give Don Kelley his business card every Saturday night, hoping for a chance to audition. One day, while still a junior in high school, he got the call to come play. Donato was more than ready, and he delivered the goods in spades. He was so good, in fact, that he became a regular member of the band, performing four nights a week for more than 450 shows with the group.

    Playing nightly with the Don Kelley Band was a formidable education for the young musician. Jamming regularly with Nashville’s most seasoned players, stalwart pickers who may have played in Buck Owens’ band, or Dolly Parton’s, or Alan Jackson’s, expanded his musical vocabulary while honing his stage presence. Along the way he was soaking up stories of adventures on the road and learning about the ups and downs of the music business. In short, he was gaining priceless life lessons and a mu-sical education from wells that run deep into the musical history of Nashville.

    Around the time he turned 18, one of Donato’s high-school teachers, a serious music lover who had seen his student play at Robert’s, gave him a Grateful Dead box set. It was another eureka moment for the guitarist. His love for the Dead may have been ig-nited much earlier by virtue of the fact that his mother was a bona fide Deadhead who followed the group on tour when she was pregnant with the future guitarist, but it was that collection that changed the way he looked at music. “It gave me a tie to all of the classic country gold I’d been working down at the honky-tonks each weekend,” he said. “Grateful Dead and Merle Haggard had always lived in my heart, but now, the link was made, and I had a vision on how to keep it alive for this generation that I am coming from.”

    During the days of his Robert’s residency, Donato continued to busk at various lo-cales, even playing the Grand Ole Opry, and it is the sum of all these gigs, experiences any teenage musician would kill for, that inform the sounds on A Young Man’s Coun-try.

    “Ain’t Living Long Like This,” one of three covers on the album, is a song by Waylon Jennings, who was recording at the Sound Emporium the day Donato was born. “An-gel From Montgomery,” a song Donato learned on the fly while busking for tourists, pays tribute to the late John Prine. Donato recorded his unique take on the tune before Prine’s death. The Grateful Dead’s “Fire On The Mountain” is tacked on to “Meet Me In Dallas,” a tune Donato wrote while on the road with Paul Cauthen. The other seven songs, all originals, showcase the promise of a young songwriter coming into his own, one of the highlights being “Luck of the Draw.”

    The message of these songs contain the central tenet of Donato’s “Cosmic Country” ethos, which is about finding the courage to blaze your own path. As such, it is an ethos the artist extends beyond music into the channels of social media, where he’s built up a huge following of devoted “DD Heads,” as his fans call themselves. His pod-cast, “Daniel Donato’s Lost Highway,” brings together like-minded creatives to get at the heart of what makes artists tick, for which he’s interviewed Brothers Osborne, Brent Cobb, Orville Peck, and Garry Talent of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band.

    Incubated to the sounds of the Dead, educated by some of Nashville’s finest players, and having more than 2,000 shows under his belt and a social media presence, Dan-iel Donato is indeed a millennial whirligig of creative fire. He’s been dabbling in pro-fessional music since the age of 14 and yet he’s just getting started. A Young Man’s Country is the portrait of a restless artist as a young man, one whose story is singular and is still in its exciting, early chapters — and as this effort shows, the future is indeed cosmic.

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  • Shake a Tail Feather Tuesday

    September 13, 2022  9:00 pm - 11:30 pm

    Come downtown and hear the sounds of the Bridge Gap Brothers ( DJ Funk Tonne & DJ Relic). Playing all of your favorite dance tracks on wax! There is No Cover so stick around and move the ground!

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