Hub and Soul, a concert series featuring Lincoln musicians, begins at Union Plaza

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — Those commuting home on the Antelope Valley bike path after a long workday were treated to a musical performance on Thursday.

Two bands, Cheesy Bandito and A Ferocious Jungle Cat, took center stage at the Union Plaza Amphitheater to kick off the monthlong Hub and Soul concert series.

Concertgoers were lined up outside the Hub Cafe before the event started, taking the chance to grab their choice of food provided by PorkCentric, Mary Ellens and Kona Ice.

With a meal in hand, they began to fill in the amphitheater, and by performance time, people spread out in the surrounding areas to get a view of the performance.

Hub and Soul co-founder Susan Rodenburg said the local bands are what bring the “soul” that the event is named after.

“Hub and Soul is a spin-off name,” she said. “The Hub Cafe and ‘Soul’ is a reflection of the feeling we are trying to create here with the local music, local musicians and a celebration of our community parks.”

Rodenburg is interim executive director of the nonprofit Lincoln Parks Foundation, which partners up with the Hub Cafe to host the event each year.

Proceeds from this year’s event will go to the organization’s mission to develop and keep up local parks.

“We put our heads together and said we need to utilize this beautiful park, the Union Plaza, for what it was designed to be, and that is a community gathering space,” she said.

Rodenburg said the event is not to be seen as a competition with other events like Lincoln Exposed or Lincoln Calling. The goal is simply to bring people together to enjoy music by members of the same community.

“We love music events in our community,” Rodenburg said. “Our community has embraced the music scene. Hub and Soul is a great complement to other events and celebrations that we have in the community.”

She said Hub and Soul will kick off the first day of Lincoln Calling on Sept. 22 to complement the weekend scheduled to be filled with local musical talents.

The next concert is set for Sept. 8, featuring Gerardo Meza at 5:30 p.m. and The Soul Review at 6:45 p.m..

Those interested in catching one of this month’s shows can find more information here.

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