Crossroads 2021

World-class performances, illuminating workshops & compelling stories


Maeve Gilchrist, Sandeep Das, Suhail Yusuf Khan, Samina Hooda, Nimo Patel, Edem Soul Music, Wes Garlington, Olga Smola, Oscar Rios Pohirieth, Erik Higgins, Golden Studio High street Irish, Coro di Flauti Sarah Darling, Aisslinn Nosky, Jarana, Less Talk More Polka

Due to the new CDC recommendations concerning the new COVID-19 Delta variant, we will be requiring masks for attendees of all indoor events, regardless of vaccination status. Masks will be available at the door for all who need them. Thank you for helping us keep everyone safe!

Sunday Aug. 1st // 3:00-7:00 pm // Tower Square Plaza

Opening Celebration with Lincoln Unites

The Lincoln Crossroads Music Festival opens with a celebration at Tower Square co-presented with Lincoln Unites! Enjoy performances by Maeve Gilchrist, Golden Studio, Jarana and Less Talk More Polka with food trucks, refreshments, and lots of community. Join us for this free kick-off to the 2021 Festival!

Sunday Aug. 1st // 7:30 pm // First Plymouth Congregational Church

Opening Concert "The Harpweaver" feat. Maeve Gilchrist

A journey into the tradition of Celtic music – past, present and future.

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Monday Aug. 2nd // 6:00 pm // Turbine Flats

Story Slam and Jam Session

Join us for an open storytelling event and jam session, participation open to all!

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Tuesday Aug. 3rd // 5:15 pm // The Haymarket Mill Coffee and Tea

After-work Concert "Baroque All Stars"

Join us for an informal concert of Corelli, Handel and Vivialdi with some of America’s All-Star baroque players, including Aisslinn Nosky, Sarah Darling, Anna Steinhoff and Erik Higgins

Tuesday Aug. 3rd // 7:30 pm // Sheldon Sculpture Garden

Concert "Peace in Balance" with Edem Soul Music and friends

Nebraska Artist Edem Soul Music performs new repertoire inspired by recent time, with support from the Crossroads Festival Artist roster.

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Wednesday Aug. 4th // 6:30 pm // Mary Riepma Ross Theatre

Documentary screening of "We Will Not Be Silent"

We Will Not Be Silent chronicles Lincoln Public Schools fifth grade scholars Eveline, Mohamed, Alex, Alejandra, Payton, Kenadee, Jevon, and Leriya’h their empowerment group founder and advisor Peter Ferguson, educators, families, school, and community stakeholders through various challenges, a pandemic, social unrest, and their embracement of an opportunity to educate, speak, and touch hearts and minds

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Wednesday Aug. 4th // 9:30 pm // Kiechel Art Gallery Rooftop

Late Night Concert "Scarecrow" feat. Wes Garlington

Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter Wes Garlington tells a powerful story of identity, self-discovery and transformation through evocative lyrics and a powerful voice.

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Thursday Aug. 5th // 5:15 pm // The Haymarket Mill Coffee and Tea

After-work concert "Folk From Here and There"

Featuring works by Bartok, Edgar Meyer and Komitas performed by Oscar Rios, Aisslinn Nosky, Erik Higgins and Marie Sønderskov

Thursday Aug. 5th // 7:30 pm // St. Paul United Methodist Church

Concert "In Memoriam" dedicated to victims of COVID-19

“In Memoriam” is dedicated to the loved ones we lost to COVID-19 with works by Philip Glass, Arvo Pärt, Mozart, and J.S. Bach.

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Friday Aug. 6th // 5:15 pm // The Haymarket Mill Coffee and Tea

After-work concert "Sandeep, Samina and Suhail"

See a short workshop performance of music and art that will be performed in full during the Saturday evening performance entitled “The Peacock with Sandeep, Samina and Suhail”

Friday Aug. 6th // 8:30 pm // Union Plaza

Late Night Concert "Olga's Groove" feat. Olga Smola

Progressive house DJ set // Ticket price includes one free drink

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Saturday Aug. 7th // 10:00 am // Auld Pavilion

Baby Concert "Flutes!"

This concert will feature lullabies and children’s songs from all over the world, played by flutes from all over the world! Families with small children are most welcome: please feel free to bring a blanket and spread out. Featuring multi-instrumentalist Oscar Rios Pohirieth, Marie Sønderskov and Lincoln’s own flute choir, Coro di Flauti will perform traditional songs in un-traditional arrangements. 

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Saturday Aug. 7th // 11:00 am–2:00 pm // Auld Pavilion

Youth Workshops

 Families and kids up to the age of 14 are welcome to join us for an afternoon of workshops with many of the Crossroads Festival artists. Experience a positive hip-hop concert and workshop with Nimo Patel and play together with Tabla master Sandeep Das and the other Festival artists in a jam session specifically designed for kids.

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Saturday Aug. 7th // 7:30 pm // South Street Temple

The Peacock at the Crossroads - with Sandeep, Suhail and Samina

The performance, entitled ‘The Peacock at the Crossroads’ with Sandeep, Suhail and Samina features an exciting new collaboration with Grammy-winning Tabla maestro and composer Sandeep Das, Sarangi artist Suhail Yusuf Khan and visual artist Samina Hooda. While in Lincoln, they aspire to engage with members of Lincoln’s Yezidi community in a heartfelt gesture of learning about their heritage and collaborating with them to create a musical and artistic expression, which will be presented at the event as a homage to the community. The title of the concert is inspired by Melek Taus, the Yezidi peacock angel.

Additionally, the audience will also enjoy a projection of Samina’s artwork in an animated format where her paintings will dance and pulsate to the music of Sandeep Das to express a narrative of a people compelled to leave their motherlands to find pathways to hope and opportunities.

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Sunday Aug. 8th // 3:00 pm // Cooper Park

Concert "Empty Hands" feat. Nimo Patel

Coming from MTV stardom, entrepreneurship, and a corporate career, an inward journey led Nimo Patel to service and spreading seeds of goodness through small acts and music. He brings a unique experience to the audience with a combination of music, storytelling and audience sharing. 

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