Mayor Chris Beutler announced today that country music star Rodney Atkins will headline this year's Celebrate Lincoln festival June 10 and 11. The family-friendly event with food, art and entertainment from around the globe, is being produced by GOLincolnGO, and the presenting sponsor is Lincoln Benefit Life. Events will run from 11 a.m to 11:30 p.m. both days on "N" Street between 12th and 14th streets.
Atkins will perform the night of Saturday, June 11. He was named the top new male vocalist by the Academy of Country Music (ACM) in 2006. He's received six ACM award nominations as well as two from the Country Music Association. Four songs from his platinum-selling album "If You're Going Through Hell" became number-one hits.
The opening act for Atkins will be local country band Cactus Hill. BryanLGH is sponsoring the Saturday events to celebrate its 85th anniversary. Playing the night of Friday June 10 will be local bands Soul Dawg and the Wheezetones – the top two finalists in the Lincoln Journal Star's recent cover band contest.
"This is a great opportunity for the entire community to come together to celebrate the unique qualities that make Lincoln special," said Mayor Beutler. "I salute all the sponsors and donors who are making this event possible."
Entertainment begins at 11 a.m. each day, and the Family Zone with kids activities and inflatable games is open until 8 p.m. Admission is $6 for adults, $4 for ages 3 through 12, and free for children under age 3. Beginning in early May, coupons will be available at all U-Stop locations for one dollar off the admission prices. Admission to the event is free for the lunchtime crowd from 11 a.m to 1 p.m. on Friday. More details are available at www.golincolngo.com.
"We are very excited to bring a national recording artist as well as local favorites to the Celebrate Lincoln stage this year," said Staci Hass, Celebrate Lincoln Chair. "We'll have 15 acts performing throughout the weekend along with great food, a world market and other fun activities for the entire family."
Hass said about 400 volunteers are needed for the event, and those interested can sign up online at www.golincolngo.com.
In addition to GOLincolnGO, Lincoln Benefit Life, Bryan LGH and U-Stop, sponsors and partners include Broadcast House, Wells Fargo, Allied Insurance, Farmers Mutual, the Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Lincoln Arts Council, Debbie Brehm, Pinnacle Bank, SLR Communications, the Lincoln Journal Star, U.S. Bank, Ameritas, WRK LLC, Coca Cola, Budweiser and Embassy Suites.