The Stone River Boys will be singing for their supper on Saturday.
More accurately, they’ll be singing while others eat supper during the Robinette Solstice, an afternoon/evening celebration at Robinette Farms.
The farm, on Southwest 14th Street between West Roca Road and West Sprague Road, grows vegetables and raises meat for a variety of direct marketing outlets; you can get their produce at local farmers markets and meat at some Lincoln grocers.
To celebrate the summer, the farm is throwing a party that will feature the Austin band that has a strong Lincoln connection along with food, beer from new local brewery Blue Blood Brewing and wine from a local winemaker.
The Stone River Boys, who play a mix of country and soul, are fronted by guitarist Dave Gonzalez and harmonica player Mike Barfield and feature Lincoln native Sweeney Tidball on keyboards and Lincoln’s Justin Jones on drums.
They’ll be playing two sets Saturday night, the first beginning around 6 p.m. By that time, many of those in attendance will be having meals made from food grown on the farms. Both meat and vegetarian options will be available.
Tickets for the event are $8 for adults, $4 for children and $25 for families. Adult dinners are $7; children’s dinners are $5. Buy tickets www.robinettefarms.com, which also has directions to the farm.
The Stone River Boys played the Zoo Bar Saturday and produced one of the more memorable non-musical moments to have taken place there in a good while.
Bassist Scott Esbeck turned 55 on Saturday and got a birthday greeting on his iPhone that he played to the crowd during the show. It was from country music great Emmylou Harris, who wished him happy birthday, ending with a phrase sung in her angelic voice.
“That’s one of the coolest things that’s happened in my whole life,” Esbeck told the crowd.
The Stone River Boys spent Monday at Fuse Recording Studios making some final cuts on songs they recorded and mixed there this spring. The record was mastered in Omaha on Thursday and should be released soon.
Last-minute bookings: Zoo Bar Sunday and Monday
A couple of notable shows were just added to the Zoo Bar calendar, and both are highly recommended.
John Nemeth will be back at the Zoo at 6 p.m. Sunday. Nemeth’s one of the new stars on the blues circuit, a hard-working harmonica player who brings classic R&B and soul into the blues mix. A multiple Blues Music Award nominee, Nemeth’s been on the rise since his 2007 debut and always delivers a solid show.
Monday, Loves It! and Micah Schnabel will play a 9 p.m. Zoo show. Those names might not be instantly recognizable. But Loves It! was formerly known as Shotgun Party, which had played Lincoln, and Schnabel is one of the singer/songwriters in the acclaimed Ohio alt-country band Two Cow Garage.
Here’s what Kinky Friedman, singer/songwriter/cigar smoker/author and Texas gubernatorial candidate, has to say about Loves It!: “Two extremely talented people, Jenny Parrott and Vaughn Walters, make up Loves It! The record is an American original, seemingly spontaneous at times, effortlessly stunning when you least expect it. The voices come into your heart like that of an angel on your shoulder. Music is sparse, unique and stellar. Another step on the road to the stars.”