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Josh Hoyer

Josh Hoyer is the organizer of the Nebraska Funk & Soul Alliance.

The third-annual Nebraska Funk & Soul Alliance, set for downtown Lincoln Saturday, will feature an art auction along with the music that has been at the core of the fundraising event for Lincoln and Omaha charities that work with at-risk youth.

The silent auction of both art and music will kick off Saturday’s event at 7 p.m. Music will begin at three venues — Duffy’s Tavern, Bodega’s Alley and the Zoo Bar — at 9 p.m. Last year, the Funk & Soul Alliance took place at five downtown venues.

“We’re doing less music, so there are fewer places,” said organizer Josh Hoyer. “I didn’t have as many bands that could play it, so I thought, how can we get more people and raise some more funds? So I reached out to the art community. We got a bunch of artists who have donated some pretty great pieces.”

Art in the auction will be by Ben Jones, Shawn Ballerin, Wendy Bantam, Dave Galois, Hannah Demma, Katharen Weise, Thalia Rodgers and Gerardo Meza, and music, which will be in bundles of CDs, will come from The Fey, A Ferocious Jungle Cat, Lucas Kellison, Mesonjixx, Sebastian Lane, Josh Hoyer & Soul Colossal and more.

Also new this year will be an 8 p.m. spoken-word performance at Duffy’s Tavern, designed to set the tone for the night, get people together and kick off the music that will run from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Admission for the evening is a minimum $10 donation at any of the venues. That donation will provide entrance to all three clubs. Those attending are encouraged to share as much as they are able.

All proceeds from the event will go to at-risk youth charities: The Bay, Jacob’s Well, The Lighthouse and Malone Center Emergency Services in Lincoln, as well as the Omaha Home for Boys, Youth Care & Beyond and Youth Link in Omaha.

“When I was working at CenterPointe doing homeless outreach, some of their stories were the most heartbreaking for me,” Hoyer said of choosing charities that work with at-risk youth. “These are young people who haven’t even had a chance yet to stand on their feet. These organizations help young people find out who they are, what they can be, give them a safe place to be and have role models. They’re doing the hard work. We’re just helping with some money.”

The Young Men’s and Women’s Youth Business Leadership Academies at the Malone Center will receive the Alliance’s first $1,000 Endowment for Youth Excellence.

Here’s the Funk & Soul Alliance schedule:

7 p.m. to 11 p.m. — Silent Art/Music Auction at Parrish Studios

8 p.m. — Spoken Word Unity Convocation, Duffy’s Tavern, featuring featuring poetry by Dominique Garay, Bianca Swift, Celine Haynes, Relic and Kenny B.

9 p.m. to 2 a.m. — Music at Duffy’s Tavern, Bodega’s Alley and the Zoo Bar


9 p.m. — Edem Soul Music

10:30 p.m. — The House Band

Midnight — A Ferocious Jungle Cat


9:30 p.m. — The Wise

11 p.m. — Mr. MC $

12:30 p.m. — Funk Trek


10 p.m. — Josh Hoyer & Soul Colossal

11:30 p.m. — Sebastian Lane Band

1 a.m. — Emily Bass & A Near Miracle

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On Twitter @LJSWolgamott.


Entertainment reporter/columnist

L. Kent Wolgamott is an entertainment reporter and columnist.

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