Flatwater Music Festival


Friday & Saturday June 27 - 28, 2014

Daily admission $10, Kids under 12 FREE

Live acoustic music on two stages, plus kids' activities, music jams & workshops, beer garden, food, art, and much more! 2013 main stage schedule and performer info is below. 2014 performer announcements coming soon!


Vendors at the festival will offer full meal choices, snacks, and beverages, plus many handmade items including soaps, jewelry, clothing, accessories, home decor, and much more.

Due to the nature of Prairie Loft, dogs and other pets are not allowed. Service animals are permitted.

Vendors: Interested in booth space at Flatwater? Please email info@prairieloft.org

2013 FESTIVAL SCHEDULE (times subject to change)


FRIDAY, June 28     6–11pm

6pm-11pm Food & art vendors and Beer Garden open.

6:30    Platte Valley Skunk Runners

7:30    Star Belle Ukulele Trio

8:30    Bonnie & the Clydes

SATURDAY, June 29    11am–11pm

11am-5pm Kids’ activities, music, vendors, music jams, family dance, music workshops for all ages, food, & more.

Beer Garden open 5-11pm.

5:30    Bluestem

7:00    Julie Gribble

8:45    Nora Jane Struthers & The Party Line

About the 2013 Main Stage Performers


Platte Valley Skunk Runners

All the way from Ogallala, the Skunk Runners will get you moving with bluegrass and jug-band style music ranging from the extremely traditional to bluegrass-tinged covers of some classic rock and folk songs. Instrumentation includes kazoo, mandolin, banjo, guitar, dobro, bass, and fiddle. Kazoo!

Star Belle Ukulele Trio

Favorites for the Listening Room and Flatwater 2012, Star Belle returns to the main stage again this year! Hope Dunbar, Lisa Lewis and Jessica Luebbe are the three voices that make up Star Belle Ukulele Trio. Out of a small Nebraska town comes a big sound grown out of love, laughter and friendship. Since they didn't hear anyone else telling their story, these three women set out to write it themselves. Armed with ukuleles, some harmony and the truth (kinda), these three women love to share the love and have a great time doing it.

Bonnie & the Clydes

Dust off your dancing shoes, real country music has returned. Bonnie & the Clydes bring a brand of swingin' music that makes it nearly impossible to sit still. In a world overrun by alt and pop country, they conjure up the sounds of the genre's legends. Led by Bonnie Sims, Bonnie & the Clydes feature soulful vocals, dynamic fiddle and guitar solos, and a solid country swing groove.



Coming together from right here in Hastings and across Nebraska to the Sandhills, these  down-home musicians will wow you with their heartfelt songs and toe-tapping tunes.

Julie Gribble

Julie and her trio will draw you in with entrancing melodies, unique lyrics, and a glowing presence perfect for the Flatwater stage. She has landed national awards and Hollywood soundtrack gigs in addition to numerous guest appearances on national television. Come hear and see for yourself why she’s so popular!

Nora Jane Struthers & The Party Line

These musicians are a traveling Carnival of acoustic Americana. The high-energy, Nashville-based quintet perform Struthers’ original story songs with tight, three-part harmonies, fiddle, claw-hammer banjo, acoustic guitar, bass, and drums. Struthers was catapulted into the spotlight when she led her band to a blue ribbon at the prestigious 2010 Tellurude Bluegrass Festival band competition (previous winners include Nickel Creek and The Dixie Chicks). Struthers’ songs are as steeped in American history, and as well crafted, as the beautiful vintage dresses she wears on stage.

Huge thanks to our 2013 event sponsors...

Adams County Convention & Visitors Bureau

Eaton Corporation

Flowserve Corporation

Headwaters Corporation

Hoegemeyer Seed Company

Mary Lanning Healthcare

Nebraska Urology Center PC

Olson Farms

Pinnacle Bank

Raynor Garage Doors of Hastings

Wells Fargo

Friends of Hastings Public Library

Hastings College

Sullivan, Shoemaker P.C., L.L.O.

Back Alley Bakery

Barista’s Daily Grind

Big G Ace Hardware

Five Points Bank of Hastings

Geneva State Bank

Hastings HVAC

Heritage Bank/ Heritage Insurance

Industrial Irrigation

Lochland Country Club

Midtowne Mart

Oregon Trail Equipment

Pacha Soap

Brent Schirmer / Edward Jones

Laura Schneider State Farm Insurance

Strategic Pioneer


... and to our in-kind donors!

Eakes Office Plus

OK Cafe

Comfort Inn

Dykeman’s Camper Sales

Interested in providing a sponsorship? Contact amy@prairieloft.org or 402-463-0565 for info.

Julie Gribble

Star Belle

Kids’ music workshop at Flatwater

Bonnie & the Clydes

Nora Jane Struthers &

The Party Line