Mikey Elfers (left) and Nick Tarlowski of The JV Allstars perform at the Shoemaker residence in south Lincoln on Friday, Sept. 11, 2020. The band joined on for the first two nights of Local Time Live after Tarlowski experienced a polka band play at his residence. "I hadn't seen live music in so long...I teared up," Tarlowski said.

Live music and social distancing came together during the Local Time Live fundraisers on Friday nights in September.

Kindler Brewing Co. and the Grata Bar and Lounge hosted the Local Time Live event around Lincoln. The event, a fundraiser for Lincoln Calling and local music venues affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, featured local artists that perform a private show as houses around Lincoln. For $50, people could order a case of beer and their choice from a list of local acts to perform for them.

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Carolina Inhofe, left, enjoys the show with her son Xenon, 1, during the M Shah performance outside their house in north Lincoln on Friday, Sept. 4, 2020, in Lincoln, Nebraska. Inhofe said her expectations for the show were blown out of the water. “Mind blowing,” Inhofe said. “Absolutely mind blowing.”
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Malik Shahbal, who writes and records music under the name “M Shah,” performs for a family outside a house in north Lincoln on Friday, Sept. 4, in Lincoln. Shahbal said that the chance to have an in-person performance was welcoming. “I thought it was a really great opportunity for us as artists to perform in front of people,” Shahbal said.
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M Shah (left) and DJ FlyCuts perform for a family outside a house in north Lincoln on Friday, Sept. 4, 2020, in Lincoln, Nebraska. The group brought along equipment, including a turntable, laptop and speakers and set up in the family’s driveway. “I think it was really cool for the people…to experience live music safely,” Shahbal said.
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M Shah (right) and DJ FlyCuts perform in the shade outside a house in north Lincoln on Friday, Sept. 4, 2020, in Lincoln, Nebraska. John Inhofe said that he enjoyed the feel the artists brought to their performance. “When they first started setting up,” Inhofe said, “I kind of got a good vibe of what was going on. But I mean…it was on point…it was perfect.”
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Carolina Inhofe, left, smiles while looking at her husband John during the M Shah performance outside their house in north Lincoln on Friday, Sept. 4, 2020, in Lincoln, Nebraska. Carolina had booked the performance as a surprise for John, who said he enjoyed the gift. “We’ve been cooped up for so long now…so to have a local artist come…this is a nice way to unwind,” John said.
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Crystal Gose applauds after a song during the performance by The Wildwoods at their house in north Lincoln on Friday, Sept. 4, in Lincoln. Gose said that she thinks it is vital to show support for musicians during the pandemic. “We still need to support our musicians and let them know that we are…still here for them,” Gose said, “and we still want them to play even under conditions that may not be ideal.”
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The Wildwoods perform in the backyard of the Gose household in north Lincoln on Friday, Sept. 4, 2020, in Lincoln, Nebraska. The performance was booked by the Pinkman and Gose families and was held as an extended evening performance for both families to enjoy together.
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Chloe Gose (left) and Noah Gose of The Wildwoods perform at the Gose household during the Local Time Live fundraiser on Friday, Sept. 4, 2020, in Lincoln, Nebraska. Chloe said that she enjoys hearing the support from those that were able to see them as part of the fundraiser. “It’s super fun for us to get to come out and just play on a Friday night,” Chloe said, “because a lot of our dates have been canceled.” She went on to say that they valued people wanting to see them. “It’s nice to just hear that people are appreciating live music,” Chloe said, “because they can’t go out to venues and listen.”
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May Gose records the performance of The Wildwoods on her phone during their set at the Gose household in north Lincoln on Friday, Sept. 4, 2020, as part of the Local Time Live fundraiser. She said that the positivity the group brings helps lift her spirits. “I live alone,” May said, “and there’s some times when, you know, I’m really down. And so when I get the opportunity to go with the kids…it really peps me up. It really makes me feel better.”
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Brad Gose holds his dog Wheezy while chasing down George, another one of the family’s dogs, during the performance of The Wildwoods at the Gose household in north Lincoln on Friday, Sept. 4, 2020, in Lincoln, Nebraska.
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Chloe Gose, left, smiles during the performance by The Wildwoods at the Gose household in north Lincoln on Friday, Sept. 4, 2020, in Lincoln, Nebraska. Chloe said that the duo’s income comes mostly from shows and that it is good to help give back to the venues who are also struggling. “Live shows…make up more than half of our income,” Chloe said. “These venues that we have played at over the years have helped us make our money. So I mean, I feel like it’s good that we’re able to give back in some way to them right now.”
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The Wildwoods (left) lead Riley Koenig (light blue), 6, and Crystal Gose in a parade around the yard while playing “Baby Shark” during the performance by The Wildwoods at the Gose household on Friday, Sept. 4, 2020, in Lincoln, Nebraska.
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Mikey Elfers (left) and Nick Tarlowski of The JV Allstars perform at the Shoemaker residence in south Lincoln on Friday, Sept. 11, 2020. The band joined on for the first two nights of Local Time Live after Tarlowski experienced a polka band play at his residence. “I hadn’t seen live music in so long…I teared up,” Tarlowski said.
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Mikey Elfers (left) and Nick Tarlowski of The JV Allstars perform at the Shoemaker residence in south Lincoln during Local Time Live on Friday, Sept. 11, 2020.