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The Wheezetones

Dave Steen

Doug Fenton

Mary Pipher

William ‘Bill’ Kloefkorn

The Fabtones

Ted Kooser

George Bryan: Lifetime Achievement Award

Mike Sweeney Community Award


Pla Mor Ballroom, 6600 W O St, Lincoln, NE 68528


Friday, November 18, 2022

We hope that everyone attends is vaccinated and we can enjoy a safe, enjoyable evening. 

2022 Nebraska Performing Arts Induction Ceremony

We are so excited to finally move forward on this night of history, love and amazing Nebraska artists.

Live music performances by inductees: The Wheezetones, and The Fabtones

Literary inductions going to:

Mary Pipher: Pipher is the author of 10 books including her number one New York Times bestseller Reviving Ophelia; and her most recent, Women Rowing North: Navigating Life’s Currents and Flourishing As We Age.

Ted Kooser: 13th Poet Laureate of the United States, former editor of ‘American Life in Poetry’, Presidential Professor Emeritus at The University of Nebraska, a renown published writer with hundreds of works published and circulated.

The family of William ‘Bill’ Kloefkorn: Kloefkorn was appointed State Poet of Nebraska, a decorated and published writer, as well as professor emeritus of English at Nebraska Wesleyan University. He was the author of twelve collections of poetry, two short story collections, a collection of children’s Christmas stories, and four memoirs.

Music Inductees:

Doug Fenton: Former owner of Dietze Music for 5 decades. The retail veteran is the son of one of the original partners, Robert Fenton, who incorporated the company in the ’50s after the Founder, August Dietze, established the full-line music store in 1927 in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Dave Steen: Songwriter for Ringo Starr, CoCo Montoya, Son Seals and more. To date, Dave Steen’s songs have appeared on various BILLBOARD magazine charts either as singles or album cuts 16 times in a period spanning four decades, beginning in the 1980’s.

Lifetime Achievement Award going to: George Bryan (The Majestics, J. Harrison B, Liberation Blues Band, Cotton Blues Band, Doug Duffey & The Delta Demons aka Barbara Porter & Little Rock, The Mob, Dadd Mack & The Flack)

The Mike Sweeney Community Arts Award/Scholarship: Mike was the kind of guy that always gave back to the community in every way he possibly could. He was a business man and musician. His band ‘Sweeney Stearley’ often played local festivals and events, running alongside some of the areas greatest bands. Mike had an incredible ability to simply make you smile and feel good about life. Mike and his family would want nothing more than to see the legacy of Nebraska music and his legacy live on. We are so excited to team up with his family and give out this Annual Scholarship in Mike’s name, and cement his legacy of joy and music forever in the years to come.




The Nebraska Performing Arts Hall of Fame is proud to induct Cathy Lohmeier and her families rock club, The Drumstick into the Nebraska Performing Arts Hall of Fame. Cathy is the younger sister of brainchild Tim “T.L.” Lohmeier, who developed the famed Lincoln, Nebraska rock club The Drumstick amidst his families Chicken restaurant. You can watch the induction via our Facebook page or via the Nebraska Performing Arts YouTube page.

Cathy, after moving back to Nebraska a few years back, followed her heart and produced this fabulous documentary film called ‘Remember the Drumstick’, that encompasses these amazing rock memories, moments and sounds of the times, that featured such groups as Joan Jett, Luther Allison, Red Hot Chili Peppers, REM, Dwight Yoakum, Jason and the Scorchers and more. The Drumstick, or as some called simple “The ‘Stick”, also played a huge role in budding local Nebraska bands as well, which spawned such great acts like Charlie Burton and Rock Therapy, The Boys, The Copy Cats and so many more.

All day long, it was also one of Lincoln’s finest chicken spots, offering some of the areas best fried chicken and Texas Toast. But, when the sun went down, the amps turned up…and history was made.

Charitable donations to the Nebraska Performing Arts Hall of Fame will be asked to continue these types of streams and inductions, as well as any donations towards The Drumstick film project that’s hoping to release sometime in the next year. We appreciate your support all around!

Nebraska Performing Arts Hall of Fame donations:
Paypal: @NeHOF or
Venmo: @NebraskaArts

Spread the word for those not on Facebook as well, as we are streaming via Youtube here:

For more info on ‘Remember the Drumstick’, please visit or their Facebook page: Remember the Drumstick


The Midwest is known for having some of the most talented and diverse artists – perhaps, it’s the best kept secret to those not living in the Midwest. But, for those living here and enjoying the performances, festivals, clubs, and private shows, we know it! Click here to find out the latest news.


Throughout history, the Midwest has produced some of the finest artists. We are lucky to honor these individuals that brought the music alive in our amazing state of Nebraska. With our scheduled events throughout the year, and projects overseen by the NPAHOF, our goal is to raise funds that specifically align with our mission statement. Click here to find out more.


Annual incentives include exclusive Nebraska Performing Arts Hall of Fame merchandise made available to members first, NPAHOF email list alerting you of early-bird tickets, and annual general news and updates on the non-profit 501c3 and where the funds are going. Become a member today and donate by clicking here.