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Omaha named top 10 music city
By Kevin Coffey
WORLD-HERALD STAFF WRITER


Omaha has, once again, been named one of the best music cities.

Tell us something we don't know. Omaha once was called "the next Seattle" by multiple big music publications, it was featured in a book about the country's best music scenes called "Wish You Were Here" and numerous accolades have been given to Slowdown by Esquire magazine (rock club of the year) and NPR ("The Indie-Rock Club Behind Omaha's $100 Million Creative Boom").

This time, it's Livability.com throwing out the honors. The website, which ranks the best cities to live in, named Omaha No. 5 on its list of top music cities.

The list eliminated New York, Los Angeles and Nashville, Tenn., off the bat. Athens, Ga., is at the top of the list.

Among the considerations for the rankings were number and quality of music venues (Omaha has Slowdown, The Waiting Room Lounge, Orpheum Theater and others), independent record stores (Homer's Music and Antiquarium Records) and local musicians (too many to count).

Cities also had to be on Livability's 500 best places to live and feature a vibrant nightlife and higher education opportunities for music.

The website mentions Omaha's jazz and blues musical tradition and artists such as Wynonie Harris. These days, Omaha is better known for being home to Bright Eyes, Cursive and others on Saddle Creek Records. It also mentioned MAHA Music Festival, Red Sky Music Festival, Riverfront Jazz and Blues Festival and Hullabaloo Music and Camping Festival.

Livability also mentions that Conor Oberst's brother, Justin Oberst, manages Saddle Creek Records with Robb Nansel, which is incorrect. Nansel manages the label with Jason Kulbel and several other employees.

The site also failed to mention that Mannheim Steamroller calls Omaha home and CenturyLink Center Omaha, which hosts many large arena concerts.

Livability also ranks Omaha as one of the top 10 cities for keeping new year's resolutions.

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Contact the writer: Kevin Coffey

kevin.coffey@owh.com    |   402-444-1557    |  

Kevin covers music, whether it's pop, indie or punk, through artist interviews, reviews and trend stories. He also occasionally covers other entertainment, including video games and comic books.

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