We picked them for you: the biggest, the best, the coolest concerts coming this week.

1. Backstreet Boys

Backstreet Boys

The Backstreet Boys will return to CHI Health Center for the first time in five years. 

Backstreet’s back! Yeah, we said it. The boy band will return to the CHI Health Center for the first time in five years Sunday. (More than 10,000 people showed up last time.) This time around, the “I Want It That Way,” “Everybody” and “Quit Playing Games (With My Heart)” group has a new set of music to show off to fans. Their new record, “DNA,” has tracks such as “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” and “Chances.” Tickets via Ticketmaster.

2. Violent Femmes

Violent Femmes

The Violent Femmes will headline the Shadow Ridge Music Festival.

You know the words to “Blister in the Sun.” You know the words to “American Music.” You know the words to “Gone Daddy Gone.” And you can sing them at the top of your lungs when the Violent Femmes headline the Shadow Ridge Music Festival on Friday night. Tickets at outhousetickets.com.

3. Flogging Molly

Flogging Molly

Flogging Molly will play Stir Cove with Social Distortion.

Prepare yourself for a crazy, rocking good time at Stir Cove. Celtic punk band Flogging Molly will share the stage with punk rockers Social Distortion on Wednesday. Also joining the festivities are Americana rockers The Devil Makes Three and Mexican garage punk band Le Butcherettes. It’s going to be wild. Tickets via Ticketmaster.

4. Blink-182


Blink-182 is coming to Stir Cove.

For the first time in a decade, Blink-182 is coming back to the Omaha area. And fans are excited. Saturday’s concert at Stir Cove is sold-out, so find a friend with an extra ticket if you want to hear them play “All the Small Things,” “The Rock Show” or “Feeling This.” Plus, they have some new tunes like “Blame It on My Youth” and “Darkside.”

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On the slate for next week:

Kick up some red dirt when Jason Boland & The Stragglers head here on Sept. 12 to play The Waiting Room Lounge. Tickets, $20, at etix.com.

“Dirt on My Boots” and “Heartache on the Dance Floor” country star Jon Pardi will perform at Stir Cove on Sept. 14. Tickets via Ticketmaster.

Rock band STRFKR will play The Waiting Room Lounge on Sept. 14. Tickets, $20, at etix.com.

Indie rockers Interpol are set to play the Holland Performing Arts Center on Sept. 15. Tickets via Ticket Omaha.

Minneapolis rapper Prof will play Slowdown on Sept. 18. Tickets, $15, at ticketfly.com.


Going on sale soon:

Trans-Siberian Orchestra will once again start its tour in Council Bluffs. Its “Christmas Eve and Other Stories” tour will begin on Nov. 13 at the Mid-America Center. Tickets go on sale Wednesday via Ticketmaster.