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

1. Harry Connick Jr.

Harry Connick Jr.

Harry Connick Jr.

Happy holidays from Harry Connick Jr. The crooner will celebrate Christmas and New Orleans in a concert Tuesday at Lincoln’s Lied Center. Connick’s tour comes on the 300th anniversary of his native New Orleans, so he’s ready to play. Tickets at liedcenter.org.

2. Sullivan King

Sullivan King

Sullivan King

Electronic producer Sullivan King hails from Los Angeles, and he’s currently on a world tour. Slamming dubstep songs like “I’ll Fight Back” are fueling his quick rise. Tickets at etix.com.

3. Otep



Fronted by Otep Shamaya, her namesake band will thunder into Lincoln’s Royal Grove on Wednesday with the band’s new album, “Kult 45,” in tow. The title is in reference to our 45th president, and Shamaya has some choice words for him. Tickets via etix.com.

4. Band of the Week: Rock and Roll Suicide

It’s been a bit since Bruce Springsteen has come to town, but don’t fret about The Boss’ absence. In his place, rock tribute kings Rock and Roll Suicide will play Springsteen’s “Born in the USA” in its entirety at Slowdown on Saturday. Tickets at ticketfly.com.



Electronic duo Yookie will play The Royal Grove in Lincoln. Tickets at etix.com.


Rappers King Lil G and Rittz will play a show together at The Waiting Room Lounge. Tickets, $25, at etix.com.

Eagles tribute band Hotel Desperado will play Slowdown. Tickets, $10, at ticketfly.com.


The Kris Lager Band will return to rock The Waiting Room Lounge. Tickets, $12 in advance or $15 day of show, at etix.com.


Twin cities prog metal band By the Thousands will rock the Lookout Lounge. Tickets, $7 in advance or $10 day of show.


Local bands Superman’s Hero, the George Heaston Experience and Yellow After Rain will play a holiday benefit show for Make-A-Wish at The Waiting Room Lounge. Donations accepted at the door.


We like “Happier” by pop punk band Gold Route. And you can hear them play it live when the Michigan band comes to Lookout Lounge. Tickets, $10 in advance or $12 day of show, at ticketfly.com.


Metal band OTEP will play The Royal Grove in Lincoln on Dec. 19. Tickets at etix.com.


On the slate for next week:

Acoustic-electronic-dub-rock is a genre Jon Wayne and the Pain have cornered, and you can see them do it at Reverb Lounge on Dec. 20. Tickets, $12, at etix.com.

Once again, Mannheim Steamroller will play a pair of hometown Christmas concerts. The Omaha-based group will play the Orpheum Theater on Dec. 22 and 23. Tickets via Ticket Omaha.

Blue Martian Tribe’s annual Frostival event full of local acts, this time expanding to both The Waiting Room Lounge and Reverb Lounge on Dec. 22. Tickets, $15, at etix.com.


Going on sale this week:

Liquid Stranger is a hugely popular Swedish dubstep producer, and he’ll play Slowdown on March 3. Tickets, $22, go on sale Wednesday at noon at ticketfly.com.

Reggae and dub band Stick Figure will swing through Slowdown on April 12. Tickets, $26, go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. at ticketfly.com.

Hard rock bands Godsmack and Volbeat are coming to Omaha. The pair will play Baxter Arena on April 23. Tickets go on sale at 1 p.m. Friday via Ticketmaster.

Swedish metal band Monolord will rock Slowdown on May 1. Tickets, $12, go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. at ticketfly.com.

The Avett Brothers will bring their sweet, sweet songs to Lincoln’s Pinewood Bowl on May 17. Tickets go on sale Friday at noon via Ticketmaster.

Dwight Yoakam is coming back to town. The “Guitars, Cadillacs” and “Fast As You” country singer will play Stir Cove on May 23. Tickets to see Yoakam go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday via Ticketmaster.


Coming a little later than planned:

Justin Timberlake postponed his concert at CHI Health Center to March 23. Tickets for Saturday’s show will be honored at the new date. Tickets are still available via Ticketmaster.


Elton John’s concert Feb. 12 at CHI Health Center.

Luke Combs’ concert May 11 at CHI Health Center.

This complete guide of local music, movies, dining and entertainment will have you weekend ready

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Kevin Coffey is the entertainment editor and critic, covering music, movies, video games, comic books and lots more. Follow him on Twitter @owhmusicguy. Phone: 402-444-1557.

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