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

1. Counting Crows

2018 Live Photo (2) - Ehud Lazin

The Counting Crows return to the area to play Stir Cove on Thursday, and the group brings with it a catalog of seven albums and 88 songs.

“Round Here,” “Mr. Jones” and “Omaha” rock band Counting Crows and “Lightning Crashes” hitmakers Live will play Stir Cove in Council Bluffs on Thursday. Tickets, $66 to $86, via Ticketmaster. Read our interview with frontman Adam Duritz.

2. Brett Eldredge

Brett Eldredge

Brett Eldredge

Country Westfest has moved to Stir Cove. Brett EldredgeDevin Dawson and Abby Anderson will play the mini festival on Friday. Previously purchased tickets will be honored at the door. Tickets, $25 to $50, via Ticketmaster.

3. Wolfmother

Wolfmother

Wolfmother

Aussie hard rock band Wolfmother is awesome. Trust us. And go see them at The Waiting Room Lounge on Monday. Tickets, $29.50, are on sale now at etix.com.

4. Beck

Beck

Beck

Hit-making, genre-bending, Grammy-winning singer Beck is known for “Loser,” “Where It’s At” and “The New Pollution” — all top-10 smashes more than 20 years ago — and he will perform at Lincoln’s Pinewood Bowl on Wednesday. Tickets, $22 to $86, via Ticketmaster.

5. Band of the Week: Mitch Gettman

mitch gettman

Mitch Gettman

Gettman will return home to celebrate the release of his new album, “Some Purgatory,” as well as kick off the music at Farnam Fest in the Blackstone District on Saturday. Listen to his new single, "No One On Your Side."

MORE THIS WEEK

THURSDAY

Influential drummer Chris Dave and his band, The Drumhedz, will play a special show at Hi-Fi House. Tickets, $25, via universe.com.

FRIDAY

Portland rock band Red Fang will play The Waiting Room Lounge. Tickets, $20, at etix.com.

SATURDAY

Bad Bad Hats and Cumulus will team up to co-headline Slowdown. Tickets, $10, at ticketfly.com.

SUNDAY

Rock out at the Punk Rock Flea Market and pick up some stuff from your favorite local and DIY businesses starting at noon. Free event.

MONDAY

Creatures of Rabbit is a new local band that will make its official debut later in the week, but first they're playing a warm-up show at O'Leaver's Pub. $5 at the door. 

TUESDAY

Country songwriters Jaymie JonesBilly Troy and Adam Lee will join up for a “Writers in the Round” show at Growler USA. Free show.

WEDNESDAY

Singer-songwriter Anderson East has a new album, “Encore,” and he’ll play his new songs at Slowdown. Tickets, $20, at ticketfly.com.

Lincoln Calling kicks off in downtown Lincoln.

COMING UP

On the slate for next week: 

  • After calling last month’s SumTur Amphitheater show early when he fell ill, Cody Jinks has rescheduled his concert with Tennessee Jet and Ward Davis for Sept. 20. Tickets, $31 to $57, via Ticketmaster. Tickets for the original concert will be honored at the new date.
  • Country singer Casey Donahew will play The Waiting Room Lounge on Sept. 20. Tickets, $25, at etix.com.
  • “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere,” “Remember When,” “Livin’ On Love,” “Don’t Rock the Jukebox” and “Chattahoochee” country star Alan Jackson will play CenturyLink Center on Sept. 21 with opener Randy Houser. Tickets via Ticketmaster.
  • If you see smoke on the water and fire in the sky on Sept. 21, don’t be alarmed. It’s just Deep Purple and Judas Priest rocking Stir Cove. Tickets, $68, via Ticketmaster.
  • R.E.M.odeled will pay tribute to R.E.M. once again with a show Sept. 21 at Reverb Lounge. Tickets, $8, at etix.com.
  • The Plain White T’s will play two Lincoln concerts this month. The alt-rock band will bring its platinum-selling hit “Hey There Delilah” to Lincoln’s Lied Center for concerts at 7 and 10 p.m. on Sept. 21. Free for University of Nebraska-Lincoln students, tickets are also available to the public. Tickets, $25, are on sale at LiedCenter.org, 402-472-4747 or at the venue box office.
  • You probably know Todd Rundgren from “Bang the Drum All Day,” but the eclectic musician has done a lot more than that. He’ll play an evening of music on Sept. 24 at The Waiting Room Lounge. Tickets, $25, at etix.com.
  • Indie rock band Dawes will play an entire evening of music at the Bourbon Theatre in Lincoln on Sept. 25. Tickets, $30, at etix.com.
  • Get out your good shoes. Greensky Bluegrass is coming to Slowdown on Sept. 26, and you’ll need solid shoes to stomp your feet all night. Tickets, $25, at ticketfly.com.
  • Nerdcore hip-hop master MC Chris will bring the “Star Wars”- and comic book-themed rap to The Waiting Room Lounge on Sept. 26. Tickets, $15, at etix.com.
  • Art rock band Guerrilla Toss will play Reverb Lounge on Sept. 26. Tickets, $10, at etix.com.

JUST ANNOUNCED

Going on sale this week:

  • Eagles tribute band Hotel Desperado will bring the hits to The Waiting Room Lounge on Oct. 19. Tickets, $10, go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday at etix.com.
  • Psych-pop artist Shana Falana will play Reverb Lounge on Nov. 6. Tickets, $8, go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday at etix.com.
  • Local favorite The Urge will return to Omaha to play The Waiting Room Lounge on Nov. 10. Tickets, $25, go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday at etix.com.
  • Electronic duo EOTO will play The Waiting Room Lounge on Nov. 16. Tickets, $18, go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday at etix.com.
  • The Middle Kids recently released their latest album, “Lost Friends,” and they’ll bring a tour to The Sydney on Dec. 8. Tickets, $13, go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday at etix.com.
  • American rock band Protomartyr and Canadian post-punkers Preoccupations will co-headline a show at The Waiting Room Lounge on Dec. 7. Tickets, $15, go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday at etix.com.
  • Pink Floyd, The Talking Heads and Phish come together with tribute band Pink Talking Fish, and the group will play the Waiting Room Lounge on Dec. 12. Tickets, $15, go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday at etix.com.
  • Rappers King Lil G and Rittz will play a show together at The Waiting Room Lounge on Dec. 14. Tickets, $25, go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday at etix.com.
  • Country singer Luke Combs will play CHI Health Center on May 11. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday via Ticketmaster.
  • Rocker Kurt Vile is back with his first solo album in three years, and his tour with his band, The Violators, will stop at Slowdown on Feb. 26. Tickets, $25, go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday at ticketfly.com.
  • The inimitable Cher will return to CHI Health Center on May 14. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday via Ticketmaster.

CANCELED

Blink-182’s concert at Stir Cove.

SOLD OUT

Jeremy Zucker’s concert Oct. 3 at Slowdown.

Hoodie Allen’s concert Oct. 21 at The Waiting Room Lounge.

Elton John’s concert Feb. 12, 2019, at CenturyLink Center.

Reporter - Entertainment/music/concert

Kevin Coffey covers music, whether it's pop, indie or punk, through artist interviews, reviews and trend stories. He also occasionally cover other entertainment. Follow him on Twitter @owhmusicguy. Phone: 402-444-1557.

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