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

1. Eli Young Band

Eli Young Band

Eli Young Band will headline the College World Series Opening Ceremonies.

The Eli Young Band will play TD Ameritrade Park as part of the free College World Series opening ceremonies Friday. After team introductions, the Grammy-nominated country band will perform from home plate at 9:30 p.m. Fireworks will follow the concert. Free show.

2. Coheed and Cambria

You might be able to hear this one across the river. Coheed and Cambria will play selections from its new album, “The Unheavenly Creatures,” as well as hits like “The Suffering” and “A Favor House Atlantic” at Stir Cove on Thursday. They’ll be joined by Mastodon playing its modern classic heavy metal record “Crack the Skye,” and metalcore band Every Time I Die. Tickets via Ticketmaster.

3. Marty Stuart

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Marty Stuart and the Fabulous Superlatives will be in Omaha on Friday.

You might know Marty Stuart from his country hits “Now That’s Country,” “The Whiskey Ain’t Workin’,” “Tempted” and “Hillbilly Rock.” But you ought to see Stuart and his band, His Fabulous Superlatives, as they bang out those hits and other fabulous new tracks Friday at the Scottish Rite Hall. Tickets at etix.com.

4. Mike Epps

Mike Epps

Mike Epps will perform six shows at Ralston Arena.

Mike Epps has been telling jokes on stage for more than 20 years, and now the stand-up and actor is bringing some of his funny friends on the road. Epps will host a three-night performance at Ralston Arena this weekend. See him at two shows per night on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are available at ralstonarena.com.

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Power trio Cycles is headed to Reverb Lounge. Tickets, $10, at etix.com.


Chicago band Rat Boys will team up with Uh Oh and Bed Rest for another epic show at O’Leaver’s Pub. Tickets, $8, at localstubs.com.


“Ohio Is For Lovers” rockers Hawthorne Heights will play The Royal Grove. Tickets at etix.com.

Help comedian David Venhuizen record his comedy album. Venhuizen will tell jokes at Reverb Lounge. You show up and laugh, and maybe your giggles will make it on the record. Tickets, $5, at etix.com.


If your dream Father’s Day celebration combines music and celebrating, get yourself to The Jewell for a pair of unique shows. The Shawn Bell Dixieland Jazz Quartet will play a brunch at 11:30 a.m., and a blues show featuring Stan Spurgeon and The Chain Gang will start at 6 p.m. Tickets at thejewellomaha.com.


The Ozone Big Band is up and running, and it’ll be led this week by singer Julie Baker. Free show.


Paper Holland is a trip, and you can hear the local band at Reverb Lounge. Tickets, $5, at etix.com.


Ghanaian composer and percussionist Paa Kow is really something you should hear. And you can at Reverb Lounge. Tickets at etix.com.


On the slate for next week:

Milwaukee folk band Dead Horses will bring the strums to Reverb Lounge on June 20. Tickets, $10, at etix.com.

“Lips of an Angel” rockers Hinder will play The Royal Grove on June 20. Tickets, $25, at etix.com.

Referencing a great line from “Back to the Future,” I Don’t Know How But They Found Me is an electronic duo that will rock Lincoln’s Bourbon Theatre on June 21. Tickets, $20, at ticketweb.com.

Indie rock jam band The Wood Notes will celebrate its album release June 22 at Reverb Lounge. Tickets, $8, at etix.com.

Carrie Underwood, the Grammy-winning country star behind “Cry Pretty” and “Before He Cheats,” will play Pinnacle Bank Arena on June 23. Rounding out the all-female bill will be country groups Maddie & Tae and Runaway JuneTickets via Ticketmaster.

Legendary punk band X will return to The Waiting Room Lounge on June 23. Tickets, $20, at etix.com.


Going on sale this week:

Shades is Eprom and Alix Perez, and they’re coming to Slowdown on July 26. Tickets, $15, are on sale now at ticketfly.com.

Wingtips will play Reverb Lounge on Aug. 27. Tickets, $8, go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. at etix.com.

Phony PPL will play The Waiting Room Lounge on Sept. 24. Tickets, $15, go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. at etix.com.

Strung Out will play The Waiting Room Lounge on Oct. 12. Tickets, $18, go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday at etix.com.

Rapper Big K.R.I.T. is about to release a new album, “K.R.I.T. Iz Here,” and he’ll play Lincoln’s Bourbon Theatre on Oct. 17. Tickets, $25, go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. at ticketweb.com.

After the death of frontman Wayne Static in 2014, old recordings of Static-X songs featuring the original lineup were discovered. The band made that into a new record, and they’re heading out on tour to pay tribute to Static. See them with DevildriverDopeWednesday 13 and Raven Black at the Bourbon Theatre on Dec. 7. Tickets, $27, are on sale now at ticketweb.com.


PetRock’s concert Aug. 23 at The Waiting Room Lounge. Tickets for a second show on Aug. 22 are available at etix.com.

Goo Goo Dolls and Train’s concert June 25 at Stir Cove.

Bush and Live’s concert July 27 at Stir Cove.

Blink-182’s concert Sept. 7 at Stir Cove.

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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.