New Kids on the Block

New Kids on the Block

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

1. New Kids on the Block

You ready for some nostalgia? This show has it on tap. A crazy lineup of ’80s and ’90s hitmakers includes New Kids on the Block, Salt N Pepa, Tiffany, Debbie Gibson and Naughty By Nature. It’s all going down Saturday at Lincoln’s Pinnacle Bank Arena. Tickets via Ticketmaster.

2. L7



Since reforming in 2014, L.A. punk band L7 has been hard at work. Through their tours and this year’s new record, the band’s first in more than 20 years, they continue to cement their legacy as a fantastic punk/grunge act. Catch them Thursday at Slowdown. Tickets at

3. A Day to Remember

A Day to Remember

A Day to Remember

A Day to Remember will bring its “Raisin’ Hell in the Heartland” tour to Stir Cove on Friday. Featuring a hard-edged pop-punk sound, A Day to Remember has four top-10 rock albums, including its latest, “Bad Vibrations,” which hit No. 1. The band’s hit songs include “If It Means a Lot to You” and “All Signs Point to Lauderdale.” Tickets via Ticketmaster.

4. Mandolin Orange

Mandolin Orange

Mandolin Orange

Next week, Slowdown will have a stage and a series of bands playing outside during the College World Series. But before things get crazy, they’re welcoming Mandolin Orange to the big stage. The folk duo of Andrew Marlin and Emily Frantz will bring songs from their new album, “Tides of a Teardrop,” to Slowdown on Tuesday. Tickets, $22, at

5. Strumbellas



The six members of The Strumbellas make beautiful music, and new songs like “I’ll Wait” are no exception. (Its swelling melodies and gang choruses will definitely hook you.) And you can hear them live at Slowdown on Saturday. Tickets at

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Jason Hann from EOTO and The String Cheese Incident is Prophet Massive, and he’ll play The Waiting Room Lounge. Tickets at


Rapper and singer Ghostemane will play the Waiting Room. Tickets at


Every so often, Bennie and the Gents do a special David Bowie tribute night in full costume. And that night, dubbed “Bennie Does Bowie,” is here at The Waiting Room Lounge. Tickets at


Looking for a quiet Sunday night. Stay away from Brother’s Lounge. Rock bands Noah’s Ark Was a SpaceshipEric in Outerspace and Those Far Out Arrows will shake the walls. $5 at the door.


Michael Lyon will lead the big band once again at Ozone Lounge at Anthony’s Steakhouse. Free show.


These guys only started making music a few years ago, but already The Record Company is doing big things. See them at The Waiting Room Lounge. Tickets at


Reggae band Iration will play Slowdown. Tickets at


On the slate for next week:

Power trio Cycles is headed to Reverb Lounge on June 13. Tickets, $10, at

The Eli Young Band will play TD Ameritrade Park as part of the free College World Series opening ceremonies. After team introductions, the Grammy-nominated country band will perform from home plate at 9:30 p.m. on June 14. Fireworks will follow the concert.

Country singer Marty Stuart and his band, The Fabulous Superlatives, will play Scottish Rite Hall on June 14. Tickets at

“Ohio Is For Lovers” rockers Hawthorne Heights will play The Royal Grove on June 15. Tickets at

Ghanaian composer and percussionist Paa Kow is really something you should hear. And you can at Reverb Lounge on June 19. Tickets at


Going on sale this week:

Country singer Jacob Bryant is coming to Slowdown on Aug. 2. Tickets, $10, go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday at

Kick up some red dirt when Jason Boland & The Stragglers head here on Sept. 12 to play The Waiting Room Lounge. Tickets, $20, go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday at

Timothy Showalter will bring Strand of Oaks to Reverb Lounge for an intimate show on Sept. 17. Tickets, $18, go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday at

Singer-songwriter Wilder Woods will play Slowdown on Sept. 28. Tickets, $25, go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday at

“If There Is Light, It Will Find You” is the latest album from Senses Fail, and the band will play The Waiting Room Lounge on Oct. 6. Tickets, $20, go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday at


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

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