We picked them for you: the biggest, the best, the coolest concerts coming this week.
The inimitable Cher will return to Omaha on Tuesday as part of her “Here We Go Again” tour. Will it be farewell for the 72-year-old singer? She’ll never tell. It’s a good show, according to a recent review from Rolling Stone: “Cher continues to prove that she can wipe the floor with any pop star from any generation before or after her.” Tickets are available via Ticketmaster.
2. Luke Combs
With a brand new single, “Beer Never Broke My Heart,” and a litany of smash-hit singles, Luke Combs will rock CHI Health Center on Saturday. Already a country superstar, Combs’ career only started a few years ago, but he’s already sold out the arena.
River Riot is back. The annual all-day concert from 89.7 The River will once again take over Westfair Amphitheater in Council Bluffs on Friday. Leading the pack is Halestorm, the Grammy-winning hard rock band responsible for hits such as “I Miss the Misery” and “I Get Off.” Also on the bill: In This Moment, I Prevail, Sevendust, Palaye Royale, Beasto Blanco, Through Fire and The Impulsive. Tickets are available via Ticketmaster.
4. Elle King
Elle King has a passionate, soulful new album. “Shake the Spirit” was released late last year, and she’s on tour all year supporting it. The trek will bring King to Sokol Auditorium on Monday. Tickets are available via Ticketmaster.
5. Yngwie Malmsteen
Wanna see something cool? Yngwie Malmsteen can shred. Watch the guitar master put on a show Wednesday at The Royal Grove in Lincoln. Tickets via etix.com.
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Wanna rock some surf jazz? Get to Laka Lono Rum Club in the Old Market for a show from Denver’s Whole Milk.
Australian singer-songwriter Julia Jacklin will play Reverb Lounge. Tickets, $13, at etix.com.
“Invincible” rock band Adelitas Way will play the Bourbon Theatre in Lincoln. Tickets via ticketweb.com.
Gabriel Sanchez has one heckuva Prince tribute with the Prince Experience, which plays Slowdown. Tickets via ticketfly.com.
Led by Evan Dando, alt-rock band The Lemonheads has a new album, “Varshons 2,” and they’re coming to The Waiting Room Lounge. The Replacements’ Tommy Stinson will open the show with a solo set. Tickets via etix.com.
Michelle Eva and B. Baldwin will play their usual Monday night guitar show playing originals and unique covers at the Omaha Lounge. Free show.
It might get loud. Hatebreed will rock Sokol Auditorium with its 25th anniversary tour. Obituary, Madball, Prong and Skeletal Remains will open the show. Tickets via Ticketmaster.
Rockers Slothrust recently released a new album, “The Pact,” and now they’re headed to Reverb Lounge. Tickets, $14, at etix.com.
“Something to Believe In” rock band Parachute is headed to The Waiting Room Lounge. Tickets via etix.com.
On the slate for next week:
Trampled by Turtles will play Slowdown on May 16. Tickets via ticketfly.com.
Tool will play fewer than a dozen concerts in the U.S. this spring, and one is in Nebraska. The Grammy-winning alt-metal band will play Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln on May 16. Tickets via Ticketmaster.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band Chicago (and its horn section) will play Stir Cove on May 17. Tickets via Ticketmaster.
Kenny Chesney will bring “When the Sun Goes Down,” “Setting the World On Fire” and “She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy” to Lincoln’s Pinnacle Bank Arena on May 18. Tickets to see the country star are available via Ticketmaster.
Going on sale this week:
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.
Blink-182 has a new single, and the band is coming back to town for the first time in a decade. The “All the Small Things” pop-punk trio will play Stir Cove on Sept. 7. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday via Ticketmaster.
It’s already time to start thinking about Christmas. Mannheim Steamroller announced its annual Christmas tour, which includes a pair of performances at the Orpheum Theater on Dec. 21 and 22. Tickets go on sale July 26 at 10 a.m. via Ticket Omaha.
Luke Combs’ concert Saturday at CHI Health Center.
Shoreline Mafia’s show May 20 at The Waiting Room Lounge.
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