Eric Church loves Omaha.

By our count, he’s played the Omaha area 14 times since 2006. Twice more, he’s played in Lincoln.

And he’s coming to Omaha to kick off his new tour with two nights — Friday and Saturday — at CHI Health Center.

“We started at the casino there,” Church told us in 2017. “It’s always been a special town.”

And his fans, the Church Choir, have stuck with him throughout.

“This is the first place we could call home,” Church once told an Omaha crowd. “I remember Whiskey Roadhouse and Whiskey Tango and Stir Cove. ... It started with a few of us that couldn’t fit in this pit right here and it turned into, ‘Holy (crap), what have you done in Omaha?’ I’ll never forget you, Omaha, Nebraska.”

We looked back at his area concert dates for memories of the country star.

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Whiskey Roadhouse

June 22, 2006

Church’s first concert here, so far as we can tell, came just before he released his debut album, “Sinners Like Me.”

Whiskey Roadhouse

Aug. 11, 2006

At the time, Church was a frequent player at the Horseshoe Casino’s venue.

Whiskey Roadhouse

Oct. 19, 2006

For a while, Church opened for Rascal Flatts. But he was dropped from their tour for playing his opening sets too long. But he remained on tour, and the day Rascal Flatts played the Mid-America Center, Church came back to the Whiskey Roadhouse.

Whiskey Roadhouse

Nov. 11, 2007

Fans went crazy for Church every time. In a YouTube video from this show, you can barely hear him sing “How ’Bout You” over the screaming.

Whiskey Roadhouse

July 5, 2008

Church didn’t yet have the ballcap and aviators look. He was rocking shaggy hair.

Whiskey Tango

Sept. 6, 2008

Church’s show at the downtown Omaha venue is well documented on YouTube. He played “Carolina,” changing the lyrics to say, “But I gotta play the star in downtown Omaha tonight.”

Whiskey Roadhouse

Oct. 18, 2008

Big things were happening for Church, and this was his last time on any kind of small stage around here.

Stir Cove

July 3, 2009

Church graduated to Stir Cove, bringing Randy Houser and Lee Brice in as openers.

Stir Cove

July 9, 2010

He came back! Again. This guy did not tire of playing local casino music venues, did he?

Stir Cove

Aug. 25 and 26, 2011

Were you there? You might be forever immortalized on film. Church’s “Drink in My Hand” video was filmed entirely at the two Council Bluffs shows. “We got some shots of the crowd, and at one point I jumped off into the crowd a little bit,” Church told “It was pretty damn crazy! It was something that was fun to get on camera.”

CenturyLink Center

Jan. 17, 2014

On George Strait’s last big tour, he got some hard-hitting openers. Church played a solo acoustic slot as an opener, and it ended up going so well that he did more and more acoustic shows.

CenturyLink Center

Sept. 18, 2014

Church went big-time, kicking off a major arena tour with openers like Dwight Yoakam. It was one of the arena’s largest concerts ever.

Pinnacle Bank Arena

May 20, 2015

Church’s show in Lincoln was one of the arena’s largest ever.

Pinnacle Bank Arena

Jan. 13, 2017

Church launched his “Holdin’ My Own” tour in Lincoln. A 24-member vocal choir from Omaha South High joined him to sing “Mistress Named Music.”

CenturyLink Center

April 8, 2017

The “Holdin’ My Own” tour continued into Omaha. Church played two sets and 36 total songs.

CHI Health Center

Friday and Saturday

Church will kick off his tour in Omaha with two(!) concerts. According to his website, Church will play different sets each night of the show.


Reporter - Entertainment/music/concert

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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