If you want a night full of music, Omaha has you covered. With a wide variety of music venues playing all kinds of genres, this town will keep you entertained whether you’re looking to tap your feet to some country, sip drinks over some acoustic tunes, catch your favorite up-and-coming indie band or relive old memories with covers of your favorite songs.
Every night of the week and every week of the year, these venues have what you’re looking for. (And there are plenty more like them. If we listed every live music venue, we’d be here way too long.)
The Waiting Room (6212 Maple St.) and Slowdown (729 N. 14th St.): Omaha’s two premiere indie rock venues are usually filled with bands that will later make headlines and take the top slots at music festivals down the road.
Big bands such as Bright Eyes, MGMT, The Black Keys, Vampire Weekend, The National, Sara Bareilles, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Wiz Khalifa, Matt and Kim and Imagine Dragons have played there. The Waiting Room is owned and operated by concert booking group One Percent Productions and Slowdown is run by folks from Saddle Creek Records.
Whiskey Tango (311 S. 15th St.): On many nights, Whiskey Tango is a club teeming with people looking to live it up, but other times, the club’s stage is filled by artists such as Logan Mize, Charlie Worsham, Dustin Lynch, Mark Chesnutt, the LoCash Cowboys, Belles and Whistles and lots more.
The Hive (1207 Harney St.): If you wanna groove over the weekend, head to The Hive right down in the Old Market. The bar/music venue hosts shows every weekend, and there’s lots of groove to go around. Blues/rock bands such as the Kris Lager Band, funk bands such as Satchel Grande and reggae groups like Crown’s Folly are always rocking the stage. Anyway, it’s always a party.
The Harney Street Tavern (1215 Harney St.): Looking for a quiet night? Head down the stairs into the (mostly) acoustic venue for some unplugged fun. Many of Omaha’s best local acts often strip things down for acoustic sets.
O’Leaver’s Pub (1322 S. Saddle Creek Road): One of the best rock venues in
Omaha is also one of the smallest. With walls covered in old LP covers and a stage that’s more or less a space cleared of tables, O’Leaver’s hosts scores of local and touring bands that like to turn up the volume. Bands such as The Lupines, The Monroes, See Through Dresses and Goon Saloon all play the venue regularly. But it isn’t all loud rock. Some of our favorite quieter bands play here, too.
The 21st Saloon (4727 S. 96th St.):
With all the blues stars that pass through The 21st Saloon, The Blues Society of Omaha should hold recruitment events at the venue. The venue’s Thursday blues series features 6 p.m. “matinees,” and touring blues legends often set up shop on the Saloon’s stage.