Nightlife at College World Series provides snapshot of Omaha's best music

College World Series revelers can often enjoy live music at the Omaha Baseball Village, outside the Old Mattress Factory.

There’s a lot to love about Omaha’s music.

What other place could produce the biggest Christmas music artist of all time, one of indie rock’s most famous singer-songwriters and a reggae rock band with its own annual cruise and holiday?

Those are Omaha’s most famous artists — Mannheim Steamroller, Conor Oberst and 311 — and they represent the crazy variety present in Omaha’s music scene.

And you’ll get a sampling of some of that during the College World Series.

Aside from good baseball, one of the best parts of the CWS is being about to walk around north downtown and have a fantastic nightlife experience. Grab a few beers. And top it off with some fantastic live music.

You can grab a tallboy and watch the game at Slowdown. Then there’s the bands playing outside Slowdown, like Omaha’s original funk band, Satchel Grande. The rock venue has bands all week.

You can party at the Old Mattress Factory, where some of Omaha’s best party DJs will play tunes.

You can pick up a Red Bull slush at The Session Room or waltz into Rocco’s for a slice of pizza and a shot named for your favorite CWS team.

If you want some free, wholesome entertainment, you can check out The Eli Young Band, a country band with two No. 1 hits that also features a member from Omaha. (Jon Jones graduated from Westside, and he’s been with the band through country chart-toppers and Grammy nominations.)

And if you want to get out of downtown, country singer Marty Stuart, punk legend X and pop groups Goo Goo Dolls and Train will be performing all around the metro area during the series.

Not bad, Omaha. Not bad at all.

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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