13 Best Venue to Book Local Music Shows in Omaha

Author: Craig Heron

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Lots of people don’t realize this, but Omaha has a pretty great music scene.

It’s actually one of the reasons I (hey, it’s me, the writer– Craig) moved here.

Here are some are the best venues to book local music shows in Omaha  (or go see one). Most of these will have booking information here too, but be aware that they aren’t likely to respond if you’re asking to book a show that doesn’t fit their criteria.

This is also certainly not an exhaustive list. There are new places popping up all the time and likely some hidden gems we still haven’t heard of. If you run a spot that should be on this list, email us at craig@eventvesta.com.

Bars & Restaurants with Live Music

The Down Under Lounge hosts a lot of shows and pays artists that perform on Friday & Saturday night.

They also have an Open Mic on Wednesday night which is a great way to meet people and get some practice performing before stepping up to a weekend gig if you’re not ready yet.

http://www.theduomaha.com/

Band Playing at The Down Under Lounge Packed House
Inside at The Down Under Lounge

The B Bar

The B Bar hosts performances by a diverse array of local and national acts. They have shows almost every night of the week, so booking usually has to be a few months out.

You can book a show on their site to reach their manager.

https://www.thebbaromaha.com/booking/

TerraGram Local Band on the B Bar stage
TerraGram at The B Bar

Bushwackers Saloon & Dance Hall

Bushwackers is an Omaha classic that has recently been revitalized as part of The Granary Green project in Ralston.

The great thing about the new updates is that the venue is not only a good fit for country acts inside, but the capacity can expand to thousands outside for bigger shows.

https://www.bushwackersralston.com/

Tyler Richton and the High Bank Boys Inside at Bushwackers
Tyler Richton and the High Bank Boys at Bushwackers Indoors

Brokedown Palace and The Shakedown Street Tavern

Two music spots that get overlooked a lot if you’re not “in the know” is Brokedown Palace and The Shakedown Street Tavern. They’re owned by the same people with a Grateful Dead and Huskers theme (yes, at the same time).

They’re both great spots for small bands and have some expanded capacity in the parking lot at Brokedown Palace for bigger acts.

 

Linear Symmetry Outdoor at Brokedown Palace
Linear Symmetry Outdoor at Brokedown Palace

Copa Cabana

For a different taste, but still a smaller venue, check out Copa Cabana near 180th and Center.

They do a couple of recurring live music events every week and you can find their email on their Facebook page.

Kali Indiana at Copa Cabana
Live music at Copa Cabana

Omaha Music Lounges and Listening Rooms

Reverb Lounge

Reverb Lounge is in the popular arts neighborhood, Benson. It boasts state-of-the-art sound and lighting systems but still is relatively small.

The shows at Reverb Lounge are very intimate. It’s a well-respected venue booked by 1% Productions.

https://reverblounge.com/

The Scabby Ghouls at Reverb Lounge
The Scabby Ghouls at Reverb Lounge

The Waiting Room Lounge

The Waiting Room Lounge has a rich history hosting influential local artists like Bright Eyes and The Faint as well as early, career-defining shows for Wiz Khalifa, Imagine Dragons, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, and many more.

 

https://waitingroomlounge.com/

Blandford and Chasing Chance at Waiting Room
Blandford and Chasing Chance at Waiting Room

The Jewell

The Jewell is probably the classiest place to catch or play a show in Omaha.

The attention to detail on stage, at the cocktail bar, and the fine dining seating doesn’t go unnoticed. The lounge fits the theme of jazz and blues music that you’ll find  here a few nights a week.

They have a mix of absolute stars in the the blues world and also lots of local artists that fit the vibe.

The Jewell Jam Session
The Jewell Jam Session

Barnato

Barnato is another classy spot with a variety of music. They lean more towards the whiskey than the gin cocktails (but they have those too).

The venue is large enough to support both national touring acts and some local shows too. A lot of the shows lean towards country and broadly Americana but they also host DJs and other genres from time to time.

Barnato on the Block Outdoor Concert Series
Barnato on the Block Outdoor Concert Series

They also host an outdoor concert series called Barnato on the Block with the space in front of the Bently dealership with plenty of space.

https://barnato.bar/

Music Venues in Omaha

The Admiral

The Admiral is the revival of the classic Sokol Auditorium that had made it into songs by They Might Be Giants and The Faint.

Reopened now by 1% Productions, The Admiral hosts a variety of touring artists with the occasional region act as well.

https://admiralomaha.com/

Scotty McCreery at The Admiral
Scotty McCreery at The Admiral

Slowdown

Slowdown is a mid-sized venue with a packed schedule of acts all year round. The venue was started by the creators of Saddle Creek Records and serves as a proving ground for notable Omaha acts while bringing in a solid roster of national touring acts.

https://theslowdown.com/

Yesterday and Today- The Interactive Beatles Experience at Slowdown
Yesterday and Today- The Interactive Beatles Experience at Slowdown

Falconwood Park

Falconwood Park is a music festival ground with a large outdoor stage and intimate indoor venue. They are home to Outlandia, Hullabaloo, and FishFest Omaha. Many of their events allow camping as well.

In addition to festivals, they also host one night shows relatively often. Sometimes just inside the indoor venue, but also hosted drive-in concerts during the start of the pandemic.

 
https://falconwoodpark.com/concerts-festivals/

Wilco at Outlandia at Falconwood Park
Wilco at Outlandia at Falconwood Park

Steelhouse Omaha

Steelhouse Omaha is a new venue by Omaha Performing Arts focused on a partnership with Live Nation to book bigger touring acts.

The venue should be opened in early 2023 with a capacity of up to 3,000.

Steelhouse Omaha Website

Steelhouse Music Venue Mockup
Steelhouse Music Venue Mockup

Conclusion

There are many music venues in Omaha and other places to book gigs. There are also community centers like Holy Family Community Center that can host free, donation-based shows.

There are also more broad performing arts venues through Omaha Performing Arts, Omaha Community Playhouse, and a variety of other performing arts organizations.

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Author: Craig Heron

Craig is the Director of Marketing at Event Vesta. He is also Chapter Director the event organization Startup Grind Omaha that cultivates a startup community in Omaha, Nebraska.  Previously he was VP of Marketing at Beeso Studio, President of the Board of Directors at Winker Gallery of Fine Art, and spent nearly a decade in event technology in Austin, Texas and Pittsburgh, PA.