Country legend Garth Brooks got a record-setting reception in May when nearly 100,000 enthusiastic fans turned out for six concerts over four days at CenturyLink Center Omaha.

“Unbelievable,” Brooks silently mouthed as he stepped to the lip of the stage and took in the cheers and screams that crashed over him on opening night.

Whether it’s Brooks or Taylor Swift, or Barry Manilow, Lady Gaga, George Strait or Motley Crue, we have a reputation for live music, going on after the mega-popular artists showing up for the party.

  • Ten of 2014’s top 200 national tours stopped at CenturyLink Center Omaha, which ranks among the top 100 area venues worldwide.
  • Among worldwide venues, Omaha’s Orpheum Theater ranked No. 52 and our Holland Performing Arts Center, home to the Omaha Symphony, ranked No. 143.  “We continually strive to be a destination for the very best performers and productions, whether they’re national Broadway tours, popular comedies, world-renowned dance troupes or well-known musicians,” says Joan Squires, president of Omaha Performing Arts Center. OPA celebrates its 10th season in 2015-2016.

This piece was an excerpt from Omaha: We Don’t Coast magazine, published by the Greater Omaha Chamber and the Omaha World-Herald. For more stories, click here