MUSIC

With all due respect to our Midwestern humility, we’ll just go ahead and say it… We rock.

Ours is a thriving live music scene –world renowned for our indie musicians, a favorite stop for big-name entertainers. Large and small venues attract acts (and attention) from across the street, across the nation and across the world.

HOT VENUES

CHI Health Center

An arena and convention center attracting big name entertainers from across the nation.

Ralston Arena

Stage for a wide variety of concerts, family shows and other events.

Sokol Auditorium/Sokol Underground

Iconic for it’s history and modern musical performances.

The Waiting Room

Host to a multitude of local and touring acts.

Mid-America Center

Home to show-stopping concerts, live events, meetings, weddings and multiple sports games.

Slowdown

An energetic indie music venue in the north downtown Omaha district.

Stir Concert Cove

This concert series brings the best entertainment and concerts to Harrah’s Council Bluffs.

Westfair Amphitheater

Home to numerous outdoor concerts and more.

We Don’t Coast – We Rock

FESTIVALS

Maha Music Festival

Homegrown, volunteer-run and not-for-profit since its 2009 debut, the Maha Music Festival is all about community and music with its daylong mix of national, regional and local indie and rock artists.

Hullabaloo Music and Camping Festival

A four-day music and camping festival held at scenic Sokol Park.

Loessfest

An annual celebration of all of the great things happening in Council Bluffs.

NOTED ARTISTS WITH LOCAL TIES

STUDIOS AND ORGANIZATIONS

Hear Nebraska

Cultivating a vibrant, fertile music and arts community by providing resources and a voice for bands, artists and members of Nebraska’s creative class and the people and businesses that support them.

Make Believe Studios

Full-service recording studio. Features world-class equipment, including Nebraska’s only large format Solid State Logic recording console.

Saddle Creek Records

Supports musicians that have the authenticity and talent to captivate and transform culture at large. Independent, artist-friendly environment.

Omaha has given Make Believe Studios the opportunity they needed to start their business.

PLAN YOUR NIGHT OUT

Theaters and Venues

From venues big and small, watch acts come to life.

Upcoming Events

Stay connected with the latest events in our community.

STORIES

The Playlist: Our top 10 Jazz Joints

From the early 1920s, Omaha has been home to a vibrant jazz and blues scene with notable venues like The Dreamland Ballroom and The Red Lion shining the spotlight on big names such as Nat King Cole, Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie and Duke Ellington.

Locally-owned – Aksarben Cinema

“We love living in Omaha and competing here with other theatres. Omaha is at its best – and movie-going is at its best – when every theatre is competing to make the experience as good as it can be.” – Bill Barstow, co-owner, Aksarben Cinema

Ragtime – Young Actress Pieper Roeder

Opening on May 31, Director Kimberly Hickman and her cast of 37 volunteer actors have tirelessly been preparing to bring Ragtime to life at the Omaha Community Playhouse. Set in New York in the early 20th century, the plot explores the serious issues of class struggles between immigrants and suburbanites while touching on themes of family, immigration, and integration.

Entertaining. Educating. Inspiring.

Omaha Film Festival (OFF) will mark 15 years of elevating our community, filmmakers and the arts when it opens its next run on March 3, 2020.