The corn fields are alive with the sound of music

Joe Hoffman

One of the things you should take advantage of around Lincoln and Omaha is the growing music scene. From concerts at the Pinnacle Bank Arena to jazz on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s lawn, Nebraska has many live music options to enjoy throughout the year.

Some of my favorite ways to experience music around Nebraska is to go to the concert venues located throughout the Lincoln and Omaha area. Recently the city of Lincoln unveiled the Pinnacle Bank Arena (PBA), a $179 million facility that hosts concerts, sporting events and trade shows. With a 16,000 maximum capacity/seating limit, the arena has enabled Lincoln to host artists such as Katy Perry, Jay Z, Pearl Jam and many others.

If big concert venues aren’t your thing, Lincoln and Omaha also have smaller venues for more intimate shows. Omaha boasts The Waiting Room, Sokol Auditorium, and Sokol Underground as local favorites. In Lincoln, The Bourbon on “O” Street has hosted bands such as Taking Back Sunday, YelaWolf, and even Cherub on the stage of the refurbished 1920s theater house. Fans of electronic DJ Skrillex can see him perform at The Bourbon on Oct. 16 for $40 advance or $45 at the door. More information is available at

If you’re a broke college kid like most of us are there are plenty of places to be able to listen to free live music.The Crescent Moon in the Haymarket Square of Downtown Lincoln has open mic nights. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s annual free spring concert is an event to look forward to. If poetry is more to your liking, peruse for a listing of poetry events and open mics in Lincoln, Omaha, and the surrounding areas.

While Lincoln doesn’t always get the big name tours, we do get our fair share of good music and it wouldn’t hurt to see if one of your favorite artists is planning a stop in Nebraska. Since I’ve been at Union College I’ve been able to see and meet bands such as Macklemore, The Misfits and Explosions in the Sky. There are plenty of local and indie bands that are worth your time as well. If music is your thing Lincoln and Omaha have you covered. Now go forth and rock!

Joe is a senior studying nursing and pre-allied health.