I think the venues, booking agents, and promoters took the whole week off for the 4th of July last week, as they all just released an onslaught of shows over the past couple of days.
A couple of the big ones include Perry Farrel’s Porno For Pyros, who will be performing at The Steelhouse on Saturday, October 21st. The band will feature the original lineup and will be celebrating their 30th anniversary. Porno For Pyros formed after Perry first dissolved Jane’s Addiction and put out two albums, but a third is said to be coming this year, or at least new material. I think this is a very cool show for Steelhouse, and I am a big fan of the band and that first album for sure. No opener listed for this at this time. Tickets go on Sale Friday at 10 a.m. at Tickemaster.com.
Another big show that people had a strong reaction to was Cheap Trick’s upcoming performance at The Orpheum Theater on October 3rd. That band is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Cheap Trick still gets rave reviews for its live shows and has performed a couple of times in Omaha in the past decade or so, the last being at Baxter Arena in 2015. Tickets go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. at TicketOmaha.com.
People also seemed excited for the return of The Struts to Omaha, as they will play at The Admiral on November 8th. The band has a sound that mixes modern rock with classic rock influences. The Struts are known for high energy live performances and charismatic front-man Luke Spiller. The band has released three albums to date. Opening the show is the Detroit rock band Mac Saturn. Tickets go on Sale Friday at 10 a.m. at TheAdmiral.com.
The Church has announced An Evening With at The Waiting Room on October 9th. The Australian classic alternative band has a massive catalog of well received albums, including its most recent, The Hypnogogue, which is getting end-of-year best-of-list vibes from critics. The only member of the core band still performing with them is Steve Kilbey, but many who have seen them recently have given them great reviews. Their previous show at The Waiting Room was one of my favorites in that room. The band is known for hits such as “Under The Milky Way” and cult classics like “The Unguarded Moment” and “Reptile”, but if you are even looking for a band to deep dive, this is one that you can really sink your teeth into. Tickets go on sale Friday at 10AM at etix.com
This was previously announced, but Scowl, Militarie Gun, and Big Laugh will be performing at Reverb Lounge on October 10th. Scowl is a hardcore punk band from Santa Cruz that has a handful of EPs out and their 2021 full length album, How Flowers Grow. Militarie Gun just put out their new album Life Under The Gun a few weeks ago. The Los Angeles rock band is getting good buzz off of it, and I like the album quite a bit myself. Omaha band Fire Sign will also support this line-up. Tickets are on sale now at etix.com.
Blue October will return to Omaha to play at The Astro on December 1st. Blue October has a long history with Omaha, as we were their big market that was attached to them when the band was first getting started. They maintain a very loyal fanbase in Omaha. Tickets go on sale Friday, July 21st, at 10 a.m.
R&B singer Sammie will be at The Waiting Room on October 10th. Sammie had a hit with “I Like It’ when he was, I think, 12 or 13 years old. He disappeared and focused on school, but has been recording as an adult contemporary R&B artist for many years now. Tickets go on sale this Friday at 10 a.m. at etix.com.
Sueco is at The Slowdown on September 23rd. He is a rapper and singer in his mid-twenties who is definitely from the YouTube, TikTok worlds. I will say that I listened to the song “POS” right now, and it will probably be stuck in my head. This one is for the kids and will probably do very well. The pre-sale starts at 10 a.m. today at TheSlowdown.com.
Deathcore band Carnifex comes to The Slowdown on November 6th with Signs of the Swarm, To The Grave, and The Last Ten Seconds of Life. Pre-sale tickets start Thursday at Slowdown.com