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Omaha, Nebraska

Things To Do In Omaha

As Nebraska's largest and most distinguished art museum, Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha has served as the premier center for visual art since opening in 1931. Joslyn's collection features work from antiquity to the present, with an emphasis on 19th- and 20th-century European and American art. Highlights of the permanent collection include works by Lorenzo di Credi, El Greco, Edgar Degas, Claude Monet, Albert Bierstadt, and Thomas Hart Benton. American masters such as Grant Wood, Jackson Pollock, Dale Chihuly, and George Segal are also represented.

2200 Dodge Street
Omaha, NE 68102
Phone: 402-342-3300

Surprising flavor combinations abound at this eclectic restaurant, which offers a seven-course "Chef's Table" dinner and new takes on classic American dishes. Highlights include Thai chicken ravioli, coffee dusted salmon and portobello cheese soup.

15805 West Maple Road Ste 101
Omaha, NE 68116
Phone: 402-614-4100

Make your date with history at the Durham Museum. Permanent exhibits highlight the history of Omaha and the surrounding region, with traveling exhibitions including materials from national partners like the Smithsonian Institute and the Library of Congress.

801 South 10th Street
Omaha, NE 68108
Phone: 402-444-5071

Henry Doorly Zoo works to promote and encourage recreational activities for the public in the context of wild animals and their habitats. They also promote, establish and maintain educational activities and programs to enhance the knowledge of the general public and the Zoological staff in all areas relating to the natural world. The Zoo promotes conservation of rare and endangered species of plants, animals and their natural ecological systems.

3701 South 10th Street
Omaha, NE 68107
Phone: 402-733-8401

Lauritzen Gardens is a living museum of unique four-season plant displays, maintained to the highest standards consistent with environmental stewardship. It provides memorable educational and aesthetic experiences for all. Escape to an urban oasis of beauty and tranquility to experience the glory of the garden. Discover a hidden sanctuary in the heart of the city. Relax while cultivating your mind in this living plant museum, conveniently located in the beautiful riverfront hills.

100 Bancroft Street
Omaha, NE 68108
Phone: 402-346-4002

The Old Market Omaha is a premier arts and entertainment district featuring fine dining, shopping, corporate meeting facilities, hotel accommodations, upscale night life, and sought-after real estate. Located in downtown Omaha just minutes from Omaha Eppley Airport, the Old Market is close to several nearby attractions including Durham Western Heritage Museum, Omaha Civic Auditorium, Qwest Center Omaha, Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo, and more. Head to Omaha's Old Market district, where exceptional gifts and dining are around every corner. From Harney to Jackson streets and 10th to 13th streets, unique shops, boutiques, pubs, more than 30 area restaurants and distinctive entertainment define this historic neighborhood.

Old Market District
Omaha, NE 68108

The Museum is the authentically restored home of General George Crook. It was constructed in 1879 and is on the National Register of Historic Places. The house is an Italianate style, which represented the no-nonsense grandeur of the military frontier. The furnishings are from the 1880 Victorian period. From early November through the end of December, the museum celebrates Nineteenth Century Holidays. The Crook House Guild, with help from area designers and design students, transforms every room in the house into a captivating glimpse of Christmas past.

30th and Fort Street
Omaha, NE 68111
Phone: 402-455-9990

El Museo Latino opened its doors in the historic Livestock Exchange Building on May 5,1993 as the first Latino Art & History Museum and Cultural Center in the Midwest. In 1997, the museum moved to its present brick and red tile roof building. The original construction of 1887 was a school and was reconstructed in the 1930s. Today, El Museo Latino is one of only eleven Latino museums in the United States.

4701 South 25 Street
Omaha, NE 68107
Phone: 402-731-1137

Food & Drink In Omaha

Surprising flavor combinations abound at this eclectic restaurant, which offers a seven-course "Chef's Table" dinner and new takes on classic American dishes. Highlights include Thai chicken ravioli, coffee dusted salmon and portobello cheese soup.

15805 West Maple Road Ste 101
Omaha, NE 68116
Phone: 402-614-4100

The Grey Plume focuses on seasonality and sustainability. The Grey Plume writes a menu daily, much of which is based on local farmer's supply and preserves the Nebraska produce harvest for the winter months. The Grey Plume works in partnership with The Green Restaurant Association and is the first and only Certified Green Restaurant in the tri-state area. Enjoy the elegant, yet comfortable dining atmosphere for both lunch and dinner.

220 South 31st Avenue
Omaha, NE 68131
Phone: 402-763-4447

Dante is Omaha's first certified Neopolitan Pizzeria. Dante's pizzas are prepared in the same way they were a century ago in Italy. The dough is stretched by hand and the pizzas are baked in an 800-degree Mugnaini wood-fired oven. The black blisters on the crust are a signature of Neapolitan pizza. Chef-owner Nick Strawhecker is committed to using produce from the area's many talented farmers. Local ingredients will be heavily featured throughout the spring and summer.

16901 Wright Plaza
Omaha, NE 68130
Phone: 402-932-3078

Designed with a 1920's New York Chophouse in mind, 801 Chophouse at the Paxton is the epitome of class. From the USDA Prime Grade beef, to the jet-fresh seafood and world class wine and scotch selection, you will not forget this unique fine dining experience. Private dining rooms for four to forty-two are available seven nights a week to enhance your dining experience.

1403 Farnam Street
Omaha, NE 68102
Phone: 402-341-1222

A converted boiler room in the Bemis Bag building, built in 1896 -the Boiler Room is an ingredient driven modern American/French restaurant. The menu changes daily to reflect local farm product availability. Now open six days a week for dinner, offering hand crafted cocktails and an extensive domaine driven Old World wine list.

1110 Jones Street
Omaha, NE 68102
Phone: 402-916-9274

Spezia Restaurant is an upscale-casual restaurant located in Omaha's Midtown area just north of I-80. Featuring Italian, steaks, and seafood in a warm and comfortable environment. Spezia originated in Sioux Falls, South Dakota 13 years ago.

3125 South 72nd Street
Omaha, NE 68124
Phone: 402-391-2950

Sullivan's Steakhouse is a vibrant neighborhood American Steakhouse featuring the finest steaks and seafood, hand shaken martinis, and live music. They offer comfortable fine dining in a lively atmosphere. From the moment you step inside the lounge for drinks, appetizers or dinner, you will feel the energy and excitement provided by their professional team members. Sullivan's serves the finest Midwestern hand selected steaks aged a minimum of 28 days, simply seasoned and broiled at 1,200 degrees, fresh seafood, a wide selection of cravable appetizers, soups, salads and side dishes including their signature Horseradish Mashed Potatoes. Their desserts are house-made daily? Key Lime Pie, Bananas Foster Bread Pudding and Vanilla Bean Crème Brulee, just to name a few. Whether it's for business or pleasure, they have become a favorite local steakhouse.

222 South 15th Street
Omaha, NE 68102
Phone: 402-342-0077

V. Mertz offers its guests a progressive, contemporary American menu rooted in classic French cooking and an award-winning wine list of over 400 selections. The restaurant is located in Omaha's historic and picturesque Old Market Passageway, within walking distance from the Qwest Convention Center, The Holland Performing Arts Center, the Orpheum, and all major downtown hotels. V. Mertz is locally-owned, and prides itself in offering artisan products and cheeses, organically-grown local produce and Wagyu beef, and sustainably-farmed and line-caught seafood. Perfect for business or pleasure, V. Mertz is the premier fine-dining restaurant in Omaha.

1022 Howard Street
Omaha, NE 68102
Phone: 402-345-8980

Mahogany Prime Omaha offers authentic American cooking including corn-fed prime beef, fresh seafood flown in daily, and "everything made from scratch".

13665 California Street
Omaha, NE 68154
Phone: 402-445-4380

With Kids In Omaha

Since its inception in 1976, Omaha Children's Museum has been a special place where children can challenge themselves, discover how the world works, and learn through play. It is Omaha's primary participatory museum and provides a variety of hands-on exhibits, workshops, programs, presentations and special events that put children in touch with their ever-changing world.

500 South 20th Street
Omaha, NE 68102
Phone: 402-342-6164

Nightlife In Omaha

The birthplace of nationally known artists such as Conor OBerst, the Faint and Cursive, the indie music scene in Omaha continues to grow with venues like The Waiting Room which is devoted to the growth of innovative music. Unless indicated otherwise, shows at The Waiting Room are all ages.

6212 Maple Street
Omaha, NE 68104
Phone: 402-884-5353

2007 Esquire Magazine's Club of the Year featuring nationally known Indie Rock bands. When it comes to live music, Omaha knows how to put a different spin on it. The birthplace of nationally known artists such as Conor OBerst, the Faint and Cursive, the indie music scene in Omaha continues to grow with venues like The Slowdown devoted to the growth of innovative music.

729 North 14th Street ;Omaha Ne
Omaha, NE 68102
Phone: 402-345-7569

Nosh Wine Lounge, is the spot downtown for guests who desire a sophisticated relaxing atmosphere while enjoying service and quality that are second to none. A diverse boutique wine list offering over 120 wines as well as premium cocktails, martinis, artisan beers and a collection of single malt scotches that will please any palate.

Culinary delights featuring small plates, gourmet sliders, flatbread pizzas using locally sourced ingredients that can accommodate a casual bite or a full course meal.

1006 Dodge Street
Omaha, NE 68102
Phone: 402-614-2121

Pairing their infectious brand of pop rock with catchy driven choruses, The Summer Set are on a mission to win the hearts of audiences worldwide. Led by singer Brian Dales, the band's fourth full-length Stories For Monday delivers 11 of their most well-crafted songs, throwing punch after punch of sun-drenched nostalgia, reckless love, and Dales' most honest lyrics to date.

Phone: 402-884-5353

Brandon Asraf and bandmate John Tacon (drums, electronic samples, vocals) formed Brick + Mortar in 2010 to immediate critical buzz that's now rapidly approaching fever pitch, no doubt buoyed along by the excellent video for their song "Bangs" which premiered on Noisey last summer.

Phone: 402-345-7569

Jackson Phillips has only been creating music under the moniker Day Wave since Fall 2014, and in just under six months the 25-year-old has become one of the most buzzworthy and refreshing artists to burst onto the DIY scene.

Phone: 402-345-7569

Armed with old bastardized mid-century guitars, hand-me-down fiddles and banjos, home-made contraptions with just enough tension on a string to be considered an instrument and any random percussive item he can get his claws or hooves on, Lincoln Durham is an amped up Southern-Gothic-Punk-Gospel-Revival One-Man-Band preaching the good word of depravity. With driving guttural beats back-boning his growling instruments Lincoln births a sound that transcends genres while telling dark and raw tales that Mr. Poe would have blessed with his own tears.

Phone: 402-345-7569

From Indian Lakes is the experimental indie rock brainchild of California based multi-instrumentalist Joey Vannucchi. He began writing songs in a small mountain community just outside Yosemite National Park and later enlisted the help of friends to perform his material. Able Bodies (album) gained acclaim when it was released independently in 2012.

Phone: 402-345-7569

If you're looking for sparkle-ass jeans, bro-country, this is not the band for you. The Electroliners play their own brand of old-style honky-tonk that is deep fried, and smothered in gravy and heartache. The band holds an abiding reverence for the past, yet are looking to move traditional country music into the 21st century.

Phone: 402-884-5353

The Brian Jonestown Massacre is an American neo-psychedelia band formed in San Francisco in 1988. The band's output spans psychedelic rock, folk rock and shoegaze. The Brian Jonestown Massacre began as a shoegaze group in San Francisco in 1988. After their debut and sophomore albums, the group quickly turned to a broader style of psychedelic rock incorporating folk rock and, later, electronica influences. The name "Brian Jonestown Massacre" is a portmanteau of The Rolling Stones' founder and guitarist Brian Jones and the infamous mass cult suicide in Jonestown, Guyana.

Phone: 402-884-5353

What a difference three years makes. Lucius went from being the five-piece Rolling Stone claimed was the "Best Band you've never heard of" to the group you can't get enough of. Fronted by the sleek and compelling look-alike twosome of Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig and backed by their counterpart bandmates Dan Molad, Pete Lalish and Andy Burri, Lucius spent more than 250 days on the road in the past year. They've sold out shows big and small, headlined all over the US and Europe, played slots at Bonnaroo, Newport Folk Festival, Lollapalooza, End of The Road, Reading and Leeds Festivals and more and shared the stage with a variety of musicians including Roger Waters, Jack White, Mavis Staples, Jeff Tweedy, Sara Bareilles, The Head and the Heart, Tegan and Sara and David Byrne.

Phone: 402-884-5353

On the new Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real album, Something Real, he and his band take us further down the path Nelson been blazing since 2008, when he and drummer Anthony LoGerfo met at a Neil Young concert and began laying the groundwork for Promise of the Real. Now they've reached a point where the past and present have fused into one extraordinary personality.

Phone: 402-884-5353

In 2004, Marc Broussard, then a precocious 22-year-old singer/songwriter, released his major-label debut; he called it Carencro, after the Louisiana town where he was born and raised, and its thematic centerpiece was a hickory-smoked slab of Bayou soul called "Home." That album and the three that followed revealed Broussard as an old-school Southern soul singer blessed with a rarefied gift and innate stylistic and emotional authenticity, causing the L.A. Times to rave, "The guy can really sing, with power, nuance and class. Anybody got a phone book? I'd listen to him hum a few pages." Those records also evidenced Broussard's maturation into a songwriter of uncommon eloquence, fashioning the indigenous idioms of his native region into compelling personal testimony.

Phone: 402-884-5353

Omaha singer-songwriter Tara Vaughan releases her debut full length album Dandelion Wine, written over a period of two years in an attic on Poppleton Avenue and recorded in Nashville with producer Joe Pisapia (k.d. lang, Ben Folds Five, Guster). The album stays true to her trademark honey-thick vocals and rhythmic piano pop style, and soars with complex arrangements and atmospheric guitars.

Phone: 402-884-5353

Dolores Diaz & The Standby Club are shrouded in mystery. While it is difficult to untangle the facts from the rumors surrounding Dolores Diaz's origin story, some say she is an heiress from an affluent Mexican family while others claim she comes from humble beginnings in the mountains near San Miguel. In any event, her arrival in Omaha was nothing short of enigmatic. Seemingly out of nowhere she assembled a backing band comprised of some of Omaha's most notable and accomplished players.

Phone: 402-884-5353

Le Butcherettes were founded in Mexico in 2008 by vocalist/guitarist Teri Gender Bender (Denver-born and Mexican-bred Teri Suarez) and former drummer Auryn Jolene. The band quickly garnered underground acclaim for their outrageous live shows: they dressed in '50s-era women's clothing and employed props (for political purposes) - feather dusters, brooms, aprons, fake blood, flour, eggs, meat, and a real pig's head - depicting women as slaves of the household. Jolene left the band in 2009. Gender Benderrelocated to Los Angeles and recruited drummer Gabe Serbian of the Locust and itinerant bassist Jonathan Hischke (whose credits include Marnie Stern, Aaron Ross, and Joan of Arc), making Le Butcherettes a trio.

Phone: 402-884-5353

The Devil Makes Three's travels and travails serve as inspiration for their fourth album and their New West Records debut, I'm a Stranger Here, produced by Buddy Miller and recorded at Dan Auerbach's (Black Keys) Easy Eye Sound Studio in Nashville.

Phone: 402-884-5353

Life's best surprises often come from unlikely places. Twista knows this better than most. The pioneering platinum rapper put Chicago on the rap map and made the double-time rap style a rap staple. Despite selling millions of albums and popularizing a delivery incorporated by everyone from Jay-Z to Eminem, the Windy City rapper remains largely unheralded by the uninformed. That's why he's named his new album The Dark Horse.

Phone: 402-884-5353

You can hear that train coming round the bend because the one and only Bill Forness and the One More Round band are returning to Omaha at The Waiting Room to deliver another helping of authentic americana and grassroots country with the their amazingly dead on tribute show for Johnny Cash. This show has been packing houses all over the country for several years and is hailed by many to be THE best Johnny Cash tribute act in the USA. Endorsed by the Cash family themselves, played the grand opening of the Johnny Cash museum, and perform everything from the days of Sun Records to the Def American recordings with Rick Rubin. This show leaves everyone breathless from singing and dancing the whole night.

Phone: 402-884-5353

Of all the rap artists who emerged from Atlanta during the late 2000s, B.o.B -- who was only 17 when he signed his first major-label record deal -- was one of the most unique. His borderline eccentricity and artistic mind, belied by his music's conventional Dirty South sound, raised his stock above that of his Southern contemporaries and welcomed comparisons to OutKast (specifically that group's offbeat half, André 3000). B.o.B also chose his partners wisely, scoring a handful of Top 40 singles during 2010 by collaborating with vocalists like Rivers Cuomo, Hayley Williams, and Bruno Mars.

Phone: 402-345-7569

Fronted by Charlie Ames (vocals/piano/guitar), the Project consists of Morgan Giesick (bass/vocals), Ben Curran (guitar), and Andrew Wineinger (drums.) A tasteful blend of rock and pop music, The Charlie Ames Project thrives itself in having something for everyone.

Phone: 402-345-7569

Super Happy Funtime Burlesque is much more than a burlesque show. Led by polymath performer, Corey Ruffin, as his manic alter-ego Mr Happypants, MIchigan based SHFB presents a show that is a blend of musical theater, comedy, stunts, sexiness, and rock and roll that tours the nation nearly 150 days out of the year.

Phone: 402-884-5353

These 4 individuals are setting out to create an experience like no other. With Mike's vocal range and stage presence, Cory's Les Paul-infused heavy blues-rock guitar, Jon's melodic bass playing and versatility on keyboards, and Dakota's raw energy and precision drumming, they perform the music of Led Zeppelin 100% live in a way that you'll have to see to believe!

Phone: 402-884-5353

With nearly 10 million views on YouTube, a 2013 European Blues Award, and winning Best Solo Performer at the Memphis Blues Challenge, it appears that the entire world is now discovering Matt Andersen. A powerhouse performer with a giant soul-filled voice and commanding stage presence, Matt has built a formidable following the old fashioned way - touring worldwide and letting the converted audiences and Andersen devotees spread his reputation through word of mouth.

Phone: 402-345-7569

I'm a comedian. My job is to talk onstage for long enough that the trapped, drunken audience has to buy more chicken wings from the club. I am not qualified to write about music. And yet here I am, writing a bio for the new Thermals record, We Disappear. Thank god it's a great fucking record.

Phone: 402-345-7569

Collaborative creativity can produce brilliant results, but there's something almost otherworldly about what emerges from the minds of remarkably talented artists, the types who've lived many lifetimes in a short period, left to his/her own devices.

Phone: 402-345-7569

Alligator Years expands upon the charming surfy haze of Twinsmith's 2013 eponymous album and "Honestly" single, with the band pushing themselves musically while moving toward a more dynamic pop sound.

Phone: 402-345-7569

Sleep paralysis plagues singer/songwriter Chelsea Wolfe, and that strange intersection of the conscious and the unconscious has inadvertently manifested itself within her work. Across the span of her first four albums, there is an underlying tension, a distorted and nebulous territory where dark shadows hover along the edges of the sublime and the graceful. But until now, Wolfe's trials and tribulations with the boundaries between dreams and reality have only been a subconscious influence on her work.

Phone: 402-345-7569

Prepare to embark on a journey with DREAMERS, with their unique brand of grunge that is nostalgic for a space somewhere between art-school eccentric and the late 1970s punk scene. Drawing inspiration from the likes of John Lennon and David Lynch, DREAMERS are ready to send their kaleidoscopic sound out into the universe. Their colorfully passionate music tugs at heartstrings and will have you dancing around the room all in one fell swoop, with their debut release EP.

Phone: 402-345-7569

Hailing from Oakland, California, Del and his crew, the Hieroglyphics came out as a markedly non-gangster response to a burgeoning West Coast scene. After being put on at the tender age of 17 by his cousin Ice Cube, Del released two records on Elektra, I Wish My Brother George Was Here (1991) and No Need For Alarm (1993). Despite record sales in the hundreds of thousands, he recorded a third album, Future Development, which was never commercially released.

Phone: 402-884-5353

Celebrate Jimmy Weber's 50th Birthday with performances by Billy McGuigan, Dustin Evans, and Ned LeDoux. Special guests include Local and National Recording and Touring Artists. You'll hear music from the 50's - 80's Rock, Pop, Country, and everything in between! Plus, a Special Performance by Jimmy Weber, backed by an All Star Band!

Phone: 402-884-5353

A tribute show to the music and show that is Pink Floyd. The five member core of "FLOYD" are all veteran musicians and are former members of other Pink Floyd tribute groups. This band has joined together to give you a fantastic Pink Floyd Experience.

Phone: 402-884-5353

From San Diego, California, award­ winning reggae group Tribal Seeds have become known for their spiritually driven, refreshing rock vibe they have infused with the roots style of reggae music. Originally started by two brothers, Steven Rene Jacobo (lyrics, vocals, guitar) and Tony­Ray Jacobo (producer, keyboards, back up vocals). Tribal Seeds now boasts six members, including: Carlos Verdugo (drums), Victor Navarro (bass), E.N Young (keyboards, back up vocals) & Ryan Gonzo (guitar, back up vocals).

Phone: 402-884-5353

As one of the premier voices to emerge from 80's and 90's hip-hop culture, rapper Slick Rick has been influential from the moment he stepped in front of a microphone. Setting out on the New York City rap circuit, the teenaged rapper began performing locally at school contests, on park benches and inside local hole-in-the-walls. It wasn't long before he met Harlem-based rapper Doug E. Fresh, who happened to be judging a talent show in which Rick performed. Impressed by Rick's talent, Doug made Rick a member of his Get Fresh Crew.

Phone: 402-884-5353

Having recorded five albums in ten years and toured extensively in support of all of them, Nada Surf - singer/guitarist Matthew Caws, bassist Daniel Lorca, drummer Ira Elliot and guitarist Doug Gillard (now official fourth member, more on that later) - opted to follow2012's cracking The Stars Are Indifferent To Astronomy with a brief but well-earned hiatus.

Phone: 402-884-5353

Combining creative songwriting, quirky time signatures, and all the brash artiness of '90s indie rock, singer/guitarist Sadie Dupuis, bassist Darl Ferm, drummer Mike Falcone, and guitarist Matt Robidoux formed the group Speedy Ortiz in 2012. Based in Northampton, Massachusetts, the members of the four-piece worked day jobs (as a college writing instructor, a guitar teacher, a librarian, and a burger-stand employee) while playing shows in and around N.Y.C.'s five boroughs and recording their debut EP, Sports. In June of 2012, Exploding in Sound released that EP, and in 2013 their first full-length, Major Arcana, was released by Carpark Records.

Phone: 402-884-5353