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Big-name outdoor concerts, pro volleyball championship, lots to do this week in Omaha

The Omaha metropolitan area is gearing up for an action-packed week of live entertainment, with an eclectic mix of outdoor concerts, interactive game shows, and a historic championship volleyball match.

Headlining the concert scene is Southern California punk rock institution Social Distortion, who will be taking the stage at The Astro in La Vista on Wednesday, May 22 at 6:30 p.m. Fronted by Mike Ness, who was recently honored with his own holiday in the band’s hometown of Fullerton, the group is known for their high-octane live performances. Tickets start at $39.50.

On Saturday, May 18, the Holland Center will host “Josh Gates Live,” an evening of real-life adventure tales from the charismatic host of Discovery Channel series like “Expedition Unknown.” Gates, who holds a degree in archaeology, will share stories of his journeys to the far corners of the earth. Tickets start at $39.50.

Indie pop band Bleachers, led by Grammy-winning producer Jack Antonoff, will bring their genre-blending sound to Steelhouse Omaha on Wednesday, May 22 at 7:30 p.m. Antonoff is known for his work with A-list artists like Taylor Swift and Lorde. Singer-songwriter Samia will open the show. Tickets start at $65.

Game show fans are in for a treat as “Wheel of Fortune Live” rolls into the Orpheum Theater on Sunday, May 19 at 7 p.m. The interactive stage show will give randomly selected audience members a chance to spin a replica of the iconic wheel and solve puzzles to win prizes. Tickets start at $35.50.

In sports news, Omaha’s pro volleyball team, the Supernovas, have spiked their way to the championship match in their inaugural season. After a nail-biting reverse sweep of the San Diego Mojo, they’ll face off against the Grand Rapids Rise at the CHI Health Center on Saturday, May 18 at 3:30 p.m. The match will air nationally on CBS Sports Network, and a $1 million bonus is on the line. Tickets start at $9.

Other notable events this week include:

  • The “Wine, Whiskey & Wishes” Make-A-Wish fundraiser at Champions Run on May 16
  • ’80s rock icon Billy Idol at Pinewood Bowl in Lincoln on May 16
  • Metal mainstays Static-X and Sevendust at Steelhouse Omaha on May 16
  • New wave legends Duran Duran’s sold-out concert at Steelhouse Omaha on May 17
  • Country Music Hall of Famers Alabama at Stir Cove on May 17
  • Alt-rockers NEEDTOBREATHE and Judah & the Lion at Pinewood Bowl in Lincoln on May 18

With so many options for live entertainment, it’s shaping up to be a memorable week in the Omaha area. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit NowOmaha.com, the metro’s most comprehensive resource for local events and activities.

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