Summer Sensations: Oliver Anthony’s Return, Juneteenth Celebrations, and a Packed Concert Season in Omaha
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Summer Sensations: Oliver Anthony’s Return, Juneteenth Celebrations, and a Packed Concert Season in Omaha

Summer Hitmaker: Oliver Anthony’s Rise to Stardom and His Upcoming Concert in Council Bluffs

Last summer, the airwaves were dominated by the resonating sound of Oliver Anthony’s “Rich Men North of Richmond.” This late-summer anthem quickly became a rallying cry for those navigating the trials of daily life, capturing the essence of the working-class struggle with its poignant lyrics and soulful melody. A year later, the song’s impact remains, its timeless message continuing to resonate with audiences far and wide.

The Anthem That Won Hearts

Oliver Anthony’s gravelly voice and masterful resonator guitar playing propelled “Rich Men North of Richmond” into the spotlight. The song’s raw and unfiltered portrayal of the socio-economic challenges faced by many struck a chord, making it an instant classic. Its enduring popularity is a testament to Anthony’s ability to tap into the collective consciousness and articulate the struggles of everyday people.

A Night to Remember: Live at Westfair Amphitheater

For fans of Oliver Anthony, June 16 is a date to mark on the calendar. Anthony will be performing live at the Westfair Amphitheater in Council Bluffs, bringing his catalog of Americana roots-rock and folk music to the stage. This concert promises to be an unforgettable experience, a chance to relive the magic of “Rich Men North of Richmond” and discover the depth of Anthony’s musical repertoire.

Event Details:

  • What: Oliver Anthony Live in Concert
  • When: Sunday, June 16, 8 p.m.
  • Where: Westfair Amphitheater, 22984 US-6, Council Bluffs
  • Tickets: Starting at $30
  • Web: Ticketmaster

The Comedic Genius of Hasan Minhaj

Following Oliver Anthony’s concert, comedy enthusiasts can look forward to a night of laughter with Hasan Minhaj. The two-time Peabody Award winner and former “The Daily Show” correspondent is bringing his “Off With His Head” tour to the Lied Center for Performing Arts in Lincoln on June 20. Known for his sharp wit and incisive political commentary, Minhaj’s stand-up show is a must-see.

Event Details:

  • What: Hasan Minhaj’s “Off With His Head” Tour
  • When: Thursday, June 20, 7:30 p.m.
  • Where: Lied Center, 12th and R Streets, Lincoln
  • Tickets: Starting at $39
  • Web: Lied Center

Celebrating Freedom: Omaha Freedom Festival

The Omaha Freedom Festival, an annual celebration of the Juneteenth holiday, returns with a parade, kids’ activities, and live music. This year’s festival will take place at the Malcolm X Memorial Outside Plaza on June 15. The event will feature performances by DJ Houston Alexander and R&B artists Joe & Case, along with numerous local artists and vendors.

Event Details:

  • What: Omaha Freedom Festival
  • When: Saturday, June 15, Parade at 10 a.m.; free daytime activities from noon to 5 p.m.; concert from 7 p.m. to midnight
  • Where: Malcolm X Memorial Outside Plaza, 3448 Evans St.
  • Tickets for Evening Concert: Omaha Freedom Festival

Jazz and Cigars: A Night at Havana Garage

For a more intimate musical experience, head to the Havana Garage in the Old Market on June 14 for a night of jazz featuring saxophone legend Matt Wallace and keyboardist Kevin Lloyd. This performance coincides with the opening day of the Men’s College World Series, offering a perfect opportunity to unwind with smooth jazz and a fine cigar.

Event Details:

  • What: Matt Wallace & Kevin Lloyd Live Jazz
  • When: Friday, June 14, 8-11 p.m.
  • Where: Havana Garage, 1008 Howard St.
  • Web: Havana Garage Facebook

A Rockin’ Summer: Pet Rock and Lake Manawa’s 150th Anniversary

Classic rock cover band Pet Rock will be rocking the Dock Bar & Grill in Council Bluffs on June 30 as part of Lake Manawa’s 150th anniversary celebration. The evening will culminate in a spectacular fireworks show, making it a perfect summer night out.

Event Details:

  • What: Pet Rock Concert and Fireworks
  • When: Sunday, June 30
  • Where: Dock Bar & Grill, Council Bluffs

The Electric Atmosphere of the Men’s College World Series

June in Omaha means one thing: the Men’s College World Series (MCWS). The energy around Charles Schwab Field is palpable, spreading across the city as fans gather for the games and the accompanying Fan Fest. This year’s MCWS kicks off on June 14, featuring interactive activities, concerts, and plenty of baseball excitement.

Event Details:

  • What: Men’s College World Series and Fan Fest
  • When: Starting Friday, June 14
  • Where: Charles Schwab Field, Omaha
  • Tickets: Ticketmaster
  • Web: NCAA and CWS Omaha

A Concert Season Like No Other

This summer, the Omaha-Council Bluffs and Lincoln areas are buzzing with an unprecedented number of concerts. From the indie rock vibes of Taking Back Sunday to the soulful tunes of Black Pumas, there’s something for everyone. The Stir Cove Special Edition from The Dispatch offers a comprehensive guide to upcoming shows and ticket giveaways, ensuring you don’t miss out on any of the musical action.


With a packed calendar of events, concerts, and festivals, Summer 2024 is shaping up to be one of the busiest and most exciting seasons in recent memory. Whether you’re a fan of soulful Americana, sharp-witted comedy, or electrifying rock, there’s no shortage of entertainment to enjoy in the Omaha-Council Bluffs and Lincoln areas. So mark your calendars, grab your tickets, and get ready to make the most of this incredible summer!

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