Outdoor shows, festivals and Reverb’s grand reopening: The best concerts Sept. 28 to Oct. 4

Need some live music in your life? We have you covered.

These are the best concerts coming Sept. 28 to Oct. 4.

Petrock (canceled)

6:30 p.m. Friday at Slowdown ♦ $25 at theslowdown.com

Update: In what is a major bummer, a member of Petrock tested positive for COVID-19, so the show is canceled. But you should go to Saturday’s show with Mesonjixx and others.

Every time this Omaha cover band plays a local show, it sells out. They must be doing something right. It should be a good time with all the cover songs of your favorite ’70s party tunes. Slowdown’s outdoor concert series features socially distant “pods,” marked off spaces where you and your crew can hang out without getting too close to others at the show. Check out the full details at theslowdown.com.

Reverb Lounge Grand Reopening

8 p.m. Friday at Reverb Lounge ♦ Free!

Reverb is back! The small venue around the corner from The Waiting Room Lounge used to be two separate rooms: the bar and the concert hall. But they knocked down the dividing wall, and it’s now one large venue. This Friday is Benson First Friday, and Reverb will have Lowercase Tres DJing the open house.


Friday, Saturday and Sunday

The tri-annual(?) event — how many of these things do they have every year now? — will once again host a stage filled with musicians. This weekend’s include Mace Hathaway, McKenzie Jalynn, Matt Cox, Shooter Jax Band and The Willards. Find the full schedule on junkstock.com.

Farnam Fest

2 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday at Blackstone District ♦ Free!

Enjoy some food, booze and shopping as well as some live music from Farewell Transmission, Andrew Bailie, Awesome Soun, Emily War, Olus, Sound Foundation, Wooden Music, Andrew Vander Velde and Daniel and the Deliverence.

Mesonjixx & more

3 p.m. Saturday at Slowdown ♦ $12 to $15 at theslowdown.com

For Slowdown’s outdoor concert series, the club joined up with Maha. And I’m told Maha picked the lineup for this show, which features Mesonjixx, Kethro, And How, Cameron Logsdon, Angi Sada, Those Far Out Arrows and J. Crum. It should be a fantastic afternoon show in the Slowdown parking long. And you can’t beat the price.

Willy Porter

7:30 Saturday at Holland Performing Arts Center ♦ $18 to $30 at ticketomaha.com

A fantastic acoustic guitarist and singer, Porter will play a socially distanced show at the Holland Center. Only the orchestra level and first tier are open, and available seats are spaced apart.

Alice Unchained

8 p.m. Saturday at The Waiting Room Lounge ♦ $10 at onepercentproductions.com

Catch Omaha’s favorite Alice In Chains tribute act as well as an opening set from Soundgarden tribute band Badmotorfinger.