Omaha Artist Spotlights
Here are ways you can discover and support local artists right now.
April 23, 2020
Whether you’re randomly crooning from a balcony, having a dance party at home while your cat stares at you, or catching up with some favorite tunes, you can’t deny the importance of music during the good times and the bad. But as we all know, music communities around the country are facing huge challenges right now that won’t be solved quickly or easily, including in our own backyard. That’s why we want to talk about the people that make up our community, the individuals and the songs that keep us going and inspire us when we need it most.
Now is a great time to show your favorite Omaha-area acts some extra love, and discover some new ones. Stream, share, and if you’re able, make a purchase to directly support local artists affected by coronavirus cancellations.
New artists will be added to this page each week.
Are you an artist that would like to be featured? Our open call ended on May 27, but you can still get in touch with Maha.
Above: Muscle Cousins at Maha Festival 2020
Indie Pop Punk
Bach Mai find their strength in song lyrics that address the highs and lows in life. Mistakes, broken hearts, love, and hope are strewn across the band’s music, highlighting a particular vulnerability in their performance.
Check out the acoustic anthem “Daybreak” from the 2016 album We’re Gone.. We Begin.
Bad Self Portraits
Bad Self Portraits have been rocking and rolling around Omaha for several years. A product of high school friendships, the band plays songs that tackle the ups and downs of growing up and getting old.
Full of catchy riffs, their debut album, Amsterdam, came out in October!
An essential ingredient to the Omaha rock scene, Uh Oh have been at it for about five years now. Their long-awaited first full-length album, Stay Close, is “a collection of energetic and earnest flavors of indie rock” that came out just last fall.
Names Without Numbers
Indie Power Pop
This four-piece is known for their “Jimmy Eat World mixed with Dashboard Confessional”-style sound, fine-tuned on their second full-length album, Silos & Smokestacks. Songs like “The Apathy Anthem” are best cranked up to 11!
The Real Zebos
Genre-defying group The Real Zebos try to make every song differently. The band is “working hard to win over crowds using catchy hooks, strobe lights, and razor-sharp jawlines.”
Their bouncy brand new single, “Nectarine,” came out in April.
Josh Hoyer & Soul Colossal
Hammering keyboards, emboldened horns, and a freight train of a rhythm section all layered with Hoyer’s vocals to yield raucous funk and smooth soul.
The band’s most recent LP, Do It Now, came out in 2019.
Kris Lager Band
Feel Good Music
With nearly two decades of experience playing super high-energy shows in Nebraska and all around the country, Kris Lager Band is an Omaha music institution. This “joyful guitar-driven gumbo of goodness” is made for the stage, but while that’s on hold you can catch weekly live performances on the band’s Facebook page.
Their most recent album, Spectrum, was released in 2019.
A rising songwriter on the scene since 2017, Bailey is known for playing “slow and sad love songs that will make you either want to cry or fall in love, depending on how you listen.”
Her latest EP, Grown Up, came out last spring, with another in the works for release by the end of 2020.