I'm heading out of the O this weekend, making my yearly trek to St. Louis to watch Creighton play in their conference tournament. Most years, we have hope in our hearts, but this year, our chances are pretty slim. We shall see.
Anyway, I'm posting the weekend roundup early both because I'm headed out of town and there are some good shows starting tonight.
You should also know that I've prepared a few posts for you while I'm out: Thursday brings a mailbag column where I answer your questions. On Friday, you'll get a list of seven excellent rock 'n roll tattoos.
Laura Veirs is tonight at the Waiting Room. $10. Check her out live in the studio at The Current, Minnesota Public Radio's music station.
You have your big-name acts at the Qwest and Orpheum. John Mayer hits the Qwest stage tomorrow night (I'd love to see him just play guitar and not his pop music). Norah Jones does the Orpheum on Sunday. Bon Jovi takes you back to 1988 on Tuesday next week at the Qwest. Stories on all three on Omaha.com Thursday morning and in GO (free on the streets on Friday).
A lot of folks are very excited for The English Beat and Fishbone on Friday. If you don't have tickets for the Slowdown show, it's sold out. So, tough cookies, unless you know someone with an extra ticket.
Local bluegrassers Southpaw Bluegrass Band gets your toes tapping with fiddle and banjo and all that good stuff at 9 p.m. Saturday at Louis Bar. No cover.
There's a good lineup Sunday at O'Leaver's. Underwater Dream Machine, a showcase for Bret Vovk's vulnerable songwriting that drifts between slow, acoustic pop ballads and loud, guitar-driven rock, plays with Thunder Power, Icarus Himself and Spiders For Love. $5, as always.