Omaha Performing Arts announces artists for the 2021-2022 Holland Center Outdoors concerts

Apr 5, 2021, 15:58 PM by Dara Hogan


OMAHA, Neb. (March 31, 2021) – Omaha Performing Arts announces the return of outdoor live music concerts to downtown Omaha this summer with Holland Center Outdoors.  From May to October, patrons can enjoy a wide variety of entertainment featuring popular rock, country, blues and stand-up comedy performances from national touring acts and local performing artists.  The outdoor venue is located next to the Holland Performing Arts Center.  Food and drink will be available.

The 21/22 Holland Center Outdoors lineup includes Mountain Heart, Smith & Myers, Caribbean Night, Vinyl Hampdin, The Docksiders, Iliza Shlesinger, Southern Avenue, Caleb Johnson & The Ramblin’ Saints, The Unlikely Candidates, Red Wanting Blue, The Alternate Routes and Huntertones.

Tickets start at $18 and are now on sale at Additional concerts may be added throughout the summer. Shows are reduced capacity unless otherwise noted at  Concerts will be held rain or shine.

Mountain Heart
May 1, 2021 | 7:00 PM Holland Center Outdoors | East Lawn 
Mountain Heart is widely known for redefining acoustic music. The groups stage presence brings unmatched energy and appeals to an ever-growing variety of musical tastes. They combine rock, country, blues, jazz, and folk music that undeniably moves fans to snap their fingers or sway back and forth. Mountain Heart has shared the stage with notable artists such as Brad Paisley and Leann Rimes. They’ve also won multiple International Bluegrass Music Association Awards (IBMA).

Smith & Myers 
May 25, 2021 | 7:00 PM Holland Center Outdoors | East Lawn 
Singer Brent Smith and guitarist Zach Myers are band members of the rock group Shinedown, formed by Smith. In 2014, the two artists created Smith & Myers' Volume 1 and Volume 2, produced by GRAMMY® Award-winning producer and songwriter Dave Bassett.  The album explores romantic relationships, commentary on immigration, racial injustice and social media.  The bands intimate delivery, indelible melodies and glorious vocals uplifted by minimal accompaniment transmits a powerful stage performance.

Caribbean Night
June 26, 2021 | 7:00 PM Holland Center Outdoors | East Lawn 
Experience Caribbean Night with singer and guitarist Chris Harman. Harman and his band will showcase “Dance of a Parrothead,” a tribute featuring Jimmy Buffett’s biggest hits.  Harman’s act promises a party, margarita style! Harman takes audiences on a journey through the islands, singing and dancing all night long.

Vinyl Hampdin
July 9, 2021 | 7:00 PM Holland Center Outdoors | East Lawn 
The Vinyl Hampdin band is the vision of trombonist/composer-arranger Steve Wiest. The modern horn band is comprised of Grammy and Canadian Country Music Association award-winning artists. From modern pop, rock, country, funk, R&B and jazz, this band eases the mind with mellow tunes then explodes with funky jaw dropping rhythms in three beats!

The Docksiders
July 16, 2021 | 7:00 PM Holland Center Outdoors | East Lawn 
The Docksiders is a group of veteran musicians from Milwaukee, Wisconsin – led by three-time Grammy nominee Kevin Sucher. Their tribute act features soft rock songs, now defined as yacht rock, of the 70s and 80s, from artists like Christopher Cross, Hall & Oates, Air Supply, Michael McDonald, and Oliva Newton-John. The Docksiders show stopping hit song after hit song, costume changes and visual production is only topped by their world-class stage performance.

Iliza Shlesinger
July 22, 2021 | 7:00 PM Holland Center Outdoors | East Lawn Comedian Iliza Shlesinger is looking to add laughter to listeners’ joy bucket with her Back In Action Tour.  After canceling her tour last season due to COVID-19, Shlesinger is back in action with jokes and party goblins for fans. Shlesinger’s stand-up acts often include her life story or comical narratives about reality. She premiered her fifth Netflix stand-up special, "UnVeiled," in November 2019. The segment comically delves into her journey of getting married.  

Southern Avenue
July 24, 2021 | 7:00 PM Holland Center Outdoors | East Lawn
The boundary-breaking Memphis combo Southern Avenue fuses soul, blues and R&B that reflects the band members’ diverse roots as well as their deep commitment to their southern style. The band has traveled to more than a dozen countries wowing audiences and released their second album, Keep On, in 2019. When you hear this band critics say expect, “a frothy Memphis soul stew fit to twitch your body to in ways you didn't think you could.”

Caleb Johnson & The Ramblin’ Saints
August 6, 2021 | 7:00 PM Holland Center Outdoors | East Lawn 
Caleb Johnson was named winner of American Idol in 2014. He released his debut solo album Testify and in 2019 formed the group Caleb Johnson & The Ramblin’ Saints.  The band released, Born From Southern Ground in 2019. A summer evening with this band will take fans to the church of rock ‘n’ roll, gospel, and blues.

The Unlikely Candidates
August 13, 2021 | 7:00 PM Holland Center Outdoors | East Lawn 
Based out of Fort Worth, Texas, The Unlikely Candidates is an indie rock band formed by childhood friends Kyle Morris and Cole Male in 2008. In 2013, the band signed on with major-label Atlantic and released, Follow My Feet. In early 2016, they returned with a hooky new single in “Your Love Could Start a War,” which made a strong showing on Billboard’s Alternative Songs chart. This rock ‘n’ roll five piece includes a drummer, two guitarists, bassist, and lead vocalist, who bring an energetic and melodic sound with some grit.

Red Wanting Blue
August 19, 2021 | 7:00 PM Holland Center Outdoors | East Lawn  Red Wanting Blue is a rock ‘n’ roll band that has been touring for nearly two decades playing around 200 live shows a year. The band has had appearances on “The Late Night Show with David Letterman” to National Public Radio (NPR) and climbed all way to #3 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart. Hailed as “Midwestern rock heroes” by American Songwriter in Nashville, the band delivers an explosive performance with unforgettable melodies and infectious hooks.

The Alternate Routes
September 2, 2021 | 7:00 PM Holland Center Outdoors | East Lawn 
The Alternate Routes is a rock band from Connecticut. Their song “Nothing More” propelled them to new opportunities, featured prominently in the 2014 Winter Olympics, on “NCIS,” and in partnership with TOMS shoes. Next, they released “Somewhere in America,” which earned the band a 2016 Independent Music Award. The group released a new single, “Safe Haven” – a love song that uses real-life as its backdrop. Musically and lyrically the bands repertoire reflects on modern living and evolution.

September 9, 2021 | 7:00 PM Holland Center Outdoors | East Lawn 

The Brooklyn based band Huntertones has performed in more than 20 countries, sharing their energetic and horn-driven music sounds. Their latest release, Passport, is a collection of songs inspired by their experiences of sharing music with people worldwide. Adding depth and contrast to their live set, Huntertones shift from a dynamic six-piece ensemble to a trio featuring saxophone, sousaphone, and beat-boxing, keeping their listeners’ eyes and ear open at every turn.


To ensure the safety of performers and patrons:  Masks are required.  Touchless bag check upon entry. Food and drinks will be available and must be consumed in seats. Only mobile ticketing and cashless transactions accepted. Outside food, drinks, blankets and chairs not permitted. For the latest details, including added performances and updated safety information, please visit the Holland Center Outdoors website.