New 2 a.m. bar hours unlikely to impact indie shows…

Category: Blog — Tags: , — @ 7:48 pm June 22, 2010

by Tim McMahan,

By now you’ve already heard the news: The Omaha City Council this afternoon voted unanimously in favor of extending the city’s bar hours until 2 a.m. beginning July 15. So now all you stinkin’ drunks who used to make that desperate run to Council Bluffs for last call can comfortably sedate yourselves from your favorite Omaha bar stools. This has got to be a dream come true for O’Leaver’s (Cha-ching!). But according to this story on, a number of bar owners who “served an older, more mature clientele,” said they “have no intention of staying open until 2 a.m.” Huh?

My only question: How will the extended hours impact rock shows? Marc Leibowitz of One Percent Productions and The Waiting Room  (who books almost every decent indie show in town), said most shows will be unaffected by the new hours, especially those with a touring headliner. “Weekend shows will go later since those are mostly local,” he said. “We will not be marketing 10 p.m. shows or anything like that.  So most shows won’t change.”

I personally would be pissed if I had to wait until 1 a.m. for the touring band to finally hit the stage, especially during the week with my alarm clock set for 6 a.m. In fact, I’d welcome a shift of start times from the current 9 p.m. to 8 p.m. for shows during the week — something that’s unlikely to ever happen…

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Tomorrow: The return of Gary Coleman’s Posse. Seriously. Be here…

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  • You should pay closer attention to show times then, I’ve seen several 8 p.m. show times crop up recently. Especially for shows that aren’t big with the under-25 indie-cool crowd.

    Hed PE, Cage the Elephant, Rooney, Supervillians, Roger Clyne, Bob Schneider, Saliva, Ingrid Michaelson, Authority Zero, English Beat, Fruit Bats all start at 8 p.m. on the 1% calendar.

    Comment by Chris — June 22, 2010 @ 7:58 pm

  • Yeah, I’m not too interested in seeing Saliva or Hed PE, Chris. Enjoy…

    Comment by tim-mcmahan — June 22, 2010 @ 8:03 pm

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