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GET TO KNOW: Happy Hour’s local musicians

Posted On Oct 17, 2018, 09:50 AM by Courtney Mattern
sparkling orange martini sits on the bar at Ovations

Deals on drinks? Check. Deals on appetizers? Check. Amazing music by local artists? Check.

Happy Hour at the Holland has everything you need for a memorable night out in downtown Omaha. We’re bringing back the popular events starting at 5:00 PM before select performances at NRG Energy Ovations bar and lounge in the Holland Center’s lobby.  Don’t have a ticket to that night’s show? No problem. These are open to the public.

What I love most is hearing music from local artists (Ovations’ stuffed tater tots are a close second, though). We invite established and up-and-coming local singers and musicians to showcase their skills in front of people who love the performing arts.

This year’s lineup is beyond talented, and we want you to get to know them!

Mary Ruth McLeay
October 19 before OK Go: The Live Video Tour

Mary is a 15-year-old singer/songwriter from Omaha. She participated and was a finalist in our BEAUTIFUL Songwriting Competition in 2016. She’s performed locally since she was 12, and you may have seen her play at The Waiting Room and Reverb Lounge.

The Wildwoods Duo

November 16 before An Evening with Rita Moreno
With influences from old time country masters and today’s indie/folk sounds, The Wildwoods’ nostalgic tunes captivate people of all ages. The band is also be featured in our Musical Explorers program, where elementary students will learn about them and their style of music.


Dani Cleveland

February 14 before Damien Sneed’s Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Hailed “Omaha’s first lady of R&B,” by Hear Nebraska, Dani blends blues, soul and gospel music. She’s inspired by musical theater and artists such as Mary J. Blige, Chaka Khan and Anita Baker.
Omaha Guitar Trio
February 19 before National Geographic Live’s Social By Nature with photographer Ronan Donovan
Featuring Andrew Stickman, Max Meyer and Kevin Sullivan, the trio mixes classical technique and contemporary guitar styles. Their sound ranges from a Midwestern farmland to the driest Spanish desert. They won in Best Jazz in 2013 at the Omaha Art & Entertainment Awards.

Brandon Armstrong Trio
March 26 before Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour

Brandon Armstrong is a talented jazz drummer in Omaha. His group opened Jazz on the Green this past summer and durin Broadway Ball.

J. Isaiah Smith
March 29 before Jay Leno
Vocalist J. Isaiah Smith is the winner of our 2017/2018 Open Mic Night competition. He’ll be accompanied by a pianist and perform some duets with Tiessa Hills. You may have seen him before at Omaha Community Playhouse where he performs in musicals.

Learn more about our Happy Hours on our website.