2015 State Games of America: Live Music Guide | Feature

The State Games of America have finally arrived, along with some 47,000 athletes, spectators and staff. For all those people, we’ve booked a hefty slate of local acts for athlete villages in Omaha and Lincoln, as well as Sportsfest, an athlete social at Hawks Sports Complex in Lincoln.

The weeklong event, held in Lincoln and Omaha from July 28 through August 2, will bring together past champions of State Games from across the nation to compete in various team and individual events. According to its website, the State Games of America is the largest Olympic-style sports festival in the nation, and is expected to draw 20,000 athletes to compete in more than 60 sports. That means a lot of eyes and ears on the 17 acts slated to perform.

Concerts are scheduled at Lincoln and Ralston competition sites for Thursday, July 30 and Saturday, Aug. 1. Admission is $5, or free with SGA Super Pass. To help plan the weekend of music, see our comprehensive guide to the schedule of acts, links and previews for each:


Thursday, July 30

Omaha — Ralston Arena

5:30 p.m. Dominique Morgan (R&B)

6:30 p.m. Pancho & the Contraband (roots pop)

7:30 p.m. We Be Lions (rock)

8:30 p.m. Burkum Boys (folk)

9:30 p.m. All Young Girls Are Machine Guns (soul)

Lincoln — Pinnacle Bank Arena

8:30 p.m. – Producers of the Word

9:30 p.m. – Stonebelly (blues/reggae/rock)


Friday, July 31

Omaha — Hawks Sports Complex

4:30 p.m. – Satchel Grande (funk)


Saturday, August 1

Omaha — Ralston Arena

5:30 p.m. – Tara Vaughan (pop)

6:30 p.m. – The Ragabonds (jam rock)

7:30 p.m. Edge of Arbor (indie rock)

8:30 p.m. Marcey Yates (hip-hop)

9:30 p.m. Mitch Gettman (psychedelic rock)


Lincoln — Pinnacle Bank Arena

5:30 p.m. – Gabe Nelson with Pants (alternative jam rock)

6:30 p.m. – Emily Bass (blues/soul)

7:30 p.m. – Eyes For Higher (alternative-rock)

8:30 p.m. – Night Push (riff rock)

9:30 p.m. – Mesonjixx (soul/jazz)