2011 OEAAs Sunday | Upcoming


Omaha rolls out the red carpet to honor the best in local music, visual and performing arts, and theater. We'll be there, of course, with of-the-moment updates.

by Lindsey Baker

This weekend, Omaha rolls out its red carpet for the 5th-annual Omaha Entertainment and Arts Awards, scheduled this year at Harrah's Convention Center in Council Bluffs, Iowa. The ceremony — kind of an Omaha mashup of the Grammys, Tonys and various arts-related galas — will honor the best in local music, visual and performing arts, and theater. Doors for the Sunday event open at 5:30 p.m.; the show gets rolling at 6:30 p.m. Attendees can plan to see select nominees perform during the show; DJ nominees will spin at the Harrah's Stir Live and Loud post-party. Tickets are $20.

We'll be there, of course, with of-the-moment updates, red-carpet style reports and all the shocking upsets as we live tweet the OEAs from top to bottom. Follow @hearnebraska and the #OEAA hashtag. If you're planning to head to a show that night, don't fret — we'll do a full recap on Monday, too.

Until then, check out this year's music nominees (along with visual arts nominees, listed here, and performing arts/theater nominees, listed here). Follow all the latest OEAA news at @oeaawards.

And tell us who should get the awards in the comments below.


Best Rock

Witness Tree

Landing On The Moon


Voodoo Method

Filter Kings





Mars Black

MC Gringo



Best Hard Rock

The Matador



Life Of a Scarecrow

Desire to Destroy



Kris Lager Band

Blue House

Levi William

Lil' Slim

Matt Cox


Best Adult Alternative/Singer-songwriter

Daniel Christian

Dan McCarthy

All Young Girls Are Machine Guns

Brad Hoshaw

Manny Coon


Jazz/Easy Listening

Mary Carrick and Todd Brooks

Steve Raybine

All Young Girls Are Machine Guns

Matt Amandus

Luigi Inc.


Best Alternative/Indie

Daniel Christian

Machete Archive

Honey & Darling

Little Brazil

Thunder Power



Daniel Christian

Salem Baptist Choir

Mike Geiler

Heidi Joy


Best DJ

Lucas Krance

Kobra Kyle



Brent Crampton


Cover Band

Velvet Crush

Secret Weapon

Acoustic Groove

Ten Club

Hi-Fi Hangover


Best Ethnic

Son del Llano

Marcos Y Sabor

Omaha Guitar Trio

Ellis Island

Less Talk More Polka


Best Roots/Americana/Country/Bluegrass


Matt Cox

Filter Kings

South Paw Bluegrass Band

Platte River Rain Soul


Best Soul/R&B

Lymphnode Maniacs

Satchel Grande

The 9's

Lucas Kellison

Son of 76 & The Watchmen



Jes Winter, "Treat the Bad Good"

It's True, "It's True"

Mynabirds, "What We Lose In the Fire We Gain in the Flood"

Landing On The Moon, "We Make History"

Kyle Harvey, "Nightmares (of you and me by the sea)"


Best New Artist

The Matador

All Young Girls Are Machine Guns

High Art


Hello From Ghost Valley


Artist of the Year

Daniel Christian

Landing On The Moon

It's True

Noah's Ark Was A Spaceship

Matt Cox