June 18 Benson Summerfest After Dark Downtown Benson, 59th through 63rd and Maple, 9 p.m.–1 a.m., 21+, $10 wristbands for all venues, bensonsummerfest.com Growing up in Benson, I’ve felt a sense of pride watching it bloom from a midtown Omaha neighborhood to a cultural borough and musical epicenter. With 15-plus acts, Benson Summerfest After Dark provides the stage displaying our potential in the beating heart of Omaha’s music scene. The event features local acts such as Vago, Rock Paper Dynamite, All Young Girls Are Machine Girls, Underwater Dream Machine, Sandy Creek Bluegrass, Matt Cox, Scratch Howl, Whipkey Three, and many more. The $10 wristband is cheaper than a singular show and gets you into the five venues along the Benson strip: The Sydney, Barley Street Tavern, P.S. Collective, the Waiting Room and Burke’s Pub. Summer doesn’t officially start till three days later, but this showcase draws in the warmth early for a night of great music.


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