The Slowdown is a live music venue and the flagship of a mixed-used development in the Near North Side neighborhood of Omaha, Nebraska. The property, which also features shops, bars and restaurants, was developed by the Omaha-based record label Saddle Creek Records.
The Slowdown History
The owners of Saddle Creek Records came up with the concept for a music venue showcasing local and national acts circa 2000. The development that includes the Slowdown was built from scratch on a previously empty plot of city-owned land, and officially opened its doors in 2007.
The Slowdown Events
The Slowdown hosts live shows three or four nights per week, mostly featuring rock, indie, alternative and Americana acts. The venue also on occasion presents stand-up comedy shows. Most events are followed by a post-show happy hour. On evenings when there is no show scheduled, the Slowdown is open as a bar and presents a weekly pub quiz. Unless otherwise noted, shows at the Slowdown are open to all ages; when no show is scheduled, the venue is for patrons 21 and older only.
The Slowdown Seating Layout
The Slowdown has a maximum capacity of 470, with a variety of seating options including tables and chairs on the balcony and main floor. The venue features two stages: a smaller stage for more intimate events and a larger one allowing for more crowd space. The main stage and dance floor are sunken, which means there is prime visibility from all the seating areas as well as good acoustics. In the bar area, the Slowdown offers pool tables, video games, board games and a photo booth, all contributing to a fun atmosphere. In summer patrons can also access a patio area outside.
Major tourist attractions in Omaha include the Old Market historic district downtown, the Joslyn Art Museum and the Omaha Botanical Center. Some of the city's most popular destinations for families are the award-winning Omaha Children's Museum and the acclaimed Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium. The zoo boasts one of the largest indoor rain forests in the world, as well as the world's largest nocturnal exhibit.
The Slowdown's name is an homage to Slowdown Virginia, a band who was pivotal in creating the Omaha Sound and one of the earliest signings to Saddle Creek Records (at the time known as Lumberjack Records).
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