Take a tour of Omaha, 311 stylee (Omaha World Herald)
  • Growing up in Omaha and cutting their teeth in the local rock scene, the members of 311 had all kinds of hot spots, from places where they ate to places where they played.

    Rainbow Recording Studios, 2322 S. 64th Ave.

    311 recorded its first-ever CD, “Unity,” at Rainbow studios. A plaque still hangs inside the studio with the album and a picture of the band.

    La Casa Pizzaria, 8216 Grover St.

    Drummer Chad Sexton grew up close to the pizzeria’s west location near 84th and Grover Streets. Sexton and guitarist Tim Mahoney try to get some whenever they come back to Omaha. “There’s no pizza like that, bro,” Sexton said.

    Howard Street Tavern, formerly at 1112 Howard St.

    The bar was one of Omaha’s best live music venues until it closed in 1995. The venue is now Old Market Habitat and Niche shops. 311 performed there countless times, and band members were also known to hang out at the White Rabbit, a bar that was above the Howard Street.

    Ranch Bowl, formerly at 1600 S. 72nd St.

    The bowling alley also hosted a small music venue where everyone from Pearl Jam to Nirvana took the stage (before they became famous, of course). 311 rocked the stage there multiple times before moving to L.A. The site of the Ranch Bowl is now a Walmart.

    Westside High, 8701 Pacific St., and Bryan High, 4700 Giles Road

    Nick Hexum, Chad Sexton and Tim Mahoney all attended Westside High School, and SA Martinez and P-Nut attended Bryan High School in the ’80s and early ’90s. P-Nut graduated early so he could move to Los Angeles with his bandmates.

    Joe Voda’s Drum City, formerly at 602 S. 72nd St.

    The drum specialty store also offered classes. Sexton took lessons there starting in second grade and later worked at the store. As a tribute, Sexton opened his own Chad Sexton’s Drum City in California. Joe Voda’s Drum City closed when Voda retired.