Playing with Fire Concert Series: July 17
Touted as the best music event held in Omaha, the 2010 series features family-friendly concerts June 19, July 17, and August 14. A "free will donation" of $5 to $10 will be requested at the gate, with 25% of the total raised being donated to the Omaha Food Bank.
Read more about the Playing with Fire concert series - an annual Omaha event.
The lineup for Saturday, July 17 includes:
Former frontman as lead vocalist and harpsman for Roomful of Blues from 1991 to 2000, Sugar Ray Norcia has led his own Chicago style blues band since. This highly-acclaimed band’s album, My Life, My Friends, My Music, was nominated for a 2008 Blues Foundation Blues Music Award Best Album of the Year. A fluid and forceful harp player and vocalist, Norcia and his Big Band adds a powerful horn section to jump blues and swing styles as well. The band’s fans include Charlie Musselwhite who calls the band “one of my favorites,” and Kim Wilson of The Fabulous Thunderbirds says Sugar Ray is “the real deal.” Boston’s Blues publication says, “Sugar Ray has it all – sweet vocals, excellent harp, he emanates charisma… and his band is damn good, too.”
With unbridled energy and astonishing ability, “Sax Gordon” Beadle is sure to bring fans to their feet with his upcoming R&B romp at PwF. A sought-after saxophonist for studio recordings and live shows with acts like Duke Robillard, Matt “Guitar” Murphy and Charlie Musselwhite among many others, Nominated for W.C. Handy Award in the “Instrumentalist Horns” category in 2001, 2002, 2004 and 2005, Gordon’s soulful tone and solid talent will please any fans of sax. Billboard magazine said Gordon"…doesn’t have any trouble ripping up his audiences” and Living Blues said, “Sax Gordon performs with a skill and taste, frequently careening to the edge of glorious chaos.”
A Northwest favorite, The Randy Oxford Band consists of six veteran musicians each bringing a unique background and talent. Leader Randy Oxford, called a “killer trombonist and notorious wild man” has been honored numerous times in Washington state as "Blues Performer of the Year," multiple “Best Horn Player” awards, “Entertainer of the Year”, “Keeping the Blues Alive”, and induction into the Washington Blues Society’s Hall of Fame. Blues To Do Monthly says Oxford has, “incredible stage presence and astounding showmanship….Anyone who has ever seen Randy knows he gives it all at every show.” Performing with the band since 2008, Jada Amy, began singing gospel at church as a child and has done studio work in gospel, jazz, R&B, and hip hop since the age of 14.