Playing with Fire Concert Series: June 19
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, June 19 includes:
Nurtured by New Orleans culture, Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews was a bandleader by the age of 6, and later graduated from the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts. He toured as part of Lenny Kravitz’s horn section and performed with U2 and Green Day at the reopening of the New Orleans Superdome for NFL Monday Night Football 2006. Recently he has contributed to a Grammy winning song (Buckwheat Zydeco’s “Lay Your Burden Down,” and an Oscar –nominated song (Dr. John’s "Down In New Orleans" from the hit Disney film ‘The Princess and the Frog’). Shorty brings his explosive “Supafunkrock" style, a combination of funk, rock, R&B and hip-hop to Omaha. The New York Times said Short possesses "the presence of a rock star" and USA Today calls his live performances "blistering, bold, exuberant and cutting edge."
No previous PwF artists gained Omaha fans’ awe and praise that Houston-born Ms. Wonderland did on her performance in 2008. Soulful singer, talented songwriter, fiery guitar player (among other instruments), it’s tough to label Wonderland who crosses all the lines between raucous blues-rocker to smooth blues crooner. She’s toured with Buddy Guy and Johnny Winter, and jammed with Los Lobos and Bob Dylan. The Dallas Observer said Wonderland is, “able to boom, cajole, promise, growl, and wheedle with equal power, she plays guitar with much the same forcefulness.”
Sayers, who appeared at PwF in 2005 has been busy with his sizzling guitar, backing Ruthie Foster as part of her “family band.” Born and raised Texan, Hadden Sayers started his own band in 1993, was drawn to the blues in 1996, and has performed, played or jammed with the likes of Kenny Wayne Shepherd, The Neville Brothers, Susan Tedeschi, Double Trouble, and Los Lobos. Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top calls Sayers “my hero.” The Kansas City Pitch Weekly says, "the press doesn’t quite explain Sayers’ scorching guitar and bluesy, rockin’, take-no-prisoners songwriting touch…Wear long sleeves, this band burns!"
* Outside food and drink is not allowed in the concert venue, but concert goers are encouraged to bring folding chairs or blankets to help them settle in for a night of wonderful music.
Join everyone for more FREE music at the AfterBurn Jam with host band, Levi William, following the Playing with Fire concerts (hosted by Ferrells Elite Sports Bar).