Welcome to

Playing with Fire 2018!

15th Year of


Saturday / July 14

It was a FANtabulous

Night of Music!

  • Jack de Keyzer
  • Monkey Junk
  • Heather Newman Band
  • BluesED / The Redwoods

Saturday / July 28

Music For The City Presents

The Paul DesLauriers Band

At The Bluebarn Theatre

Outside Event

(Indoors IF weather is an issue)


Saturday / August 25

  • Paul Reddick
  • Blackie and the Rodeo Kings
  • Matt Cox
  • BluesED / Us & Them

2018 Hot Hotel Package Deals!

Make It A Get-Away Weekend!

Celebrating BluesED

–15 Years–

Music Together

Omaha Gives! A Success

British Blues Rocker, Ben Poole and PwF Producer, Jeff Davis celebrate Omaha Gives! Success.

Thank YOU for helping us achieve our goal at Omaha Gives 2018! 

Click here to see our results!

Playing with Fire (PwF) is an annual premier free summer concert series in Omaha, Nebraska that sizzles along the edges of incendiary blues, rock, soul, funk, roots, and R&B. PwF speaks to the heart of the musical community. Through grants, corporate, private and fan donations, and the amazing hard work of volunteers. Playing with Fire, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, supports the local community, and in particular, the youth artist development program, BluesEd, which promotes music awareness and education for the children of our musical community.

2018 marks PwF’s fifteenth year and the fifth at Turner Park in Midtown Crossing. The summer concert series was established in 2004 to bring people together to “build, engage and celebrate community” with the most accomplished local, national and international musical artists.

Thanks to the generosity and goodwill of our loyal fans who have made the concert series a great success for 15 years.  PwF is now positioned to reach a greater geographical area. More people travel further and stay longer enjoying the beauty and the sites of the greater Omaha area. Incredibly, together, we have accomplished this through the power of music. 

Take a moment, cruise our website and find out how you can become a part of this FANtabulous community.  We look forward to celebrating our 15th anniversary with YOU!

Your donations help keep our summer concerts free.

playing with fire omaha, summer concert series

  • J.D.

    Thank you so much for introducing Dawn Tyler Watson and the Campbell Brothers to Omaha.  I can’t believe the voice and stage presence… excellent performers.  We had the greatest time.

  • C.G.

    Omaha is so lucky to have the talent and good times that PWF provides to the city. I had a friend visit from LA and he couldn’t have been more impressed. He wants to return next year for it.

  • K.P.BluesEd Co-Director

    I hope you all had the chance to see the kids’ faces when they were done performing. This is a really big deal to them and something they will remember the rest of their lives. Thank you so much for allowing them the opportunity to perform in such a high-level, professional atmosphere. And I have to add – a lot of fun!

  • M.H.

    Great bands, great atmosphere – a great multigenerational activity, too. Thought you’d enjoy hearing how much the community is enjoying the PWF events.

  • J.C.

    I just happened to be in Omaha for a business trip this weekend and heard of the “Playing With Fire” series. I was able to attend all three days. Had a great time and really enjoyed the venue. I plan on coming out again next year or any chance I get.

  • P.S.

    I’m from a much bigger city and never realized that access to great Blues might not be an option in Omaha. I’ve had to travel to KC or Chicago to get the experience. Thank you for bringing this fabulous activity to Omaha. I have yet to miss a show!

  • S.C.Lawrence, KS

    I could not have enjoyed the event more. The venue was fabulous, magical…what a beautiful place. A warm evening, the Missouri River, a historic landing, great music. There really isn’t much more a person who loves the blues (and history) could ask for!

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