Friday / July 14

  • Dawn Tyler Watson
  • Domestic Blend
  • Us and Them
  • Saurus On The Prowl


Saturday / July 15

  • Aynsley Lister
  • Ben Poole
  • Tommy Castro and The Painkillers
  • five minute drive
  • Saurus On The Prowl


Saurus On The Prowl!

Coming Big and Loud!

Here July 14 & 15

Omaha Gives! We Believed and We Achieved!

Thank You Omaha for helping Playing with Fire blow the lid off our fundraising goal! Thank you Omaha Community Foundation for helping donors connect with the many nonprofits that participated in Omaha Gives 2017.  Click here for more information!

Hotel Package available for Playing with Fire!

20% off Best Available Rates for the July concert series!

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

Playing with Fire (PwF) celebrates its fourth year with a return, by popular demand, to its original Saturday roots at Midtown Crossing’s Pavilion at Turner Park in 2017. The series was established in 2004 to bring people together to “celebrate, dance and build community” with the most accomplished international, national and local musical artists. Thanks to the goodwill and generosity of our loyal fans who have made the concert series such a great success for 14 years, we are now positioned to reach a greater geographical area, more people can come, travel further and stay longer. The fabulous news right now is our fans voices have been heard and we are so excited to be back to Saturdays!!!

Enjoy cruising our website and finding out more about us.  We look forward to celebrating our 14th anniversary with you!

Your donations help keep our 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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