2016 FREE SUMMER CONCERTS
TURNER PARK – MIDTOWN CROSSING
SATURDAY / JULY 2 & AUGUST 27
Playing with Fire Returns to Saturday Shows with Award-Winning Roster of Performers
Free summer series roars on with two concerts in Turner Park
Omaha, Neb. – Playing with Fire, one of the Midwest’s leading free summer concert traditions, is announcing its 2016 Turner Park lineup and a return, by popular demand, to its original Saturday roots.
By shifting back to Saturdays we can connect with more fans, plus reach a greater geographical radius. More people can come, travel further and stay longer,” says Jeff Davis, founder of Playing with Fire, a 501(c)(3) non-profit.
Featuring the best in blues, soul, funk, R & B and rock, Playing with Fire (PwF) celebrates its third year at Midtown Crossing’s Pavilion at Turner Park in 2016. 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.
2016 Playing with Fire Summer Concert Series Line-Up
SATURDAY / JULY 2
Sugaray Rayford (Headliner)
SATURDAY / AUGUST 27
In Support of Donate Life Nebraska
Walter Trout Band (Headliner)
The Turner Park venue opens at 3:30 p.m. each day. The music begins at 4:30 p.m. There is no cost to attend, but freewill donations will be accepted.
A percentage of the giving on August 27 will benefit Donate Life Nebraska and its mission to create organ donor awareness. (Headliner Walter Trout received a life-saving liver transparent at University of Nebraska Medical Center in 2014.) The charity partner for the July 2 series will be announced at a later time.
Now in its 13th year, the series continues supporting BluesED, a non-profit youth artist development program that cultivates music education by providing performance and fundraising opportunities for students. BluesED hosts the AfterBurn Jams at Cantina Laredo immediately following each concert.
PwF is sustained by the Nebraska Arts Council and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment, the Douglas County Visitor Improvement Fund, the City of Omaha, private sponsorships plus in-kind donations and volunteers. Year after year, Davis says he and the PwF crew are energized by “seeing a diverse community come together filling the park with smiles, laughter and happiness all through the love of music.”
Check back often for final introduction of our 2016 concert series artists!
A summer of growlin’ vocals and twangin guitars!
Playing with Fire is an annual premier free summer concert series held in Omaha, NE. – 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.
Thanks to the goodwill and generosity of our loyal fans who have made the concert series such a great success for 13 years, we are set to make even more of our second season at Midtown Crossing’s Pavilion at Turner Park – by giving fans more of the top shelf talent they’ve come to expect. The fabulous news right now is our fans voices have been heard and we are so excited to be back to Saturday’s!!!
Enjoy cruising our website and finding out more about us. We look forward to celebrating our 13th Anniversary with you!
-The Playing with Fire Team