About Playing with Fire

Omaha's FREE Summer Music Festival!

If you’re searching for a yearly music festival that brings brilliant worldwide musicians to the Omaha music scene, then you’ve found it.

This is Playing with Fire.

Playing with Fire’s (PwF) vision is to support Omaha’s national reputation as a ‘music city’ at a price we can all afford: FREE.

PwF’s beginnings

PwF began in 2004 as a means for introducing Omaha’s residents to the highest quality musical talent we could find. Since then, our mission and spirit remain true to these intentions.

PwF founder and local entrepreneur Jeff Davis envisioned the event to continue in the spirit he created it: to put Omaha on the world map as a city that recognizes and appreciates musical talent; music that is not exclusive but is accessible by all.

Davis is clear in his mission: “These free concert events integrate us and builds community. Therefore, we have always made Playing with Fire summer concerts ticket-less! This opens our events to everyone without exception, and it exposes people from all walks of life to share in the discovery and celebration of music of the highest quality–music they otherwise might never encounter.”

PwF has helped Omaha garner the worldwide reputation for being the first to recognize brilliant artists. Joe BonamassaVintage Trouble, Bettye LaVette, and Trombone Shorty are a few of many examples who were virtually unknown when they played the event.

“Every year, people remark on the amazing quality of artists that play our summer concerts,” Davis continues. “This truly makes the event unique. We do not focus on selling tickets and having a profitable name on the bill. We focus solely on what artists can provide the people who come together in Omaha with an exceptional musical experience. We have watched people of all races, ages, and socio-economic levels socializing with one another and dancing in front of the stage. This event brings people together; it helps us experience what a diverse and integrated community looks and feels like.”




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