Get Ready for A Seriously Smoldering Summer
Playing with Fire’s 10th Anniversary Concerts July 12-13!
OMAHA, NEB. –There’s a remedy for Mother Nature’s current cold shoulder, but Omaha will have to wait until July 12-13 to feel the REAL HEAT — at least in a musical manner!
By far the HOTTEST ticket this summer will be the Playing with Fire Concert Series in celebration of its 10th anniversary of providing FREE music to area residents and visitors of all ages.
Playing with Fire promoter Jeff Davis turns up the talent thermometer in July, featuring the Otis Taylor Band, and Robert Randolph & The Family Band as the headliners, supported by acclaimed and world-class local, national and international bands. This year’s line-up absolutely smolders featuring musicians from Australia, Austria and the UK, as well as the U.S.
Mark your calendars NOW for this major music event!
WHEN: July 12 & 13, 2013 – Gates open Friday at 5 PM; Saturday at 4 PM
COST: FREE but accepting free will donations at the gate, with a portion of proceeds donated to the Food Bank of the Heartland and American Parkinson Disease Foundation/Nebraska Chapter
Friday, July 12
Robert Randolph & The Family Band - Headliner
Playing pedal steel guitar for the gospel church as a teenager, Robert Randolph fuses gospel, blues, rock and soul into a hard driving, soul-stirring live performance. He set the music world on fire in 2000 when he played his first club dates in New York City for fans unfamiliar with sacred steel. The Family Band is comprised of actual family members Marcus Randolph, Danyel Morgan, Lenesha Randolph together with guitarist Brett Haas. RRFB’s 2002 release, “Live at the Wetlands,” vividly captured the band’s live performance and set the stage for “Unclassified,” which gained a 2004 Grammy nomination for the Best Gospel Rock Album and the band a nomination in the Best Rock Instrumental Performance category. One new fan was Eric Clapton, who brought the band out on tour and appeared on its third release, “Colorblind,” in 2006. Rolling Stone named Robert Randolph one of “The 100 Greatest Guitarists,” the only pedal steel player so honored, calling him “one of the most intense live acts in all of jamdom” and citing his solos as “perpetually cresting, lightning-fast explorations.”
The San Francisco Examiner exclaims, “…when it comes to throwing it down, keeping it there, and getting those on the floor to boogie down, Robert Randolph & The Family Band are masters of the trade, and a soul infection is a guarantee if you’re fortunate enough to witness one of their spectacles.” Bring your dancing shoes! www.robertrandolph.net
At just 25 Ben Poole, dubbed “the” new up-and-coming UK blues guitarist, has already gained accolades from a few musicians who know a bit about guitar playing. He has played with, and received critical acclaim from, legendary blues artists including Jeff Beck, Gary Moore and John Mayall. Inspired by the Blues, infused with a hard hitting, “in-yer-face” rock approach and topped-off by virtuoso musicianship, Ben Poole is destined for a great future on the blues/rock scene. Guitarist Magazine says of Poole, “A fleet fingered and talented newcomer to the British blues scene. His playing may be ferocious but he rarely sacrifices precision for it. His phrasing belies his years. Definitely one to watch.” Legendary guitarist Jeff Beck’s view? “Amazing! I loved his playing… I really loved his playing!” www.benpooleband.com
This Aussie singer, guitarist, surfer and songwriter is musically multi-faceted. Listen to this solo showman without looking and you’ll swear he’s one of at least an onstage trio. Strumming and thumping his guitar, drumming and playing harmonica, his hypnotic handiwork is as entertaining as his vocals and lyrics. With Bob Dylan as his hero, he tackled 10 years of classical guitar before setting out as a beginner busker to earn gas money for his RV. Undercover FM calls Churchill’s second CD Details of Distance, which features thoughtful folk tunes as well as electric, blues-grinding guitars, “an album of lyrically rich and technically brilliant musical treats.” A Sound+Noise reviewer says, ““All I can say about this guy is that he possibly represents the definition of live performance.” www.kimchurchill.com
Saturday, July 13
Otis Taylor Band – Headliner
An 11-time Blues Music Award nominee, Taylor is a versatile, multi-instrumentalist and vivid storyteller of hard life realities through his songs. Whether playing his accomplished banjo, guitar, harmonica or mandolin in the genre of roots, blues, folk, with an acoustic or electric style, Taylor spans the styles and entrances his audiences. His music has landed in films and television, like his song “Nasty Letter”, featured on the 2007 film “Shooter” soundtrack. Michael Mann‘s 2009 film, “Public Enemies” featured Taylor’s “Nasty Letter” and “Ten Million Slaves.” Playing with Taylor is singer, songwriter and absolutely captivating violinist, Anne Harris, who received a 2012 Jimi Award from Blues 411, in recognition of her violin performance. Otis Taylor received the Album of the Year honors for his 2012 release, “Contraband.”
Music critics, and publications like the New York Times, Washington Post, NPR and Downbeat magazine, rave about his brilliant songwriting and recordings. But perhaps the most meaningful accolade came from Living Blues Reader’s Poll, which awarded Taylor (along with Etta James) with the Best Blues Entertainer title in 2004. Guitar Player magazine writes, “Otis Taylor is arguably the most relevant blues artist of our time.” www.otistaylor.com
Meena and the Chris Fillmore Band
Drawing comparisons to Janis Joplin and Etta James, this Austrian-born songstress’s powerful blues, rock and soulful vocal prowess stole the show at Playing with Fire 2012. With the Chris Fillmore Blues Band, she released her debut album, “Try Me,” in 2010. An international touring artist, she has shared the stage with Coco Montoya, and took second place in the 2011 European Blues Challenge. Meena and the Chris Fillmore Band competed in the 2013 International Blues Challenge in Memphis. www.meenacryle.com
Kris Lager Band
With a mantra of “celebrate life” and a focus on original music, local favorite KLB has earned a nationwide fan following and a reputation for rousing live shows. Since KLB’s 2007 Playing with Fire performance, the band has collaborated with Indigenous, toured continually, and recorded seven albums, one of which was produced by Tab Benoit. From rock, roots, and blues to funk and soul, the band delivers a musical romp at every show. Electrifying musicianship matched with passion and playfulness, the Kris Lager Band returns to PwF to spread its musical message. www.krislagerband.com
Dilemma (BluesEd Opening Band)
Formed in 2012, Dilemma is known for its powerful vocalists and high energy musicians. The band’s six members range in age from 14 to 16 years old. http://bluesed.com/home1