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Friday / July 14

Dawn Tyler Watson


Dawn Tyler Watson

Blues Music Magazine calls her “One of Canada’s true Blues treasures.” The proof is in the recent award from the International Blues Challenge 2017, where she and her band scored First Place Band among 260 acts. Dawn is also the recipient of three Canadian Maple Blues Awards and nine Quebec Lys Blues Awards. She’s earned the Screaming Jay Hawkins Award for Best Live Performance, a Trophées France Blues for female International Artist of the Year, and a Canadian Folk Music Award nomination for Best Vocalist. On top of all that, her latest release Jawbreaker landed at #5 in the Top 50 chart of Soul/Blues Albums. Her artistic style is an eclectic influence of Jazz, Soul, Folk and Rock that pushes the boundaries of traditional Blues into an entirely new dimension. Eric Thom of Blues Review Magazine says simply, “Watson, in a nutshell, smokes. She has a kit bag full of smooth moves, and a personality that lifts off the page.”


Domestic Blend

Supporting Act

Domestic Blend 

Domestic Blend, an Omaha-based Soul/Pop/Rock band features five unique musicians who love sharing the stage together.  Lead singer, Brady Wells created the band in early 2016. Brady originates from Iowa, where he started teaching himself guitar and writing music at 19.  After several years in Chicago and moving to Omaha, his singer-songwriter style began to transform. Bassist, Matt Jones hails from Knoxville, TN, where he started playing bass at age 9. His southern blues roots influenced his distinct style, making him one-of-a-kind on the bass. Lead guitarist, Sebastian Lane roots run deep. Growing up in Chicago, Sebastian started playing music at the tender age of 3. Blues and rock are in his blood; music was instilled in him by his Chicago Blues Hall Of Fame father, Jimmy D. Lane, and his Blues Hall of Fame grandfather, Jimmy Rogers, who played with the great Muddy Waters. His passion and commitment to every note makes him a fierce blues guitar player.  Vocal artist, Ndzi Tante is a tasteful lyricist and soulful singer. His harmonies provide colorful warmth, and he adds a hip hop essence with his clever raps and crisp delivery. Drummer, Brandon Myers is the true backbone of Domestic Blend, hails straight from Colorado Springs, CO. Brandon’s ability to groove in the pocket and tremendous stamina provide everything the band needs to get you up and grooving.


Us & Them

Us and Them Blues Band recently performed at the 2017 International Blues Challenge Youth Showcase in Memphis. The members are award winning musicians in the highly competitive Omaha Blues Society BluesEd program including: Grace Giebler and Harrison Tarr (vocals), Luke Wagner (drums), Logan Hawkins and Jack Jones (guitar), Wyatt Smith (keys), David Bredthauer (Bass), and Noah Goodwin (sax). They range in age from 15 to 18 and have collectively over 30 years of performing experience. They play an infectious show of blues emphasizing the traditional values of soul, groove and improvisation. They regularly open for national touring groups. Having opened the largest Midwest blues festival, Playing with Fire, several times, they enjoy statewide recognition and popularity.

WEBSITE: BluesEd/Us & Them

Close Act Saurus


Saurus On The Prowl

Saurus is Coming Big and Loud!

July 14 & 15

Performing six 30-minute shows at concerts musical breaks!

Playing with Fire is thrilled to bring our fans Saurus on the Prowl! Returned from extinction? Prehistoric creatures seem resurrected through Close‐ Act Theatre, an international troupe of artists from the Netherlands. The group’s street performance, “Saurus” brings to life 18‐ foot tall dinosaur‐like creatures through the group’s elaborate costumes and staggering stilts. Since 2004, Close Act has been bringing Saurus to audiences at festivals worldwide, performing on every continent except South America and Antarctica. In 2016, Close‐Act performed in U.S. cities such as Detroit and Ann Arbor, Michigan and Breckenridge, Colorado. The dazzling, awe‐inspiring spectacle captures the imaginations of people of all ages. The artistic directors of Close‐Act are Hesther Melief and Tonny Aerts.


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