Whatever your passion, interest or curiosity — you will find it at the Omaha Summer Arts Festival! With two stages and a variety of informal staging areas scattered alongside the Gene Leahy Mall, the Omaha Summer Arts Festival offers three days of nonstop musical entertainment featuring dozens of local, regional and national performers. The Festival provides a musical experience that is rich with multicultural talent and diversity of styles including: Blues, Jazz, Latin, Reggae, Calypso, Alternative, Rock, Folk, Disco, Big Band. Check out all the great performances awaiting you in the CenturyLink World Music Pavilion and Family Entertainment Stage!
World Music Pavilion–Luigi Waites Main Stage Line-Up 2017
Friday, June 9
12:00 p.m. | Omaha Musicians' Association Jazz All-Stars
Featuring We’re Ron Cooley on guitar and Johnny Adams on vocals, the Omaha Musicians’ Association Jazz All-Stars will be performing RAT PACK JAZZ with Joey Gulizia on drums and Dan Cerveny on keys and pedal bass.
3:30 p.m. | BluesEd and Wide Blues
Local blues band made up of some of Omaha’s most talented high school-aged performers.
5:00 p.m. | Amanda Shaw
Mix a little bit of country and Cajun, with a touch of Rock-n-Roll and Blues, and you have a funky Louisiana flavor that fiddler and singer Amanda Shaw brings every time her high heels dance across a stage. Amanda’s passion for her Louisiana culture is evident in the diverse blend of music she creates with every note she plays. Amanda has received dozens of awards including the Big Easy Award for Best Female Entertainer, Louisiana Music Hall of Fame Future Famer, Offbeat Magazine’s Best of the Beat Singer/Songwriter of the Year and many, many others!
7:00 p.m. | New Orleans Suspects
New Orleans Suspects, riding their Top 10 blues radio-charted album Kaleidoscoped, and fresh from tours with Bonerama, New Mastersounds and Paul Barerre and Fred Tackett of Little Feat, perform their debut show in Omaha at OSAF.
The Suspects are comprised of an all-star cast of New Orleans sidemen:
Mean Willie Green (Neville Bros., Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Grateful Dead)
Jake Eckert (Dirty Dozen Brass Band and Grammy-winning engineer)
Jeff Watkins (James Brown and Joss Stone band leader)
CR Gruver (New Meters Experience, Leo Nocentelli)
Reggie Scanlan (Radiators, Prof. Longhair, James Booker Band)
Saturday, June 10
11:00 a.m. | Mexican Dance Academy
12:30 p.m. | Dominique Morgan
Lyrics, Life and Love are the foundations of the artist known as Dominique Morgan. Since age 7, this storyteller narrates tales of the heart; recalling personal trials, tribulations and chronicles of passion. This 12-time Omaha Entertainment & Arts Award nominee has been deemed by Encounter Magazine as “…one of the most celebrated R&B artists in the Midwest.”
2:00 p.m. | Omaha Street Percussion Outreach Residency Performance
Omahas own OSP will work with and perform with children from throughout the community making music on a wide range of drums including trash cans, buckets, wooden stools and more!
3:30 p.m. | Da Crabby Blues Band
This five-piece Omaha band, known for its standing monthly charity gig at Shucks Oyster Bar and Fish House, will serve up a cool blues jam for your Saturday afternoon.
5:00 p.m. | The Rusty Wright Band
Rusty Wright is a big man with a big sound who bleeds Americana Blues Rock and is a 2014 Hall of Fame inductee: Master of Blues. Rusty resides in Florida when he’s not crisscrossing the country and sharing the stage with the likes of Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Johnny Winter, Walter Trout, Etta James, Ronnie Baker Brooks, Bettye Lavette and Lynyrd Skynyrd to name a few, his live experience has also taken him as far as Korea, Italy and other parts of the world where he left them wanting more.
7:00 p.m. | Gregg Wright
“Gregg Wright is in the top echelons of the world’s great Blues guitarists!” according to the international publication Blues Matters. Inducted in 2013 into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame, Wright is also an electrifying singer and live performer whose guitar playing leaves audiences breathless . . . “Gregg Wright has an extra gear most guitarists dont have raves fellow Bluesman Zac Harmon. All this is accompanied by a killer stage presence honed by years of touring with Michael Jackson, Mick Fleetwood and many others.
Sunday, June 11
11:30 a.m. | Heartland Marimba Collective
The Heartland Marimba Festival began in 2014 through the vision and leadership of solo artist Matthew Coley. It is an organization that celebrates the marimba, its music, and its performers during an intensive summer festival, a series of winter holiday concerts, and biannual chamber music tours. A multifaceted organization, it offers an in-depth academy for high school and college students and aspiring performers, as well as a summer music workshop for youth ages 4-13 and community adults. It publishes many of the compositions it champions and is actively pursuing the creation of a new market for marimba performance outside of the university. The Heartland Marimba Collective and Quartet, the public faces of the Festival, showcase the talents of students and accomplished professional artists in regional tours throughout various parts of the country. The organization strives to bring the unique music of the marimba to a wider audience and to build more opportunities for the art form and performers.
1:30 p.m. | Luigi Inc
Luigi Inc is a five-piece jazz combo founded by the late jazz legend Luigi Waites. Luigi Inc has the distinct honor of maintaining one of the longest running gigs in the country, performing over 1,650 consecutive Sundays at Mr. Toad’s Pub in Omaha’s Old Market. Waites passed away in 2010, but as the late jazz icon would have it, the music continues on with saxophonist Curt McKean, guitarist Jeff Scheffler, guitarist Steve Gomez, drummer Steve Knight and trumpeter Doyle Tipler.
3:00 p.m. | Josh Hoyer and Soul Colossal
A five-piece American Soul/Funk/R&B band based out of Lincoln, NE, Hoyer recently joined #TeamBlake on Season 11 of The Voice and has just returned from a month-long European tour with stops in seven different countries!Their combination of soul, funk and R&B is in a word, electric. Best displayed in their high-energy live show, the blend of Hoyers honest lyrics and his soulful (sometimes in-your-face) vocals merge with his top-notch band to create an undeniable chemistry.
2017 Official Playlist
Preview our artists before you hear them in the World Music Pavilion!
Festival-favorite Brulé will be returning to OSAF! They will be performing throughout festival weekend on their own stage located on the Landmark Plaza (approximately 13th and Farnam). View schedule here.