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, Gospel, 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!
CenturyLink World Music Pavilion–Luigi Waites Main Stage Line-Up 2015
12:00 p.m. | The Gulizia Brothers featuring Roger Neumann & Michael “Gooch” Gurciullo
The best of the great American songbook in a jazz setting that’s sure to entertain music lovers of all ages. Featuring vocals by Tony Gulizia (on keys) and Michael Gurciullo (on trumpet,) backed up by percussion “tour de force” Joey Gulizia, and capped off with award winning saxophonist, Roger Neumann. Prepare to be awed by how much great music four world class musicians can make.
5:00 p.m. | Tizer Trio
Driven by an explosive mix of jazz, rock, classical, jam band influences and Afro Cuban and world rhythms, Tizer Trio – led by keyboardist/composer Lao Tizer – throws down a high powered collection of instrumental music from one of today’s rising stars of the world-fusion genre. Website: www.laotizer.com
7:00 p.m. | Mike Zito and The Wheel
A rising star in the blues/roots world for the past several years as a performer, songwriter and producer, Zito won the Blues Music Award for “Song of the Year” for the title-track of his Pearl River album, which he co-wrote with Cyril Neville. Website: http://www.mikezito.com/
11:00 a.m. | Latino American Harp Ensemble
The Latin American Harp Ensemble is dedicated to spreading and extoling the musical wealth of the Latin-American tradition. We seek to promote our musical culture, impregnated with a heritage rich in rhythms, genres, and colors. Our music reflects the uniqueness of our syncretic culture: what we are and share in the Latin American Harp Ensemble.
12:30 p.m. | Christy Rossiter & 112 North Duck
Christy Rossiter & 112 North Duck play a progressive, high-energy, hard-rocking, guitar-driven brand of blues. Lead singer Christy Rossiter brings a big voice to the table and is as comfortable singing the roadhouse rockers as she is the smooth blues ballads. The band is powered by the electrifying guitar of Steve Byam and the propulsive rhythm work of Chet Crinklaw (bass) and J. E. Van Horne (drums).
2:00 p.m. | The Dust Jackets
The Dust Jackets is an American roots blues-rockabilly band from Lincoln, Nebraska. The band is fronted by husband and wife duo Travis and Becky Koester, joined on the drums by Nick Woodward. Website: www.thedustjackets.com
3:30 p.m. | The Talbott Brothers
The Talbott Brothers is a rock band from the heartland led by brothers Nick and Tyler Talbott. The group formed in 2012 and has since played over 300 national shows and independently released 2 albums (with a third coming out in 2015). This harmonizing duo is not to be missed! Website: http://www.thetalbottbrothers.com/
5:00 p.m. | Moreland & Arbuckle
“It’s hard to say exactly what we are and what we do,” says Arbuckle. “Blues is definitely at the core, but we’re huge fans of all sorts of American music, and all of that comes through as well. Obviously, there are elements of traditional country in what we do, elements of vintage rock and roll, soul and all that sort of stuff. We always try to stay grounded in that traditional blues center, and at the same time branch out and do as many different things as we can while still keeping it consistent with the sound we’ve developed.” Website: http://www.morelandarbuckle.com/
7:00 p.m. | Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band
11:30 a.m. | Rey Azteca
1:00 p.m. | Luigi Inc
3:00 p.m. | Brule'
Brulé is the award-winning Native American music group, thrilling audiences with a mergence of cultural rock and theatrical instrumentations. Now in their 15th season, their national performances carry the same contagious excitement as Trans Siberian Orchestra, Celtic Thunder, and Riverdance—but with the emotional impact of the American Indian culture. The group is one of the top-selling Native American adult/rock music groups and has chalked up impressive CD sales (over 1 million worldwide). Their concert ticket sales stand at well over 100,000 since national touring began in 2002. Brulé has released 17 titles in as many years and has been named “Group of the Year” three times by the prestigious Native American Music Awards (NAMMYs), earning seven NAMMYs since 2002. Website:http://www.brulerecords.com/home.html