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
12:00 p.m. | Omaha Musicians Association Jazz All-Stars
Mark Luebbe on Bass
Dan Cerveny on Keys
and featuring Matt Wallace on Sax
5:00 p.m. | Southpaw Bluegrass Band
The Southpaw Bluegrass Band (SpBB) was established and created by David Fleming and Steve Hoiberg of Omaha, NE around 2003. Fleming and Hoiberg relied on their love and tradition of bluegrass music to create a sound that resonates back to the days when bluegrass was not only a popular style of music, but a way of life. Built on strong songwriting, excellent instrumentation and a drive to keep the tradition of bluegrass music alive, the boys set out on a journey that spans more than 10 years.
SpBB prides themselves in arranging some of the most talented bluegrass players in the Omaha and Lincoln area. With two releases under their belt, plus a third full length album currently in the works, SpBB strives to create their own style of bluegrass. The band plays standard bluegrass, Honky-Tonk style classic country, instrumentals (traditional and original), and fun “B-side” covers from all genres of music; creating and bringing a fun, danceable, festive and uplifting atmosphere to their show.
6:30 p.m. | Parade - MarchFourth Marching Band
The Shadowboxers is a new project from famed blues town Lincoln, Nebraska. The band is headed by Joshua Hoyer and features a group of professional and seasoned roots musicians. Hoyer is part of the funk, soul and blues youth movement spending much of his time promoting the genres in Lincoln at the legendary Zoo Bar and beyond. Hoyer has been very in demand as a performer in his previous bands (Son of ’76 and the Watchmen, Electric Soul Method), as a solo artist behind the piano and as a session musician and arranger. The Shadowboxers include some of the area’s most revered and accomplished musicians, many of whom have toured the country with large bands, teach music and are asked to back up bands live and in the studio. The band’s sound and passion come from their deep respect, knowledge of and passion for blues, Americana, soul, funk, and many other styles of music. The material is mostly Hoyer’s original work, along with some choice covers that reflect Josh’s love of New Orleans music, soul and funk. Website: www.Joshhoyerandtheshadowboxers.com
7:00 p.m. | Josh Hoyer and the Shadowboxers
The Shadowboxers is a new project from famed blues town Lincoln, Nebraska. The band is headed by Joshua Hoyer and features a group of professional and seasoned roots musicians. Hoyer is part of the funk, soul and blues youth movement spending much of his time promoting the genres in Lincoln at the legendary Zoo Bar and beyond. Hoyer has been very in demand as a performer in his previous bands (Son of ’76 and the Watchmen, Electric Soul Method), as a solo artist behind the piano and as a session musician and arranger.
The Shadowboxers include some of the area’s most revered and accomplished musicians, many of whom have toured the country with large bands, teach music and are asked to back up bands live and in the studio. The band’s sound and passion come from their deep respect, knowledge of and passion for blues, Americana, soul, funk, and many other styles of music. The material is mostly Hoyer’s original work, along with some choice covers that reflect Josh’s love of New Orleans music, soul and funk.
9:00 p.m. | MarchFourth Marching Band
What began as a Fat Tuesday party on March 4, 2003 in Portland, Oregon has become one of the nation’s best live touring acts. Aside from their one-of-a-kind upcycled vintage marching band uniforms, their 5-piece percussion corps and the 7-part bass section, MarchFourth is far from a “marching band” in any traditional sense. Their original music is anchored by funky electric bass and has been evolving into a rocking guitar and vocal-driven journey from the swamps of Louisiana to the gypsy camps of eastern Europe to the African jungle by way of Brazil, echoing the deepest grooves of American funk, rock and jazz.
Their music provides a wide array of genre-mashing groove-based material that incorporates more vocals and guitar than previous albums. Following their 2009 release, Rise Up, Magnificent Beast has now evolved into a full-blown big stage brass-rock-funk assault peppered with moments of swing, jazz, bollywood, ska and metal. M4 provides the opportunity to come together in joyous union with a band whose mission is to seize the moment, bring communities together and leave everyone feeling as if the world is a better place.
11:00 a.m. | Crossfire
Crossfire is Omaha’s premier country dance band, playing current Nashville hits and old country favorites, as well as classic rock and original music. Their intense vocals, tight three-part harmony and precise instrumental arrangements engage their audiences, motivating people to dance, sing along and have fun!
12:30 p.m. | Brad Colerick
Billboard Magazine called Brad Colerick “one of a baker’s dozen of acts to watch in the folk community around the world.” Colerick’s CDs have landed in the Top 5 of both the Folk DJ and Euro-Americana charts.
2:00 p.m. | Electroliners
Hailing from Omaha, NE, The Electroliners play their own brand of old-style, honky-tonk that is deep fried, and smothered in gravy and heartache. The band has quickly risen to the one of the favorites in Omaha’s Americana scene. The Electroliners have been twice-nominated for Omaha Entertainment and Arts Awards (OEAAs).
3:30 p.m. | Steve Raybine
Steve Raybine is a nationally known virtuoso vibraphonist who has earned a reputation for his exciting live performances and melodically-appealing and rhythmically-compelling original contemporary jazz compositions. Labeling Raybine as a jazz-only artist would be a huge mistake. He is equally talented at Funk, R&B, Pop and Latin sounds.
David Raybine, Alto Saxophonist
Steve Gomez, Bassist
Jeff Scheffler, Guitarist
Mike De Luca, Drumset
5:00 p.m. | Marc & Tori Band
Headed by guitar sensation Marc and lead vocalist Tori, this extraordinary group hums with a raw energy of Latin and rock rhythms that has been branded as ‘the new-age Santana’. With blistering lead guitar and gritty, soulful vocals, the band has influences of Carlos Santana, Aerosmith, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Los Lonely Boys, Mana’ and Alicia Keys. The band captures pure showmanship through classic rock, blues, American oldies and more!
Natalie Huerta on drums and Leland Mickles on bass and keyboardist join Marc Mora and Tori Huerta to complete the band. Sisters Tori and Natalie are third-generation cousins to Marc, who comes from a family of Mexican-American musicians whose influence in the South Omaha music community stretches back to the 1920s.
7:00 p.m. | Euforquestra
Euforquestra (pronounced yoo-FOHR-keh-struh, think euphoria+orchestra) is energy and rhythm personified. An ever-evolving sound that has been influenced by music from all over the world with an emphasis on funk, pocket and groove. For over a decade the band has been igniting dance floors across the country, blending the roots of funk, soul, afrobeat, reggae and dub to create a sound that “explodes, dances and melts in your ear with sheer bliss”.
9:00 p.m. | Sister and Brother of Soul
Sister and Brother of Soul consists of Omaha natives Ron E. Beck and Carol Rogers.
Beck has the depth of a blues singer, the energy of a soul singer, and the contemporary sound of today which makes him modern. For years, Ron E. Beck was known primarily as a funky drummer but in recent years, he has decided to showcase his vocal talent and his ability to get out from behind the drums and out front. During his nearly 40-year career, Beck has played with Bell and James, Herbie Hancock, Carlos Santana and many others.
Rogers’ career is an electric display of genres, styles and cultures as it has afforded her world tours, television appearances in numerous countries and recording experiences with the world’s greatest musicians. Her first recording contract in 1973 was for Steak City Records, an Omaha based company, wherein she performed her original songs in R&B and Country (using the name Carla Proud – honoring Charlie Pride). Rogers left Omaha to begin touring the world with Brazilian superstar Sergio Mendes, appearing in lead and background capacity for 25 years and in a total of 12 of his releases, including Mendes’s 1994 Grammy Award-winning “Brasileiro.”
12:00 p.m. | Mariachi Zacatecas
1:30 p.m. | Luigi Inc
Curt McKean, Saxophonist
Jeff Scheffler, Guitarist
Steve Gomez, Guitarist
Steve Knight, Drummer
Doyle Tipler, Trumpeter
3:00 p.m. | Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience
For nearly 30 years, GRAMMY Award-winning artist Terrance Simien, 8th generation Louisiana Creole, has been shattering the myths about what his indigenous Zydeco roots music is and is not. Leasing his Zydeco Experience band, Simien has become one of the most respected and accomplished artists in American roots music today.
2012 marked their 27th consecutive New Orleans Jazz Festival performance: an event that has become the gold standard for showcasing and celebrating all Louisiana music traditions.