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!
Join us on Friday, June 10 for TGIFF (Thank Goodness It’s Festival Friday!) for a great Blues line-up and a special deal on drink tokens! Get drink tokens 3 for $10 from 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. on Friday, June 10 only.
World Music Pavilion–Luigi Waites Main Stage Line-Up 2016
12:00 p.m. | Omaha Musicians Association Jazz All-Stars
Featuring longtime Omaha songstress Camille Metoyer Moten, the Omaha Musicians’ Association Jazz All-Stars will be performing with veteran musicians Joey Gulizia on drums, Mark Luebbe on bass, and Dan Cerveny on keys. They will play a mix of jazz standards, R&B classics and smooth ballads to open the Festival.
3:30 p.m. | Blue House with the Rent to Own Horns
Blue House with the Rent to Own Horns is an internationally known blues band that has been at the forefront of the Omaha music scene for 26 years. They have recorded five albums which showcase the band’s powerful horns and vocals with a solid groove. Members of the band have performed with a long list of musicians and groups from Ray Charles to Maroon 5. Don’t forget your dancing shoes!
5:00 p.m. | Hector Anchondo Band
Quoted as “the next big thing,” Anchondo is the band that has everybody talking. Known as Midwestern road dogs, Anchondo plays to
anyone who appreciates their eclectic blend of Latin/reggae/rock and ska. With their skilled
musicianship and high-energy live shows, Anchondo is standing out and quickly emerging out of the Midwestern circuit turning heads and gaining legions of fans everywhere they go. The ball has been rolling fast for Anchondo since they started six years ago playing several spots at the SXSW music festival as well as several stops on the Warped Tour.
7:00 p.m. | Bernard Allison
As a true “son of the blues,” Allison possesses the requisite guitar feel and vocal intonations along with the massive horns sound necessary to push his blues into the next century. Bernard Allison totes the same smokin’ six-string shooter that his late father Luther Allison assaulted the blues with. He is blessed with his father’s soulful voice, spiritual devotion and a musical freedom which experiments with the blues.
11 a.m. | Gurukulam Center for Indian Arts
Bharatanatyam is possibly the oldest classical dance repertoire. It is said to have originated in the temples of southern India thousands of years ago. The music used for this dance is a form of south Indian classical music called “KarnaaTa.” Clear geometrical movements with complicated footwork executed in a half sitting position marks the unique technique of this style. The songs are almost always spiritual in essence, which are interpreted through various hand gestures and facial expressions.
12:30 p.m. | The Time Burners
A husband & wife rockabilly duo from Lincoln, who met playing music in their high school years and have been together ever since. The
Time Burners are a perfect blend of rockabilly and classic country with original music.
2:00 p.m. | Winchester
Utah-based band with original music full of pop hooks and a soulful vibe. The two-time Battle of the Band’s champion relies on his catchy songs and witty banter to win his audience. Winchester grew up listening to classic pop and rock radio. The hooks and soulful vibe show through in not only his original songs, but in the classic rock and relevant pop covers as well. His music is a refreshing take on everyone’s favorite songs.
3:30 p.m. | Studebaker John
A Chicago blues original who plays from the heart and always takes his own distinctive approach to contemporary blues. As a songwriter
and musician, Studebaker John has emerged as a major creative force in the world of the blues today. Ahead of the pack, with vision and foresight, creating a new standard and landscape for this music’s future… with John at the wheel, the future is now!
5:00 p.m. | The Lucky Losers
Danger meets sophistication
in the soulful music of The Lucky Losers, San Francisco’s premier male/female duet-fronted band. Accompanied by a dynamic five-piece ensemble from St. Louis, veteran artists Cathy Lemons and Phil Berkowitz deliver an inventive, hypnotic, spin on ’60s Chicago blues and Stax Volt-styled R&B.
7:00 p.m. | Rockin’ Dopsie Jr. & The Zydeco Twisters
Washboard player Dopsie, Jr. has been hailed as the Mick Jagger of the marsh with his bubbling, melodic gumbo concocted from Cajun/Acadian music, Afro-Caribbean rhythms and melodies. Rockin’ Dopsie, Jr. and The Zydeco Twisters have continued to develop in their own right. The junior Dopsie is considered to be the best rub board player in the world, and is a charismatic and electrifying stage performer. His dancing, splits, and audience participation antics make the band’s performances exciting and keep listeners involved and dancing.
11:30 a.m. | Prairie Gators
The Prairie Gators take you on an accordion fueled virtual trip through Cajun country and French Louisiana music history. A typical Prairie Gators set stokes the fires of Cajun-zydeco-creole cultures, but is often prone to a bit of musical wandering itself, venturing into traditional folk, country, rockabilly and a slew of “train” songs…something for everybody.
1:00 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. | Prairie Cats
Based in Omaha, the Prairie Cats return to the OSAF stage after six years to bring their high-energy original swing to the masses. The eight-piece band delivers an all-original “pop-swing” mix of jump-blues, big band, rockabilly, Latin and
bop, delivered in an all-out rock attack. But it all swings, Jack…make no mistake about it.