Ever since Playing with Fire started it's free concert series in Omaha 12 years ago, BluesEd bands have been asked to perform as opening acts for the headliners. We have been blessed beyond measure with this partnership. Our students have a chance to perform on the big stage in front of large appreciative Blues-loving fans with a professional sound & light system.
This year we were lucky enough to have three BluesEd bands at PwF:
Voodoo Vinyl on June 18th
Dilemma on June 25th
Us & Them on July 2nd
This year, Playing with Fire also asked BluesEd bands to host an AfterBurn Jam following the headliner at a local bar/restaurant. BluesEd enlisted the help of Ben Curran, BluesEd alumni (Mojo Bag) and jam expert extraordinaire to assist our bands in prepping for the jam and leading the jams.
The first week the PwF artists had an early morning flight so we still held the jam. We were lucky enough to have some BluesEd alumni sit in on several songs with Voodoo Vinyl. Watching the growth of our BluesEd alums, now in their 20's, was extremely impressive. It's so great to see so many of our BluesEd students continue to pursue music as a hobby or even a career. Even BluesEd parent, John Palensky, got in the act and played guitar and sat in on a few songs.
Our final night at the Playing with Fire concert was July 2nd. We had a dicey start to the show due to some bad weather in the area but Mother Nature shined on us and gave us a beautiful evening for a show. BluesEd band Us & Them Blues band opened the show and set the tone right for the evening with high energy blues and rock. Following Us & Them was the Boogie Boys Band from Poland & PwF favorite, Albert Cummings. After the sizzling show the crowd made it's way to the AfterBurn Jam to keep the fire burning. Many Polish fans wanted to see & hear the Boogie Boys one more time before they left Nebraska. Those in attendance were treated to a phenomenal show with the Boogie Boys and Us & Them jamming the night away. Several local musicians joined the jam too. Truly a very special night, as was each of the AfterBurn Jams hosted by BluesEd. Thanks again to Playing with FIre Promoter, Jeff Davis and his Associate Producer Vanessa Marie for always believing in BluesEd. Can't wait to do it all again next year!!