Things are heating up in July for BluesEd!! Our bands having been performing for several months now gearing up for some really big, high-profile events this month. If you are into live music and live in Omaha or Lincoln, there is surely at least 1 or 2 opportunities for you to witness a BluesEd band in action this month. The entire list of BluesEd events can be found here: Events
July 6 and July 13: Bridge Beats
Bridge Beats is a FREE Omaha Parks and Recreation production nestled in the foothills of the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge. BluesEd bands, The Redwoods, opens the show on July 6th and Blue Sunday opens the show on July 13th.
This venue is a true gem and one of the coolest spots in Omaha. Check out parking and more info here: www.BridgeBeats.com.
July 7th: ZOOFEST
BluesEd bands MANNIX & Far & Wide will be kicking off the festivities at ZOOfest's 45th Anniversary celebration in Lincoln, NE.
Far & Wide Blues Band takes the stage at 1:00 p.m and will be followed by MANNIX at 1:50.
Ticket info available at: The Zoo Bar or on Etix.
Friday $30 advance/$35 day of festival
Saturday $25 advance/$30 day of festival
Buy a 2-day ticket combo in advance for only $50.
July 14th and Aug. 25th: Playing with Fire
Since the inception of Playing with Fire 15 years ago, BluesEd bands have always opened the free Playing with Fire festivals. This year, our partnership with PwF goes one step further in that a share of all free-will donations accepted at the PwF concerts will go towards BluesEd!
July 14th, The Redwoods will open the show and will be followed by our very own BluesEd alum, Heather Newman as she makes her debut on the PwF stage with her own band.
On Aug. 25th, Us and Them will open the Playing with Fire free concert.
Look for BluesEd students and families at the gates and bucket brigades collecting your donations.
July 14th: AfterBurn Jam
Another great partnership with Playing with Fire (PwF) is the AfterBurn Jam. The Jam will start immediately following the headliner on the main stage at 5168 Brewing Taproom located directly across Farnam street from Turner Park. Join the PwF artists in this intimate setting hosted by the BluesEd student musicians of The Redwoods. This is where the real learning starts for BluesEd students as they play side-by-side with Internationally famous Blues Musicians. This event is free to attend, however, seating is very limited. Beverages and snacks available for purchase from 5168 Taproom.
You never know what will happen at the AfterBurn Jam, but you do know you don’t want to miss it!
July 15 - BluesEd Benefit Concert at The Slowdown
This is YOUR chance to see all SEVEN BluesEd bands in action on the best stage and sound in Omaha!!
July 12 & Aug 2: Jazz on the Green
BluesEd is thrilled to back at the venerable Jazz on the Green by Omaha Performing Arts at Midtown Crossing for the 4th straight year!!!!
Arrive early to stake your spot on the lawn at Turner Park as the faithful Jazz on the Green fans arrive as soon as the gates open (5:00 p.m) Bring your blankets, chairs and sunscreen. Beverages and food welcome too or you can choose from one of the many food vendors available on-site.
July 12: five minute drive opens for The Big Takeover at 6:30.
Aug 2: Blue Sunday opens for Nebraska native Shaun Murphy at 6:30. This night is co-hosted by our very own Blues Society of Omaha.
BluesEd bands will be joining the Pork Belly Ventures Group for 3 stops at the World famous RAGBRAI.
Mannix ● Saturday, July 21, T ● Onawa, IA
Far & Wide ● Tuesday, July 24, ● Ames , IA
Us & Them ● Wednesday, July 25 ● Newton, IA
July 27: Friday Night Market at Turner Park
BluesEd bands have been performing at the trendy, unique and oh-sooooo-fun Omaha Farmer's Market Friday Night Markets at Midtown Crossing on the last Friday of every month in the summer. July's live music will be supplied by vertigo blues band!
Bring your dancing shoes for a great night of free entertainment!
July 28: Music for the City
MANNIX opens for Canadian power trio, Paul DeLauriers Band at the Bluebarn Theatre for the Music for the City production on July 28th.
This brand-new venue for the producer of Playing with Fire, Jeff Davis, is sure to be a hit. Very limited seating on a gorgeous outdoor setting backed by a fabulous stage and sound system.
Ticket info here: Eventbrite
Name: Jeana Abboud
High School: Mercy High School
BluesEd Band/position: five minute drive Vocals/Keys
College & Major: Nebraska Wesleyan double majoring vocal music and biology
How Long in BluesEd: This is my fifth year
How long have you been playing? About nine odd years on piano and singing way before that.
What is your favorite BluesEd workshop song: It's a Man's, Man's, Man's World by James Brown
Who is your favorite Blues artist? I'm a big fan of Stevie Wonder, Etta James, Aretha Franklin, and also Samantha Fish.
Favorite BluesEd moment: Playing with Fire and of course going to IBC this year
Hobbies outside of BluesEd: researching anything, arranging music, and going on long walks.
If you enjoyed our BluesEd Showcase, just you wait! It only gets better!
1:50 - 2:30 - Blue Sunday
2:40 - 3:20 - MANNIX
3:30 - 4:10 - five minute drive
4:20 - 5:00 - The Redwoods
5:10 - 5:50 - Us and Them Blues Band
6:00 - 6:40 - Vertigo Blues Band
Please Note: The Slowdown strictly enforces the City of Omaha ordinance on minors in places of establishments that serve alcohol. Please visit www.theslowdown.com to view the policy and download the form. Or view here: http://theslowdown.ticketfly.com/files/2016/10/parentconsentform.pdf
Name: Maia Ramsey
High School: Lincoln High School
BluesEd Band/Position: Vocalist in MANNIX
College: University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Biochemistry
How long in BluesEd: This is my first year
How long singing: As long as I can remember
Favorite Workshop Song: Thrill is Gone
Favorite Blues Artist: Billie Holiday
Favorite BluesEd moment: Performing with MANNIX at Hector Anchondo's benefit show at the Chrome Lounge
Hobbies outside of BluesEd: NAACP Youth Chapter, Theatre, Art
Name: Griffin Gillen
High School: Plattsmouth High School
BluesEd Band/Position: Far and Wide on bass
College: University of Nebraska at Omaha, majoring in music performance on bass
How long in BluesEd: This is currently my 5th year anchoring the low end with Far and Wide.
How long playing: I’ve played bass for 5 years.
Favorite Workshop Song: Stormy Monday
Favorite Blues Artist: As blues artists go, I like B.B. King, always go with the classics. My favorite singular artist that we play in Far and Wide is Stevie Wonder.
Favorite BluesEd moment: Going to Memphis with The 402 to play at the Youth Showcase at the International Blues Challenge
Hobbies outside of BluesEd: I play piano, and have been for 13 years now. I’m also a big songwriter/composer and music theory nerd.
Name: Sydney Jukes
BluesEd Band/ Position: Vocals for Blue Sunday
College and Major: Capitol School of Hairstyling and Esthetics to study cosmetology
How long in BluesEd: 2 years
How long have you been singing: I've been singing since I could talk
Favorite BluesEd Workshop Song: Stormy Monday
Favorite Blues Artist: Amy Winehouse
Favorite BluesEd Moment: Playing at the Suicide Awareness Prevention Walk
Hobbies Outside of BluesEd: I write a little poetry, but don't share it with anybody, haha. I enjoy art, and I also enjoy doing makeup
The first all BluesEd band’s event of the 2018 Season!
Join us on Sunday, June 24th at Forte Music Hall on 96th & L in Omaha, Nebraska.
Doors open at 12:30. All ages welcome. Pizza and beverages available for purchase. Free admission.
Vertigo - 1:00-1:30
five minute drive - 1:45-2:15
The Redwoods - 2:30 - 3:00
Far&Wide Blues - 3:15 - 3:45
Us & Them - 4:00 - 4:30
MANNIX - 4:45 - 5:15
Blue Sunday - 5:30 - 6:00
Name: Grace Calderon
High School: Westside High School
BluesEd Band/position: The Redwoods, saxophone
College: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, majoring in jazz performance
How Long in BluesEd: This is my first year
How long have you been playing? 9 years
What is your favorite BluesEd workshop song: Thrill is Gone
Who is your favorite Blues artist? I'm pretty new to the Blues scene but I think Etta James is one of my favorites so far
Favorite BluesEd moment: After-practice bonding in Henry's basement
Hobbies outside of BluesEd: Cooking, working out, and practicing