This Saturday night, August 27th, is the second in the Playing with Fire concert series this summer. For 13 years now, Playing with Fire has given our BluesEd bands the chance to open the concert for well-known, International touring blues artist and this year is no different!
BluesEd band, The Redwoods, open the stage at Midtown Crossing at 4:30.
Local Lincoln favorite, Levi William and his band follows.
Next up is the one-man band extraordinaire, Steve Hill.
Finally, the one and only, living legend Walter Trout!
All Playing with Fire events are free!
Green space opens at 3:30. Bring your blankets, chairs, picnic baskets & beverages.
Parking is free for 3 hours in the Midtown Crossing Garages and then it's only $1/hr thereafter.
Please see this link for more Midtown Crossing info: http://www.midtowncrossing.com/media/1580/mtc_faq.pdf
After the concert on the big stage, join us at Cantina Laredo in Midtown Crossing for the AfterBurn Jam. Our BluesEd students have the opportunity to play with the headliners from Playing with Fire. Drink specials and appetizers available.
We'll Keep the Fire Burning all night long!
Name: John Staples
School: Burke High School
Instrument: Guitar, Bass & Vocals
College & Major: Iowa Western Community College, Music Major
How Long in BluesEd: First Year
How long have you been playing: 7 years
What is your favorite BluesEd workshop song: Future People, it really introduced me to the Alabama Shakes.
Who is your favorite Blues artist? Gary Clark Jr. By far my favorite modern blues artist, he gives me hope for the future of blues rock.
Favorite BluesEd moment: Walking outside the OEAA awards with the homies in Dilemma. I felt like we got to appreciate music together and become a lot closer as friends.
Hobbies outside of BluesEd: Playing music in any of my 5 bands, or playing Pokemon go. Team mystic, yo.
Name: Graham Brooks
School: Papillion La-Vista South High School
Band: Voodoo Vinyl
Instrument: Alto Saxophone and Electric Guitar
College & Major: Simpson college, BM in Vocal Performance and a BS in Mathematics
How long in BluesEd: 5 years
Favorite BluesEd workshop song: Red House or Soul Man
Favorite Blues artist: Jimi Hendrix
Favorite BluesEd moment: IBC at Memphis, the gigs at Sumter Amphitheater, Playing with Fire, and Jazz on the Green, to name a few.
Hobbies outside BluesEd: Classical Voice, Ice Skating, Video Games, Ping Pong, Fantasy Football, Chess
Name: Erik Shouse
School: Graduate of Skutt High School
College & Major: I will be attending Iowa State to study Computer Science.
How Long in BluesEd: I have been in the program for 5 years.
How many years have you been playing: I have been playing drums for 9 years now.
What is your favorite BluesEd workshop song:
My favorite Dilemma workshop song in the years past is probably "Down in the Swamp." This is mainly because of how well the song fit both Dilemma and the program as a whole. I also think we played it very well so we played it for many years.
What is your favorite Blues artist: My favorite blues artist has to be Led Zeppelin. While not all of their music is blues, a lot of it is, and I take a lot of inspiration from John Bonham in all aspects of my playing.
What is your favorite BluesEd moment: My favorite BluesEd moments tend to be the weird ones. For example, in Dilemma's 3rd year, we played a show called BloodStock (picture below) that was simply a blood donation drive that wanted music to be played. So we were sitting there playing for a group of people all sitting there with needles in their arms. It was very "interesting".
Another favorite part of BluesEd was this year when I had the wonderful opportunity to play in 5 out of 6 bands in the program. It was great for me to get to know the other participants in the program as I wouldn't have been able to get to know them otherwise.
Hobbies outside of BluesEd: As far as hobbies go, I like to play video games.
Editor's Note: We would like to give Erik special recognition as a BluesEd student. Erik has provided his personal drum set for the majority of BluesEd performances for the past five years which meant he had to arrive early to each show and set up the drums and then stay late to tear them down after each show. Erik has put in a great deal of extra time as a BluesEd student musician. Thank you Erik! (Yes, we are proud parents! - Kevin and Chris Shouse - BluesEd Directors 2015-2016.)
Our 15th year Season Finale is upon us! All six of our BluesEd bands will be performing at one of the finest venues in town: The Waiting Room Lounge in Benson on Sunday, August 7th. This will be a don't miss event as we say goodbye to our students leaving us for college. Our seniors have provided tremendous leadership on and off the stage for our BluesEd program. Several of these students have been in the program for 5 years and have grown into excellent musicians and amazing people during their time in BluesEd. Following all bands will be the traditional Senior Jam with 12 students performing!
Order of bands:
2:00 - 2:45 - Front and Center
3:00 - 3:45 - The Redwoods
4:00 - 4:45 - Voodoo Vinyl
5:00 - 5:45 - Far & Wide
6:00 - 6:45 - Us & Them
7:00 - 7:45 - Dilemma
7:55- Senior Jam
This event is FREE, yes...FREE! However, if you are under 18 and not attending with a parent, you will need to bring a notarized parental consent form found on the Waiting Room's website or click here.
We would highly encourage any young, talented musician from ages 12-17 to attend this event. Our bands play at some of the finest festivals and venues in town. We are a nationally recognized program for students to hone their skills as musicians and offer many opportunities to perform throughout the summer. Auditions for the 2017 season will be here before you know it!