After calling it quits at the beginning of the year, Playing With Fire has gotten a reprieve. The concert event will be back for one show again this year. Playing With Fire has a new presenting sponsor, FirstComp Insurance. This summer’s show will be Saturday, July 28, back on the Lewis & Clark Landing on Omaha’s riverfront.
“'Playing with Fire' continues our search for additional sponsors like FirstComp to assure the sustainability of the concert series in the years ahead,” spokesperson Ron Gerard said via email. “We are thrilled that FirstComp shares our vision…of a world-class music concert, free of charge and available to everyone.”
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21st Saloon & Zoo Bar
Old-school Chicago blues from multiple Blues Music Award winners Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials takes the stage at The 21st Saloon Thursday, Feb. 2, 5:30 p.m. Lil’ Ed is nominated in the BMAs for B.B. King Entertainer of the Year. The band is again nominated in the Band of the Year category, an award they have won previously. Lil' Ed also plays Friday, Feb. 3, 5-8 p.m. at the Zoo Bar.
Next Thursday, Feb. 9, Brad Cordle & friends play The 21st Saloon, with the Brad Cordle Band being joined by Kris Lager and Miah Weir from Kris Lager Band. Texas songwriter Randy McAllister is up Feb. 16 at The 21st.
Blues Music Awards
Speaking of the Blues Music Awards, all you have to do in order to vote is become a member of the national Blues Foundation. An individual membership is $25 and enables you to vote for your favorite artists in the annual Blues Music Awards, along with showing your tangible support to the national blues community. The honorees will be announced Thursday, May 10, in Memphis. See blues.org for details. Voting ends March 1.
Jon Dee Graham
Hoodoo hero Jon Dee Graham returns for a Sunday Roadhouse show at the Side Door Lounge Sunday, Feb. 12, 5 p.m. Graham has been a force on the Austin music scene for over three decades. Lucinda Williams says simply “Jon Dee Graham is God.” See jondeegraham.com and sundayroadhouse.com.
Hector Anchondo has a CD release party Thursday, Feb. 2, 8:30 p.m. at Whiskey Roadhouse in the Horseshoe Casino. See HectorAnchondo.com.
Dave Gonzalez, Mike Barfield and The Stone River Boys play Lincoln’s Zoo Bar Thursday, Feb. 2, and Saturday, Feb. 4, both shows 6-9 p.m.