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June 28

6-10 p.m.

Memorial Park

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MUSICAL GUESTS

Little Steven & the Disciples of Soul

Little Steven & the Disciples of Soul

Steven Van Zandt is a Musician, Performer, Songwriter, Arranger, Music Producer, Music Supervisor, TV Producer, Actor, Director, Broadway Producer, TV and Film Composer, Live Event Producer, International DJ, Activist, Historian, Teacher, member of the New Jersey Hall of Fame, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and is recognized internationally as one of the world’s foremost authorities on both Contemporary and Traditional Rock and Roll.

After helping create the “Jersey Shore” sound with the Asbury Jukes he became a founding member of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, and went on to become a successful solo artist in his own right recording and performing solo with his band Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul. In 2017 he released his first new album in over 15 years returning to his Rhythm and Blues roots entitled “Soulfire” which Rolling Stone named one of its “Best Albums of 2017.” He has recently released “Soulfire LIVE!” a 3 disc CD box set, a 7 Vinyl box set, and 2 disc Blu-Ray recorded live during the “Soulfire Tour,” his first solo tour in over 20 years. This May Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul will release “Summer of Sorcery” his first album of all original material in 20 years.

His songs have been performed by artists such as Jackson Browne, Pearl Jam, Jimmy Cliff, Damian Marley, Margo Price, Gary U.S. Bonds, Darlene Love, Nancy Sinatra, Brian Setzer, Black Uhuru, and more.

The Omaha World-Herald called Little Steven’s November 2018 show at the Holland Performing Arts Center “one of the year’s best concerts.” In 2017, he released his first new album in over 15 years entitled “Soulfire,” which was named one of Rolling Stone’s “Best Albums of 2017.” This May, Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul will release “Summer of Sorcery,” his first album of all original material in 20 years.

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Omaha World-Herald Q&A: Little Steven is ready for a summer night in Omaha, plans ‘a whole new show’

Full biography — PDF

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“The best bands, like this one, know they have a job to do. If you have an arse at all, they are here to kick it for you…Van Zandt’s lifetime love affair with rock n’ roll, in all its myriad forms, shines through in every note played and sung tonight. A great show.” – Hot Press

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“A keen student of rock and roll, this was Van Zandt offering up a master class of all the different aspects of the music he loves. Soul, funk, doo-wop – even reggae – all formed part of the set. If Phil Spector had broadened his horizons further, this would be the end product. It was a massive, multi-layered, sensory experience, which tugged at the heartstrings one moment and left you grinning from ear to ear at the next. If you could put it on prescription, the world would be a much happier place!” — Lancashire Telegraph

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“Little Steven and The Disciples Of Show put on a terrific show that has them combining new favorites with classics, it is a mix that works incredibly well and delivers a pure Jersey Soul sound.” — NJ Tech Reviews

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“The sky was touched. The Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul concert Saturday, May 27 at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank had a little of everything. Two hours of sterling soul-infused rock ‘n’ roll…You get a sense that Van Zandt is a perfectionist with an eternally optimistic rock ‘n’ roll heart. That rock ‘n roll joy came through in the note perfect, uplifting evening at the Basie.” — Asbury Park Press
Chris Isaak

In the course of Chris Isaak’s career, he has released nine extraordinary albums, twelve singles, been nominated for two Grammy awards, acted in several motion pictures and starred in his own critically acclaimed TV series. His legendary shows with his longtime band Silvertone have entertained tens of thousands of people for over two decades. Even his hair has its own fan club. And yet, this highly praised herald platinum-selling artist has never released a greatest hits album.

Hard to believe, no? Well, unlike some artists who roll out a greatest hits package after, say, their second album, Isaak waited until he actually had enough hits to legitimately describe the collection as such.

“Shouldn’t a greatest hits collection after two records be called ‘Greatest Hit’?” Isaak asks. “I guess I’ve just always been too busy making records. Plus, it takes a while before you really want to compile everything. But after going through all the songs to make the Best Of, I feel like we have good stuff.”

Good stuff. That’s typical Isaak self-deprecation- it’s much more than good stuff. Best Of Chris Isaak-the CD and accompanying DVD, which features 18 video clips by such esteemed directors as Gus Van Sant, Bruce Weber, Herb Ritts, Mary Lambert and Jean-Baptiste Mondino-take listeners on a gratifying musical journey through the Stockton, Calif., native’s two-decade career, showcasing his stellar songwriting; smooth, dusky baritone (and tender falsetto that will alert your dog); and effortless brand of stylish retro-cool.

The album displays Isaak’s many different musical personas: the rockabilly rebel (“Dancin’,” “Baby Did A Bad, Bad Thing,” “Speak Of The Devil”), the brokenhearted crooner (“Wicked Game,” “Somebody’s Crying”), and the breezy acoustic storyteller (“San Francisco Days,” “Two Hearts”). It includes two brand new songs, the elegant “King Without A Castle” and the break-up exhortation “Let’s Have A Party,” as well as two covers: Cheap Trick’s power-pop anthem “I Want You To Want Me,” a live favorite previously unavailable on any of his CDs (“It’s kind of fun to do something a little different for me,” Isaak says), an inspired version of his hero Roy Orbison’s classic lovelorn ballad “Only The Lonely,” and a stirring never before heard acoustic version of “Forever Blue.”

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Omaha World Herald Q&A: 30 years since ‘Wicked Game,’ Chris Isaac reflects on the song’s massive success

Full biography – chrisisaak.com

Local Opening Act - The Firm

The Firm got its start almost by accident. It was a 1980 law school graduation. Time for a blowout at the Saddle Creek Bar in Omaha. Who do you get?

How about four young lawyers with a passion. They had played frat parties, informal gigs. They flew under the radar, but always drew a crowd. That night they became The Firm.

Through the ‘80s they played the Chicago, the Ranch Bowl, Howard Street Tavern and other centers of higher musical education in Omaha. Then the band took a break…for a couple of decades. But it couldn’t last. The music didn’t go away, and neither did they. So five years ago they came back, more experienced, with sharper skills. Now they work out of Okoboji, based at the Okoboji Store.

The Firm is Bill Eustice, Jim Morrow, John Foley and Mike Daeges. They represent the best of rock and roll, and they’ve got some advice for you: Got issues? Go see a lawyer. Feel like dancing? Go see The Firm.

Fireworks over UNO

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OFFICIAL RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Vic Gutman, (402) 708-1820, vgutman@vgagroup.com

The Show Will Go On: For First Time, City of Omaha to Produce Annual Summer Concert

(April 29, 2019 – OMAHA, NE) The popular summer concert at Memorial Park has been revived, thanks to the generosity of anonymous private donors. The City of Omaha Celebrates America concert will take place on Friday, June 28, with performers beginning at 6:00pm, and a fireworks display following the show that is even bigger and better than ever before!

Following the recent announcement that the 2019 event would be cancelled, anonymous private donors contacted Mayor Jean Stothert offering to work with the Mayor to ensure that the show will go on. The 2019 concert, produced for the first time by the City of Omaha and sponsored by the Omaha Parks Foundation, will feature local favorite The Firm as an opening act, and national act Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul as the headliner. An additional national act will be added soon.

“We are thrilled that the City of Omaha can step in so this tradition will continue this year. I am very grateful to the donors, and to our Parks Department and Parks Foundation that will make the 2019 concert an evening of family fun and great entertainment,” said Mayor Jean Stothert.

Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul features lead singer Steven Van Zandt, a founding member of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. The Omaha World-Herald called Little Steven’s November 2018 show at the Holland Performing Arts Center “one of the year’s best concerts.” In 2017, he released his first new album in over 15 years entitled “Soulfire,” which was named one of Rolling Stone’s “Best Albums of 2017.” This May, Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul will release “Summer of Sorcery,” his first album of all original material in 20 years.

The City of Omaha will also partner with Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation during the concert to raise money for its Disaster Relief Fund, which provides aid to Nebraska farmers, ranchers, and rural communities affected by recent storms and flooding. Concertgoers will have opportunities to text-to-give during the event, or to give by check or credit card at a Nebraska Farm Bureau information booth.

“The concert provides an opportunity for our great, giving Omaha community to make a positive difference to help those affected by the flooding throughout our state,” said Mayor Stothert.

As in years past, the concert will be free to the public and family-friendly. Music will kick off at 6:00pm, and a special, enhanced fireworks display will follow the show, set to a soundtrack provided by Radio Partner CD 105.9.

The event will be professionally managed by local firm Vic Gutman & Associates. For more information, visit www.MemorialParkConcert.com.

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See you at Memorial Park on June 28!