Since 2004, the Playing with Fire free concert series has grown into a mainstay event on the Lewis and Clark Landing.  This year, jazz, blues and soul musicians will light up Council Bluffs’ Great Lawn stage in a funky concert featuring Josh Hoyre and The Shadowboxers and Vintage Trouble.  Gates open at 3:30 and the show starts at 4 p.m.  It’s an evening of blues, soul, funk and a whole lot of fun in the beautiful new River’s Edge Park on the banks of the Missouri River during Loessfest 2013!


Josh Hoyer and The Shadowboxers

Josh Hoyer and The Shadowboxers is a 7-piece Soul/Funk/R&B band from Lincoln, NE. With skilled players, vocals straight from the heart, solid songwriting and cover material and an inescapable groove, this band is all about exchanging SOUL with the PEOPLE.


Vintage Trouble

The LA-based band’s recent performance on Late Night with David Letterman lit up the stage and brought down the house. Vintage Trouble is currently opening for The Who on their 2013 North American Tour. Hailed by Music Weekly as the 2011 ‘Breakout Artist of the Year,’ Vintage Trouble hasn’t rested since their self-released debut album The Bomb Shelter Sessions. Those who have never heard Vintage Trouble perform are almost immediately converted to a fan, or as the band likes to call them, a ‘Troublemaker.’


Opening Acts – Satchel Grande, Mojo Bag & M2J

Satchel Grande

Omaha’s own Satchel Grande sparks dancing wherever they perform. The premier funk/soul/party band  — with trademark shades – combines saxophone, guitars, and energetic keys to transport you into the world of George Clinton. Get up, get down, you won’t stand still.

Mojo Bag

Mojo Bag has been a frequent and popular performer at the Playing with Fire Free Summer Concert on the Lewis & Clark Landing. Despite the young ages of the band members, Mojo Bag is a veteran of the local blues scene. They have been brought together through the Youth Artist Development Program, which is part of BluesEd.


Singing together since the summer of 2011, this trio of a capella singers has been winning regional X Factor competitions, having fun and gaining great attention. Blending their harmonious vocals to a soulful tune or singing doo-wop as each other’s back up, their performances of classic songs by groups like The Temptations and The Drifters draw in the crowd to either sing along or dance. Connect with M2J group on Facebook.


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