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Jazz and other music events in the Omaha metro area, compiled by KIOS music staff.

20th Anniversary Playing With Fire Concert 2024

Playing With Fire Concert takes place July 11-13

The 20th Anniversary Playing With Fire Concert for 2024 takes place July 11, 12 and 13 at The Performance Pavilion at Gene Leahy Mall 1001 Douglas St in Omaha.

Music starts at 5:30pm Thursday & Friday and 4:30pm on Saturday.


Thursday July 11:

King King

Walter Trout

Lachy Doley

Friday July 12:

Bywater Call

Blackburn Brothers

Little Joe McCarthy & The Big Trouble

Saturday July 13

Cardinal Black

Aynsley Lister

Kris Lager & The Big Band

BluesEd band: Vertigo Blues Band

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Mike Jacobs has been with KIOS since 1988 while attending the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Mike began his career at KIOS working weekends acting as local host for NPR’s Weekend Edition. He also hosted Morning Edition from 1990-1996. Mike began hosting the weekly blues program “Blues in the Afternoon” in October 1994 and took on the responsibilities of jazz programming and maintaining the music library in 1996. He has held the position of Music Director since 2002. In addition to hosting “Jazz in the Afternoon” on Wednesdays and Thursdays, Mike also helps with assembling music for “Jazz From Studio One” hosted by the advanced radio students at the Omaha Public Schools Career Center. Mike is an Omaha native and graduated from Technical High School in 1984.