Matt Wallace Fusion Force was formed in Omaha in 1980 and quickly became the “go to” opening act for famous Jazz Stars touring the Midwest.
In May of 1987 they opened 2 shows for trumpet great Maynard Ferguson at The Howard Street Tavern in The Old Market. Six weeks later Wallace would be playing to 25,000 at the Telluride Festival as part of Maynard Ferguson and High Voltage. Matt would go on to travel 70 countries, play on 10 records and appear on the Arsenio Hall Show with Jazz Hall of Famer Ferguson, performing nearly 5000 sets between 1987 and 2002.
He will be joined by Duke Riggs on drums, Kevin Lloyd on keys, Clarke Edson on bass and Michael Pujado on percussion.
Josh Hoyer and Soul Colossal is a project formed in late 2012 in famed blues town Lincoln, Nebraska. For the last 15 years, Hoyer has been very in demand as a performer in his previous bands, as a solo artist behind the piano and as a session musician and arranger. Spending much of his time booking and promoting in Lincoln at the legendary Zoo Bar and beyond, Hoyer is an influential part of the funk, soul and blues youth movement. His current 9-piece Soul band includes some of the areas most revered and accomplished musicians, many of whom have toured nationally and internationally, teach music and are asked to back up bands live and in the studio. The band’s sound and passion come from their deep respect, knowledge of and passion for blues, Americana, soul, funk, and many other styles of music.
Matt Cox Six-time Omaha Entertainment and Arts Award winner for Best Country/Americana and Best Blues speaks to the caliber of artist Matt Cox has become in the studio and on stage is being recognized regionally, and across the nation. Cox continues to play shows with an ever-changing lineup of the area’s top talent and a raw energy that reveals the passion and experience that friends share with each other on stage and off.
If you still haven’t experienced The Kris Lager Band they are an amazing group of musicians that are on the cusp of breaking through to the mainstream. Considered by many to be one of the most exciting bands on The American Music Scene today they capture a spirit and an energy that is as unique as their sound. Some even call them ‘The FEEL GOOD BAND OF THE CENTURY’. The Kris Lager Band embodies a ‘Celebrate Life’ mantra that resonates through their passionate live performances and have been rapidly infecting and uplifting the spirits of people across the nation.