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8.12.16 Issue

Carissa Hupke

Grab your lawn chairs and picnic blanket. Pack the cooler. Bring the family and invite your friends to our 6th Annual Backyard Concert Series! Enjoy the fresh air, funky tunes, and fun atmosphere, all while relaxing in our backyard. All concerts begin at 5 p.m. in the Pavilion and last until 7 p.m.

During each concert, a local youth group will be selling desserts as a fundraiser. In addition, Jewish Family Service will be taking donations for their food pantry. Pasta, pasta sauce, canned fruits in fruit juice, canned vegetables, toilet paper, tissues, toothbrushes and tooth paste are appreciated. Look for the blue bins! Please do not bring expired items.

Aug. 21, Satchel Grande will take the stage. Easily danceable and singable, Satchel Grande is straight-up the most fun(k) you’ll have shakin’ your tail feathers to. The combination of guitars, sax and some frisky keys allows the music to play with a gleeful ebb and flow that echoes the mood of a great George Clinton/Chromeo remix.

Aug. 28, it’s Soul Dawg’s turn: Soul Dawg is a dynamic funk/rock band from the Lincoln and Omaha area. This entertaining 7-piece group is composed of an extremely tight rhythm section, screaming horn section, and the premier saxophone soloist in the area. The band’s vocals include lush 3 & 4-part vocal harmonies backing one of the midwest’s most energetic male lead singers. Together, you’ve got a musical experience that grooves like no other.

Hector Anchondo, who will be here Sept. 11, doesn’t just play the blues — he lives and breathes the blues. At 16-years-old, the budding musician picked up his first guitar and never looked back. Anchando has played on many stages and festivals including SXSW, Warped Tour, House of Blues Chicago, BB’s Jazz, Blues & Soups to name a few. He has been a semifinalist in the 2015 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN, as well as the winner of the 2014 Nebraska State Blues Challenge.

Our final concert, Sept. 18, features Lazerwolfe. Born unto the wilderness and raised by wolves, these five young men have lived their lives never knowing fear. They have spent years honing their craft and have grown from tiny defenseless cubs to those who lead the pack. They chose to honor those who have gone before and embrace the music of the past, paying tribute to such artists as Dire Straits, Bruce Springsteen, Prince and The Police. If you love it, they have played it and will so again.

We can’t wait to see you there!

The JFO Backyard Concert Series is made possible by Omaha Steaks, an anonymous donor, the Special Donor Advised Fund and the Karen Sokolof Javitch Music Fund, both Funds of the Jewish Federation of Omaha Foundation.

In case of inclement weather, the concert will be moved to the JCC Theater.