Rotella’s Bakery Stage
2022 ROTELLA’S BAKERY STAGE
“Omaha’s Favorite Bread”
6:00 PM ~ PERSUADERS – Variety Band
Omaha’s favorite PARTY band! Covering a variety of classic & modern hits from the last 5 decades, this band features dynamic performances of popular dance/rock hits. It’s hard to put into words what this band does, but their live music experience is second to none! Known for their high-energy entertainment, Persuaders offers a little something for everyone.
8:30 PM – COUNTRY STAR – CHRIS BANDi
Named “Artist To Watch” by Entertainment Weekly, with over 120 Million global streams, Chris Bandi is delighting fans with a modern country sound from his breakout debut single, “Man Enough Now,” followed by the rowdy hit “Probably at a Bar” and emotional “Would Have Loved Her” to his New Release climbing the charts, “Carolina Blue”.
Chris Bandi - " Artist to Watch"
Named an “Artist To Watch” by Entertainment Weekly with over 120 Million streams, Chris Bandi is poised for his breakthrough in country music. The St. Louis, Missouri native has been writing songs since high school. He began making the trek to Nashville during his college days at Ole Miss, honing his craft playing small clubs and making the big move to Music City after graduation.
He arrived with 100 original songs, and his first place was a friend’s closet, where he slept on an air mattress. Bandi’s breakout hit and debut single, “Man Enough Now,” was about a girl he dated in college and offered the idea of “I’m Man Enough for a Relationship Now.” “I was thinking if we started dating today,” he says, “would I have made the same mistakes that I made as a 21-year- old, dumb college kid? I feel like I’ve grown up a lot since then. I feel like everyone has had a relationship where they didn’t see what they had when they had it.” The song was a digital smash hit and a great start.
“Storytelling has been a big part of my life, and I always want to convey that and write songs that are true to me because music’s the biggest part in helping you through anything in life, be it a bad breakup or a good time. Any song about being 16 again, makes you go back to that time in life.”
Bandi made his Grand Ole Opry in 2020 following the release of his self-titled debut EP. The seven song collection, four of which are co-written by Bandi, includes his single, “Would Have Loved Her,” written with Zack Kale.“’Would Have Loved Her’ is such a special song to me,” says Bandi. “I wanted to write a song about my grandpa who passed away a few months before I met my girlfriend. I brought the idea into a write with my good friend Zach and he told me that his dad had passed away before he met his (now) wife. We both knew what we needed to write that afternoon. We definitely had some people looking down helping us that day!”
Bandi has just released his new single, “Carolina Blue”. This song is about seeing that certain color of blue that always brings back the memory of a flame that burns out too soon. Influenced by rock, pop, hip-hop, and R&B as well as country, Bandi‘s music reflects his wide-ranging tastes, with the electronic beats of “Only One,” the reggae-accented rhythms of “Rain Man,” and the sleek pop production of “Gone Girl” confirming he’s not just another country artist.
1:30 PM – TRAVIS the BAND – VARIETY, Rock AND CLASSIC
3:30 PM – PERSONICS – Diverse & Energizing
Maxine debuted the multi-platinum pop single, “Right Back Where We Started From” followed by another #1 hit “Lead Me On” which ranked on Billboard Charts for 47 record breaking weeks. She performs classics “I Love the Nightlife”, Miami Sound Machine’s “Rhythm Is Gonna Get You”, “Turn The Beat Around”, and songs recorded for Donna Summer “On the Radio”, “Hot Stuff” and “Bad Girls” plus more.
6:00 PM – GREASE BAND – 50’s to today Party Variety Band
8:30 PM – FRAN COSMO formerly of BOSTON
11:30 AM ~ The Clockstoppers – Classic Rock BAND
The Clockstopers are a classic rock band, playing the great tunes from the 60s, 70s and 80s. We play hits by the Beatles, Eagles and Rolling Stones, plus songs you love but don’t often get to hear live like Cream, Jimi Hendrix, The Grateful Dead, The Allman Brothers, The Who, The Moody Blues, Santana and others.
1:30 PM ~ BLUES ED BAND – Us & Them Blues BAND
2:30 PM ~ BluesEd Band – The Redwoods
The Redwoods band is made up of powerful musicians, ages 14-17, from the Omaha area. The band formed in 2016 as part of the Blues Society of Omaha’s youth program, BluesEd. Each musician has an impressive record of accomplishments including being recognized as All-State musicians, holding leadership roles in their school bands, participating in MAYJO, being selected for Nebraska Young Lions and receiving awards at local music competitions. They have enjoyed playing at many venues and festivals in the Omaha area including Jazz on the Green, Playing with Fire, Chrome Lounge and Zoofest. In 2018 the band traveled to Memphis to perform at the International Blues Challenge Youth Showcase. The Redwoods play diverse Blues-infused classic rock, funk, and traditional Blues.Check out the band’s Facebook page to find out more about them and their upcoming shows.
4:00 PM ~ GROUND ZERO!
Popular Hits from Yesteryear and Today
6:00 PM – FINEST HOUR – Party Cover Band
Featuring the BroadBand Horns, Finest Hour is the premier cover/dance/party band in Omaha. We all love to play music, and the sheer joy and energy shines through during every performance. Our nine-piece band features a full horn section – The BroadBand Horns – multi-part harmonies with both male and female vocalists, and a rock-solid rhythm section supplying an incredible groove.