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Red Sky Music Festival kicked off earlier this week at TD Ameritrade Park with Rascal Flatts, but the fun, sun and music continues this weekend with Brad Paisley, Def Leppard and more than a dozen other bands. We have the skinny on the whole festival including the music, schedule and what you can and can't bring into the festival.
So before you head out the door, sunscreen and lawn chair in hand, read our handy guide.
3:30 p.m.: Belles & Whistles
4:15 p.m.: Crossfire
5 p.m.: Charlie Worsham
6:15 p.m.: Kristen Kelly
7 p.m.: Brad Paisley with The Band Perry, The Lost Trailers
1 p.m.: Chad Lee
1:50 p.m.: Marcos & Sabor
3 p.m.: Toy Boxx
4:10 p.m.: Moonjuice
5:30 p.m.: Rock Paper Dynamite
7 p.m. : Def Leppard with Poison, Lita Ford
YOU SHOULD KNOW
» Acts on Stage B, which is in Lot B south of TD Ameritrade Park, are presented free of charge.
» Parking is available in all other MECA lots around the ballpark and CenturyLink Center Omaha as well as the garage attached to the arena.
» It's going to be hot, so drink plenty of water and bring sunscreen.
» You are allowed to bring one 20-ounce or smaller clear plastic water bottle, but no other food or drink is allowed.
» Bags may be searched.
» No audio or video recording and no professional cameras.
» Lawn chairs and blankets are allowed around Stage B, but not in the ballpark.
» No large umbrellas.
More information at redskyfestival.com.
Country star Brad Paisley is popular around here.
Paisley has performed at CenturyLink Center Omaha three times, most recently in 2009. Since that concert, the 40-year-old released two albums: “American Saturday Night” and “This Is Country Music.”
Many of Paisley's singles have amusing subjects and are akin to novelty songs: “I'm Still a Guy” is full of male stereotypes, “Ticks” is about trying to pick up a girl at a bar and “I'm Gonna Miss Her” is about ditching his wife for a fishing trip.
Some of his songs have more serious material, including the song “Waitin' On A Woman,” which has a version with spoken parts by Andy Griffith, who recently passed away.
Well-known as a guitar player, one of Paisley's previous albums, “Play,” contained mostly instrumental tracks.
Paisley's one of the most popular touring artists around. So far this year, he's sold more than 420,000 tickets around the world.
“Pour Some Sugar On Me” may be Def Leppard's most enduring song, but that's not all they're known for.
With tracks such as “Photograph,” “Hysteria” and “Love Bites,” the English rock band is one of the best-selling artists of all time, landing in the top 50 in the U.S. above American artists such as Bon Jovi, Britney Spears and Tom Petty.
Though the band's most popular music came decades ago, they continue to work on new material. The album “Songs from the Sparkle Lounge” was put together in a backstage rehearsal area the band referred to as the sparkle lounge.
Guitarist Vivian Campbell told The World-Herald that the album was mostly songs written by individual band members instead of a collaborative effort, but he was still proud of the material. That said, he knows the songs won't be as popular as songs like “Rock of Ages.”
“It's a difficult process because it's kind of frustrating because we know it's not going to sell. It's the nature of the industry nowadays, especially for bands like us,” Campbell said. “But it is important in an artistic sense that you keep creating and keep forging forward.”
He added that after their tour with Poison and Lita Ford is over the band will head to the studio to continue working on new songs.
Even though they have new music, Def Leppard still works hard on rehearsing and playing its old hits, Campbell said.
“Those are the songs that we always play,” he said. “We're prisoners of our own success, (but) when I go see an act, I want to hear certain songs.”
In addition to its hits, the band will also play deep cuts from its hit '80s albums that fans love, but typically haven't been heard at recent concerts.
The Band Perry
Siblings Kimberly, Reid and Neil Perry have found success as a country trio. The Perrys only have one album and an EP to their credit, but those releases have spawned five hit singles including “If I Die Young,” “You Lie” and “All Your Life.”
The Lost Trailers
The band was on hiatus for a while, but they have two new singles, “Underdog” and “American Beauty.” The group disbanded in 2010, but lead guitarist Stokes Nielsen reformed the band with singer-songwriter and vocalist Jason Wyatt.
While they may not be all about the glam, big hair and tight pants these days, Poison still rocks the stage with hits such as “Talk Dirty to Me,” “Every Rose Has Its Thorn” and “Unskinny Bop.”
Formerly a member of The Runaways with Joan Jett and Cherie Currie, Lita Ford is back performing her solo songs after a long hiatus. Her new album, “Living Like a Runaway,” was released this summer.
A bevy of bands take the stages at Red Sky this year. In order to help you navigate the schedule, here's a primer on who plays what kind of music.
Belles & Whistles
Jaymie Jones and her daughter, Kelli, make up this singer-songwriter duo. Music is in the family; Jaymie was a longtime member of Mulberry Lane with her sisters. Belles & Whistles formed when Kelli would join her mom during rehearsals for a solo tour.
This country music band also dabbles in classic rock. They mix in a few originals with a lot of covers, including Alan Jackson's “Chattahoochee,” Johnny Cash's “Folsom Prison Blues” and Kevin Fowler's “Pound Sign Question Mark.”
“Ex-Old Man” is Kelly's debut single, which deals with the end of a marriage and the end of her friendship with her “ex-best friend.” Kelly's on tour with Brad Paisley and has another single coming with “He Loves to Make Me Cry.”
This country singer-songwriter has opened for Taylor Swift and others. Worsham is a banjo prodigy who often takes suggestions for cover songs from his Twitter followers and arranges, records and films the songs for his YouTube channel within 24 hours.
This Omaha cover band has a diverse songlist, including Jimmy Buffett, ZZ Top, Nickelback, 3 Doors Down, Sublime, Linkin Park and Billy Idol, among many others.
The Omaha-based country singer covers songs by artists ranging from Merle Haggard to Kenny Chesney and sings his own original material. Lee also writes songs for Nashville-based publishing companies. Montgomery Gentry is the latest country artist to record one of Lee's songs.
Marcos & Sabor
Latin American sounds abound when Marcos & Sabor take the stage. The South Omaha group now features Milena Libertad, a vocalist who made it through the first round of “American Idol” auditions. Look for classic covers such as “Oye Como Va” and the band's originals, too.
Omaha cover band Toy Boxx sings everything from “Gunpowder & Lead” by Miranda Lambert to “All the Small Things” by Blink 182. They're a hard-working band, too. Toy Boxx is booked almost every weekend at Omaha bars, clubs and events.
Rock Paper Dynamite
Brothers Joseph and Adam Janousek form the core of this Omaha rock band, which has as much in common with classic rockers Thin Lizzy as modern rock band The Black Keys. The band has released two EPs, “I've Seen Days” and “Railroads.”