The Music on the Bricks celebration is set for Friday-Saturday nights, downtown on Dewey St.
On Friday from 7-10 p.m. , Tami Gosnell, Jareb Liewer and Blue Swing will perform indoors at the Espresso Shop, providing blues, jazz and folk music — classic songs as well as originals.
Gosnell and Liewer grew up in North Platte and made it to the upper levels of the American Idol competition earlier in their careers. They currently live and perform separately in California.
Blue Swing, featuring Brandon Raby on acoustic guitar, is one of the top gypsy jazz and swing groups in Nebraska. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. Seats are limited. Advance tickets are recommended and available at the Espresso Shop.
On Saturday from 6 p.m.-midnight, there will be music, kids games, food, brews, vendors and merchandise outside on Dewey St. Several stores plan to be open too. Admission is $5.
Gosnell will perform Saturday night, along with the rock band Suez featuring Jareb Liewer. From North Platte, blues guitar prodigy Jack Bunger will open the show around 6 p.m. The WonderCult and the James Burke trio will also perform, providing rock and blues. Gosnell will take the stage around 8:15 p.m.
The first Music on the Bricks celebration was a year ago, and “everyone involved wanted to have another one,” Bulletin Publisher George Lauby said. “It has been good to collaborate and make the arrangements. We aim to celebrate the North Platte community and the musicians who evolve from our town.”
Several businesses and organizations have contributed, including Kwik Stop; the First State Bank and its affiliated American Agency and American Mortgage Co; Allo Communications; Original Town; Nebraskaland National Bank; The Espresso Shop; Home Instead; Western Nebraska Bank; Cutting Loose; the Rosenberg Insurance Agency; Red Chief Tattoo; and the Lincoln County/North Platte Visitor’s Bureau, in cooperation with the downtown association and the city public service departments.