Kris Lager Band to perform in Lake View

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LAKE VIEW — Lake View will host one of Omaha’s best, the Kris Lager Band, at 5 p.m. Saturday for the Stone Pier Concert Series at Black Hawk Lake.

The concert is free.

The Kris Lager Band plays all kinds of music from groove music, to love songs, to R&B, to even gospel music.

“I call it feel good music because one genre just doesn’t do it justice,” Kris Lager, lead singer of the band, said. “One song is a funk tune with jam elements. Then the next song could be New Orleans rhythms. So I’ll go soul and blues and R n’ B and a gospel song. I’m trying to get people to listen to my message and figure out who I am.”

The band will also be playing its self-produced 2018 album, “Love Songs and Life Lines.” “Love Songs and Life Lines” is an album written about Lager’s life being on the road, away from his family, about his wife and kids and recently losing his father.

“That’s why I called it ”Love Songs and Life Lines,” Lager said. “Because they’re either love songs or lifelines, like I need a lifeline to pick me up, bring me back in to remind me of who I am and what I’m about.”

Lager has been on the road, producing, writing and playing music since he was 16. He has since founded a band and it has been touring the country for about 15 years. His longest-serving band member is Scooby Sha Bo Bo — John Fairchild — who is a drummer. Fairchild has been in the business more than a decade. Lefever, the saxophone player, is the band’s youngest member. Aaron Underwood, of Wichita, Kansas, is the band’s bassist, who has also been touring the country since he was a teenager.

“I feel like I got the best band I’ve ever had,” Lager said. “I feel like I’m playing the best music. I’m more comfortable than ever.”

Lager’s most important mission in performing is making people feel good, something he believes is a rare quality in an artist. He wants to be able to help himself in his writing, but also perform it to help others.

“We idolize these celebrities and we idolize these musicians, but in reality, we shouldn’t be worshipping the messenger, we should be worshipping the message,” Lager said. “I feel like artists are conduits to the human spirit. So when I write music, I write to potentially pick myself up, to make myself feel better about life. I take that same concept to the stage. Why I write and why I perform are two very different things. Why I write is for myself, but I perform for the people.”