Rick Powell and Mike Franklin

Rick Powell and Mike Franklin

While still holding on to their individual music careers, Rick Powel, Logan, Iowa and Mike Franklin, Omaha Nebraska began performing together in 2001 after having met during eight years of the weekly Bluffs Run Casino Talent Show produced by Omaha music icon Johnny Ray Gomez. They decided to join talents for the Rick Powell and Friends Show with Rick on vocals and Mike running sound and on vocals.

The show itself includes anywhere from 2-8 performers from the Bluff Run Days, including one who lives and performs in Las Vegas, entertaining across western Iowa and eastern Nebraska. Performances include county fairs, town celebrations, benefits/banquet/fundraisers, and wedding/anniversary dances and receptions, etc. Many performances have become annual events for 10-17 years.

The National Boy Scouts of America Association had them provide entertainment for the evening they organized to thank everyone involved with helping the night of the Little Sioux Ranch tornado that claimed the lives of four scouts and destroyed the camp as well as those involved with the recovery phase. The National American Legion Auxiliary has booked them to provide entertainment for the inauguration of the New National President in 2019.

Rick and Mike both have very busy individual music careers with a long list of performance for local, state and national venues. Rick also has a Christian Music Ministry which includes “Sermon in Song” church services and Christian Concerts. Mike manages, runs sound and does vocals for his own group, River City Pineapple Productions out of Omaha.

Rick’s day job includes being a farmer, ag businessman, substitute teacher, football referee and most importantly a dad. Mike’s day job includes being a welder, mechanic, contractor, disc/karaoke jockey and sound man in the Omaha area.