The Red Sky Music Festival kicked off Wednesday for the second year, with several changes from it's first year.
Rascal Flatts headlined the first night, with openers Eden's Edge, Little Big Town, and The Eli Young Band. Thousands bought tickets, but a new change this year is the option for a free concert outside the stadium.
Local bands, even some nationally known bands take the stage in Lot B outside TD Ameritrade Park during the late afternoon and early evening before the main stage bands start. Last year, the outside concerts were $15.
Also new this year is the length of the festival, down from 6 days to just 3.
Organizers say the crowds last year weren't quite what they expected.
Music fan Stephanie Meek said the shorter schedule doesn't bother her. "I heard that last year there were a lot of local bands and it didn't do as well so I think it's fine."
More country bands fill the schedule compared to last year's rock blend of bands. Organizers say they think it will be a better fit for Omaha's tastes in music. Rock Lovers will be able to get their music fix on Saturday, with Deff Leppard as the headliner. Organizers also say the band selection has a lot to do with which bands can fit a stop in Omaha into their tour schedule.
Bands will also be starting later in the afternoon than last year. Organizers say it will be a great way for fans to stay cooler. Vendors say they'll work a little harder to make good sales in less time. "I think we still have a positive outlook on everything, hopefully with the fewer days and shortened days we'll be able to sell to the people coming out of work," said vendor Alex Cross.
Water bottle refill stations have also been set up for fans, as well as water misters in trees.
Tickets are still available as of Wednesday night for the Friday and Saturday night concerts. There is no concert on Thursday.