OMAHA, NEB. – (May 10, 2018) – Latin, reggae, big band music and more will fill Omaha’s Turner Park this summer when Omaha Performing Arts presents the extraordinarily popular summer series, Jazz on the Green. The free outdoor concerts run six consecutive Thursdays, from July 5 to August 9, 2018. Jazz on the green is sponsored by Mutual of Omaha.2018 Jazz on the Green lineup:
July 5, 2018 – Gooch & His Las Vegas Big Band with special guest, Christine Hitt
Omaha Native, turned Las Vegas entertainer Michael “Gooch” Gurciullo brings his swinging big band sound to his hometown to kick off Jazz on the Green. The Omaha native and his 17-piece musical extravaganza cover classic tunes and some of the best songs from the 20th century in a vintage Vegas-style show. Celebrated vocalist and pianist Christine Hitt will also join the band on stage.
July 12, 2018 – The Big Takeover
The Big Takeover delivers a fresh take on reggae at Jazz on the Green. The band blends Jamaican pop sounds, world music and the soulful energy of Motown. At the center of this tight, grooving ensemble is the live-wire singing and deceptively subtle songwriting of Jamaican-born NeeNee Rushie, a powerhouse performer.
July 19, 2018 – Tiempo Libre Bohemia
Three-time Grammy-nominated® Afro-Cuban music group Tiempo Libre is one of the hottest Latin bands today! Equally at home in concert halls, jazz clubs, festival stages and dance venues, Tiempo Libre is celebrated for its sophisticated tropical music featuring an exhilarating mix of jazz harmonies and seductive rhythms. Every Bohemia concert is a party and celebration of their Cuban roots and culture.
July 26, 2018 – Shayna Steele
Rising star Shayna Steele is a vocal force to be reckoned with. Praised for her “prodigious pipes” by Time Out New York, the singer fuses jazz, R&B and soul in knockout performances. Her dynamite vocals have backed up Bette Midler, John Legend, Rihanna, Dolly Parton and many more.
August 2, 2018 – Shaun Murphy
Omaha Performing Arts and Omaha Blues Society present one of the great voices of blues, Omaha-native Shaun Murphy. The powerhouse singer started her career with Motown Records and has solidified her place in Detroit’s legendary jazz scene. A three-time Grammy® nominee, Murphy has toured and recorded with Little Feat, Moody Blues, Eric Clapton, Bob Seger, Herbie Hancock, Phil Collins, Michael Bolton, Alice Cooper, Chuck Brown and more.
August 9, 2018 – No BS! Brass Band
No BS! Brass Band unleashes a thrilling blast of rock-tinged, New Orleans-inspired jazz. This horn-driven 11-piece group from Richmond, Virginia, is known for heart-pounding energy and uncontrollable dancing. They take their music into uncharted territory by combining elements of James Brown, John Coltrane, Michael Jackson and Led Zeppelin into their fiercely original sound.
***All performances are at 7:30 PM. Preshow entertainment begins at 6:30 PM.***
Opening artists to be announced
Omaha Performing Arts is once again partnering with Omaha’s youth artist development program, BluesEd, in 2018. Local youth bands will offer preshow entertainment for selected performances. Other preshow performers include UNO jazz musicians and more. A full list of opening performers will be announced soon.
No tickets needed
All Jazz on the Green at Midtown Crossing concerts are free to the public. no reservations or tickets needed. The circular area of Turner Park with a direct view of the stage opens at 5:00 p.m. each week. Blankets and chairs are welcome.
Midtown Crossing restaurants will offer grilled foods, concessions and beverages each week. Beer, wine and champagne are allowed in Turner Park. Hard liquor is not permitted. Leashed pets are allowed.
There are two parking garages, easily accessible from Farnam Street, Harney Street, Dodge Street and 33rd Street. For Jazz on the Green event days only, garage parking is free from 5-11PM.
Mutual of Omaha will have its surface parking lots and parking garage open to the public for free beginning at 5 PM. Mutual of Omaha’s surface lots are located at 36th and Dodge streets; between 35th Avenue and 34th Street off of Dodge; and at 35th and Farnam streets. The parking garage is accessible from 35th Avenue between Dodge and Farnam streets.
Metered parking is also available on the street.
ABOUT OMAHA PERFORMING ARTS
Omaha Performing Arts is dedicated to providing the best Broadway, jazz, blues, dance, comedy, family and popular entertainment to the citizens of Omaha at the Orpheum Theater, Holland Performing Arts Center and beyond. As Nebraska’s largest arts organization, we also provide education opportunities and free community events to expand arts appreciation. Ticket Omaha is our official ticket provider.
We are grateful for support from the Nebraska Arts Council, Nebraska Cultural Endowment, National Endowment for the Arts, the City of Omaha and Douglas County. We also rely on corporate sponsors, donors and foundations. More information.
ABOUT MIDTOWN CROSSING
This is what a strong urban core looks like – a diverse neighborhood where restaurants and retail, community events and individual experiences radiate. An energetic embrace when you want to live loudly, a quiet escape when you don’t. We’re dinner conversation with friends and shopping you won’t find anywhere else. 16 acres of life’s little extras: activity, serenity, community. Perfectly centered. East of expected.
For more information about Midtown Crossing, including the latest on residential and retail offerings, events and development amenities, please visit MidtownCrossing.com or contact Molly Skold at (402) 598-9676 or Molly.Skold@MutualOfOmaha.com.
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