Jazz Calendar (Updated 7/18/2016)
Omaha Performing Arts kicks off a cool summer as it again presents Jazz on the Green at Midtown Crossing. The free outdoor concert series runs six consecutive Thursdays, from July 7 to August 11, 2016, in Turner Park at Midtown Crossing. Concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. on the permanent stage of The Pavilion at Turner Park. The lawn is open beginning at 5:00 p.m. every Thursday. This is the sixth year Omaha Performing Arts has presented the popular series, sponsored this year by Mutual of Omaha.
Omaha Performing Arts has partnered with the Blues Society of Omaha and Omaha Ballroom to present free pre-show entertainment. A band from the Blues Society of Omaha’s non-profit youth artist development program, BluesEd, will perform before the start of three Jazz on the Green performances. An instructor from Omaha Ballroom will lead a pre-show dance lesson at two of the performances. Instructors at Omaha Ballroom, under the direction of Elizabeth Edwards, have been teaching dance for more than a decade. The August 11 pre-show entertainment will be the Brownell -Talbot School’s Raider-Blues Jazz Combo. This year’s Jazz on the Green will feature the following groups:
July 21 Cha Wa will perform. This New Orleans-based band is known for its red-hot
combination of two of that city’s best traditions, Mardi Gras Indians and street level funk music. BluesEd presents “Dilemma” as the pre-show entertainment.
Billy McGuigan and the Omaha Big Band perform Thursday, July 28. This popular
performer, the creator of three international touring shows including Rave On!, Yesterday and Today and Rock Legends, brings the big band sound to Jazz on the Green. Swing Dance lessons will be available from Omaha Ballroom during the pre-show. This concert is sponsored by Beardmore Subaru.
The August 4 Davina and the Vagabonds performance will feature musical influences ranging from Fats Domino and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band to Aretha Franklin and Tom Waits. The show will be filled with New Orleans charm and Memphis soul swagger. BluesEd will present “Voodoo Vinyl” as pre-show entertainment. This concert is sponsored by C & A Industries, Inc.
The final Jazz on the Green concert is Saxophone Superstar Kim Waters, Thursday,
August 11. This creative musician-composer-record producer has had 16 Top 10 and 14 #1 singles, 4 #1 CDs in his 25-year career of distinctive, soul-imbued melodies and seductive grooves. Brownell -Talbot School’s Raider-Blues Jazz Combo will provide the pre-show entertainment. This concert is sponsored by Nebraska Medicine.
All Jazz on the Green at Midtown Crossing concerts are free to the public, with no
reservations or tickets needed. Seating in the center bowl of Turner Park, the grassy circular area with a direct view of the stage, will be permitted at 5:00 p.m., though the green spaces outside the bowl will be available before 5. Pre-show entertainment begins at 6:30 p.m. and the headlining performance starts at 7:30 p.m. Midtown Crossing offers convenient and secure parking for more than 3,000 vehicles. Two parking garages are easily accessible from 33rd, Farnam and Harney streets. In both garages, the first three hours are free, and visitors pay only $1 for each hour thereafter.
For the convenience of concert attendees, Midtown Crossing restaurants will be set up in Turner Park, selling grilled fare, concessions and beverages each week.
The sponsor for Omaha Performing Arts presents Jazz on the Green at Midtown
Crossing is Mutual of Omaha. Individual concert sponsors are Beardmore Subaru, C&A Industries, Inc., Fran and Rich Juro, Mutual of Omaha and Nebraska Medicine. Media sponsors for this year’s series are the KETV, KIOS and Omaha World-Herald. For more information about the series and the artists, visit JazzOnTheGreenOmaha.com
And here are some other events happening in our area:
Spend an evening with trumpeter Chris Botti at the Holland Performing Arts Center! The renowned jazz instrumentalist returns to Omaha. With his expressive sound and soaring musical imagination, Grammy®-winning trumpeter Chris Botti has captured the world’s attention with hit recordings including “When I Fall in Love,” “To Love Again” and his latest, “Impressions.” Experience a night of warmly delivered Botti originals and beloved standards. Chris Botti will perform in at the Omaha Performing Arts Center on Wednesday July 20th at 7:30pm. For more information you may visit omahaperformingarts.org
Celebrate the 47th annual Music In The Parks Summer Concert Series..the longest running, most diverse outdoor concert series in the area! It’s all FREE!
You can hear the best in local professional musicians right in your own backyard. These are not destination concerts where you have to fight a crowd of strangers for a spot. Treat your family to the best in local jazz, rock, blues, classical, country, ethnic and other great styles of music.
Council Bluffs, IA - Bayliss Park Pearl & Willow Streets:
All concerts are on Wednesdays at 6:30PM and are 90 minutes long
July 20 Hotel Bill & The Incidentals (Country)
July 27 Susie Thorne & Friends (Jazz Vocals)
Aug. 3 The Confidentials (Party Music)
Aug. 10 Blues Agent (Rock & Blues)
Aug. 17 Bluegrass Playground (Americana)
These concerts are sponsored by Bluffs Arts Council, the City of Council Bluffs, Iowa West Foundation, Ellsworth-Cox Charitable Trust, Synchronicity, Inc., Septemberfest, the Music Performance Fund & omahamusic.com
Courtyard Jazz at Pacific Hills Lutheran Church: - 90th & Pacific All concerts are on Sundays at 7:00PM and are 1 hour long
Aug. 21 Matt Wallace Quartet (Jazz Variety)
These concerts are sponsored by the Pacific Hills Lutheran Church, Septemberfest, the Music Performance Fund & omahamusic.com
Rockbrook Village Shopping Center: - 108th & Center, East of I-80
All concerts are on Fridays at 7:00PM and are 1 hour long
July 22 Camille Metoyer Moten (Vocal Hits)
July 29 Sabor (Latin Rock)
Aug. 5 USAF Offutt Brass (Variety & Patriotic)
Aug. 12 Blue House/ (Blues)
Aug. 19 Rat Pack Jazz (Sinatra, Martin & Cole)
Aug. 26 Mariachi Zapata (Mariachi)
These concerts are sponsored by the Rockbrook Merchants Association, Septemberfest, the Music Performance Fund & omahamusic.com
Tunes at the Tower - First National Bank Plaza - 16th & Dodge
All concerts are on Thursdays at 11:30AM and are 90 minutes long
July 28 Rock Revue (Classic Rock)
Aug. 11 Tuffy Epstein Band (Standards)
Aug. 25 Mike Pollock Group (Island Sounds)
Sep. 8 Rat Pack Trio(Vocal Standards)
These concerts are sponsored by First National Bank, Septemberfest, the Music Performance Fund & omahamusic.com. For more information you may visit https://www.omahamusic.com/
The second in the 2016 Playing with Fire concerts will take place Saturday August 27 at Turner Park at Midtown Crossing in Omaha. On Saturday August 27 , Walter Trout Band will headline.
Turner Park will open at 3:30 PM each day. Music begins at 4:30. There is no cost to attend but freewill donations will be accepted. Turner Park is located at 31st Avenue & Farnam Street in Omaha. Featuring the best in blues, soul, funk, R&B , and rock, Playing With Fire celebrates it's third year at Midtown Crossing's Pavilion at Turner Park in 2016. The series was established in 2004 to bring people together to, as Jeff Davis, founder of Playing With Fire says "celebrate , dance and build community" with the most accomplished international and local musical artists.
More information is available at www.playingwithfireomaha.net