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  • #DogsOfJOTG: These pups love jazz!

    Posted on 08.14.2019 by Kamrin Baker
    Do you ever wonder how your dog feels when you take them to public events like the farmer's market, the Starbuck's drive-thru -- or OPA's very own Jazz on the Green? Read More
  • 3 FUN FACTS: Darcy Malone and the Tangle

    Posted on 08.12.2019 by Will Patterson
    Darcy Malone and the Tangle will be wrapping up this year’s Jazz on the Green lineup with a performance on August 15. Here are a few fun facts on the series finishing performance. Read More
  • 4 FUN FACTS: Marcos & Sabor

    Posted on 08.06.2019 by Will Patterson
  • 3 FUN FACTS: Big Wade & The Black Swan Theory

    Posted on 07.29.2019 by Will Patterson
  • 5 of the ultimate Jazz on the Green set-ups

    Posted on 07.15.2019 by Kamrin Baker
    We were inspired by some of the best JOTG set-ups at our first show this year, so we thought we’d give a little shout out to the audience members going the extra mile to make their experience the jazziest. Read More
  • 5 tips for making Jazz on the Green 2019 the best yet

    Posted on 07.01.2019 by Kamrin Baker
    Jazz on the Green is a time for fun, funky, fresh (and FREE) entertainment for the whole community. In order to make your experience the best it can be, we’ve compiled some tips just for you. Read More
  • 3 FUN FACTS: Big Sam's Funky Nation

    Posted on 07.01.2019 by Will Patterson
    Big Sam’s Funky Nation is first up in this summer’s Jazz on the Green at Midtown Crossing lineup. Here are a few fun facts to prep you before Big Sam and his crew bring their talent to Omaha. Read More
  • OPA ROUNDUP: Must-see spring shows

    Posted on 03.22.2019 by Courtney Mattern
    Spring is finally here! I know – I wasn’t sure winter would ever end either. Six months of snow certainly calls for some fun! We have so many shows headed to Omaha this spring. Here’s a few shows you shouldn’t miss. Read More
  • Q&A: Meet Shawn Bell, our new Jazz Academy teaching artist

    Posted on 11.12.2018 by Courtney Mattern
    We’re excited to welcome trombonist and music educator Shawn Bell as our lead teaching artist for academy. I caught up with Shawn just as he was kicking off his first in-school clinics to chat about the new program and why bringing jazz education to young musicians is so important. Read More
  • OPA Roundup: Shows we’re FALL-ing for

    Posted on 09.21.2018 by Courtney Mattern
    Fall is a magical time of year, and at Omaha Performing Arts, it’s when our venues come to life with extraordinary entertainment. For this edition of OPA Roundup, I’ve asked my colleagues to chime in with the fall shows they’re most looking forward to. Read More
  • 3 FUN FACTS: No BS! Brass Band at Jazz on the Green

    Posted on 08.09.2018 by Courtney Mattern
    August is basically the Sunday of summer, and we plan to soak up every last minute of it. Tomorrow night we’ll be grooving during our final Jazz on the Green concert of the summer. I know, we can’t believe it’s already the last one either, but we can't think of a better way to close out the season. Read More
  • Guest blog: Mom & instructor shares why she loves WeBop

    Posted on 08.06.2018 by Courtney Mattern
    WeBop instructor and mother Kim Lomax shares her experiences with the program and raising a child. Take a look at what young children are taking away from WeBop! Read More
  • 3 FUN FACTS: Shaun Murphy Band at Jazz on the Green

    Posted on 08.02.2018 by Courtney Mattern
    Tonight’s Jazz on the Green concert is a special one! In honor of Blue Society of Omaha’s 20th Anniversary, we are teaming up to present one of the great voices of blues music – Shaun Murphy – who also happens to be an Omaha native! Here are three fun facts about tonight’s headliner. Read More
  • 3 FUN FACTS: Shayna Steele at Jazz on the Green

    Posted on 07.26.2018 by Courtney Mattern
    We’re half way through our summer concert series, Jazz on the Green at Midtown Crossing – and we have no plans for slowing down. Soak up some serious soul tonight when rising star Shayna Steele takes the stage. Here’s a few fun facts about the singer. Read More
  • 3 FUN FACTS: Tiempo Libre Bohemia

    Posted on 07.18.2018 by Courtney Mattern
    Afro-Cuban group Tiempo Libre Bohemia is turning up the heat with tropical rhythms. Our Latin jazz artists are always a favorite during the summer concert series, probably because you can’t help but to dance to the upbeat music! Here are 3 fun facts about the band. Read More
  • 3 FUN FACTS: The Big Takeover

    Posted on 07.12.2018 by Courtney Mattern
    Jazz on the Green at Midtown Crossing grooves again tonight with The Big Takeover! Here’s 3 fun facts about the band. Read More
  • READY TO GET DOWN? Tips to prepare for Jazz on the Green

    Posted on 07.03.2018 by Courtney Mattern
    Jazz on the Green at Midtown Crossing, Omaha’s favorite free outdoor concert series, starts grooving this Thursday with Gooch & His Las Vegas Big Band. Whether you’re a JOTG pro or a first-timer, we think you’ll find these tips handy as you prepare for the hot weather and cool music. Read More