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OMAHA, NEB. – (May 2, 2017) – New Orleans jazz, soul, folk, and big band sound will flow from the stage at Omaha’s Turner Park in 2017 when Omaha Performing Arts presents the extraordinarily popular summer series, Jazz on the Green at Midtown Crossing. The free outdoor concerts run six consecutive Thursdays, from July 6 to August 10, 2017. This year’s line-up features more than 40 musicians bringing high energy performances in jazz, Latin, folk, hip-hop and soul.
July 6, 2017 – The Potash Twins
Omaha natives, Adeev and Ezra Potash, dubbed the “Twin Horns of Joy” by NPR, return to their hometown! Mentored by the legendary Wynton Marsalis, the brothers have performed across the globe including at Jazz at Lincoln Center and the South By Southwest music festival. The twins are also hosts of Travel Channel‘s “Southern Road Trip with The Potash Twins,” and their album “The Potash Twins” recently reached No. 9 on the iTunes Jazz Charts in 2015.
July 13, 2017 - Hector Rosado y Su Orquesta Hache
Move to the beats of Hector Rosado y Su Orquesta Hache! On a mission to keep salsa alive, this band’s sizzlin’ sounds will get you up on our feet. An accomplished percussionist, Rosado has toured with the best in latin jazz including music titan Tito Puente. Omaha Ballroom will open the performance on the outdoor dance floor with free salsa lessons.
July 20, 2017 - The Sugar Thieves
American roots band The Sugar Thieves returns to Jazz on the Green! Featuring the soulful vocals of Omaha native Meridith Moore, the group blends blues, country, folk, gospel, rock and jazz to create a sound that is all its own. This high-energy band has what it takes to move the people.
July 27, 2017 - Bayou City Brass Band
This Houston-based group fuses New Orleans second-line traditions with energizing R&B and hip-hop beats. The result is fresh, funky and straight-up fun.
August 3, 2017 - Ron E. Beck Soul Revue
Modern blues singer Ron. E Beck serves up a night of soul. Born in Omaha, the premier jazz drummer has performed with Tower of Power, John Lee Hooker, Etta James and more. Now he’s fronting a new band, playing funky beats and R&B-tinged tracks that will have you movin’ and groovin’.
August 10 – Sammy Miller and the Congregation
Swingin’ young jazz band Sammy Miller and The Congregation knows how to get a party started! Led by Grammy®-nominated drummer Miller, the band is on a mission to share “joyful jazz” with the masses. Band members have performed with notable artists including Wynton Marsalis, O.A.R, Iron and Wine, Lee Fields, Jason Moran at venues including the White House, Lincoln Center and the Hollywood Bowl. Don’t miss their feel-good, foot-stomping music!
All performances are at 7:30 PM. Preshow entertainment begins at 6:30 PM.
Omaha Performing Arts is once again partnering with Omaha’s youth artist development program, BluesEd, in 2017. 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.
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, opens at 5:00 p.m. Blankets and chairs are welcome.
Midtown Crossing offers convenient and secure parking in two parking garages easily accessible from 33rd, Farnam and Harney streets. Garage parking is free for the first three hours. Visitors pay $1 per hour after.
Midtown Crossing restaurants set up in Turner Park each week, offering grilled foods, concessions and beverages. Beer, wine and champagne are allowed in Turner Park. Hard liquor is not permitted. Leashed pets are allowed.
Omaha Performing Arts presents Jazz on the Green at Midtown Crossing is sponsored by Mutual of Omaha. Individual concert sponsors are Beardmore Subaru, C & A Industries, Inc., Cox Communications, Fran and Rich Juro, Omaha Performing Arts’ Young Professionals Group 40 Below. Media sponsors for this year’s series are the KETV, KIOS and Omaha World-Herald. Even Hotel is Hospitality Sponsor. For more information about the series and the artists, visit JazzOnTheGreenOmaha.com.