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Lineup, dates announces for 2018 Jazz on the Green

May 10, 2018, 15:48 PM by Kelly Bartnick

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Popular summer concerts fill Turner Park Thursdays July 5 – August 9

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

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.

Parking and information

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 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.

Metered parking is also available on the street.