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Jazz on the Green kicks off Thursday, July 11, 2019 at Midtown Crossing

Jul 9, 2019, 10:28 AM by Kelly Bartnick

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Big Sam's Funky Nation brings New Orleans’ foot-stomping beats and piping-hot rhythms to kick off Jazz on the Green Thursday, July 11, 2019


Omaha Performing Arts kicks off Jazz on the Green at Midtown Crossing with a boisterous blend of jazz and hip-hop from New Orleans’-style band Big Sam’s Funky Nation. Known as a driving force of urban funk, Big Sam’s Funky Nation is a treasure of the Crescent City of New Orleans. 

Front man “Big Sam” Williams has more than two decades of music experience, playing with the Dirty Dozen Brass Band and backing up the Dave Matthews Band. With Funky Nation, he’s released five albums and together the band boasts jaw-dropping talent and uncontainable energy. The headliner takes the Turner Park stage at 7:30 PM.

Arrive early for a 6:30 PM preshow with music by Omaha’s B.E.D. Trio.

All Jazz on the Green at Midtown Crossing concerts are free to the public, with no reservations or tickets needed. Seating in the grassy circular area of Turner Park with a direct view of the stage, is permitted at 5:00 PM. Green spaces outside the bowl will be available before 5:00 PM. Concertgoers are encouraged to enter Turner Park via Farnam Court, 32nd and Farnam, across from Alamo Drafthouse Cinema.

This year’s Jazz on the Green at Midtown Crossing includes:

Thursday, July 18
(all-female brass band with energizing hop-hop beats)

Thursday, July 25
(internationally recognized as one of the top drum players in Africa)

Thursday, August 1
(Omaha natives delivering effortlessly cool R&B, soul, funk and jazz)

Thursday, August 8
(an Omaha favorite back on his hometown stage with dance-worthy Latin jazz)

Thursday, August 15
(a night of soul led by a powerhouse singer)

The lead sponsor for Omaha Performing Arts presents Jazz on the Green at Midtown Crossing is Mutual of Omaha. Media sponsors for this year’s series are KETV, KIOS and Omaha World-Herald. The sponsor of this performance is Beardmore Subaru. For more information about the series and the artists, visit

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.

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.