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Omaha Performing Arts 2021/2022 Season

Apr 15, 2021, 12:23 PM by Dara Hogan

Incredible entertainment returns for the
Omaha Performing Arts 2021/2022 Season

Top-tier touring talent, returning artists, dancers, actors and special guests

Leslie-Odom,-JrArturo Farrill photo by Laura MarietLisa Fischer

OMAHA, Neb. (April 15, 2021) – A full season of performances by a diverse array of musicians, dancers, and lecturers return to Omaha Performing Arts for the 2021/2022 Season. Season highlights include the Alabama blues band St. Paul and The Broken Bones, seven-time Latin Grammy winner Arturo O'Farrill and the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra, magicians from South Korea, SNAP!, the magic show, dancers from Columbia, Sankofa Danzafro, circus artists from Australia, Gravity and Other Myths, family fun, educational experiences, and popular artists including Tony® award winner for Broadway's HAMILTON, Leslie Odom, Jr., Boz Scaggs, Straight No Chaser, and acclaimed featured singer of the Rolling Stones, Lisa Fischer - all part of an exciting new season.


We're also introducing the Holland Music Club – formerly the 1200 Club – with a new name, layout and menu. Starting in October 2021, patrons can enjoy entertainment every second Friday of the month at the Holland Music Club in the intimate setting of the Scott Recital Hall. The concerts are listed below, with more details coming soon.Shows in the 2021/2022 season will appear at the Orpheum Theater and Holland Performing Arts Center. Current season subscribers may add these shows into their packages at TicketOmaha.com. Choose Your Own packages are now available if patrons pick three or more shows at o-pa.org/seasontickets. Single tickets will go on sale at a later date.

St. Paul and The Broken Bones
September 15, 2021 | 7:30 PM
Orpheum Theater | Slosburg Hall

St. Paul & The Broken Bones, the Alabama band, will perform new music from their album, Young Sick Camellia, a mix of joyous funk tunes and warm reflections of lead vocalist Paul Janeway's family relationships. 

TAIKOPROJECT
September 26, 2021 | 4:00 PM
Orpheum Theater | Slosburg Hall

TAIKOPROJECT was founded in 2000 in Los Angeles, California, by a group of young, emerging taiko drummers led by Bryan Yamami and Masato Baba. They have performed and recorded with Stevie Wonder, Peter Gabriel, Alicia Keys, John Legend, among many more stars. They blend traditional forms of American-style taiko with an innovative and fresh aesthetic.

An Evening with Madeleine Peyroux
September 29, 2021 | 7:30 PM
Holland Center | Peter Kiewit Hall

Jazz singer and songwriter Madeleine Peyroux began her career as a teenager busking the streets of Paris. Today, she travels the world with her band delivering spellbinding jazz and folk-pop tunes. Peyroux will perform selections from her album Anthem, classics from her extensive back catalog, originals and much-loved covers.

Boz Scaggs: Out of the Blues Tour
October 6, 2021 | 7:30 PM
Holland Center | Peter Kiewit Hall  

It's appropriate that Boz Scaggs' new album is Out of the Blues since the blues first sparked his five-decade musical career. The Ohio native garnered success in the 70s with his mix of rock, blues and R&B influences, songs like "Lido Shuffle" and "Lowdown" from his album Silk Degrees (1976), peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard 200.

Aubrey Logan
October 8, 2021 | 7:30 PM
Holland Music Club | Scott Recital Hall

Aubrey Logan is a singer, trombone player and songwriter. Moving between jazz, funk and love songs, to calypso-infused rhythms and traditionally inspired fusions, her vocals and trombone playing are captivating. She's worked with some incredible names including Quincy Jones, Josh Groban, Smokey Robinson and Pharrell Williams.

Straight No Chaser
October 23, 2021 | 7:30 PM
Orpheum Theater | Slosburg Hall

Straight No Chaser is the captivating sound of nine human voices coming together to make extraordinary music that moves people, often with humor. On the road, the professional a cappella group has built a reputation as an unforgettable live act.  They return to Omaha for an amazing night of favorites and popular music.

Rad Trads
November 12, 2021 | 7:30 PM
Holland Music Club | Scott Recital

Brooklyn-based five-piece The Rad Trads are known for their eclectic take on rock n' roll, which mixes punk rock energy, horn-drenched soul & precise musicianship with a lighthearted but sincere delivery. It's a sound that has come sharply into focus on the band's latest release, See You Again.

Hip Hop Nutcracker
November 28, 2021 | 2:00 PM
Orpheum Theater | Slosburg Hall

The Hip Hop Nutcracker is a remixed and re-imagined version of the classic The Nutcracker. Directed and choreographed by Jennifer Weber, the production is a contemporary dance spectacle set to Tchaikovsky's timeless music. The holiday mash-up is perfect for the whole family and is performed by a supercharged cast of a dozen all-star dancers, a DJ, a violinist, and MC Kurtis Blow, one of hip hop's founding fathers.

Leslie Odom, Jr. Holiday Show
December 1, 2021 | 7:30 PM
Holland Center | Peter Kiewit Hall  

Leslie Odom, Jr. is a multifaceted, award-winning vocalist, songwriter, author, and actor. With a career that spans all performance genres, he has received recognition with Tony and Grammy Awards as well as Emmy and, most recently, two Academy Award nominations for his excellence and achievements in Broadway, television, film, and music. The Christmas Album is Odom's fourth studio album and his second Christmas album. The performance includes music from his new recording of both original songs and the holiday tunes we all know and love, such as "O Holy Night," "It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas," and "Last Christmas."

Joyful Noise: A Gospel Christmas
December 4, 2021 | 7:30 PM
December 5, 2021 | 4:00 PM
Holland Center | Peter Kiewit Hall 

Joyful Noise: A Gospel Christmas featuring the Salem Baptist Choir returns to the Holland Center for its seventh year. The holiday tradition features two nights of festive entertainment. The Grammy®-nominated choir will perform Christmastime classics and special guests will be announced later in the season. 

"Holiday Stomp" with the Hot Sardines
December 10, 2021 | 7:30 PM
Holland Center | Peter Kiewit Hall

The Hot Sardines have sold out NYC venues and more than 150 tour dates from Chicago to London and released two albums on Universal Music Classics to critical raves and a No. 1 slot on the iTunes jazz chart in the U.S. and internationally. Music comes alive through their brassy horn arrangements, rollicking piano melodies, and vocals.

David Benoit & A Charlie Brown Christmas
December 11, 2021 | 7:30 PM
Holland Center | Peter Kiewit Hall  

Contemporary jazz piano legend David Benoit and acclaimed vocalist James Tormé pay tribute to the 1965 animated special of A Charlie Brown Christmas. The concert features the classic music of composer Vince Guaraldi along with Charlie Brown Christmas originals.

Shayna Steele
January 14, 2022 | 7:30 PM
Holland Music Club | Scott Recital Hall

Known from recordings with Snarky Puppy and Moby and a host of other stars, Shayna Steele takes flight on her third album, "Watch Me Fly." The performance includes music from her album that offers six self-penned originals and four select classics ranging from soul via blues and gospel and easily crossing over to retro R&B and jazz, showcasing Shayna Steele's supremely soulful energy, as well as her mind-blowing vocal artistry and songwriting skills.

Gravity and Other Myths: A Simple Space
February 4, 2022 | 7:30 PM
Holland Center | Peter Kiewit Hall  

Gravity & Other Myths is an Australian circus company pushing the boundaries of contemporary circus. GOM's work utilizes an honest approach to performance to create shows focusing on human connection and acrobatic virtuosity. A Simple Space features seven acrobats who push their physical limits without reserve. The performance is driven by live percussion and presented so intimately that you can feel the heat and hear every breath.

m-pact
February 11, 2022 | 7:30 PM
Holland Music Club | Scott Recital Hall

Hailed "one of the best pop/jazz vocal groups in the world" by the San Francisco Chronicle, m-pact is respected worldwide as a cutting-edge trailblazer in the realm of vocal music. Emerging from an age of auto-tune and overproduction, this Los Angeles-based ensemble has cultivated a new generation of ears hungry for the fresh, raw power of nature's "first instrument" - the human voice.

Arturo O'Farrill and the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra
February 26, 2022 | 7:30 PM
Holland Center | Peter Kiewit Hall  

Pianist, composer, educator, and founder and Artistic Director of Afro Latin Jazz Alliance, Arturo O'Farrill was born in Mexico. He grew up in New York City performing with a wide spectrum of artists, including Dizzy Gillespie, Lester Bowie, Wynton Marsalis, and Harry Belafonte. A 7-time Latin Grammy Award winner since 2016, Arturo has performed with written three ballets and music to major dance companies like the Alvin Ailey Dance Company. In 2020 Arturo's weekly concerts with the 20-piece Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, dubbed "Virtual Birdland," top the list of 10 Best Quarantine Concerts in the New York Times.

Sankofa Danzafro
March 4, 2022 | 7:30 PM
Orpheum Theater | Slosburg Hall

Sankofa Danzafro is a company of dancers and musicians based in Medellin, Colombia. The company uses Afro-Colombian's ancestral roots to create works that begin with African dance's origin yet develop through the daily, traditional, and contemporary framework. "Accommodating Lie" is the founder's Rafael Palacios' latest full-length dance for Sankofa Danzafro, which questions the stereotypes around Afro-descendant traditions using seven dancers with live music performed by three musicians (drums/ native flute, marimba, and voice).

Enter the Haggis
March 11, 2022 | 7:30 pm
Holland Music Club | Scott Recital Hall

Since 1995, Enter the Haggis has led the charge among Celtic folk-rock bands. The Toronto-based band has released eight acclaimed studio albums, the most recent debuting at #9 on the U.S. national Billboard Heatseekers charts. Their original songs such as "One Last Drink," "Down With The Ship" and "Gasoline" have become folk-rock anthems, appearing in films such as "Goon," "10mph" and "Addicted to Plastic," and reaching as high as #25 on U.S. radio.

Madagascar The Musical
March 26, 2022 | 3:00 PM
Orpheum Theater | Slosburg Hall

Join Alex, Marty, Melman and Gloria as they bound out of the zoo and onto the stage in this live musical spectacular, Madagascar The Musical. The show features all of your favorite crack-a-lackin' friends as they escape from their home in New York's Central Park Zoo and find themselves on an unexpected journey to the madcap world of King Julien's Madagascar. 

Las Cafeteras
March 30, 2022 | 7:30 PM
Holland Center | Peter Kiewit Hall  

Born and raised east of the Los Angeles River, Las Cafeteras is remixing roots music and telling modern-day stories of Latino and immigrant lives through lively music and song. The band uses traditional Son Jarocho instruments like the jarana, requinto, quijada (donkey jawbone) and tarima (a wooden platform).  Las Cafeteras sings in English, Spanish, and Spanglish melding styles from rock to hip-hop to rancheras.

Farofa
April 8, 2022 | 7:30 PM
Holland Music Club | Scott Recital Hall

Farofa is celebrated as the new Brazilian sound.  They create an eclectic collection of ideas and inspirations drawn from rock, jazz, contemporary classical, pop, deep African rhythmic tradition and from native Brazil. Their latest program, entitled "Brazil Beyond Samba: From Choro to Funk and Back," includes a variety of Brazilian jazz compositions as well as some Farofa originals.

Chicago Plays the Stones
April 9, 2022 | 7:30 PM
Holland Center | Peter Kiewit Hall  

Chicago Plays the Stones is an exhilarating, high-energy live stage performance that presents its audience with classic Rolling Stones songs arranged in the Chicago blues styles ranging from the early-traditional to modern-contemporary.

Emmaline
May 13, 2022 | 7:30 PM
Holland Music Club | Scott Recital Hall

Emmaline is a 22-year-old vocalist, violinist and songwriter with a smoky, jazz-infused, genre-fluid voice. On her first U.S. tour in November of 2019, she performed as the opening act for 10-time GRAMMY winner Chaka Khan at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. On her own, Emmaline has headlined countless sold-out shows at some of the country's most notable jazz clubs in New York City, Boston and Washington, D.C. Emmaline's music is bold in statement and soft in feel, her flow supple and precise.

SNAP, Magic! Re-invented!
May 25, 2022 | 7:00 PM
Orpheum Theater | Slosburg Hall

This South Korean ensemble of world-class illusionists will boggle your mind while performing entertaining magic tricks, vaudevillian comedy and ingenious visual effects. SNAP!, the magic show, conjures a magical cabaret perfect for the whole family.

An Evening with Lisa Fischer
May 26, 2022 | 7:30 PM
Holland Center | Peter Kiewit Hall  

After four decades of featured background singing with icons like Luther Vandross, The Rolling Stones, Chaka Khan, Tina Turner, and Nine Inch Nails, Lisa Fischer started her own musical journey. The 2013 Best Documentary Oscar-winning film "Twenty Feet from Stardom" altered Lisa's music career. Today, Lisa reinvents classic songs with the organic fusion of Caribbean soul and jazzy progressive rock.

National Geographic Live

Secret Life of Bears - Rae Wynn-Grant
February 15, 2022 | 7:30 PM
Holland Center | Peter Kiewit Hall  

Rae Wynn-Grant has dedicated her life to ecological research and conservation. As a scientist with the National Geographic Society's Last Wild Places Initiative, she works to protect and restore iconic wildlife populations, including North American black and grizzly bears. But when the wildlands of their habitat are crisscrossed by roads, fences, and ranches, how can bears and humans coexist peacefully? Dr. Wynn-Grant intends to find the answer. 

Improbable Ascent - Maureen Beck
March 22, 2022 | 7:30 PM
Holland Center | Peter Kiewit Hall  

Maureen Beck loves to prove people wrong. Born with one hand, she tried rock climbing for the first time after a camp counselor told her she could skip it. With her trademark humor and wit, world champion para climber and 2019 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year, Maureen Beck chronicles her adventures as a one-handed athlete.  

Deadliest Lifesavers - Zoltan Takacs
April 19, 2022 | 7:30 PM
Holland Center | Peter Kiewit Hall  

Biomedical scientist Zoltan Takacs collects and researches the deadliest snake, scorpion, and jellyfish venoms for medical innovation—venoms that target vital life functions and thus could be the blueprint of novel medications. An aircraft pilot and scuba diver, he's traveled to 155 countries and survived charging elephants, pirated waters, and a series of snake bites.