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Posted On Jan 19, 2021, 16:12 PM by Dara Hogan

Ranky Tanky 

Check out our new spring shows coming to the Holland Performing Arts Center and Orpheum Theater in 2021. From jazz, R&B to dance, this year’s spring performances promise an exhilarating experience starting in February. 

Ranky Tanky  
Friday, Feb 5. | 7:30 PM | Holland Center 
Tickets starting at $20 
Join us in the lobby before the performance at 6:30 PM! Executive Director of the Great Plains Black History Museum, Eric Ewing, will share details about Omaha’s rich jazz history. 

Grammy Award®-winning group Ranky Tanky performs timeless music born from the Gullah culture, in America’s southeastern Sea Island region, with mixtures of gospel, funk, R&B and jazz. Their debut 2017 album soared to the top spot on the Billboard, iTunes and Amazon Jazz Charts. The community is also invited to join Ranky Tanky for a discussion on food and music of the Gullah culture on Thursday, February 4 at 5:30 PM. This event is part of O-pa's Voices AMPLIFIED! series, created to amplify artists in diverse cultures. Find more information at

Alicia Olatuja

Alicia Olatuja Intuition: Songs From The Minds of Women 
Thursday, March 11 | 7:30 PM | Holland Center 
Tickets starting at $19
Join us in the lobby at 6:30 PM for a discussion with Kathy Tyree, a director, actress and singer for 30 plus years coined “Omaha’s Own Queen of Soul.” Tyree will lead a conversation on Black women in jazz.  

Praised by The New York Times as “a singer with a strong luscious tone,” Alicia Olatuja astounds audiences with her exquisite vocals and artistic versatility. “Intuition,” celebrates the works of female icons including songs of Brenda Russell, Sade, Tracy Chapman, Kate Bush, Angela Bofill and Linda Creed and feature classics such as "Give Me One Reason" and "This Woman's Work." This performance is sponsored by First National Bank.  As part of O-pa's Voices AMPLIFIED! series, on Wednesday, March 10 at 5:30 PM, Olatuja will give an in-depth discussion on her upcoming performance. Find more information at  

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Raul Midón 
Saturday, March 20 | 7:30 PM | 1200 Club - Holland Center   
Tickets starting at $19 

Raul Midón has released 10 studio albums as a solo jazz artist and is dubbed “an eclectic adventurist” by People magazine. Midón received a Grammy Award® nomination for “Best Jazz Vocal Performance,” and has collaborated with artists like Stevie Wonder, Herbie Hancock and Bill Withers.  


The Allman Betts Band  
Friday, April 16 | 7:30 PM | Orpheum Theater   
Tickets starting at $25.50 

The Allman Betts Band released their sophomore album, Bless Your Heart in August 2020. Their show features original music from their recent albums, songs from their solo projects as well as classic songs by The Allman Brothers Band, the legendary group founded by Devon Allman and Duane Betts’ fathers, Gregg Allman & Dickey Betts. Note – This performance will not include an available live stream. 

PHILADANCO 104Bewildered Group Up by Lois Greenfield

Thursday, April 29 | 7:30 PM | Orpheum Theater 
Tickets starting at $20 
Join us in the lobby at 6:30 PM for a curtain warm-up with acclaimed dancer, local choreographer and the founder of LTG Movement School, Aaron Greogory.   

Founded in 1970 by Joan Myers Brown, PHILADANCO is known for using the language of dance to explore Black history, social justice and civil rights. PHILADANCO is recognized for its artistic integrity, superbly trained dancers and electrifying performances. Pieces from their performance will showcase works by Omaha native Ray Mercer. This performance is sponsored by Wiesman Development.  

As part of O-pa's Voices AMPLIFIED! series, on Wednesday, April 28 at 5:30 PM, PHILADANCO will talk about the influence of dance in social justice and Black stereotypes in dance. Find more information at

The Voices AMPLIFIED! series is sponsored by Mutual of Omaha. Home2 Suites is a hospitality sponsor for the following artists: Ranky Tanky, Alicia Olatuja, Raul Midón, PHILADANCO! and Bria Skonberg. 

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Bria Skonberg 
Wednesday, May 12 | 7:30 PM | Holland Center    
Tickets starting at $19
Join us in the lobby at 6:30 PM for a showcase by the University of Nebraska Omaha’s Great Plains Jazz Festival. UNO Professor Darren Pettit will talk about the festival’s creative process.  

New York based trumpeter/vocalist Bria Skonberg has been described as one of the “most versatile and imposing musicians of her generation” by the Wall Street Journal. She plays inventive arrangements of traditional jazz repertoire, clever reinterpretations of contemporary classics and original compositions. In 2017 Skonberg was a Juno Award Winner for Best Vocal Jazz Album.  

**Bria Skonberg will also be a featured guest artist for the University of Nebraska Omaha’s Great Plains Jazz Festival at the Holland Performing Arts Center on Tuesday, May 11.   


Masks are required during these performances and seating is limited to allow for social distancing. Ticket buyers who cannot attend in-person may watch these concerts from home (excluding The Allman Betts Band). Learn more about our live streaming option.  Visit to purchase tickets.