Thursdays • July 11 - August 15, 2013
Turner Park at Midtown Crossing • 31st & Dodge streets
Venue opens at 5 PM • Concert starts at 7:30 PM

Join Omaha Performing Arts on Thursdays this summer from July 11 – August 15 for Jazz on the Green. New this year, concerts will begin at 7:30 p.m. and bands will perform on the new permanent stage of The Pavilion at Turner Park.

This free, outdoor concert series is a great reason to gather with friends and family. Jazz on the Green takes place at the revitalized Turner Park, located in the heart of Midtown Crossing. This year’s concert line-up will feature an assortment of jazz styles — from big band swing to blues melodies.

All shows take place Thursday evenings this summer from July 11 to August 15, starting at 7:30 p.m. Venue opens at 5 p.m. Thousands of free parking spaces are available starting at 4:30 p.m.
Jeffery Broussard Jeffery Broussard and the Creole Cowboys
July 11, 2013

Jeffery Broussard and the Creole Cowboys are the real deal in Zydeco music. While Broussard is considered an influential accordionist and vocalist in modern Zydeco music, when he plays with the Creole Cowboys, it’s all about tradition. The Louisiana-native Broussard is dedicated to preserving and promoting the Creole culture and traditional Zydeco music. His music spans the full spectrum of Zydeco – from traditional songs from the old masters to originals, single-note and triple-note accordion to fiddle.

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Red Baraat Red Baraat
July 18, 2013

An eight-piece Brooklyn band, Red Baraat will liven up Turner Park with a hard-driving blend of North Indian bhangra rhythms and elements of New Orleans brass, funk and hip-hop. The band’s second studio album, Shruggy Ji, was released in January, and is hard to define musically. Red Baraat calls it “an incredible party jam that moves your parts.” At Jazz on the Green, the band will be able to do what it does best: Communing with their audience in a joyful, near hedonistic celebration of music and dance, which tellingly, draws a crowd even more diverse than the players on stage.

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Adams and Cooley Rat Pack Jazz
with special guest Susie Thorne

July 25, 2013

The Omaha-based Rat Pack-inspired band Adams and Cooley Rat Pack Jazz will be joined on stage by vocalist Susie Thorne. Johnny Adams and Ron Cooley have been performing regionally, and across the country, for more than two decades, and both have worked with Chip Davis and Mannheim Steamroller. Thorne calls Omaha home after traveling the world as a vocalist. After her first CD came out in 2000, critics started comparing her style to that of a young Eartha Kitt. The Jazz on the Green performance will harken to the days of Sinatra and Martin – swinging, fun and always cool.

Sponsored by: Fran and Rich Juro
Laith Al-Saadi Laith Al-Saadi Band
August 1, 2013

Laith Al-Saadi Band will feature the blues stylings of Detroit singer/guitarist Laith Al-Saadi. Named “King of the Blues for the Northern Region of the United States” by Guitar Center, he blends rock, blues and R&B into an impressive package. During his live shows, he’ll hammer out a mix of originals and put his own spin on songs by artists like Bob Dylan and the Beatles. Al-Saadi has opened for the likes of B.B. King, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Johnny Winter. His third album will be released later this year.

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Josh Hoyer and the Shadowboxers Josh Hoyer and the Shadowboxers
August 8, 2013

The Lincoln-based Josh Hoyer and the Shadowboxers is a seven-piece funk/soul band. The band’s sound comes from a deep respect and knowledge of blues, Americana, soul and funk. Members Josh Hoyer, Justin G. Jones, Brian Morrow, Ben Kushner, Tommy Van Den Berg, Mike Dee and Logan Pennington play originals penned by Hoyer and choice covers that reflect Hoyer’s love of New Orleans music, soul and funk.

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Ron E. Beck Ron E. Beck Soul Jazz Revue
August 15, 2013

Ron E. Beck Soul Jazz Revue showcases the talents to Beck, former drummer for the urban soul group Tower of Power. During his nearly 40-year career, Beck has played with Bell and James, Herbie Hancock, Carlos Santana and many others. His band consists of all Omaha musicians – Mitch Towne, keyboards; Jorge Nila, saxophone; Craig Balderston, bass; Luke Polipnick, guitar; Brad Cordle, vocals; and Curly Martin, drums. Beck has his own Omaha connection: The drummer lived in Omaha until he was 19 years old, and now calls San Jose, Calif., his home.

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We ask that you not bring/use:
• Tents (They block the view of other guests)
• Stakes (They present a tripping hazard)
• Open flames (i.e. no hibachis and citronella candles)
• Hard liquor (Only beer, wine and champagne are allowed)

Midtown Crossing offers secure parking for more than 3,000 vehicles. Two parking garages are accessible from 33rd, Farnam and Harney streets. In both garages, the first three hours are free, and visitors pay only $1 for each hour thereafter.

Seating in the center bowl of Turner Park, the circular area with a direct view of the stage, will be permitted beginning at 5 PM. The green spaces outside the bowl will be available before 5 PM on the day of the concert.