Dig out your blankets and picnic baskets for Jazz on the Green, the annual concert series that takes place at Turner Park near Midtown Crossing.
Zydeco band Jeffery Broussard & the Creole Cowboys will kick off the series on July 11, and the group will also break in the new permanent pavilion being constructed in the park.
The concert series, presented by Omaha Performing Arts, will feature a diverse mix of genres, including the Brooklyn bhangra beats and brass tones of Red Baraat (July 18) and Rat Pack-style swing of Adams and Cooley Rat Pack Jazz (July 25).
In August, the series will welcome blues singer-guitarist Laith Al-Saadi and his band (Aug. 1) as well as Lincoln band Josh Hoyer and the Shadowboxers (Aug. 8), which play a mix of blues, Americana, soul and funk.
Closing out the annual concert series is Ron E. Beck Soul/Jazz Revue (Aug. 15). Beck, raised in Omaha, was the drummer for Herbie Hancock and Carlos Santana, among other artists, and his band features an all-Omaha lineup.
The new pavilion and stage at the park is planned be in place at the site of the old Jazz on the Green temporary stage. It includes a canvas-topped stage and a concrete area in front for dancing.
All Jazz on the Green concerts are free and open to the public. On the day of each performance, Turner Park will open at 5 p.m., and the concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. Parking is free in Midtown Crossing parking garages for the first three hours.
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