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Warm nights. Cool grooves.  Get ready to wrap yourself in another season of Jazz on the Green at Midtown Crossing presented by Omaha Performing Arts. You determine the pace – laid back or lively. We'll supply the place – Turner Park: beautiful, centrally-located, perfect for a jazz lovin' crowd.

JULY 9: Stooges Brass Band
A popular New Orleans-based brass band, begins the series with a performance on July 9. Emerging onto the scene in 1996, the Stooges Brass Band has gained notoriety as a full-blown musical party immersing the crowd in a cut-loose vibe that is contemporary yet rooted in the musical legacy of New Orleans. Pre-show music is by BluesEd.

JULY 16: Plena Libre
The Puerto Rican-based band Plena Libre performs July 16. The band has introduced the Puerto Rican style of traditional music, plena and bomba, to a new generation, blending it with the Afro-Caribbean beats of merengue and cumbia, and Afro-Cuban style of mambo. Unlike salsa bands, who usually only have two singers, Plena Libre features five vocalists singing in three- and four-part harmonies. Pre-show Latin dance lessons led by Omaha Ballroom kick off the evening.

JULY 23: The Side Guys
The jazz-oriented group will feature the talented “side men” who’ve played with nationally touring artists such as David Sanborn, Boz Skaggs, Bonnie Raitt and more. Pre-show music is by BluesEd.

JULY 30: Nebraska Jazz Orchestra
For more than 25 years, the ensemble has been playing traditional big band compositions by jazz masters such as Woody Herman, Duke Ellington and Count Basie, as well as new compositions and arrangements. Pre-show swing dance lessons are led by an Omaha Ballroom instructor.

AUGUST 6: Sonny Knight and the Lakers
A soulful band out of Minneapolis, plays on August 6. Expect more than Motown- and Stax-inspired sounds with this band led by the energetic 60-something Sonny Knight. The band is influenced by ‘60s and early ‘70s soul and funk records.

AUGUST 13: Mia Borders
A singer who infuses blues, soul and funk into her music, will perform with her band on August 13. New Orleans’ Times-Picayune, Borders’ hometown newspaper, describes her as “confident and cool,” which listeners will notice in her live performance. Pre-show music is by BluesEd.

  • Food and beverages will be available for sale.
  • All concerts are FREE and open to the public.  Free 3 hour parking is available.
  • Tents, tarps, stakes, open flames and hard liquor are NOT ALLOWED.
  • You may bring your own food and beverages - as noted above, hard liquor is not allowed.


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>>What is Jazz on the Green?

Jazz on the Green is Omaha’s popular outdoor concert series, a summer tradition dating back to 1985. For years, it was held on the lawn of the Joslyn Art Museum. In 2010, it made the move to a revitalized and expanded Turner Park, the centerpiece of the Midtown Crossing development.

>> Why the switch from Joslyn Art Museum to Turner Park?

Omaha Performing Arts announced, in January 2010, that it would adopt the concert series from Joslyn Art Museum, a move designed to expand the event’s reach in the community. Now, in partnership with Midtown Crossing and with lead sponsorship from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska, Mutual of Omaha and Omaha Steaks, Jazz on the Green has found a larger, centrally located home in Turner Park. This change of venue ensures the future of the Omaha favorite while enhancing the audience experience.

>> Is admission still free?


>> When is Turner Park open for seating?

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.

Sitting in the street, on the sidewalks or in parking stalls will not be allowed for emergency purposes.

>> Can I still bring my own refreshments?

Coolers and outside refreshments are permitted. Around the park, Midtown Crossing restaurants will be selling mouth-watering grilled fare and delicious snacks, along with soda, water and alcoholic beverages (including beer, wine and champagne). Revel in the experience of good food and outstanding, live entertainment in a beautiful, outdoor setting. It simply doesn’t get any better than this.

>> What can't I bring?
We ask that you NOT bring/use:
• Tents. (They affect the site lines of other guests.)
• Tarps. (They kill the grass.)
• Stakes. (They present a tripping hazard.)
• Open flames. (i.e. no hibachis and citronella candles)
• Hard liquor. (Only beer, wine and champagne are allowed in Turner Park)

>> What about parking?

Midtown Crossing offers convenient and secure parking for more than 3,000 vehicles. Our two parking garages are easily 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 (with a maximum fee of $6). Ample metered parking is available along Farnam Street and within Turner Park, accessible from 31st Avenue. Metered parking is short-term (max. 2 hours) and is monitored Monday-Friday from 8am-5pm.  Please see the Map Section for all locations.

Mutual of Omaha will have also its surface parking lots and parking garage open to the public for free beginning at 5 p.m. 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. The parking garage is accessible from 35th Avenue between Dodge and Farnam Streets.

>>Where can I get more information?