Free Summer Jazz Concerts to Again Fill Turner Park

May 11, 2022

Show Line-up Revealed for Thursdays July 7 – August 11

Eager to get back outside with great music, great friends, and a picnic on the lawn? Well, get ready to enjoy those cool summer breezes. Omaha’s beloved tradition Jazz on the Green returns to Midtown Crossing in July. The FREE outdoor concert series is back with a full, six-show run on consecutive Thursdays, kicking off July 7 and running through August 11.

Jazz on the Green is sponsored by Mutual of Omaha, Valmont Industries, Inc. and Beardmore Subaru. Media sponsors are KETV, KIOS Radio and the Omaha World-Herald. 

Mark your calendars now. Here’s the lineup!

2022 Jazz on the Green lineup:

July 7, 2022: Alexis Arai y sus Caballeros     

Gracing the stages of The Voice and American Idol, as well as making it to the semifinals on Tengo Talento Mucho Talento, Omaha’s own Alexis sings with vibrant, cultural flair covering salsa, mariachi, Latin jazz, pop and more.

July 14, 2022: Rhythm Collective  

Rhythm Collective is an award-winning band, the recipient of multiple Omaha Entertainment Awards. It performs original reggae and calypso tunes, standard island reggae tunes of Bob Marley and Jimmy Cliff’s, as well as American classic rock in reggae and ska styles.

July 21, 2022: Jon Cleary and the Absolute Monster Gentlemen           

British-born Cleary is a Cajun jazz, southern blues and R&B musician based in New Orleans. Cleary has played sideman with and composed music performed by Bonnie Raitt, Taj Mahal, B.B. King, and John Scofield.

July 28, 2022: Shawn Johnson Big Band Experience     

The Shaun Johnson Big Band Experience, featuring the Emmy award-winning crooner, fuses a big band spirit with an inventive pop and rock and roll music with Sinatra-like jazz vocals.

August 4, 2022: Naughty Professor        

Naughty Professor is an iconoclastic New Orleans-based jazz-funk sextet whose Snarky Puppy-like horn-charged, high-energy live performances have earned them an enthusiastic fan base, critical acclaim, and widespread from the jazz brass world.

August 11, 2022: Lakecia Benjamin          

Lakecia Benjamin’s electric stage presence and fiery sax work brings the soul and funk up to a fever pitch. She has shared stages with Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys, The Roots, Macy Gray, and many others.

***All performances are at 7:30 PM. Preshow entertainment begins at 6:30 PM.** 

A full list of opening performers will be announced soon, but Omaha Performing Arts is once again partnering with the Omaha Blues Society. Plus, UNO jazz musicians and local youth bands will offer preshow entertainment for selected performances.

No tickets required; great food available

All Jazz on the Green at Midtown Crossing concerts are free to the public. No reservations or tickets needed. The lawn at Turner Park opens at 5:00 PM sharp each week. Blankets and chairs are encouraged.   

Restaurants in the Midtown Crossing neighborhood offer ice-cold beverages and delicious bites for dine-in or take-out, including pizza, tacos, wings, Asian, vegan, sandwiches, burgers, ice cream, boba tea.  Click here for full offerings. Beer, wine, and champagne are allowed in Turner Park. Hard liquor is not permitted. Leashed pets are welcomed.  

Parking and information 

There are two easily accessible parking garages in Midtown Crossing. For Jazz on the Green event days only, garage parking is free for one hour immediately following the performance.

Mutual of Omaha will also have the surface lot at 35th and Farnam streets open to the public for free beginning at 5:00 PM.  Metered Parking is also available.