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Jazz on the Green continues with The Big Takeover at Turner Park Thursday, July 12, 2018

Jul 6, 2018, 16:22 PM by Kelly Bartnick

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Omaha Performing Arts presents a fresh take on reggae music when The Big Takeover comes to Jazz on the Green Thursday, July 12, 2018. Centered on the vocal stylings of Jamaican-born NeeNee Rushie, the band blends traditional and experimental Jamaican pop sounds, world music and the soulful energy of Motown.   

In New York’s musically hopping Mid-Hudson Valley, they are the only band around welcomed and honored at all the major national-circuit rooms: the indie/experimental haven of BSP in Kingston, the jazz and blues gem that is the Falcon in Marlboro, the classic rock mecca of the Bearsville Theater in Woodstock. The Big Takeover packs them all. On the road, the band has played over 500 shows, sharing stages with The Original Wailers, Jefferson Starship, Eek-a-Mouse, the Slackers and more.

Arrive early for preshow music from a Blues Society of Omaha BluesEd band five minute drive.

All Jazz on the Green at Midtown Crossing concerts are free to the public, with no reservations or tickets needed. Seating in the grassy circular area of Turner Park with a direct view of the stage, is permitted at 5:00 PM. Green spaces outside the bowl will be available before 5:00 PM. Pre-show entertainment begins at 6:30 PM and the headlining performance starts at 7:30 PM. 

This year’s Jazz on the Green at Midtown Crossing also includes:

Thursday, July 19

TIEMPO LIBRE BOHEMIA
(tropical music featuring a mix of jazz harmonies and seductive rhythms)

Thursday, July 26

SHAYNA STEELE
(singer who fuses jazz, R & B and soul)

Thursday, August 2

SHAUN MURPHY BAND
(Nebraska native and legendary blues performer)

Thursday, August 9

NO BS! BRASS BAND
(Rock-tinged, New Orleans-inspired jazz)

The lead sponsor for Omaha Performing Arts presents Jazz on the Green at Midtown Crossing is Mutual of Omaha. Media sponsors for this year’s series are KETV, KIOS and Omaha World-Herald. For more information about the series and the artists, visit JazzOnTheGreenOmaha.com. 

Midtown Crossing restaurants set up in Turner Park each week, offering grilled foods, concessions and beverages. Beer, wine and champagne are allowed in Turner Park. Hard liquor is not permitted. Leashed pets are allowed.

Parking and information

There are two parking garages, easily accessible from Farnam Street, Harney Street, Dodge Street and 33rd Street. For Jazz on the Green event days only, garage parking is free from 5-11PM.

Mutual of Omaha will have its surface parking lots open to the public for free beginning at 5 PM. 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. 

Metered parking is also available on the street.