• Photo slideshow: Jazz on the Green, 2013.
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Jazz is nothing without a heaping plate of cheese and a full glass of white wine. Kelly Duncan knows that.
Duncan also knows that Jazz on the Green is nothing without the children's plastic craft table she bought at a yard sale, just for the concert.
For four years, Duncan and friends Sue Howell and Giselle Giroux, all of Omaha, have loaded the knee-high kiddie table with pasta salad, grapes, crackers, dip and — of course — lots of cheese.
They have tucked away their cellphones and tuned in to the free music.
"Thursday is girl's night," Duncan said. "In the winter, we watch "Grey's Anatomy" at my house. For the next five weeks, it's Jazz on the Green. I climbed into the attic to grab our table last night. We were prepared."
The three women were joined by more than 10,000 people who covered Turner Park with picnic baskets, quilts, folding chairs and wagons of food to listen to free music Thursday night.
The summer concert series, which runs until Aug. 15, opened with a performance by Jeffery Broussard & the Creole Cowboys. A fireworks display followed.
It was the series' first use of the Pavilion at Turner Park.
Construction of the new stage was delayed in the spring because of heavy rain. Those in attendance, however, saw no sign of those building difficulties.
"The area is absolutely beautiful," said Colleen O'Rourke of Bellevue.
The concert was the first for her and her husband, Tim O'Rourke. For the past few years, he had been deployed "all around the world" by the military and missed the series.
The couple munched on watermelon out of a blue lunchbox and sipped on Pinot Grigio, soaking in the sights and sounds.
Around them, hundreds of couples sampled similar food layouts.
"I love music," Tim O'Rourke said. "I'm absolutely happy to be here.
"But if it's not good, I'm never coming back," he said, smiling.
Colleen O'Rourke gestured to the crowd and reprimanded him.
"An event like this can't be bad. I've been waiting a long time for it."
The opening night of Jazz on the Green's 2013 concert series.