Dig out your blankets and picnic baskets, find a parking spot and plant yourself in the lawn at Turner Park for some summer sun and good tunes.
Jazz on the Green returns to the park near Midtown Crossing for its 29th year of concerts. This year's lineup for the six-week series features joyous world music, Zydeco jams and jazz inspired by the Rat Pack era, from musicians hailing from Nebraska and all over the country.
Jeffery Broussard & the Creole Cowboys
Accordion master and soulful singer Jeffery Broussard (formerly of Zydeco Force) leads his band through new renditions of classic Creole songs as well as plenty of their own new Zydeco tunes. Broussard is the son of Zydeco accordion player Delton Broussard, and he continues to bring Cajun music to old fans and new listeners all over the country. The band's latest album, “Return of the Creole,” was released in 2011.
NPR called them “one of the best party bands around,” and Red Baraat plays a blend of funky percussion and brass that will bring out plenty of dancers at Jazz on the Green. The eight-piece band has funky Bhangra rhythms, brass melodies, go-go rhythms and hip-hop-styled lyrics. The Brooklyn-based band released a new album, “Big Talk,” last month, and expect to hear some of those hard-driving songs at Turner Park.
Adams & Cooley Rat Pack Jazz featuring Susie Thorne
You may recognize Johnny Adams and Ron Cooley from their work with Mannheim Steamroller, but their talent extends all over the musical map. This time, they'll bring back songs from a classic era of Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin. Vocalist Susie Thorne will join the band.
Laith Al-Saadi Band
Michigan singer-guitarist Laith Al-Saadi began singing at 4 years old and picked up a guitar for the first time at 13. The 35-year-old began his first blues band 20 years ago. Since then, he's been playing in and around Ann Arbor and Detroit with his three-piece band and their soulful rock and blues.
Josh Hoyer & the Shadowboxers
Soul? Yes. Funk? You know it. R&B? Absolutely. Josh Hoyer & the Shadowboxers are an in-demand seven-piece Lincoln band that say they come together “to harness soul power.” Expect covers of funk and soul classics as well as original material that reflects Hoyer's love of soul, funk and New Orleans music.
Ron E. Beck Soul/Jazz Revue
As a former drummer for R&B band Tower of Power and other groups, Omaha native Ron E. Beck has toured the world and played with an impressive list of artists. He now has the Ron E. Beck Drum Institute, which teaches drums in San Jose, Calif., as well as online. Beck's band features all Omaha musicians, including Mitch Towne, Jorhe Nila, Craig Balderston, Luke Polipnick, Brad Cordle and Curly Martin.