ONE OF NEW ORLEANS' best known brass ensembles will bring a bit of the Big Easy to Midtown Crossing tonight. As thousands of Omahans lay out blankets and break out bottles of wine to kick off this year's Jazz on the Green, the Stooges Brass Band will blast us with New Orleans spirit.
Through nearly two decades, the band has been the launch pad for the careers of musicians such as Trombone Shorty and Big Sam of Big Sam's Funky Nation.
The band also has a habit of working in genres outside of its brass band namesake.
"It's got that unmistakable sound of its hometown, but hip-hop, funk, R&B and soul are all in the group's DNA," according to NPR.
The band has won awards and competitions in its home city, and the group even brought its sound to Pakistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan at the request of the U.S. State Department. The Stooges also appeared on the TV show "The Originals" for an episode at a New Orleans street party.
"We take great pride in being ambassadors of our culture. It's a nice feeling to travel and teach kids about our music. It's a great honor that we're lucky enough to be doing what we're doing," bandleader Walter Ramsay told the Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Herald.
"In New Orleans, there is an unwritten obligation of passing along the traditions within the community as well as spreading it outwardly — and we don't take either of these important roles lightly."
BY KEVIN COFFEY
JAZZ ON THE GREEN FEATURING THE STOOGES BRASS BAN D
When: 7:30 tonight
Where: Turner Park at Midtown Crossing
July 16: Plena Libre
July 23: The Side Guys
July 30: Nebraska Jazz Orchestra
Aug. 6: Sonny Knight and the Lakers
Aug. 13: Mia Borders
The park opens for seating at 5 p.m.
Blankets and chairs are allowed.
Tents, stakes and open flames are not allowed in the park.
Beer, wine and
Champagne are allowed in the park. Hard liquor is not allowed.
Pets are allowed but must be leashed at all times. Please clean up after your pet.
Parking is available at two Midtown Crossing parking garages (free for the first three hours and $1 each hour thereafter) or after 5 p.m. at Mutual of Omaha surface parking lots (free).
Street parking is available on Farnam Street.
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