Stooges Brass Band
July 9, 2015 | 7:30 PM
Popular New Orleans-based brass band, Stooges Brass Band, begins the series with a performance on July 9. Emerging onto the scene in 1996, the Stooges Brass Band has gained notoriety as a full-blown musical party immersing the crowd in a cut-loose vibe that is contemporary yet rooted in the musical legacy of New Orleans. Pre-show music is by BluesEd.
July 16, 2015 | 7:30 PM
The Puerto Rican-based band Plena Libre performs July 16. The band has introduced the Puerto Rican style of traditional music, plena and bomba, to a new generation, blending it with the Afro-Caribbean beats of merengue and cumbia, and Afro-Cuban style of mambo. Unlike salsa bands, who usually only have two singers, Plena Libre features five vocalists singing in three- and four-part harmonies. Pre-show Latin dance lessons led by Omaha Ballroom kick off the evening.
July 23, 2015 | 7:30 PM
On July 23, head to the park to catch The Sideguys. The jazz-oriented group will feature the talented “side men” who’ve played with nationally touring artists such as David Sanborn, Boz Skaggs, Bonnie Raitt and more. Pre-show music is by BluesEd.
Nebraska Jazz Orchestra
July 30, 2015 | 7:30 PM
A big band out of Lincoln, Nebraska Jazz Orchestra performs on July 30. For more than 25 years, the ensemble has been playing traditional big band compositions by jazz masters such as Woody Herman, Duke Ellington and Count Basie, as well as new compositions and arrangements. Pre-show swing dance lessons are led by an Omaha Ballroom instructor.
Sonny Knight and the Lakers
August 6, 2015 | 7:30 PM
Sonny Knight and the Lakers, a soulful band out of Minneapolis, plays on August 6. Expect more than Motown- and Stax-inspired sounds with this band led by the energetic 60-something Sonny Knight. The band is influenced by ’60s and early ’70s soul and funk records.
August 13, 2015 | 7:30 PM
Mia Borders, a singer who infuses blues, soul and funk into her music, will perform with her band on August 13. New Orleans’ Times-Picayune, Borders’ hometown newspaper, describes her as “confident and cool,” which listeners will notice in her live performance. Pre-show music is by BluesEd.