New Orleans Suspects, Amanda Shaw & More at Summer Arts Fest

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New Orleans Suspects, Amanda Shaw & More at Summer Arts Fest

June 9, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm


12:00 p.m. | Omaha Musicians’ Association Jazz All-Stars
3:30 p.m. | BluesEd Band “Far and Wide”
5:00 p.m. | Amanda Shaw
7:00 p.m. | New Orleans Suspects

“The New Orleans Suspects are the best band to come out of New Orleans in the last seven
years. They are keeping up with that cities tradition of bringing us the most exciting and uplifting
music offered anywhere. They are also establishing themselves as a New Orleans institution.”
“It only takes one song to get this party started, and the fun continues to roll right through to the
end of the blistering set. Best of all, this isn’t rehashed takes on what’s come before. The
Suspects rush into new swamp water and create their own mix of rhythm & blues, zydeco, funk
and whatever else suits their fancy. It feels like the old days when the Warehouse was wailing in
New Orleans and Little Feat, the Meters and all the other usual (yes) suspects were wearing
their heads out all night long chasing the eternal spirits in the City that Care Forgot. Yeah you
right.” The Morton Report
“Kaleidoscoped is another step in the evolution of a band that formed in the wake of the
breakup of the Radiators and features some of the best musicians in town. Though no one who
has heard the band live has doubts about their cohesive strength, the recording is a testament
to their potency as a recording ensemble.” The Vinyl District
“A musical gumbo from the town that made gumbo famous, the jazz/funk/rock mix here is such
a stone cold heady brew that any one with a pulse is sure to enjoy what these party people bring
to the party. Tasty throughout, this is four on the floor real music for people that aren’t about
artifice. Killer stuff.”
Midwest Record
“These Crescent City champions return with a percolating kettle of local spice. ‘Get it Started’
doesn’t have much to say to your head, but try denying its connection to your hips and feet.
Horn breaks recalling Tower of Power and James Brown have bona fide pedigree; Saxophonist
Jeff Watkins spent years with Brown, and the funk bleeds through his thrilling solos. Drummer
Mean Willie Green shines on zydeco shuffle ‘You Got the Fire’ and second line rave-up
‘Neighborhood Strut.’ C.R. Gruver plays hot piano on ‘Dixie Highway’ suitable for guest Paul
Barrere’s old band Little Feat. Jake Eckert’s swampy slide guitar in ‘Creole Hannah’ moans for
a street-walking beauty with a switchblade and a hoodoo stare. Ex-Radiators bassist Reggie
Scanlan makes the perfect pocket seem effortless on ‘Watcha Gonna Do.’”
The Big Takeover

Whatever your passion, interest or curiosity — you will find it at the Omaha Summer Arts Festival! With two stages and a variety of informal staging areas scattered alongside the Gene Leahy Mall, the Omaha Summer Arts Festival offers three days of nonstop musical entertainment featuring dozens of local, regional and national performers. The Festival provides a musical experience that is rich with multicultural talent and diversity of styles including: Blues, Jazz, Latin, Reggae, Calypso, Alternative, Rock, Folk, Disco, Big Band. Check out all the great performances awaiting you in the CenturyLink World Music Pavilion and Family Entertainment Stage!


June 9, 2017
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Summer Arts Festival
300 S. 19th St.
Omaha, NE 68134
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