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Son Venezuela, Rhythm Collective & More @ Summer Arts Festival
June 9 @ 11:00 am - 4:30 pmFREE
The Omaha Summer Arts Festival, presented by First National Bank, celebrates its 45th year June 7-9, 2019. The Festival is Omaha’s premier destination for arts and entertainment featuring 135 of the nation’s finest visual artists, a stage of continuous musical performances and a hands-on Children’s Fair.
As a major renovation ensues at the Gene Leahy Mall next year, the 45th annual Omaha Summer Arts Festival (OSAF) will take place in downtown Omaha at a new location on Mike Fahey Street between 10th and 14th Streets. The temporary site is located alongside the downtown ballpark, about a half-mile directly north of the Festival’s usual setting on Farnam Street adjacent to the Gene Leahy Mall. The move is expected for the 2019, 2020 and 2021 festivals with a return to Farnam Street in 2022
Sun. 6/09/19 Schedule
11:00 a.m. | African Culture Connection
ACC is an Omaha-based non-profit arts organization founded by Charles Ahovissi, a professional dancer, drummer, performer, choreographer, stage costume designer and tailor from Benin, West Africa.
12:30 p.m. | Rhythm Collective
Rhythm Collective is the Omaha area’s only Caribbean voice, formed around the singer-songwriter talents of Joseph Mitchell. Joseph, a native of St. Patrick’s parish on the island of Grenada, has performed with a number of bands in his home country and been a featured entertainer on cruise ships throughout the Caribbean. Joseph adds rhythm guitar and keyboards to the ‘RC’ sound, which includes Frank Fong on bass guitar, Brent Vignery on drums and guitarist John Green.
3:00 p.m. | Son Venezuela
Celebrating 25 years as a band, Son Venezuela, will return to the OSAF stage for their third visit and first time since 2013. This 10-piece Latin dance band from Kansas City plays a mix of salsa, mambo, merengue, calypso, tamboreras and cumbia that always whips up the dance floor with lovers and strangers dancing equally familiar.