Funk It!

By: Jim Minge Email
By: Jim Minge Email

What: Jazz on the Green, featuring the 9’s

When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 10

Where: Turner Park, Midtown Crossing, 33rd and Farnam streets

Admission: FREE

Web: midtowncrossing.com

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You can bring a blanket or a chair, but I wouldn't count on spending too much time on them. Not when there's a band like the 9's riddling the stage with animated funk and R&B that has one “soul” purpose: MOVING YOU.

That's become the trademark of this Omaha band, whose hyper-focus on bringing the funk has gained them a loyal legion of fans. The band's mix of groove-fueled rock, pop and R&B make a perfect recipe for kicking off one of Omaha's longest-running and certainly one of the most popular music programs: Jazz on the Green.

The Thursday showcases, which present an eclectic mix of genres begins Thursday, July 10, under Turner Park's Pavilion at Midtown Crossing. The 7:30 p.m. shows continue through August 14.

Never been to a 9's show? Imagine Prince, circa 1980s, with a '70s edition of Parliament-Funkadelic in there along with elements from other old-school funk-makers. It's a sound that's carried by a healthy dose of Hammond B3 organ, groovy guitar work and vocals and solid, popping backbeats. For those who have been to a 9's show, you'll likely be hearing some fresh material from the band's new EP, “Gentleman Caller.”

Get a taste of what the 9's are cookin' up by clicking on the cover to their new EP above. You'll be able to hear the first single, "Wreck That Body," a smooth, funky groove. It's good. Stick around for "Cinnamon Jelly." Tasty.

(BTW, the 9's will be celebrating the release of “Gentleman Caller” on July 18 at the Hive in the Old Market.)

Next week, Jazz on the Green will offer the Great Lakes Horizon Band, which plays a contemporary mix of pop, classic rock and jazz. The night will begin with an appearance by the U.S. Navy Parachute team at 5:45 p.m., and end with a fireworks display.


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