Friday, January 30, 2015

Jason Mraz at the Orpheum Theater

What: An Acoustic Evening with Jason Mraz
When: Tues. March 10, 2015
Where: Orpheum Theater

On Sale: Tickets on sale Friday, Jan. 30 at 10:00 a.m. through

Info: All Ages
7:00PM Doors
8:00PM Show

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Trumpeter Randy Brecker at UNO Jazz Festival

Grammy-Winning Musician Will Teach At UNO Jazz Festival On February 28

Omaha Performing Arts presents Randy Brecker in the Scott Recital Hall at the Holland Performing Arts Center on Friday, February 27, at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 the day of the show, and are available at, 402.345.0606 or at the Ticket Omaha Office inside the Holland Center, 1200 Douglas St. Brecker’s performance is a part of the 2014/15 1200 Club Series.

Jazz trumpeter and composer Randy Brecker has helped shape the sound of jazz, R&B and rock for more than four decades. His trumpet and flugelhorn performances have graced hundreds of albums by a wide range of artists from James Taylor, Bruce Springsteen and Parliament/Funkadelic to Frank Sinatra, Steely Dan, Jaco Pastorius and Frank Zappa.

As a composer and performer, Brecker influences and inspires young musicians around the world. While he’s in Omaha, Brecker will take part in several educational and community engagement activities. He’ll teach a clinic during the UNO Jazz Festival on February 28, as well as perform with the UNO Jazz Ensemble at a special concert for schools participating in the festival. Brecker’s sidemen will help at the festival, adjudicating the Student Jazz Combo Competition. The winner of the competition will open for Terence Blanchard on May 7 at the Holland Center, as well perform at a Master Class led by Blanchard that day.

The 1200 Club transforms the Holland Performing Arts Center’s most intimate venue, the Suzanne and Walter Scott Recital Hall, into a relaxed nightclub setting where patrons can experience performances by nationally and internationally known artists in jazz, blues and comedy. While enjoying the evening’s entertainment, audience members may enjoy hors d’oeuvres and cocktails served right to their candle-lit table. The remaining performances at the 1200 CLUB are Fredericks Brown on March 19, Black Violin on April 12, Kurt Elling’s “Elling Swings Sinatra” on April 23 and Rock Legends with Billy McGuigan on May 15. 

Randy Brecker will perform at the 1200 Club at the Holland Center, 1200 Douglas St., February 27, at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance, and are available at, 402.345.0606 or at the Ticket Omaha Office inside the Holland Center. The 1200 Club Series is sponsored by Mutual of Omaha. Hospitality sponsor is Residence Inn Downtown. 

John Mellencamp in OMAHA!!!! "Jack and Diane" my all time favorite!!!

John Mellencamp
Sets Out On Plain Spoken Tour
First Leg of Tour Kicks Off

After kicking off his Plain Spoken Tour with sold-out shows in South Bend, Ind., Louisville, Cincinnati, and two nights at Nashville’s historic Ryman Theatre, John Mellencamp will crisscross North America for a total of 80 shows, hitting his hometown of Bloomington, as well as Chicago, Los Angeles, four nights in New York, and multiple dates across Canada. The tour, produced by AEG Live, will continue through August and features special guest Carlene Carter.

Tickets and VIP packages for the “Voice of the Heartland’s” 2015 tour are selling out quickly; fans can purchase available tickets for the Plain Spoken Tour performance on Sunday, August 2, 2015, 7:30 p.m. in Omaha’s Orpheum Theater via Ticket Omaha, 402-345-0606,, or in person at the box office, 13th & Douglas streets. Tickets are priced at $253.25 (VIP package), $118.50, $89.50, $65.00, and $42.50.

Accolades for the tour’s opening night are already pouring in:

For this opening-night performance, both Mellencamp and Carter came out confident and purposeful, ready for the 79 dates ahead to mine the roots of American music and investigate what it means to live and die.” -South Bend Tribune

“Friday night at a sold-out Louisville Palace, the 63-year-old Mellencamp had his share of fun—he’s always been a consummate showman—but there was an underlying richness to his set that was far more impressive.”  -Louisville Courier-Journal

John Mellencamp’s sold-out Plain Spoken Tour stop at the Aronoff Center for the Arts in Cincinnati felt more like 3,300 old friends getting back together rather than 3,300 strangers meeting for a night of music—that’s the effect of Mellencamp’s music. It feels good and familiar, like going back home after being away for years; and Saturday night, it felt damn good to all that attended.”  -Out of the Blue

The Rock And Roll Hall of Famer and Grammy Award® winner released Plain Spoken on September 23, one of the most lauded records of his career, to rave reviews. Fans will receive a digital download of Plain Spoken with their ticket purchase.


“Folk-rock and philosophy are the makings of John Mellencamp’s new album, Plain Spoken. The music looks back towards Bob Dylan’s ‘Blood On The Tracks,’ with strummed guitars, and brushes on the drums and neck-rack harmonica, and the words ponder trouble, power, love, God, freedom, and mortalitythe concerns of a songwriter acting his age.”
-New York Times

“Rugged, rural, and packed with an aging rocker’s gimmick-free reflections on life and hope, Plain Spoken is the first album in Mellencamp’s ‘lifetime contract’ with Republic. The stark, soul-baring lead single, ‘Troubled Man’ like the rest of the album, follows the acoustic path of Mellencamp’s last two projects: 2010’s No Better Than This and 2008’s Life, Death Love and Freedom. -BILLBOARD

“Hemingway-esque” -Philadelphia Inquirer


January 30               Columbus, Ohio                 Mershon Auditorium
January 31               Cleveland, Ohio                  Playhouse Square – Palace Theatre
February 3-4           Bloomington, Ind.               Indiana University Auditorium
February 9              Green Bay, Wis.                  Weidner Center
February 11-12        Minneapolis, Minn.             Northrop Auditorium
February 14            Kansas City, Mo.                  Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland
February 15            Des Moines, Iowa                Des Moines Civic Center
February 17-18        Chicago, Ill.                         Chicago Theatre
March 5                  San Antonio, Texas              Tobin Center For The Performing Arts
March 7                  Dallas, Texas                       McFarlin Memorial Auditorium
March 8                  Austin, Texas                      Bass Concert Hall
March 10                New Orleans, La.                 Saenger Theatre
March 12                Birmingham, Ala.                BJCC Concert Hall
March 13                Atlanta, Ga.                          Fox Theatre
March 15                Jacksonville, Fla.                  Moran Theater
March 17                Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.              Broward Center for the Performing Arts
March 19-20            Clearwater, Fla.                    Ruth Eckerd Hall
March 22                Orlando, Fla.                       Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
March 24                Columbia, S.C.                    The Township Auditorium
March 26                North Charleston, S.C.         North Charleston PAC
March 27                Charlotte, N.C.                    Ovens Auditorium
March 29                Norfolk, Va.                        Norfolk Scope Arena – Chrysler Hall Theatre
March 31                Durham, N.C.                      Durham PAC
April 15                  Boston, Mass.                      Citi PAC Wang Theatre
April 16                  Providence, R.I.                   Providence PAC
April 18                  Red Bank, N.J.                     Count Basie Theatre
April 20-21              New York, N.Y.                   Carnegie Hall
April 23-4               New York, N.Y.                   Apollo Theatre
April 26                  Washington, D.C.                DAR Constitution Hall
April 29                  Hamilton, ON                     Hamilton Place Theatre
May 1-2                   Toronto, ON                      Sony Centre for the Performing Arts
May 5                     Quebec City, QC                Grand Theatre
May 6                     Montreal, QC                      St. Denis Theatre
May 8                     Syracuse, N.Y.                     Landmark Theatre
May 9                     Buffalo, N.Y.                       Shea’s PAC
May 12                    Pittsburgh, Pa.                     Benedum Center
May 27                    Evansville, Ind.                    Old National Events Plaza
May 29                    St. Louis, Mo.                      Peabody Opera House
May 30                    Rockford, Ill.                      Coronado PAC
June 2                     Madison, Wis.                     Overture Center for the Arts – Overture Hall
June 3                     Peoria, Ill.                           Peoria Civic Center Theatre
June 5                     Milwaukee, Wis.                  Milwaukee Riverside Theater
June 6                     Fort Wayne, Ind.                 Embassy Theatre
June 9                     Grand Rapids, Mich.            DeVos Performance Hall
June 10                   Detroit, Mich.                     Detroit Opera House
June 12                   Baltimore, Md.                    Modell PAC at The Lyric
June 13                   Richmond, Va.                    Altria Theater
June 16                   Philadelphia, Pa.                  Merriam Theatre
June 17                   Roanoke, Va.                       Roanoke Civic Center Theatre
June 19                   Savannah, Ga.                      Johnny Mercer Theatre
June 20                   Augusta, Ga.                        William B. Bell Auditorium
June 23                   Memphis, Tenn.                  Orpheum Theatre
July 8                      Winnipeg, MB                    Centennial Concert Hall
July 10-11                Regina, SK                          Conexus Arts Centre
July 13                    Saskatoon, SK                      TCU Place
July 15                    Calgary, AB                         Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
July 18                    Vancouver, BC                    Queen Elizabeth Theatre
July 19                    Seattle, Wash.                      Benaroya Hall
July 21                    Portland, Ore.                     Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
July 23                    Fresno, Calif.                      William Saroyan Theatre
July 25                    Oakland, Calif.                    Oakland Paramount Theatre of the Arts
July 26                    Sacramento, Calif.                Sacramento Community Theatre
July 28                    Los Angeles, Calif.               Nokia Theatre L.A. Live
July 29                    Phoenix, Ariz.                     Comerica Theater
July 31                    Denver, Colo.                     Ellie Caulkins Opera House
August 2                Omaha, Neb.                     Orpheum Theater
August 4                 Indianapolis, Ind.                 Bankers Life Fieldhouse

Mellencamp’s career in music, spanning more than 35 years, has seen him transition from pop star to one of the most highly regarded songwriters of a generation. The Voice of The Heartland continues to evolve artistically with Plain Spoken—the first new music from the artist since 2010’s critically acclaimed No Better Than This. Plain Spoken is his 22nd full-length album. Mellencamp is incredibly acclaimed.

Mellencamp is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, a Grammy winner, a recipient of the John Steinbeck Award, ASCAP Foundation’s Champion Award, The Woody Guthrie Award, and Americana Music Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award. He is also one of the most successful live concert performers in the world. The social activism reflected in his songs helped catalyze Farm Aid, the concert series and organization that has addressed the struggle of American family farmers for more than 25 years. The unique instrumentation of his band and his poignant songs about everyday life in the American heartland, are widely credited with being the forbearer of the Americana/No Depression genre of rural-inflected music.
The Ghost Brothers of Darkland County is a musical with music and lyrics by Mellencamp, a libretto by author Stephen King and production by T Bone Burnett. This extraordinary collaboration 16 years in the making is a haunting tale of fraternal love, lust, jealousy and revenge, performed by an ensemble cast of 15 actors and a four-piece live band, comprised of members of Mellencamp’s band. The musical is currently on tour in North America. An 80-city tour in North American and Canada began in January 2015. His final performance held in Indianapolis at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse on August 4 will benefit the Riley Children’s Foundation, which supports Riley Hospital for Children ( Also an accomplished painter, his one-man show “The Paintings of John Mellencamp” is currently on view at Morris Museum of Art in Augusta, Ga. from January 17 to April 12, 2015.