Holland brings “Music and Movies” to the outdoors


July 1st, 2011

Omaha, NE – Omaha Performing Arts and Cox Communications are inviting the community to bring a blanket and take in some music and some unruly dinosaurs tonight.

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Music and Movies will be held on the east lawn of the Holland Performing Arts Center. (Photo courtesy OmahaPerformingArts.org)

Though the days of the drive-in movie may be an era passed, on Friday night, the Holland Performing Arts Center’s east lawn will be filled with families waiting to take in a more modern version of the outdoor movie theater. Music and Movies combines a local musical act followed by a classic family-friendly movie.

“The great thing is the opportunity for families watching movies outdoors,” said Gail Graeve, Vice President of Public Affairs at Cox Communications. “Days of drive-ins are long gone. We’re just pleased to sponsor this great program with the Holland Center and bring a little bit of nostalgia back to Omaha.”

Tonight’s featured movie is Jurassic Park. It’s the 1993 Steven Spielberg film that gave a few scientists the chance to meet the prehistoric creatures in a new island theme park, including the infamous and feared T-Rex.

"Roots revival" Kris Lager Band will perform before the movie. (Photo courtesy The Kris Lager Band)

But before the dinosaurs, the Kris Lager Band will take the stage in a pre-movie performance. Kris Lager Band is a bluesy, self-proclaimed “roots revival” band touting all members from Nebraska.

“We also try to get a musical act that ties in and blend in,” said Graeve. “For example, Jurassic Park, for that movie, we really wanted to pick a band that had blues, and rock n’ roll, very high energy. So that was why Kris Lager Band was selected.”

Music and Movies will continue showing Omaha the classics. Graeve said in the past, movies such as Casablanca, Singing in the Rain, Ghostbusters and Princess Bride were among the favorites. In August, Shrek will hit the screen with the band Funk Trek giving the pre-performance.

Graeve encourages everyone to bring a chair or a blanket and meet them in the east lawn at the Holland Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Kris Lager Band starts at 7:45 p.m. and Jurassic Park begins at dusk.

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