Five blocks of music, art and more


June 7th, 2012

Omaha, NE – The 38th annual Summer Arts Festival kicks off this weekend with music, art, food and more.

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The Summer Arts Festival in downtown Omaha on 10th through 15th and Farnam Street. (Photo courtesy Omaha Summer Arts Festival)

The Summer Arts Festival began in Omaha’s Old Market, with less than 50 local artists. But the festival has since evolved into a much bigger event, stretching five blocks on Farnam Street alongside the Gene Leahy Mall.

Festival promoter Stacy Maddux said over 400 artists from across the country applied to be a part of this show. One hundred and thirty five artists were selected and will exhibit paintings, jewelry, and sculptures.

“There’s a good balance so that you really will, walking down the street, see something different in every single booth,” Maddux said.

Maddux said the festival will also include an array of musicians, who will perform everything from jazz to rock music to get people moving around the festival. Musical artists from across the country like Mingo Fishtrap and Lao Tizer will perform on the World Music Pavilion Stage at 13th and Farnam.

Tizer, who is based in California, performed at the Omaha Jazz and Blues Festival last year. In a KVNO News interview at the time, he described his contemporary jazz sound.

“We call our music world fusion with some jam elements, and even some rock vibe to it as well,” Tizer said. “There’s also of course Latin and funk, a pretty diverse set of flavors, although it seems like a very cohesive show.”

Stacy Maddux said Brulé, the contemporary Native American group, is also back to perform in Omaha – a city named after the Omaha Tribe.

The Summer Arts Festival starts Friday, June 8th and runs through June 10th in downtown Omaha.

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