Tickets are now on sale for the inaugural Prairie Jazz Festival Saturday, August 29 at the tallgrass prairie at Pioneers Park Nature Center. The Friends of Pioneers Park Nature Center are hosting the event from 3 to 8 p.m., with music from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Performers include Annette Murrell with Jim Williamson opening for the Nebraska Jazz Orchestra.
Those attending will ride hayracks to the a wildflower-covered hillside for the concert. The one-room school house and historic Hudson cabin will be open, and the event will include activities, displays and art as well as food and drink sales..
The festival was the idea of former Nature Center Coordinator Nancy Furman. "There is no other place where you can experience jazz music in the open air of the prairie," she said. "This will truly be a unique opportunity." All proceeds from the event will go towards the development, programming and operation of the Nature Center.
"We are excited the Friends of Pioneers Park Nature Center are hosting this event for us," said current Nature Center Coordinator Andrea Faas. "This is a special event that will bring many people from throughout the community to the Nature Center."
Sponsors of the event include Brewsky's in the Haymarket, Allstate, Lincoln Parks Foundation, Sandhills Publishing, Union Bank and Trust and the Berman Music Foundation.
General admission tickets are $40. Concert-goers may bring their own food (no drinks), chairs and blankets. Chairs can be rented for $4. VIP tickets are $100 and include premium chair seating and a catered picnic. Tickets and more information are available at prairiejazzfestival.org.