June 18, 2018

Mwenso and the Shakes to play Jazz in June

Mwenson and the Shakes will perform June 19 as part of the Jazz in June concert series.
Courtesy photo | Elizabeth Leitzell

Courtesy photo | Elizabeth Leitzell
Mwenso and the Shakes will perform 7 p.m. June 19.

Editor’s note: Due to a chance of rain, this performance has been moved from the Sheldon Museum of Art’s sculpture garden to the Bourbon Theater, 14th and O streets. The Bourbon Theater can accommodate between 600 and 700 people. Seating will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Other outdoor events associated with this performance, such as food vendors and yoga classes, have been canceled.

Jazz in June at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln will feature Mwenso and the Shakes in a June 19 performance.

Hailing from Sierra Leone, London, South Africa, Greenwich Village, Madagascar, France, Jamaica and Hawaii, the Shakes are based in Harlem. Taking from the stylings of Fats Waller, Muddy Waters, James Brown and other American musical legends, Michael Mwenso leads an electrifying show that The New York Times calls “intense, prowling and ebullient.”

Video: Mwenzo and the Shakes-- No Regrets

Concerts in the Jazz in June series are at 7 p.m. each Tuesday in June in the sculpture garden west of the Sheldon Museum of Art, 12th and R streets. The concert series is free, but attendees are encouraged to make a donation of $10 per family to help ensure its continuation.

Concertgoers are allowed to bring lawn chairs or blankets. Pets are not allowed. Recycling bins are provided throughout the concert area.

VIP tickets available

Guests are invited to join Jazz in June’s new membership program, The Rhythm Club. Membership supports the booking of top-tier artists and new education programs, and helps keep the concerts free. Members enjoy VIP seating and meet-and-greets with artists, and can be recognized as event sponsors. Learn more about The Rhythm Club.

Free basic yoga

Campus Recreation offers yoga at 5:30 p.m. each Tuesday in June before the concert northwest of Woods Hall. Participants are encouraged to bring a towel or mat.


Located at 12th and R streets, the Jazz in June Market features a variety of vendors with food, drinks and artisan-made crafts. The marketplace opens at 5 p.m. each week. A full list of vendors is available online.

Bike parking service

Bike Valet provides free, secure parking for bicycles from 5 p.m. until an hour after each concert at the east end of the market. Learn more about the Bike Valet program or call the Outdoor Adventures Center at 402-472-4777.

Garden tours

Representatives of the Nebraska faculty, Landscape Services, Lincoln Parks and Recreation and Sheldon Museum of Art offer walking tours of campus gardens at 6 p.m. each Tuesday in June. The tours, which are free, start at Sheldon’s east entrance. For the June 19 tour, Kim Todd, associate professor of agronomy and horticulture and host of NET’s “Backyard Farmer,” will lead a tour through City Campus plantings. She will also answer participants’ landscape/garden questions during the “Backyard Farmer” tour. Learn more about the garden tours.

Inclement weather

In the event of inclement weather or other unforeseen circumstances, a Jazz in June concert may need to be canceled. Information on cancellations will be posted on the main university website and Sheldon Museum of Art site.

Upcoming performances

June 26 — Huntertones