Jazz in June series continues with Grammy winner Elling

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Jazz in June series continues with Grammy winner Elling

Kurt Elling
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Kurt Elling, an award-winning singer-songwriter, is featured in the June 21 Jazz in June concert.

The weekly Jazz in June concert series will welcome Kurt Elling to the stage on June 21.

One of the most celebrated artists in DownBeat magazine history, Elling has been nominated for 10 Grammy Awards, winning two. A highly adept singer-songwriter who possesses a resonant baritone and four-octave range, he has won over a global fan base, in addition to numerous awards, for his distinctive brand of vocal jazz.

The free concert series takes place at 7 p.m. every Tuesday in June in the Sheldon Sculpture Garden, west of Sheldon Museum of Art. A market offers food and drinks from 5 to 9 p.m. each Tuesday. The concert series is produced by the University of Nebraska–Lincoln with support from the Lied Center for Performing Arts.

Each concert feature two sets of music from 7-7:45 p.m. and 8-8:45 p.m., respectively, with a 15-minute intermission.

Bike Valet will provide free, secure parking for bicycles from 5 p.m. until an hour after each concert at the east end of the market. For more information, click here or call the Outdoor Adventures Center at 402-472-4777.

Nebraska’s longest-running free concert series, Jazz in June will feature some of the top jazz artists in the nation.

Davina and the Vagabonds will perform at the last concert of the season on June 28. The group’s New Orleans sound features elements of blues, jazz, R&B, soul and gospel. The group has created a stir on the national music scene with its high-energy live shows, skillful musicianship, sharp-dressed professionalism and Davina Sowers’ commanding stage presence. With influences ranging from Fats Domino and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band to Aretha Franklin and Tom Waits, the band is winning over audiences one show at a time. This rollicking quintet is held together by Sowers’ keyboard playing, with acoustic bass, drums, and a spicy trumpet and trombone horn section.

While Jazz in June is free, there is a reserved, shaded seating area in front of the stage that costs $25 for a single-day ticket or $80 for all four weeks. Patrons interested in prime, reserved seating should click here.

The community is invited to join Jazz in June’s membership program, The Rhythm Club. Membership supports the booking of top-tier artists and new education programs, and helps keep the concerts free. For more information, visit the Jazz in June website and Facebook page.

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