Omaha, Neb. – A big-name headliner, a brand-new sponsor, fabulous themed-food and free admission – it’s shaping up to be another exhilarating year for the only festival of its kind in the region: the Zydeco Festival, presented by Sprint. Launched in 2015, the daylong crowd pleaser returns to the Pavilion at Turner Park on Saturday, June 23.
“The Zydeco Festival has officially become a summer tradition in Omaha. It’s high-energy and hits all the right notes for us at Sprint. Supporting a vibrant arts and culture scene is a company priority, just one of the ways we help elevate the communities we serve,” says Dustin Crouch, district manager for Sprint.
Starting at 3:00 p.m., festival guests will experience seven hours of foot-stomping zydeco music, Creole- and Cajun-style food, activities, games and giveaways. This year’s festival, held during the College World Series, is expected to draw approximately 10,000 people throughout the day.
“We love how the Festival continues to grow year after year, bringing the community together around this incredible, kinetic music and food that complements the mood. This year, we’re thrilled to welcome Keith Frank – one of our biggest performers yet,” says Molly Skold, Midtown Crossing’s vice president of marketing and communications.
Headliner Keith Frank will be joined by opening act and local zydeco band The Prairie Gators (check them out on YouTube) and supporting act Chubby Carrier, a renowned performer from the heart of Creole country. As always, admission to the Zydeco Festival is free.
One of the leading lights of the “nouveau zydeco” movement, Keith Frank issued his debut album What's His Name? in 1994 and has remained a prolific touring and recording force in the zydeco world ever since. -www.allmusic.com
Bluesy at its roots with Creole influence, modern zydeco also incorporates R&B, soul, reggae androck. Midtown Crossing restaurants will be on location offering cold drinks and “zydeco-themed” food, which has included beignets, crawfish and crawfish tacos, alligator on a stick, chicken and waffles, and Abita beer. Restaurants on the park are accepting outdoor patio reservations
This year’s Zydeco Festival will be held in conjunction with the 4th annual Midtown Living Tour,a celebration of the modern midtown lifestyle that will feature self-guided tours of fully-furnished apartments and condominiums in seven different midtown communities.
Midtown Crossing. This is what a strong urban core looks like – a diverse neighborhood where restaurants and retail, community events and individual experiences radiate. An energetic embrace when you want to live loudly, a quiet escape when you don’t. We’re dinner conversation with friends and shopping you won’t find anywhere else. 16 acres of life’s little extras: activity, serenity, community. Perfectly centered. East of expected.
For more information about Midtown Crossing, including the latest on residential and retail offerings, events and development amenities, please visit MidtownCrossing.com or contact Molly Skold at (402) 598-9676 or Molly.Skold@MutualOfOmaha.com.
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