Olbrich Home Rooted and Growing

poeple enjoying summer concert seriesSummer Concert Series

June 18 - August 13, 2019

Tuesdays, 7 p.m.

Enjoy the evening with a concert on the Great Lawn of Olbrich's outdoor gardens. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. Picnics are allowed in the Gardens for Tuesday concerts only. In case of rain, concerts will be held indoors.

$2 Suggested Donation

Thank You Madison East Kiwanis!

Starting in 2019, the Kiwanis Brat Wagon will no longer be serving brats and hot dogs at summer concerts. We'd like to thank Madison East Kiwanis for all the years they've offered food & snacks to visitors. The Madison East Kiwanis Club has also generously supported Olbrich Botanical Gardens since 1988, donating nearly $20,000 to help keep the gardens free and accessible for all.

As of now, there will be no food vendors taking their place to sell hot food at summer concerts. Carry-in food is still allowed (and encouraged!) on summer concert nights, so pack a picnic or pick up from your favorite place on the way!

 

2019 Summer Concerts in the Garden
June 18

The Rascal Theory

Rock / Soul / Blues / Funk

June 25

Bosky Point

Alt-Rock / Soul

July 2

Gin, Chocolate & Bottle Rockets

Pop-Rock

July 9

Down From The Hills

Bluegrass

July 16

Mal-O-Dua

Hot Hawaiian & French Guitar

July 23

Proud Parents

Power Pop Rock

July 30

Panchromatic Steel

Island Music

August 6

Madison Public Library's Summer Reading Club Concert - Angela Puerta

Latin Rock / Pop

August 13

Fresco Opera

Roaming performances throughout the Gardens (no seating provided)

2019 Presenting Sponsor - Thank yoU!

Monona Bank Logo

 

Weather policy

Summer Concerts will be held indoors in the event of bad weather. Call will be made by 3 p.m. and posted on this page, on the Olbrich homepage, and on Facebook.

If concert is held indoors:

  • Please do not bring lawn chairs or blankets, as chairs will be provided.
  • Please leave picnic at home or eat beforehand.

 

Ice Cream

Beat the heat with delicious ice cream! Keep Wisconsin Warm/Cool will be at the summer concerts with cool ice cream treats. For $5 Adult / $3 Child, enjoy a variety of ice cream flavors and support two non-profit causes; proceeds from the ice cream sales will benefit Olbrich Botanical Gardens and Keep Wisconsin Warm/Cool.

 

The Rascal TheoryJune 18

The Rascal Theory

Rock / Soul / Blues / Funk

The Rascal Theory are the powerhouse band out of Central WI that make you move and groove with their electrifying brand of Rock and Blues. They have been rocking stages and faces across the region and not looking back.

 

 


 

June 25

Bosky PointBosky Point

Alt-Rock / Soul

A soulful blend of rock, jazz, blues and pop, Bosky Point brings their upbeat originals and twist on covers to audiences all over Southern Wisconsin. Anticipate smooth grooves, powerhouse vocals and "in-your-head" melodies perfect for a summer evening outdoors.

 

 

 

 

 

Gin Chocolate & Bottle RocketsJuly 2

Gin, Chocolate & Bottle Rockets

Pop-Rock

Gin, Chocolate & Bottle Rockets combines the musical styles of three solo-artists-turned-bandmates, Jennifer Farley, Shawndell Marks and Beth Kille, into a rich blend of tight 3-part harmonies and clever pop-rock songwriting, ranging from edgy to fun.

 

 

 

 

Down From The HillsJuly 9

Down From The Hills

Bluegrass

Down From The Hills plays bluegrass music inspired by the likes of Bill Monroe, Earl Scruggs & John Hartford. Their music features both instrumental solos and vocal harmonies. They often add Cajun music to their shows, with the Cajun button accordion.

 

 

 

 

Mal-O-DuaJuly 16

Mal-O-Dua

Hot Hawaiian & French Guitar

Mal-O-Dua pulls from a wide range of sources including Gypsy Jazz, traditional Hawaiian music, Kentucky thumb picking, vintage French pop, Eastern European Folk, early Parisian "Bal Musette" waltz style, and the American standard songbook to name a few. These styles are artfully bended together to create a fresh new sound!

 

 

 

 

Proud ParentsJuly 23

Proud Parents

Power Pop Rock

Proud Parents started in a living room in 2014 and haven't slowed down since. Combining infectious pop hooks and punk sensibilities with three lead singers, the band has made waves on the underground booking their own tours and playing with the likes of indie giants Waxahatchee and Deerhoof along the way. They also caught the attention of esteemed punk label Dirtnap Records who released Proud Parents self-titled full length on vinyl in the summer of 2018.

 

 

Panchromatic SteelJuly 30

Panchromatic Steel

Island Music

Panchromatic Steel is a steeldrum band homegrown in Madison, Wisconsin that plays authentic island calypso, jazz, classical and familiar pop/rock. Its music brightens any day, transports listeners to their happiest moments in the sun, and threads the needle by being creative and artful while still being fun, danceable and accessible to virtually everyone.

 

 

 

 

performers/bookings

Olbrich is always looking for new solo and group performers to keep our concert series fresh. If you are interested in performing for one of Olbrich's concert series, please contact:

Mike Gibson

Program Specialist

Olbrich Botanical Gardens

3330 Atwood Avenue

Madison, WI 53704

608-243-0156

mgibson2@cityofmadison.com

 

Please provide contact information (official group name, contact name, address, phone, and e-mail), music genres, and music samples.

If the entertainment committee would like to inquire further about booking you as a solo artist or the group you represent, we will contact you with available concert dates at the contact information you provide.

 

UPCOMING Events

Summer Concert Series | Tuesdays through August 13

Summer Breeze | Saturday, June 22 & Friday, June 28

Home Garden Tour | Friday, July 12 & Saturday, July 13

Blooming Butterflies | July 18 - August 11

Guided Garden Strolls | Sundays, May 5 - October 13

Olbrich Botanical Gardens is operated as a public-private partnership between the City of Madison Parks Division and the Olbrich Botanical Society.
Olbrich Botanical Gardens | 3330 Atwood Avenue, Madison, WI 53704. | Phone: (608)246-4550 | Fax: (608)246-4719