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poeple enjoying summer concert seriesSummer Concert Series

June 21 - July 26, 2016

Tuesdays, 7 pm

Enjoy the summer evening with a concert on the Great Lawn of Olbrich's outdoor gardens. A wide variety of music is highlighted, including jazz, folk, honky-tonk, and much more. Olbrich's Summer concerts are Tuesdays, June 21 - July 26 at 7 p.m. with special performances August 2 and August 9. A $2 admission donation is suggested.

2016 Summer Concerts in the Garden Series
June 21

The Blues Party
Blues/Classic Rock Trio

June 28

Sena Ehrhardt & Cole Allen Acoustic Duo
Acoustic Blues & Rock

July 5

Youth Orchestra

July 12

Listening Party

July 19

Bird's Eye

July 26

Stone Barone and the Mad Tones

August 2

Madison Public Library Summer Reading Program Concert
Performer TBA

Open to the public

August 9
Fresco Opera
Opera Made Fresh
Live opera performances in different locations throughout the Gardens. Stand and stroll concert viewing; no seating provided.
See music description below for more information.

Musician Descriptions

The Blues PartyJune 21 - The Blues Party

Blues/Classic Rock Trio

With more combined years of playing experience than they’d care to admit, The Blues Party! was formed in the Spring of 2011 as a project dedicated to our collective love of electric blues and playing it the old fashioned way. The Blues Party! brings together some long time members of the Madison music scene with a new and exciting energy. Old school blues, powerfully evocative classic rock, with some originals sprinkled in along the way.

Sena Ehrhardt & Cole Allen Acoustic DuoJune 28 - Sena Ehrhardt & Cole Allen Acoustic Duo

Acoustic Blues & Rock

Award-winning vocalist Sena Ehrhardt and masterful guitarist Cole Allen have made a name for their acoustic duo presentation by delivering a unique mix of original songs and classics in blues and rock.  This duo has played notable blues and rock festivals across the United States and has opened for such artists as Gregg Allman and Dickey Betts (founding members of the Allman Brothers). As a songwriting team they collaborated with Grammy award-winning producer, David Z and released Sena Ehrhardt's album "Live My Life" (Blind Pig Records) in 2014 to critical acclaim.  On multiple International tours of Europe, Sena & Cole have performed both as a duo and with full electric bands consisting of some of Europe's finest musicians.  


Listening PartyJuly 5 - WYSO

Youth Orchestra

Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras is celebrating its 50th anniversary! This Concert in the Garden wraps up a season that saw the orchestras perform in Overture Hall, alumni guest artists from around the world return to work with its members, five newly commissioned works for its ensembles, and a state-wide broadcast on Wisconsin Public Television. Following the concert, the Youth Orchestra will embark on a 10-day tour of Italy, performing in Verona, Montecatini, and Rome.


July 12 - Listening Party


Bird's EyeJuly 19 - Bird’s Eye

Funk/Hip hop/Soul

Bird’s Eye is a Madison six-piece band creating funky hip hop with live instrumentation. Building cred steadily since 2013, they now fill venues alongside other prime acts. The rhythm section - featuring Mikey’s explorative bass, Sean’s refined drumming, and Lauren adorning the mix with keys, vocals and sax - builds a groove-driven foundation for Ra Fury’s cutting lyricism, Joe’s wah-wah counterpoint on guitar, and Hannah’s soulful leading-singing. All six are uniquely valued because everyone has a part in each song that makes it so recognizable. Bird’s Eye plays at least monthly in the Madison area and has demos posted on Soundcloud and Youtube. Show your support and look for the new album in the coming months!

Stone Barone and the Mad TonesJuly 26 - Stone Barone and the Mad Tones


Stone Barone and The Mad Tones are a 10-member ensemble making headway in the Madison area. In addition to recurring sets at local venues such as Funk's Pub and Red Zone, they have received great responses from their performance at this year's Art Fair on the Square. Although primarily a Funk band, their influences also include R&B, Soul, Motown and Contemporary Jazz.Visit stonebaronemadtones.com for more information.

August 2 - Madison Public Library Summer Reading Program Concert

Open to the public - performer to be announced.

August 9 - Fresco Opera

Opera made fresh

Live opera performances occurring simultaneously in different locations throughout the Gardens. A program will be provided at the entrance of the outdoor gardens that lists performance times and locations. Stand and stroll concert viewing; no seating provided.
This performance will be canceled in the case of inclement weather, cancelation status will be posted on Olbrich’s website by 3 p.m. on August 9.



Brats & Hotdogs

Bring a lawn chair or blanket, pack a picnic, or purchase hotdogs and brats at the Gardens from the Madison East Kiwanis. Picnics are allowed in the Gardens for Tuesday concerts only. In case of inclement weather, concerts will be held indoors, and the Kiwanis brat and hotdog stand will not be available.

Ice Cream

Beat the heat with all-you-can-eat ice cream! Keep Wisconsin Warm/Cool will be at the summer concerts with cool ice cream treats. For $5 per adult and $3 per 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.



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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:

Missy Jeanne

Special Events Manager

Olbrich Botanical Gardens

3330 Atwood Avenue

Madison, WI 53704


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.


Children of the Rainforest featuring Zhong Yi Kung Fu Association - January 23

Cocktails in the Conservatory featuring DJ Surf 'n' Turf- January 29

Winter Concert Series - Sundays in February and March

Children of the Rainforest featuring DanzTrad - February 27




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