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2020 Summer Concert Series

 

Concerts have been extended through the end of September!

Summer Concerts at Olbrich Gardens are a well-loved tradition and we are thrilled to be able to continue them during this challenging year.


Concerts will feel a bit different this year with a limited capacity and social distancing. Here are some of the changes you will see:

  • For each concert there will be a limit of 25 people allowed on the Great Lawn and 25 people on the rooftop terrace.
  • Individual households must sit at least 6 feet apart from other groups on the Great Lawn and rooftop terrace. A volunteer with a 6 foot measuring tool will be available to assist groups in social distancing.
  • Because of the limited capacity, tickets must be purchased in advance online or over the phone. The ticket links for each concert are listed below. If you do not have internet access, please contact Mike Gibson at 608-243-0156 to purchase tickets.
  • All tickets are will-call. Simply provide your name to the staff member in the lobby when you arrive for the concert.
  • In order to support local musicians there is a $10 ticket cost for each Summer Concert. A limited number of reduced fee tickets are available. To request a fee waiver, please contact Mike Gibson at mgibson2@cityofmadison.com or 608-243-0156.
  • All visitors should bring their own lawn chair seating or blankets.
  • Carry in picnics are allowed. No sharing of food or drinks between different households. Please carry out all trash.
  • Facemasks are required indoors and strongly encouraged outside when not eating or drinking.

Weather Policy

Concerts will be cancelled and tickets refunded in the event of bad weather. Call will be made by 3 p.m. and posted on this page, on the homepage, and on Facebook.

 

September 22 | 6:15-7:45 pm - Natty Nation

SOLD OUT

Natty Nation

 

SOLD OUT

Natty Nation is on a life's mission to uplift as many people as possible, spreading light and positive messages through their critically acclaimed hard roots rock reggae. A collective of spiritual warriors creating an exciting, engaging and enlightening music experience.

To date, they have issued five studio albums and a string of live albums. In October of 2019 they were inducted into the Madison Area Music Association's Hall of Fame, having accomplished 31 MAMA awards including Artist of the year, Best Ensemble Vocals, Best World Album, Best World Performer of the Year for nine years running. Awarded a WAMI Award for Best World Artist (Wisconsin Area Music Industry).

Natty Nation's artistry is evident in their live shows. Engaging the audience, delivering inspiring and soul connecting performances throughout the world. Opening for and sharing the stage with many National Touring Acts for decades, and most recently The Wailers, Morgan Heritage, Dobet Gnahore, many more.

 

September 29 | 6:30-7:30 pm - Caravan Gypsy Swing Ensemble

Caravan Gypse Swing Ensemble

 

Purchase Tickets Here

Caravan Gypsy Swing Ensemble is a world traveling instrumental acoustic jazz group based in Madison, Wisconsin. They are primarily influenced by the legendary Roma Gypsy Jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt. The ensemble also pulls influences from American jazz, European Folk Music, traditional Latin, Parisian waltz, and other vintage-jazz sources. Expect a range of tunes from the "Hot Swing" repertoire, originals, and standards done in uniquely arranged styles.

 

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

Canopy Sessions | Friday, March 6

Spring Flower Show | March 7-22

Spring Flower Show Plant Sale | Monday, March 23

Cocktails in the Conservatory | Friday, March 27

Canopy Sessions | Friday, April 3

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