Olbrich Home Rooted and Growing

Winter Concert Series 2018

Select Sundays in February & March

2-3 p.m.

Enjoy a winter Sunday at Olbrich with musical performances in our Evjue Commons. All Winter Concerts are traditional theatre-style seating.

In 2018, all of Olbrich's Winter Concerts will require a $2 admission fee per person.

Children 5 & under are free.

In support of Madison’s local musicians the concert performance fees have been increased to match standard rates. An admission fee becomes necessary to maintain this series as a fundraiser for the Gardens. Your contributions are greatly appreciated!


February 4 - NO CONCERT

February 11

Andreas KapsalisAndreas Kapsalis

Virtuosic Finger-Style Guitar

Hailing from Chicago, acoustic guitar virtuoso and film composer Andreas Kapsalis' unique Ten Finger-style Technique brings him in front of audiences all over the world. He has performed at the Calcutta Guitar Festival in India, the Chicago World Music Festival, Philippines Guitar Festival, Canadian Guitar Festival, Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland and the Rudolstadt Festival in Germany.

Andreas' performance brings an imaginative and rich musical tapestry interwoven with stories and musings of life as a world traveling artist. He begins his "Warming the Globe" 2018 world tour in the American Midwest by returning to Olbrich Botanical Gardens.


February 18

Noah John & Ringing IronNoah John & Ringing Iron


Noah John & Ringing Iron, hailing from southeastern Wisconsin, play traditional bluegrass and gospel music as well as country, americana and folk.

The group of talented players blend driving banjo, powerful mandolin, booming upright bass, steady rhythm guitar and tight vocal harmonies to create a new, unique take on classic bluegrass.




February 25 - NO CONCERT


March 4


Hawaiian & French Swing

What happened when French Manouche Roma Gypsy Jazz guitar legend Django Reinhardt met Kentucky thumb picking master Merle Travis and Hawaiian steel guitar virtuoso Sol Hoopii? A new type of driving acoustic swing music was born!

Well...actually that never did really happen. However, this is the tasteful blending of diverse styles that Madison, WI based duo Mal-O-Dua is built on.



March 11

Waunakee Big BandWaunakee Big Band


Formed in 2014, the Waunakee Big Band strives to bring a new sound to the central Wisconsin region. An 18 piece classic-style big band, WBB touches on everything from big band, swing, and jazz to the blues, contemporary music, and even a little bit of polka.

Having played throughout Dane County over the last two years, their mission is to keep the Big Band style alive in our community.



March 18

The New ZeitgeistThe New Zeitgeist

Americana/Roots Duo

Married collaboration Jen Reilly and Eddy Bluma explore the origins of the oral folk tradition that touches upon outlaw and rock ballads. Their recent album, "Myths and Mortals", has risen to develop a sound that is world-worn but powerful and commanding of attention and was deemed "one of the best new albums of 2017" by Steve Morse, 30 year Boston Globe critic.

"Old souls", migrating from desert and sea, the two began collaborating as a folk duo with tempting harmonies and lonesome spirituals. Reilly's country gospel roots and southern swing deeply welcomed the black leather grit of Bluma's rock influences in new intertwining medley. Far-reaching, yet familiar; The New Zeitgeist calls from the deep to weary, worn trails of spirits lingering.


March 25

Doug and JodiJodi Jean Amble & Doug Brown

Jazz Duo

Jodi Jean Amble traces her artistic roots to theater, musical theater and opera. A classically trained vocalist, Jodi found her way into modern genres including jazz, country, rockabilly, bossa nova and pop.

Multi instrumentalist Doug Brown has performed internationally. He has composed music for live theater (American Players Theater), film, and commercials. Doug's music has been used for various television productions. Together, Jodi Jean and Doug draw upon their shared passion for storytelling, jazz and American Standards to express narratives through rhythm and song.


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