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Group of Friends Relaxing in the ConservatoryThe Canopy Sessions

in the Bolz Conservatory

$8 - General Admission

$5 - Child (Ages 6-12)

FREE - Ages 5 & under

Start your weekend with a live concert performed in one of Madison’s most unique venues. Explore the tropics, enjoy the warmth, and be entertained by some of the area's most talented musicians.


Ticket revenue supports local musicians and Olbrich Gardens!


Event Guidelines

  • Bar service available in the Conservatory
  • Lobby doors open at 5:30 p.m., Conservatory doors open at 6:00 p.m.
  • This is a strolling concert - there are a limited number of benches in the Conservatory
  • The Canopy Sessions are amplified concerts, not acoustic
  • Purchase tickets in-advance online or at the door
    • For ticket assistance call Mike Gibson at 608-243-0156
    • A limited number of reduced fee tickets are available. To request a fee waiver, please contact Mike Gibson at mgibson2@cityofmadison.com


Friday, february 3

6-8 PM

The Sessions

The Sessions

The Sessions are an acoustic jam band based out of Madison. They perform original and cover material that moves around the genres of jazz, blues, rock, reggae, soul, funk, folk and more. Their instrumentation includes cello, guitar, Cajon, aux drums, with larger arrangements including horns, piano and woodwinds.


friday, March 3

6-8 PM

Bear in the Forest + Tos Hopkins

Note: This Canopy Session is a double bill.

Bear in the Forest

Bear In The Forest (a.k.a. Alberto Kanost) hails from Milwaukee, WI, where he found passion in music performance and environmental education. BITF is an attempt to bring those passions together; to use music to reflect the beauty in nature, and remind people of the importance of staying connected to the natural world and their place in it. This past summer, following Bear's recent graduation from UW, BITF released their second project. The self-titled 2021 Bear In The Forest project was recorded and produced here in Madison and can be found on most streaming platforms. Some say the songs of Bear In the Forest howl with spiritualism. The sound is built around folk music in the oldest, barest sense: joy and pain and a guitar coming together to produce tones that resonate with ancestral memory.

Tos Hopkins

Tos Hopkins began performing his original songs as a busker at his local farmers market in Madison. His music has been heavily influenced by places he has lived, such as traditional folk from England and Western Saraharn blues from NW Africa. Now residing in Milwaukee, WI he continues to explore his passion for songwriting touching upon the existence of our being and the ecology of our planet.

friday, April 7

6-8 PM

Samba Novistas

Samba Novistas

Samba Novistas are a five piece band that plays a wide variety of Brazilian and Brazilian-influenced music including samba, pagode, bossa nova, samba-reggae, lambada, sertanejo, coco and forro, as well as originals and our own interpretation of Anglo tunes. This is music that is emotional, sensual, irrepressibly danceable and reaches beyond language.

Samba Novistas is led and inspired by singer Ana Paula Johnson. Ana Paula is a Carioca – a native of Rio de Janiero. Her musical soul combines her grandmother’s macumba and the samba schools of Rio with her love of American blues and funk. She is also the singer for the Handphibians, - a Madison based Bateria (Brazilian percussion orchestra) that plays Samba, Samba-Reggae and Maracatu styles of Brazilian street festival music.

2022/2023 Sponsors

 Arts Endowment Logo     Fox 47 - 2022 Canopy Sessions Presenting Media Sponsor

Mod Media Productions logo with Audio for the Arts logo

Olbrich Botanical Gardens is operated as a public-private partnership between the City of Madison Parks Division and the Olbrich Botanical Society.
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