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2022 Summer Concert Series

June 14 - August 23

Tuesdays @ 7 p.m.

Enjoy an evening concert in one of Madison’s most delightful outdoor venues!

Concert attendees should bring their own lawn chairs or blankets. Carry in picnics and beverages are allowed.

Concerts are FREE to the public; a $5 suggested donation is appreciated.

No tickets required

  • All concert attendees must bring their own lawn chairs or blankets
  • Carry in picnics are allowed. Please carry out all trash.

 

TUESDAY, June 14

Madison Chamber Choir

Madison Chamber Choir

The Madison Chamber Choir, founded in 1991 and based in Madison, WI, is a non-profit auditioned ensemble comprised of music educators, music students and skilled amateurs. MCC’s mission is to keep the tradition of performing choral chamber music alive and to inspire a variety of audiences to support and appreciate this collaborative art form. MCC performs music written by a variety of composers, from the art form’s inception to more recent compositions, including newly commissioned works. The choir’s goal is to attain choral excellence, giving performances of the highest quality. The Madison Chamber Choir offers a Spring and Fall concert each year. Our rehearsals take place on Sunday evenings from 6:00- 8:30 pm at Bethany United Methodist Church (3910 Mineral Point Rd). We typically have 12-15 rehearsals before each concert.

 

TUESDAY, June 21 - Make Music Madison Day!

Make Music Madison is a citywide day of free outdoor music held annually on the summer solstice. These talented artists will fill the Gardens with music all day long!

  • Michi - violinist inspired by the folk traditions of Mexico, Ireland, and Ukraine
  • carisa - singer/songwriter influenced by bossa nova, folk, and jazz music
  • Willie Wright - hip hop and spoken word artist
  • MELVIS - Elvis impersonator and musical comedian
  • Eric De Los Santos - percussionist and marimba player
  • Elm Duo - father-daughter duet that performs bluegrass, jazz, and klezmer music
  • Jason Vargas and The Apollos - trio that specialize in blues, funk, rock, and soul
  • Something To Do - rock & roll and ska band from Milwaukee

Make Music Madison at Olbrich

Headline Act: Something To Do

Something To Do

Something To Do is a long-running ska rock band from Milwaukee, WI.  S2D (not STD) has played thousands of shows, broke millions of hearts and generated almost one hundred dollars in U.S. currency.  They’ve been described as “exuberant and irresistible” (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel), “…anthemic, brassy & brash” (Milwaukee Record), “uproariously fun” (Milwaukee Magazine), “kick-ass” (dyingscene.com), “chunky” (Tone Madison) and “kind of jerks but a really good band” (someone on reddit.com).

S2D’s most recent album was released at the end of 2020 and is titled “Give Me Attention” – BrooklynVegan.com said it is an “extra good album. It sounds fresh and energetic”, SkaPunkDaily included multiple tracks from it on their “best of 2020” playlist and BreakingAndEntering.net said “These tunes remind us one after one that we’ll be having wicked, beer-soaked parties once the pandemic is over”. In 2021, Something To Do was named “Best World/Reggae/Ska” band by the Wisconsin Area Music Industry (WAMI) Awards. In 2023, they’re planning on winning a Nobel Peace Prize.

 

TUESDAY, June 28

Supa Friends

Supa Friends

Supa Friends is a hip-hop group founded in Madison, WI, in 2017 by five emcees; Soup The Fifth The Master Plan, Al D, SooDoNiM, Tyrel the Well Treated, Maruchan Chef; and Hardface the Pilot, the group's in-house producer. Supa Friends were founded with the purpose of creating a unique, diverse, fun brand of Hip Hop that blends the styles and influences of the individual members to form something entirely new and experimental. 

 

TUESDAY, july 5

The Funkee JBeez

7/5 Concert Status:
Tonight's concert will be rescheduled due to a heat advisory and potential for severe weather.

The Funkee JBeez

The Funkee JBeez is a music ensemble based out of Madison that is led by Grammy nominated drummer and 5 time Madison Area Music Association drummer of the year Joey B. Banks.  The band is made up of some of the top musicians in the midwest and performs Funk, Soul, Pop and R&B music from the 70's to the present.  The band is best known for their high energy Clyde Stubblefield tribute that features songs "The Funky Drummer" performed with James Brown.  The band performs at shows and festivals around Madison area and Midwest region.  Dance dance dance to the music of the Funkee JBeez!

 

Tuesday, July 12

Cris Plata and The Extra Hot

Cris Plata and the Extra Hot

Cris Plata was born in South Texas, the son of migrant workers. Those early days of living in different migrant camps and following the harvest exposed Cris to a range of musical genres, including norteño, conjunto, and ranchera. He was also influenced by notable and innovative Texan singer-songwriters such as Bob Wills, Townes Van Zandt, Lyle Lovett, and Steve Earle. Cris fuses these musical experiences with his original storytelling for a truly unique sound. And his band brings the right amount of spice to make their concerts “Extra Hot!”

 

TUESDAY, july 19

The Kissers

The Kissers

The Kissers bring a fresh, original kick to Celtic music. Forged during legendary Monday nights at Madison’s O Cayz Corral, and honed through 1,000 night on the road, their sound blends sharp musicianship, black humor and the lilt and lyricism of the ancient melodies. Rock musicians who learned Irish music, The Kissers explore the roots of that tradition while retaining their own unique essence.

 

TUESDAY, july 26

Combo Noir

Combo Noir

Combo Noir was founded in 2018 by genre-hopping vocalist Anna Purnell (Yid Vicious, Forward! Marching Band, Intemperance Collective, Dixie Sizzlers, etc.) and New Orleans transplant, pianist Adam St. Reiff. Drawing from varied, eclectic, and soulful repertoires, Combo Noir is perfect for a wide variety of audiences and venues. Experienced performers deliver music that's by turns energetic, smoky, hilarious, romantic, and groovy. 

 

TUESDAY, AUGUST 2,

Opera at the Gardens

Fresco Opera

Fresco Opera is back! Stroll through the Gardens and take in roaming performances of several operatic scenes performed in a variety of garden areas. A magical experience for all your senses!

 

TUESDAY, AUGUST 9

The Periodicals

The Periodicals

Madison favorites The Periodicals inventive, soulful, snappy, and sometimes searching sound doesn’t easily fit in to any one category, reflecting the musical times and places this (male and female, black and white, 20-50 something) nine-piece has been along the way. Merging elements of northern soul, classic R&B, and alternative rock, the Periodicals acclaimed live shows see them blow the dust off and thumb through a rich catalog of brightly-crafted songs that will have you tapping your feet, but can catch you off-guard just as easily as they catch you singing along.

 

TUESDAY, AUGUST 16

Don't Mess with Cupid

Don't Mess with Cupid

Don't Mess With Cupid is a 8 Piece Soul group based out of Madison, Wisconsin, led by Kevin Willmott. They play Otis Redding, James Brown, Stevie Wonder, Al Green Marvin Gaye and More. Bring your dancin' shoes. 

 

TUESDAY, AUGUST 23, 7 - 8 P.M. - Member appreciation concert

Seasaw

Members enjoy exclusive access to this bonus summer concert held during Member Appreciation Week. Join today and received this great member benefit!

Seasaw

Seasaw, a duo based in Madison, WI, is Meg Golz (drums, synth, vocals) and Eve Wilczewski (guitar, vocals). Seasaw's music is the product of two best friends continually exploring all of the ways they can construct a singular, sarcastic indie rock sound. They have performed alongside Chvrches, Thao & the Get Down Stay Down, Har Mar Superstar, Nada Surf, Shakey Graves, Lucius and many others.

 

weather policy

Concerts will be moved indoors, rescheduled or cancelled in the event of inclement weather. Call will be made by 3 p.m. and posted on this page, on the homepage, and on Facebook

 

sponsors

2022 Presenting Sponsor

 

Bridging Nature & Art Endowment

 

2022 Presenting Media Sponsor

Fox47

 

2022 Presenting Photo & Video Sponsors

 

       MOD Media Productions         Audio for the Arts

 

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.

 

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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