Free Gigs in the Garden concert series brings international and local music to the Springfield Botanical Gardens

Free Gigs in the Garden concert series brings international and local music to the Springfield Botanical Gardens

Central Bank and Central Trust present Gigs in the Garden, a free concert series at 2:00 p.m. on Sundays in October 2019 at the Peace through People Pavilion located within the beautiful Kay Cummins Finnie Dogwood Garden in the Springfield Botanical Gardens, 2400 S. Scenic Ave., Springfield, Mo.

Gigs in the Garden features a variety of international and local performance groups and offers community members an exciting way to enjoy the extraordinary park. Attendees are asked to bring their own lawn chairs and/or blankets for seating. In the case of inclement weather, the concerts will move inside the Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center.

The Singer and the Songwriter performs on Sunday, October 6 at 2 p.m. Currently touring the United States, this Americana/folk performing duo is comprised of Rachel Garcia and Thu Tran. Their multi-cultural backgrounds bring depth and diversity to the rich traditions of folk, jazz and blues music.

Springfield Community Jazz Ensemble performs on Sunday, October 13 at 2 p.m. Directed by Bob Holden, this group has a “big band” sound and is made up of Springfield community members.

Claude Bourbon performs on Sunday, October 20 at 2 p.m. Based in the UK, Bourbon is known throughout Europe and America for amazing guitar performances that take blues, Spanish and Middle Eastern stylings into uncharted territories.

The Lacewings performs on Sunday, October 27 at 2 p.m. Locals Liz Carney of Bella Donna and Molly Healey of Big Smith team up to create a unique and atmospheric sound unlike any you’ll hear around the area.

Gigs in the Garden is organized by Ric Mayer, maintainer of the Kickapoo Edge Prairie, and Linda Chorice, former Springfield Conservation Nature Center Manager. The series is managed by Friends of the Garden and Springfield Sister Cities Association in cooperation with the Springfield-Greene County Park Board.

Funding for the concert series is made possible through Central Bank and Central Trust’s sponsorship of the Dogwood Garden. Though the concerts are free to attend, donations are accepted to benefit and improve the Springfield Botanical Gardens.

The Peace through People Pavilion was constructed in late 2016 to encourage more cultural performances and community events in the Springfield Botanical Gardens. The Pavilion furthers the Friends of the Garden mission to bring people, nature, and gardens together as well as the Springfield Sister Cities Association mission of Peace through People.

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