Fall 2020

Gigs in the Garden


Bring your lawn chairs or blankets and social distance to listen to live, local music in an extraordinary setting!

In the case of inclement weather, the concerts will move to a virtual format via livestream on our social media. The concerts will be posted here after the livestream.


Peace through People Pavilion
in the Kay Cummins Finnie Memorial Dogwood Garden
at the Springfield Botanical Gardens at Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park
2400 S. Scenic Ave., Springfield, MO


Sun., Sept. 20 at 2 p.m. - Marideth Sisco

Marideth Sisco and Blackberry Winter

Marideth Sisco performs on September 20 with Blackberry Winter. Sisco sings old-time music from the Ozark hills. She was featured in the film Winter’s Bone for which she assembled a group of musicians which coalesced into the Blackberry Winter Band.

Sun., Oct. 4 at 2 p.m. - Kevin Cott

Kevin Cott

Kevin Cott performs on October 4. Influenced by Americana folk roots and classic literature, Cott’s songs are for fans of acoustic music where thoughtful lyrics and contemplative melodies take center stage.

A singer/songwriter originally from Kansas, Cott now resides in Springfield. His music has been called “honest and wonderfully free of clutter.” His songs celebrate providential relationships and leaving behind the hurt of the past. Lyrically, Cott manages to find a remarkable balance between auto-biography and self-absorption — not always an easy line to walk as a song-writer, but one he does with self-assured confidence.


Sun., Oct. 11 at 2 p.m. - Fresh Faces

The October 11 concert features three sets by different performers: Ivy Nix, Aaron Mayer and Avery Mann. Nix is a singer/songwriter/producer who uses her voice and music to speak her mind. Mayer’s songs are about real people brought to life with soulful vocals over acoustic guitar.

Sun., Oct. 18 at 2 p.m. - The Breakfast Sides

The Breakfast Sides

The Breakfast Sides perform on October 18. Chad “Gravy” Graves and “Biscuit” Betsey Mae are a husband and wife duo playing classic country, bluegrass and original music.

Sun., Oct. 25 at 2 p.m. - Kentucky 31

Kentucky 31

Kentucky 31 performs on October 25. Traditional bluegrass at its core, the band is made up of two father and son teams: Max and Jason King of Dadeville and Larry and Brent Smith of Stockton.

Kentucky 31 has performed more than 300 shows together since 1999. They love to listen to the Stanley Brothers, Bill Monroe and the New South. Hard-driving traditional bluegrass has always been a passion of theirs to perform. Max, Jason and Brent are educators and Larry owns Village Music in Stockton, Mo.


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.

About the PTP Pavilion

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.

More Information

For more information, please call 417-874-2962 or e-mail info@friendsofthegarden.org.