Thanks to EVERYONE who made this year’s Groovin’ in the Gardens Concert Series so special – – the series returns in June 2019!
Groovin’ in the Gardens Summer Concert Series Presented by
Live music performances provide the soundtrack to magical evenings at Wellfield Botanic Gardens’ Groovin’ in the Gardens – Summer Concert Series. The concert lineup features an eclectic assortment of music by popular artists of the area and beyond. Gates open at 6 p.m., concerts begin at 7; get your space in the event tent early and stroll the beautiful garden trails while listening to nature’s symphony before enjoying the concerts as the sun sets. NEW for 2018: Each week we’ll feature a different local food vendor, watch our website or Facebook page for the lineup! Food items may be purchased, or you may bring your own picnic dinner to enjoy during the concert. Chairs and tables are available for seating or you’re welcome to bring your own or enjoy your picnic on a blanket in the grass surrounding the event tent. Please note: Alcoholic beverages may not be brought into the Gardens but may be purchased onsite from our caterer. Ticket pricing includes parking, admission to the garden, and the special opportunity to enjoy Wellfield after hours. NEW for 2018: Purchase your tickets in advance and receive a discount! – – And NO TICKET FEES for purchasing online!
Concerts are Thursday Evenings, June 21-August 23, 2018 at 7 p.m.
June 21 – **DOUBLE-HEADER** To kickoff the Elkhart Jazz Festival, Wellfield has partnered with Jazz Fest organizers for a musical double-header featuring both Bloodest Saxaphone – a dapper Japanese jazz sextet, and the Huntertones a high energy, horn-driven sound, fusing inspired improvisation and adventurous composition that melds jazz, funk, rock, and soul! You won’t want to miss this pairing – – 2 concerts in 1! Tonight’s food pairing: That Guy’s Barbecue Ribs
June 28 – Darryl Buchanan’s Soul & Motown Revue – Performing for over 30 years, Darryl Buchanan has toured with legendary groups including The Temptations, Fred Wesley of the JB’s, and the Motown Revue. He has also performed on NBC’s Saturday Night Live and even a Presidential Inaugural Ball. Darryl’s smooth vocal style, explosive bass and guitar solos are always a crowd pleaser, likening artists such as Smokey Robinson and Al Green. Tonight’s food pairing: Navarre Hospitality Group Catering
July 5 – Lalo Cura – A rock band based in Goshen, IN, Lalo Cura has developed a unique sound that combines every musical genre that has influenced each member of the group. Tonight’s food pairing: Navarre Hospitality Group Catering
July 12 – Q Sonics – The musicians’ influences are various, but the sum is an amazing sound that is blues based , with heavy influences of rock, soul, and funk. Tonight’s food pairing: Navarre Hospitality Group Catering
July 19 – Whistle Pigs – Contemporary, Classic Rock, Jazz, Rhythm and Blues – The Whistle Pigs are a smokin’ hot seven-piece dance band that’ll have you moving! Tonight’s food pairing: That Guy’s Barbecue Ribs
July 26 – Marty & The Martinizers represent the “rock edge of folk rock.” Expanding on The Byrds, Springsteen, Larry Norman, Dan Fogelberg, Bob Dylan and John Mellencamp, Marty forges new roads into rock’s human side while maintaining roots in the American folk tradition. Tonight’s food pairing: Navarre Hospitality Group Catering
August 2 – May Erlewine Trio Tonight’s food pairing: The Wiener Shack
August 9 – Paul Decker & The Real Deal – Performing together for over two decades, bringing their own style of Jazz, Rock, Pop, and Standards to Michiana. From Louie Armstrong to Motown, Steely Dan to Joe Cocker (you may even get a polka, you just never know), they’re sure to bring a smile to your face. Tonight’s food pairing: The Wiener Shack
August 16 – John Primer – Two-time Grammy-nominated artist, American blues legend, bandleader and lead guitarist for Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon, Magic Slim & The Teardrops, John Primer’s virtuosity as a blues musician was forged by legends. “YOU CAN’T PAINT THE BLUES WITHOUT THE PRIMER!” Tonight’s food pairing: That Guy’s Barbecue Ribs.
John Primer appears with special thanks to tonight’s band sponsors: Dean and Cindy Bergeman.
August 23 – Nora Jane Struthers & The Party Line – Singer-songwriter based in Nashville, Tennessee, notable for her critically acclaimed Americana and roots rock. Tonight’s food pairing: That Guy’s Barbecue Ribs
Nora Jane Struthers appears with special thanks to tonight’s band sponsors: Catherine and Scott Maxwell.
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Enjoy NO TICKET FEES when purchasing online!
Please note: Advanced discount tickets may be purchased online or in person until 3 p.m. on the day of the concert.
- Member Adult: $7 ($5 in advance)
- Member Child (ages 3-12): $4 ($3 in advance)
- Public Adult: $10 ($8 in advance)
- Public Child (ages 3-12): $5 ($4 in advance)
- Under age 3 are free with paid adult (please select free child ticket option)
Season Tickets are no longer for sale
Enjoy NO TICKET FEES when purchasing online!
- Member Season Tickets: Get all 10 concerts for $40
- Member Child (ages 3-12) Season Tickets: Get all 10 concerts for $24
- Public Season Tickets: Get all 10 concerts for $70
- Public Child (ages 3-12) Season Tickets: Get all 10 concerts for $32
- Children under age 3 are free with paid adult (please select free child ticket option)
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Thanks to our generous Sponsors:
Presenting Sponsor: Center for Hospice Care
Promotional Support provided by:
Weekly Band Sponsor:
August 16, John Primer Concert: Balance Architectural Studio, Dean and Cindy Bergeman
Rental Equipment Sponsor:
The fine print: Wellfield closes early on concert evenings at 5 p.m. Gates re-open for ticket holders at 6 p.m. (tickets may be purchased online or at the gate) Concerts begin 7 p.m. (approximately 90 minutes in length). Folding chairs are available for seating or you’re welcome to bring your own or enjoy your picnic on a blanket near the stage. Alcoholic beverages may NOT be brought into the Gardens but may be purchased onsite from our caterer. Ticket pricing includes parking, admission to the garden, and the special opportunity to enjoy Wellfield after regular business hours. For the comfort of our guests, concerts are held under a large event tent. In the [rare] event of cancellation due to severe or dangerous weather conditions, tickets are valid for one regular admission to Wellfield, expiring one year from event date.