Peace, love, and music. That was Woodstock, 1969. And in the song that she wrote to memorialize the event, Joni Mitchell declared that “we’ve got to get ourselves back to the garden.” So true. We do need a little peace, love and music. And we do need to get ourselves back to the garden—and how about if it’s one that’s internationally recognized as a “living masterpiece,” and that’s right around the corner? It may be a far cry from the muddy bacchanal that was the 3-day Woodstock festival, but Ladew’s summer concert series Groovin in the Grass delivers all the serenity, fresh air, and fantastic music you’d hope for in an outdoor music setting (plus, you get to go home at the end of the evening and sleep in your own bed, as opposed to in a pile of semi-clothed hippies). And of course, this is an outdoor concert you can bring the family to. The concerts begin on Sunday, June 9th and continue each Sunday evening through August 18th. The concerts are held from 6 to 8 p.m. (early enough for little ones to not get crabby), and the Ladew Gardens Great Bowl is a spectacular setting for taking in the variety of music offered this season.
The full lineup for the season is available on Ladew’s website, but the season kicks off with String Theory, a 5-piece classic rock band performing hit songs from the ‘80’s and beyond. The following week, The Crawdaddies (back by popular demand) will perform their annual Cajun/Zydeco Roots Rockin’ Father’s Day celebration. We didn’t know that everyone else’s dads love Zydeco music as much as ours, but apparently, they do! As things get hotter toward the end of the month, Sons of Pirates will play Ladew’s beach party (same location—but the music makes it beachy) with the music of Jimmy Buffett, Bob Marley and more. The list goes on all the way through August—and the variety of offerings promises something for everyone—and for true music lovers, every week is a treat.
For all concerts, tickets are available at the door, and concert admission includes visiting the gardens—so come early, take a stroll through the famous topiary, and then settle in to take in the tunes. Picnics, blankets and chairs are welcome, but Ladew asks that you leave pets, athletic equipment, and alcohol at home (though refreshments—including alcoholic beverages—are available for purchase once you’re there). So set down the blanket, carve up the watermelon, and you’ll be feeling like Joni says, “we are stardust…we are golden.”
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