The annual Redwood Grove summer concert series is returning to the UC Botanical Garden. Although tonight’s opening performance is sold out, music lovers will have plenty more chances: Every Thursday evening from now through Aug. 27, musicians will play under the garden’s towering redwoods in the Berkeley hills. Here’s a sneak peak at the summer lineup:
Thursday, June 4:
Berkeley Symphony and Friends Ensemble (sold out). A quartet made up of two violins, a viola and a cello will perform pieces by Bach, Beethoven and Mozart.
The Brothers Comatose: The five-piece string band from San Francisco blends Americana, bluegrass and folk with concise songwriting, and is known for its high-energy performances.
T Sisters: Made up of sisters Erika, Rachel and Chloe, the T Sisters harmonize and accompany one another on guitar, banjo and percussion. Their sound combines elements of folk, Americana, gospel, R&B, bluegrass and soul. For this performance, they will be joined by Steve Height on the upright bass and Andrew Allen Fahlander on guitar and mandolin.
Birds of Chicago: The band is a collective formed around a husband-and-wife duo, JT Nero and Allison Russell, whose heartfelt, joyful voices are the centerpiece of this rock-and-roll poetry group.
Out on the Frontier: Singer-songwriter guitarist Daniel Paige has assembled a special band — Aaron Calvert on bass, Rich Walkling on guitar, Eric Hart on guitar and keyboards and Ty Hardaway on drums — to perform 10 new songs about the complexity of life’s highs and lows against the backdrop of the American West.
Thursday, June 25:
Frankie Boots and The County Line: The folk-rock/Americana band hails from the Bay Area and sings about late nights, lost love and the grittier side of life.
American Nomad: Rooted in Americana and folk and swing traditions, this award-winning acoustic group performs original music with a modern relevance.
All shows run from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults ($17 for Botanical Garden members), $12 for youth and free for kids under 5. For directions to the garden, view this map. For a complete look at the summer’s performances or to buy tickets, visit the UC Botanical Garden’s event calendar.