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Summer concert series blooms again at UC Botanical Garden

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.

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.

Comatose BrothersThursday, June 11:

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 bandT 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 bandThursday, June 18:

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 band

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.

ThursdaFrankie Boots and The County Line bandy, 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.