Two years ago, I saw that one of my favorite bands, Son Volt, was playing an outdoor concert in Richmond at — you guessed it — Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. I’m embarrassed to say, it was my first experience visiting Lewis Ginter. But I immediately fell in love with the place.
We arrived at dusk with the kids and a blanket on a perfect cool spring night. I was enchanted by the beauty of The Sunken Garden, the sloped lawn down the the stage and the lake below and the incredibly beautiful flowers all around. I could tell that this was a special place. Little did I know how special — and that 2 years later they’d offer me my dream job, and it would become a second home to me.
Let me get back to the point. I’ve been anxiously waiting for the return of this very special music series for almost 2 years now. (Last year it took a hiatus for the construction of the new Rose Garden). Groovin’ in the Garden is back and better than ever now with the completion of The Rose Garden and the stone structure that doubles as a stage. You can be sure I’ll be back again this year to hear as many of these concerts as I can. And right now, I’m thinking about how great the Indigo Girls will sound singing from the Garden surrounded by rose bushes.
And what you’ve been waiting for…. here is the line-up:
May 7 Shooter Jennings
May 14 Brandi Carlile
May 21 Old Crow Medicine Show
June 4 Medeski Martin & Wood
June 11 Indigo Girls
Plus more shows will be added, so check back soon!