Flowers After 5
Relax on Thursday evenings mid-May through October at Flowers After 5, our live music series featuring a diverse mix of local and regional acts held in the Grace Arents Garden, adjacent to historic Bloemendaal House. See the lineup below.
Performances run from 5-8p.m. with a brief intermission.
2023 Performance Dates: May 18, 25*; June 1, 8*, 15, 22*, 29; July 6, 13*, 20, 27*; August 3, 10*, 17, 24*, 31; September 7, (no concert on Sept. 14), 21, 28*; October 5, (no Flowers After 5 concert on Oct. 12**), 19, 26*.
*The second and fourth Thursday nights are also Fidos After 5 evenings when the Garden partners with the Richmond SPCA and leashed dogs are allowed.
**There is no Flowers After 5/Fidos After 5 on Oct. 12 due to Groovin’ in the Garden.
Outside food and drink are not allowed to be brought into the Garden. See food and bar menu below.
Admission & Weather Policy
Admission to this event is regular Garden admission. You can walk up and purchase tickets at the Guest Services desk or purchase in advance online (Please note: online tickets incur a convenience fee.)
Members enjoy free admission; not a member? Consider joining.
Garden hours are extended until 9p.m. on Flowers After 5 nights, so be sure to take time to explore Incanto: An Oasis of Lyrical Sculpture, which is especially striking when illuminated in the evenings. The Garden Shop may also offer extended hours.
Flowers After 5 is rain or shine. The Garden Staff monitors the weather closely and if there is a high likelihood of hazardous weather during Flowers After 5, the event will be cancelled. We post weather-related updates as quickly as possible to the website and social media, and it’s always a good idea to check before you come.
2023 FLOWERS AFTER 5 LINEUP!
October 5 – Miramar Quartet
A Latin American band that aims to capture poetry through their music with new interpretations of classic boleros and original songs steeped in all the variations out of the bolero tradition. They are associated with the Nuevo Romantico movement and carry the torch of Bolero-Beat, a popular genre of the late 60’s defined for its blend of boleros with a touch of psychedelic funk music.
October 19 – Gone Country
A Richmond-based country band that honors the heroes of traditional country music with their authentic sound and vibrant acoustic melodies. This group delivers a show where the line dancing, Honky Tonk sound of Brooks & Dunn meets the smooth melodies of Alan Jackson.
October 26 – Kelli Strawbridge Quartet
Features Richmond-based jazz drummer Kelli Strawbridge, a powerhouse in the jazz music scene of the city who has played with a number of different groups over the years. This jazz quartet channels the foundations of jazz classics and standards, but also brings a little bit of contemporary energy to the stage that will span many genres throughout the years.
*Fidos After 5 Night (leashed dogs allowed.)
May 18 – Kendall Street Company, a genre-fluid, eclectic rock ensemble that has drawn varied comparisons to the dynamic jams of Umphrey's McGee and Widespread Panic, songwriting prowess of John Prine, experimental psychedelia of Pink Floyd, progressive jazz-infused rock of Frank Zappa, and off-color humor of Ween and They Might Be Giants. Including elements of crowd participation, off-the-cuff comedic bits, haphazard choreography, musical improvisation, and surprise musical guests, each Kendall Street Company concert is an experience unlike any other.
May 25 – Kozy Cats are the convergence of friends who got the band back together - with stellar results. The musical pedigrees for this group of locals are too long and wide to list, but include appearances on Soul Train, piano-playing with Chubby Checker, and week-long stands at the legendary Peppermint Beach Club. Currently this group is delighting audiences with danceable covers of Wilson Pickett, Herman's Hermits, David Bowie, and a couple dozen more soul & pop artists. This performance will feature the mighty Kozy Cats Horns, ensuring a rollicking good time for everyone.
June 1 – PRIDE Kick-Off Night in partnership with VA PRIDE, featuring cocktails, drag performances, and a dance party with music from DJ Statistics! As night falls, be sure to enjoy the Conservatory as it is illuminated in pride colors for the month of June.
June 8 - Landon Elliott is an old spirit, and it shows in his voice. Its rasp and grain – forged in North Carolina’s huge-sky Outer Banks – bring his songs so resonantly to life that by rights it should belong to a much older person. That impression is accentuated by his mountain-man build and beard…but, mainly, it’s the voice that strikes you. Elliott’s tunes tell stories about a way of life and what happens when you break away from it, and his singing hits you in the gut. If he makes you reconsider your own world-view, he’ll be happy: the reason he makes music is to let people know he’s in their corner.
June 15 – The Jangling Reinharts, providing roots-rock music largely forgotten by other bands. Think: The Band meets Van Morrison and they go out to Stephen Stills' house and listen to the Monkees while watching a Barenaked Ladies video. This melting pot of music describes what they are all about. This four-piece mixes popular cover songs from the 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s (along with the occasional TV theme song…just to see who's listening). Beautiful vocal harmonies, superb finger-style on the lead guitar, and a knack for playing the right song at the right time set this band apart from the rest.
June 22 – CANCELLED DUE TO SEVERE WEATHER
June 29 - Abrams Bridge, a band of brothers performing all of The Boss's biggest hits, live staples and deep cuts! A tribute to the one and only Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band!
Special food truck in addition to usual offerings: Grateful Grill (gourmet grill cheeses)
July 6 – Hazeltone, a regional Roots Rock original music band has been playing their songs for the last 10 years with the bands influences coming from The Doors, John Mayer, Neil Young and others.
July 13 – The Donnybrooks, an acoustic string band from Richmond, VA. Featuring a singer/guitarist, a multi-instrumentalist, and one of RVA's finest fiddlers, this band plays lots of foot-stomping, crowd-pleasing, Southern-Fried Irish music. Their repertoire runs the gamut from The Rolling Stones, over to Hank (Sr.), dipping a toe into Bluegrass, with a hefty dose of traditional Irish music, and many other selections from Americana classics.
Also a Fidos After 5.
July 20 – Jay Brown’s Grace Street Seven is a vintage style Jazz Septet that performs songs in the tradition of early American dance bands from the 1920s-1930s. Renowned as the little band with a BIG sound, this versatile group specializes in playing Victrola record transcriptions of Jazz Age classics from the likes of Al Bowlly, Cole Porter, Fletcher Henderson, Ray Noble and Irving Berlin. The instrumental line-up includes trumpet, clarinet, saxophone, tenor banjo, piano, upright bass and percussion/drums. Full of sophistication and exuding the nostalgia of early American Jazz, expect a dapper yet cheeky performance with a few fun surprises.
July 27 - Whiskey Rebellion: Drawing on their diverse musical backgrounds, The Whiskey Rebellion mix the spontaneity of bluegrass, the collectiveness of jazz, and the urgency of rock and roll to create their own unique take on everything from traditional bluegrass to anthemic party favorites. The band covers a wide array of artists ranging from The Beatles to The Talking Heads to Guns 'n' Roses, but their approach is always steeped in their acoustic roots and uniquely lends itself to being both listenable and danceable.
Also a Fidos After 5.
August 3 – Dead Letter Officers: born through an undying love of the jangle, Richmond’s R.E.M. merchants, the Dead Letter Officers, focus on early R.E.M. music from the early to late 1980s! Waking at the dawn of the college rock movement, DLO recreates the early 1980’s energy and song craft of R.E.M. that became the soundtrack to countless college road trips and all night dance parties throughout the South. Though they would later become the biggest band in the world for a time, at their beginning, R.E.M. was an intelligent, rocking bar band with rollicking songs and presence. DLO brings to life R.E.M.’s early sets in a live setting, recreating the IRS – era recordings with tireless enthusiasm. DLO creates a musical cacophony that harkens back to a simpler, more exciting time.
*Port City Brewing Co. will be offering beer tastings
August 10 – Soul Providers: Richmond's premier Soul Band for over 20 years. Led by original member, Steve Webb on vocals and harp, this group brings their own unique mixture of gritty 60's soul and hard driving blues to the party. If you like to dance, Soul Providers delivers the goods, featuring accomplished musicians whose resumes include years of experience performing with other regional and national acts, including Percy Sledge, Delbert McClinton, and the Charlie Daniels Band.
Also a Fidos After 5.
August 17 – River City Band, local RVA bluegrass band.
August 24 – Natalie Brooke: a 4-piece funk/rock band from the DC area that will be supplying all the funky dance jams to our stage to kick off the season! From upbeat guitar rhythms & synth breakdowns to tight drum grooves & sultry bass lines, this band knows how to bring the party. Don’t miss one of the hottest up & coming acts in the local music scene shred on piano, organ, and keytar for the evening!
Also a Fidos After 5.
August 31 – Jackass Flats: an ultra-talented Virginia quintet comes from a long-standing bluegrass tradition but creates a wholly original sound by weaving their melting pot of acoustic roots music with the sounds of electric rock’n’roll. Jackass Flats combines a unique blend of jam band rhythms with twangy versions of contemporary hits that can elevate any event into a unique, rousing experience. Expect a repertoire that runs the gamut from Johnny Cash to The Beatles, Willie Nelson to Prince, Smokey Robinson to The Rolling Stones, all delivered with warm southern charm and infectious energy.
September 7 – The Original Elbe-Musikanten German Band: The band will play the traditional style of German, Austrian, Czech and Slovak music such as polkas, marches, waltzes as well as other favorites.
September 21 – Dance Candy: When people want to dance, Dance Candy delivers the good stuff. This seven piece band features top-shelf talent, fresh energy and a song list as sweet and varied as a box of chocolates. From Aretha and Stevie to Justin and Britney, Dance Candy dishes out irresistible grooves all night. The band serves up each song with a signature sound that’s all their own. Their vocals are sexy and soulful while trumpets trade licks with lead guitar solos, and the whole band puts plenty of funk in the beat. Dance Candy rocks out party anthems till the glow sticks are waving and the crowd is on fire. They read the room, follow the lead and take the party where it needs to go. When it’s time to slow things down for a minute, they’re ready with a romantic ballad to mellow the mood.
September 28 – Prabir Trio: This border-crossing band that blurs the boundaries between American rock & roll and Indian traditions. Influenced by alt-rock, classic British pop, Indian rāgas, garage grooves, and frontman Prabir Mehta’s relocation from India to the USA, this diverse, forward-thinking group tells the story of frontman Prabir Mehta’s immigration from India to Virginia by blending elements of Indian music into hook-laden rock and roll.
Also, Fidos After 5 Night (leashed dogs allowed.)
FIDOS AFTER 5
The Garden partners with the Richmond SPCA on these special nights (only): May 25; June 8 & 22; July 13 & 27; August 10 & 24; September 28; October 26. when leashed dogs are allowed. Suggested $2 “pet admission” benefits Richmond SPCA.
All dogs must be leashed (no retractable leashes) and current on rabies vaccinations. Please Note: We welcome dogs in the Robins Visitor Center and Conservatory, but ask that they not enter the Kelly Education Center building. Please read our rules and guidelines for visiting Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden with dogs.
Leashed dogs are allowed on Fidos nights only.
Before attending Fidos after Five with your dog, it’s important to understand what your dog tolerates and will enjoy. Ask yourself:
- How does my dog handle being in a new environment?
- How does my dog react to close proximity to unfamiliar people and dogs of various sizes?
– All dogs must have a current rabies vaccine.
– Retractable leashes are not permitted. Flat leashes will be available to borrow from the Richmond SPCA’s table in the Robins Visitor Center.
· An adult must maintain control of the dog’s leash at all times.
· Please ask before approaching or allowing your dog to approach an unfamiliar dog.
· All dogs must be well-behaved; the Garden reserves the right to determine whether an owner and pet may be asked to leave, based on guest safety.
Please Note: We welcome dogs in the Robins Visitors Center and Conservatory, but ask that they not enter the Kelly Education Center building.
Leashed dogs are allowed on Fidos nights only. Ticketed event; $2 suggested “pet admission” benefiting the Richmond SPCA
Food & Drink
Guests are welcome to bring chairs and blankets to spread out on the lawn, and there are a limited number of chairs and tables available on a first-come, first served basis.
PLEASE NOTE: Outside food and drink are not allowed to be brought into the Garden.
Food and drinks are available for purchase from 5-8p.m. at the concert site, under Bloemendaal House tent. Alcohol sales end at 7:45p.m.
Flowers After 5 Menu
BARBACOA OR CHICKEN TINGA
TOPPED WITH QUESO FRESCA, AVOCADO CREMA AND PICO DE GALLO
BAKED GOODS $4
CRAFT BEER $8
WINE BY GLASS $8
WINE BY BOTTLE $34
SWEET TEA VODKA AND LAVENDER LEMONADE $8
BOTTLED WATER $2
BOTTLED SODA $4