Flowers After 5
Relax on Thursday evenings June through September at Flowers After 5. Stroll through the gardens; listen to relaxing live music, and enjoy food and drinks!
- The Garden is open until 9 p.m.; music is from 5-8 p.m. and food sales end at 8 p.m.
- Guests are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs and blankets.
- Please read Planning Your Visit so you’ll be aware of our safety protocols.
- Advanced tickets are available, but not required, for this event.
- The event is rain or shine; no refunds. In cases of hazardous weather, the event would be cancelled. It’s summertime in Richmond, so we monitor the weather very closely and if there is a high likelihood of strong storms during Flowers After 5, we make the decision at noon whether or not to cancel, based on the forecast. We post the information as quickly as possible to the website and social media; it’s always a good idea to check before you come!
- Cost is $14 adults; $11 senior citizens (65+); $8 children age 3-12; free for children under 3 and free for members. (Not a member? Consider joining.)
FOOD & DRINK
- Food and drinks (including wine and beer) are available for purchase in the Garden Cafe.
- Look for a “cashless” bar with wine, beer, soft drinks and water at Bloemendaal House.
- Outside food is not allowed to be brought into the Garden.
With more than 50 acres, guests can socially distance while exploring the gardens.
- For June and July, instead of one band at one location, there will be smaller groups in two locations, allowing for social distancing and providing background music for evening strolls and dining. See line-up below.
- The second and fourth Thursday nights are also Fidos After 5 Nights when the Garden partners with the Richmond SPCA and leashed dogs are allowed.
- If you’re a player of the popular Pokemon Go augmented reality game, there are Pokemon in the Garden and the evening is a great time to play!
Flowers After 5 — Lineup
*UPDATED June 30, 2021
Bloemendaal House – Love Redemption is the union of Wayne and Jessica Pooley. With an emphasis on strong vocals and intimate harmonies, the couple weaves their way through a broad variety of some of their favorite music. Having a disparate group of influences between them, Jessica and Wayne draw on decades of American Folk, R&B, Gospel, and Rock and Roll from artists such as Ray Charles, Amy Winehouse, Chrissie Hynde, Leon Russell, J.J. Cale, Bill Monroe, Patty Griffin, Gillian Welch and others. Often featuring the talents of some of the area’s finest musicians as well as national touring artists, their arrangements can scale down to an intimate private setting or up to the unbridled energy of a full band.
Luck Garden – Kenneth Von Kellner, is a Richmond musician and educator who specializes in Jazz and Blues. On August 13, he will play three hours of America Standards that range from Cole Porter, Rodgers and Hart, Ira and George Gershwin, to Louie Armstrong, Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald and Chet Baker.
JUNE 10 (Fidos Night)
Bloemendaal House – Abram’s 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!”
Luck Garden – Andrew McCarty, Piano Jazz featuring Allen Cole on Clarinet. Standards, Disney, and Ragtime played on piano and clarinet.
Bloemendaal House – Hazeltone a regional Roots Rock original music band has been playing their songs for the last 10 years with the band’s influences coming from The Doors, John Mayer, Neil Young and others.
Luck Garden – The Paul Urban Duo was formed to bring to the public great blues, smooth jazz, country and sixties sounds! Since then, Guitarist/ vocalist Paul Urban and lead guitarist Joe Hardesty have been successfully entertaining audiences all over Virginia and North Carolina. Audiences hear the likes of Eric Clapton, BB King, George Benson, Grover Washington, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash and so much more. You’re going to have a good time. We guarantee it!
JUNE 24 (Fidos Night)
Bloemendaal House – 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 songcraft 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.
Luck Garden – Haze & Dacey are a Richmond-based folk-pop and roots-rock acoustic duo. They play and sing original music and cover songs, delighting audiences throughout Virginia, as well as in states ranging from North Carolina to Maine. Haze recently assembled a full band to record a collection of her songs for their latest album, “Letters from Gilead,” recorded in early 2021. The duo performs several of these and other original songs, along with covers ranging from Patty Griffin to Joni Mitchell to the Monkees to the Ramones.
Bloemendaal House ONLY – Triple Crossing Jazz Project specializes in swingin’ classic Jazz from the ’30s-’60s. Classic Standards as light instrumental background music or featured entertainment with our talented female vocalist!
JULY 8 (Fidos Night)
Bloemendaal House – E3, featuring members of the band Everything, is a uniquely entertaining band that is creating a buzz at every event they play– from corporate cocktails to weddings, to big stage blowouts. And yes, their song “Who Got the Hooch” was a top 10 radio hit and showcased in Adam Sandler’s movie “The Waterboy”. Putting a new spin on cover bands, E3 plays electrifying versions of the songs you know and love. Their extensive song catalog covers it all; classic R&B, rock, reggae, funk, the 80s, 90s, and even today’s chart-toppers – from Louis Armstrong to Led Zeppelin, from Johnny Cash to The Cure to Coolio.
Luck Garden – Luke Bobbitt has played all around central Va for 12+ years in both bands and as a solo artist. He brings his Springsteen-esqe gritty, authentic storytelling voice to familiar songs ranging from classic rock, pop, country, Americana and his own songwriting. His former guitarist described him in the mold of “Modernized heartland rock with a stonesy swagger.” Luke shares that he always tries to keep his audience engaged with the songs they want to hear and with delightful surprises. He also plays the role of The Boss in the Tribute Springsteen Band called Abrams Bridge.
Bloemendaal House – 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.
Luck Garden – Rick Schaffer has become synonymous with a good time during his 20 years on the road with Mid-Atlantic favs BS&M, The Jangling Reinharts, Little Known Legends and his myriad solo appearances in his native Richmond. He’s played it all – rock clubs, weddings, corporate events, summer venues, and college parties. The secret to connecting with an audience, Rick says, is delivering the right set of songs for each individual event, and with his innate and ever-expanding knowledge of hundreds of classic and alternative rock songs, rootsy anthems, and even TV themes, he has a lot of them to choose from. He’s more than just another guy with a guitar, on stage and off, he has a knack for making you feel good.
JULY 22 (Fidos Night)
Bloemendaal House – 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.
Luck Garden – Ryan Phillips, the lead guitarist of The Whiskey Rebellion, covers a wide array of artists ranging from The Beatles to Tom Petty, The Grateful Dead to Guns N’ Roses. His background may be steeped in rock and roll, but his acoustic roots weave their way into what becomes uniquely original bluegrass, jazz, and anthemic party favorites making for easy listening and danceable tunes.
Bloemendaal House – Antique Melody Show is a nostalgic matinee of the 1920s, 30s and 40s radio stars such as Annette Hanshaw, Mae West, Fats Waller, Eartha Kitt and Jo Stafford – just to name a few. Sprinkle in some Squirrel Nut Zippers, Postmodern Jukebox and other roots jazz contemporaries and you’ve got a confection of romantic popular / jazz standards, Tin Pan Alley, ragtime and Broadway show tunes coming at you from their unique style of stripped-down arrangements. AMS additionally lauds a growing collection of resonant original songs evocative of the same era. This band features Marilyn Brown on vocals, Artie Mayer on guitar, Andrew McCarty on piano & trombone, Allen Cole on clarinet, Kassia Arbabi on violin and Eric Meyer on upright bass. If you’re looking for jazz in Richmond, AMS delivers it in a vintage, pure, speakeasy package that is simply the sweeter side of swing.
Luck Garden – Junior Wilson is a talented guitarist and vocalist who performs solo acoustic sets across Central Virginia. Acoustic blues and soul with gospel, jazz, rock, pop, reggae, thrown into the mix!
ALL PERFORMANCES AT BLOEMENDAAL HOUSE
AUGUST 5 – Shades of Gray is a 6-piece dance band featuring a wide variety of music that is sure to get everybody up on the floor and having a good time! The band primarily plays classic dance hits from the 70s and 80s along with some rock and current hits. The group consists of two female lead vocalists backed by a tight four-piece band. Shades of Gray promises a great evening of music, dancing, and fun!
AUGUST 12 (Fidos Night) – Triple Crossing Jazz Project specializes in swingin’ classic Jazz from the ’30s-’60s. Classic Standards as light instrumental background music or featured entertainment with our talented female vocalist!
AUGUST 19 – Brass in Pocket present the exceptional music of The Pretenders. Inspired by the semi-autobiographical songwriting and invigorating singing style of The Pretenders leader, Chrissie Hynde, Jessica Pooley leads the foursome through a wide range of iconic as well as lesser-known songs that bridge the gap between Post-Punk, early Modern Rock, and Top 40.
AUGUST 26 (Fidos Night) – Paul Urban & Friends is a Tidewater Roots and Blues Band that includes rock and funk influences in their music. The band is fronted by guitarist and vocalist Paul Urban. Joining him are Julian Burrell on bass, Tyrell Reese on drums and keyboard wizard Tyler Bevington.
SEPTEMBER 2 – 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.
SEPTEMBER 9 (Fidos Night) – Dance Candy Hip hop and pop, jazz and funk and straight-up R&B all creating a big, funky scene of party-down. Slide into a seat at a Dance Candy party and you’ll know there’s something a little different happening tonight. It certainly feels like a Pharrell meets Justin Timberlake kind of night with a vintage cocktail of chilled-out Marvin Gaye. Mix in the soul of Aretha and Bob Marley, the modern style of Cee-Lo and Bruno Mars, and chase it down with a nightcap of Stevie Wonder.
SEPTEMBER 16 – The Original Elbe-Musikanten German Band will play the traditional style of German, Austrian, Czech and Slovak music such as polkas, marches, waltzes as well as other favorites.
SEPTEMBER 23 (Fidos Night) – U&I Plus Latin Band is a Cover band native to Richmond, Virginia. We perform a mix of Afro Caribbean Salsa infused with a bit of Old School R&B. Many of our covers you will recognize, with just a twist of Latin flavor!
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