Music & Art in the Gardens


Seeking a great way to spend a Wednesday evening in the summer? Look no further than the Taylor Conservatory & Botanical Gardens “Music and Art in the Gardens” series, which begins on June 14. 

Early seating opens at 5:30, with the shows running from 6:30-8:30 p.m.. Tickets are $5 for general admission on the Great Lawn. A limited number of chairs are provided, but it is recommended you bring your lawn chairs. The Terrace is wheelchair accessible.

There is the 2017 lineup:

  • Big Ray and the Motor City Kings (June 14): Big Ray Haywood is the Motor City Kings’ front man vocalist and musical director. Ray grew up playing guitar and piano, but it is his saxophone talent that has now become the mark and signature of the act. Ray’s driving performances have resulted in the praise of his peers and the opportunity to share billing with artists such as Buddy Guy and Tommy Castro.
  • The Millionaires (June 21): The Millionaires are a Detroit-based band, specializing in Swing, Jump Blues, Rhythm & Blues, and Latin Jazz. “…their repertoire digs deep into the genre, as a read-through of the titles will attest. They take a swing at Roy Milton, Buddy Johnson and T-Bone Walker classics as well as contemporary material from the Stray Cats and Detroit pianist Bill Heid. (Bob) Conner, the man with the replete and steady beat, has done it right,” wrote Jim Gallert about the group.
  • Levi Johnson Jr. and the Pearl Handled Necktie (June 28): Levi Johnson Jr. and the Pearl Handled Necktie bring their high-energy brand of R&B, Soul, and Funk Rock repertoire.
  • The Brothers Groove (July 5): Formed in 1999, “The Brothers Groove” are described as “Virtuoso-Jazz-Funk Alchemists” by Gary Graff, and winners of over 40 Detroit Music Awards.
  • Dr. Pocket (July 12): This date also includes a Car Show/Cruise, plus Dr. Pocket, a tribute to the band Chicago.
  • Austin Scott & The Big Blue World (July 19): Austin Scott has been writing and performing his music for over 15 years. Born and raised in Detroit, he also spent some time living and performing in Nashville before moving back to the “D” to continue building his career. A gifted songwriter, he has been seen on stages across the United States and heard around the world with airtime on radio stations as far as the Netherlands.
  • The Sarah Sherrard Band (July 26): Sarah Sherrard’s music has been hailed as the rebirth of a lost era. Her refreshing reinvention of vintage ‘60s sound is opening up a whole new world of possibilities for the young artist. Sherrard’s debut EP, Where I Come From, was recorded in Nashville with select members of the band Lynyrd Skynyrd.
  • LL7 – Latin Jazz (August 2): From the kicked-up spice of Cuban and Puerto Rican salsa to chilling with the flavor of Miles, LL7 puts energy and excitement into Jazz. This seven-piece group presents an exciting mix of both Latin and straight-ahead jazz, with an emphasis on rich arrangements. 
  • Deon Yates (August 9): Saxophonist Deon Yates is not new to the music scene, and for the last few years he has been gaining popularity worldwide as a solo performer. Since being named runner up in the 2009 Capital Jazz Challenge, in Maryland, Deon has continued to make strides in his music career.
  • The Dave Bennett Quartet (August 16):  The Dave Bennett Quartet will present a jazz / rockabilly celebration — the summer’s final concert and car cruise.

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