Concerts in the Garden 2014

Fall Concerts in the Garden 2014

South Carolina Botanical Garden Fall Concert Series 2014
Join us every Friday evening September 19 through October 24, 2014 at 7 p.m. in the Garden Amphitheater for Fall Concerts in the garden.

Carolina Rhythm Section
The group consists of four very talented and seasoned musicians who are solid instrumentally and vocally. Their unique individual musical tastes and backgrounds enable the band to perform a rich and extensive variety of styles and genres to including rock, country, beach, blues, and dance music. The band was formed through the combination of two popular and successful bands from the South Carolina Upstate (Tailgate Homeboys/Cider Brothers)...they are professional, proven musicians who are committed to providing a memorable musical experience within any venue.

Carolina Rhythm Section band members:
Brian Glen - Lead vocals/acoustic guitars
Chris Crumpton - Lead guitars/vocals
Joe Burden - Percussion
Ben Jordan - Bass guitars/vocals

Visit Carolina Rhythm Section

Fee: FREE Suggested donation of $5
Date: September 19
Time: 7pm to 8:30pm

Larry Zarella
Larry's pure voice and steady guitar style have been earning him loyal audiences from Massachusetts to Alaska since 1989. He is a masterful singing storyteller - some songs are poignant; some are funny; but each one reveals a bit more about the man who left his Massachusetts home to start fresh on a piece of open, unclaimed land in Alaska. After not observing anyone on a gorgeous plot near Talkeetna, he just started stacking logs and soon called it home. It's a testimony to his adventurous spirit, which is clearly present in each of his songs. Larry's writing remembers the spirit of the grizzly, the spirit of the woods, even the spirit of his beloved cabin. All of them are there, in his songs, and he introduces his listeners to them as the old friends that they are. Each one tells a story that brings you a little closer to the story teller. To experience Larry's performance is to enjoy a true folk artist.

Larry has shared the stage with the likes of Bill Staines, Jonathan Edwards, Guy Davis, Dan Bern, Pierce Pettis, Janice Ian and Susan Werner to name a few. His songs have been heard on television and have been included on many compilation discs. Larry returned to the East Coast in 2006 after recording his latest record, No Place Special, as a tribute and fundraiser for a Massachusetts family raising two daughters with life-threatening disabilities.

Visit Larry Zarella

Fee: FREE Suggested donation of $5
Date: September 26
Time: 7pm to 8:30pm

Tropical Island Players
Our performance is action packed and audience oriented. It includes an island flavored/Harry Belafonte style repertoire, seasoned with our own unique jazz licks and topped off with a touch of beach music.

Visit Tropical Island Players

Fee: FREE Suggested donation of $5
Date: October 3
Time: 7pm to 8:30pm

Emily Lynch
At only twenty-six years old, Emily Lynch sings with the experience, humility, and sweet vintage voice of an artist two or three times her age. What she lacks in actual career mileage is made up for by her precocious raw and obvious intrinsic nature of her talent.

Emily grew up dabbling with songwriting while singing in her church choir and high school chorus in the metro Atlanta area. She later moved on to pursue a degree in Communications from Clemson University. Emily graduated in 2008, and had a brief stint as an intern at Edwin McCain’s OMG Studios in Greenville, SC before being introduced to producer Dan Hannon, who committed to help her cultivate her skills.

Since releasing her debut full-length album in 2011 to critical acclaim, Emily has been hard at work perfecting her craft as a songwriter with some of the best and most successful writers in the business.

Visit Emily Lynch

Fee: FREE Suggested donation of $5
Date: October 10
Time: 7pm to 8:30pm

Charles Wood of Nitrograss
A piano player since age 5, Charles Wood switched his focus to the banjo after listening to Flatt and Scruggs and receiving a banjo for his 15th birthday. After learning every banjo tune note for note on Flatt and Scruggs' classic recording Foggy Mountain Banjo Charles began to study under renowned South Carolina veteran banjo player Al Osteen. At age 18 he began playing with ex-Bill Monroe sideman Curtis Blackwell and his band The Dixie Bluegrass Boys. With them he toured extensively throughout the eastern US performing at Bluegrass festivals. It was during this time that Charles began listening to a wide array of banjo players and other musicians as well. His style of playing encompasses musical genres from traditional Bluegrass to Classical.

Recent venues include The Late Show with David Letterman, A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor, two tours in Austria and Germany with The Lonesome Road Band, teaching at the Munich Germany Banjo Camp in Oct '09 and various regional and national Bluegrass festivals. Charles was recently invited by the actor Steve Martin, an accomplished banjo player himself, to perform with him and Earl Scruggs, Pete Wernick, and Tony Ellis at the 2005 New Yorker Festival in New York City. With this group he made an appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman. Charles Wood currently performs with Asheville NC based band Nitrograss.

Visit Charles Wood

Fee: FREE Suggested donation of $5
Date: October 17
Time: 7pm to 8:30pm

Ella Mae Bowen
Ella was born, raised, and still live in South Carolina. Not near the beach, but almost in the mountains in a small town called Walhalla. I am a first child (an only child for almost 9 years until my brother Jed came along). I was born prematurely with lungs that weren’t developed. God must have a good sense of humor because no one has been able to keep me from singing and loudly I might add, since before I could talk. I truly believe that from day one, my family has never left my cheering section.
In March 2011, I was offered a record deal by Big Machine Records. I still wake up every morning pinching myself in disbelief that I really have a record deal and a chance to make music I love.
I want to change the world, by first listening to it. I love hard work and pray I can work at this until I can’t work anymore.

Visit Ella Mae Bowen

Fee: FREE Suggested donation of $5
Date: October 24
Time: 7pm to 8:30pm