Saturday, August 23, 2014

Botanical Roots Outdoor Concert Series


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Botanical Roots Concert Series

Fridays, July 25, August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Doors open at 7:30 pm
Opening act 8:30 pm

Get ready for our ninth year of musical fun! Six concerts with regionally and nationally touring artists featuring funk, blues, reggae and more, with local bands opening. Concerts will be held outdoors in our Terrace Garden, rain or shine. Seating is limited, so please bring your own chair. Food and beverage will be available for purchase from Mad Anthony Brewing; no outside food or beverage allowed.

Admission: $6/13 years and older. Free for ages 12 and under.

For more details, call (260) 427-6440.


Official Lodging Sponsor

Holiday Inn at IPFW Coliseum is our official lodging sponsor and has special rates for Parks & Recreation participants! Click the Holiday Inn link and you will be directed to the Holiday Inn's reservation page that already has the special rate loaded. Or call today to book your room! 260-482-3800.

2014 Botanical Roots Concert Series: 


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August 22nd  Orgone    (Funk)  w/ Fort Wayne Funk Orchestra     

It started with a boardwalk, a bar, and two kids united by a passion for raw soul recordings. For over a decade, Orgone has been steaming up stages all over the country and drenching the biggest music festivals in sweat. Now, the band is back in its home-grown studio KillionSound crafting and recording its seventh full-length album featuring their new powerhouse singer Adryon de León. Orgone’s sound is a cold-blooded blend of deep soul, rare funk, and afro-disco with a raw rock star edge that is uniquely LA. Shifting effortlessly from slyly slinky to seismically cinematic, the music remains tough and uncluttered. For their heart-pounding live performances and classic, gritty recordings, Orgone has been called by Dusty Groove America, “One of the heaviest acts we’ve heard in years.”

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August 29th Nikki Hill     (Blues)  w/ Swick & Jones          

Hill and her band (who Nikki deems ‘The Pirate Crew) are climbing to the top of the roots music scene step by step and leaving jaws on the floor along the way. With a no-filter energy, they take all the flavors of American roots music and deliver a sound that will make you believe in rock and roll again! Nikki’s gritty and raw voice with Stax soul dynamics, driving rhythm guitar from Matt Hill, and a tight rhythm section provided by Ed Strohsahl and Joe Meyer come together and make a sound that just sounds like the truth.

Hailing from Durham, North Carolina, Nikki comes by her Deep South soul honestly. Her musical roots began while singing in gospel choirs at church as a child. A stint living in nearby college town Chapel Hill introduced her to many different styles of music and the awareness of music (and more importantly, unique and non-mainstream music) as a possible career. After pairing up with her guitar-playing husband Matt Hill, they have made an unstoppable team and have established themselves as roots rock and roll powerhouses!

General Information

The Botanical Conservatory invites the community to grab a lawn chair, settle in, and enjoy music that’s fun and funky, creative, and upbeat. Bands are selected from regional and national touring acts with an emphasis on uniqueness, quality, and representation of a specific musical style.

Shows are Friday nights through August 29. Local bands will warm up the scene. Food and beverage will be available for purchase from Mad Anthony Brewing; no outside food or beverage allowed. Admission is $6 at the gate. Youth ages 12 and under are admitted free with a parent or guardian. Gates open at 7:30 p.m.; shows start at 8:30 and the events take place outdoors, rain or shine. The Conservatory is located in downtown Fort Wayne at 1100 S. Calhoun Street.

Botanical Roots is sponsored by Fort Wayne Metals Research, The Downtown Improvement District, PBS 39, 96.3 XKE Fort Wayne’s Classic Rock, Whatzup, and Mad Anthony Brewing.

Restrooms and concessions are conveniently located to the south of the Terrace in the Exploration Garden with additional restrooms located in the Conservatory. The Terrace area and Conservatory are non-smoking. Smoking is however allowed in the Exploration Garden. Smokers are encouraged to use extra caution disposing of smoking materials during drought conditions.

For more information phone 260/427-6446

2014 Sponsors

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Sponsorship opportunities for the 2015 season are NOW available. For more information contact Mitch Sheppard 260/427-6441.

For information about additional concerts and movies, check out the Foellinger Theatre page too! 

Enjoy some photos from previous Botanical Roots Concerts! Looking for new bands for 2015!

U.R.B (Opener) (Previous show)


The Ark Band (Previous show)



The Botanical Conservatory's Terrace is the perfect outdoor setting for enjoying music downtown!

The Rewinders (Opener) (Previous Show)


The New Familiars (Previous Show)



Otis Gibbs (Opener) (Previous Show)


Country Joe McDonald (Previous Show)



The Staggerers (Opener) (Previous Show)


 The Tossers (Previous Show)


The crowd enjoys the music of the Tosser's on a beautiful night.

Dan Smyth Band (Opener) (Previous Show)


John Primer and the Real Deal Blues Band (Previous Show)



John Primer-Couples dance to the blues music.

Whiskey Hollar (Opener) (Previous Show)


Terrance Simien and the Zydeco Experience (Previous Show)



The crowd dances to Terrance Simien's Zydeco music.


Audience members playing the rubboard with Terrance Simien

Photos courtesy of Greg Hughes

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Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory
1100 South Calhoun Street
Fort Wayne, IN 46802
(260) 427-6440


Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 5pm
Thursday 10am - 8pm
Sunday Noon - 4pm
Closed: Mondays, New Years Day, Christmas Day


Adults $5
Children (ages 3-17) $3
Age 2 and under Free