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The Kinsey Report Band Kicks off the Roots series on July 28th!

2017 Botanical Roots Concert Series:
Friday Nights, July 28-September 1st, 8:30-11:00 pm

Roots at the Conservatory: 2017 Concert Series 

Fort Wayne, IN: The Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department is excited to release the lineup for its twelfth annual Botanical Roots outdoor concert series to take place at the Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory in downtown Fort Wayne. This season brings a fresh headliner and opener to the Terrace plaza for each of six Friday nights, July 28 – September 1. Concerts feature nationally touring acts performing energizing, dance-inspiring styles that find their roots in American musical traditions.


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2017 Botanical Roots Outdoor Concert Series Line up

July 28              The Kinsey Report                   (Blues)                     Opener: Pop n Fresh                 
August 4  Gizzae    (Reggae)   Opener: U.R.B.
August 11            C.J. Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Band   (Zydeco)  Opener: Dan Dickerson
August 18   Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers          (Zydeco) Opener: The Legendary Trainhoppers
August 25            The Soul Lounge Band   (Soul/Funk) Opener: Black Kat Moan
September 1   Morry Sochat & the Special 20s                                (Blues) Opener: Swick & Jones


Roots at the Conservatory: 2017 Concert Series press release with information about each band including photos of the entire line-up is NOW AVAILABLE. 

Concerts are held rain or shine in our outdoor Terrace Garden. Seating is limited so please feel free to bring your own chair.

Food and beverage will be available for purchase; no outside food or beverage allowed.

Admission: $6/age 13 and older; age 12 and under free.

Members entrance and early admission.

For more details, call (260) 427-6440 or visit us at or Facebook-Botanical Roots.

2017 Sponsors:

  FWMetals_color1-PBS39Logo  Mad Anthony Brewing
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Sponsorship opportunities for the 2017 season are NOW available. For more information contact Mitch Sheppard 260/427-6441.


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 1-844-304-1950 today to book your room! (Ask about the Parks & Recreation Rate.) For group rates, make reservations by calling the sales team at 260-579-9136.



Enjoy some photos from previous Botanical Roots Concerts! 

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