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Spend the summer with blooms and live music at the event that has been recognized in some circles as the best outdoor concert series in the city. The Atlanta Botanical Garden’s 10th season of Concerts in the Garden will feature eight acts on the Great Lawn, spanning country, rock, blues and folk. Country-rocker k.d. lang opens the series June 1. Georgia natives the Indigo Girls close the series Sept. 14. Gates open at 7 p.m. with shows beginning at 8. The lineup:

k.d. lang — June 1. The alternative country-rock performer plays with Canadian chanteuse Jane Siberry (1988’s The Walking).

Vince Gill — June 22. The 18-time CMA Awards winner does his bluegrass thing with special guest Sarah Jarosz, a Texas-born singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist (mandolin, clawhammer banjo and guitar).

Neko Case — July 20. The alt-country singer-songwriter recently recorded The Hunger Games: Songs From District 12 and Beyond, of which you might have heard. Also on the bill: Atlanta favorite (and hometown girl) Kelly Hogan, who can handle everything from indie rock and traditional country to jazz and pop.

Merle Haggard — Aug. 10. The legendary country “poet of the common man” is joined by fellow country artist, Chris Janson, a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist.

Keb Mo / Aaron Neville — Aug. 11. Bluesman Keb Mo shares the stage with soul/R&B great Aaron Neville.

Mary Chapin Carpenter — Aug. 24. The Grammy-winning singer-songwriter performs country and folk songs.

Chris Isaak — Sept. 7. Soulful rock from the singer/actor whose big influences include Roy Orbison, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins.

Indigo Girls – Sept. 14. The Atlanta-based folk-rock duo remains a Concerts in the Gardens favorite.

Tickets start at $36.50 for non-members (Garden members get $2 discounts per ticket and can purchase them now). Tickets to the general public go on sale April 30 through  Ticket Alternative and in person at the Garden admissions office.

Patrons can bring blankets or low-ride chairs; outside food and beverages are not allowed, but guests can pre-order MetroFresh dinners or buy food on-site. Cash bars will also be available.  Details:



About Kathy Janich

Kathy Janich is a longtime arts journalist who has been seeing, working in or writing about the performing arts for most of her life. She's a member of the Theatre Communications Group, the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas, Americans for the Arts and the National Arts Marketing Project. Full disclosure: She’s also an artistic associate at Synchronicity Theatre.

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