The 16th annual Sunflower Concert Series will kick off at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia at UGA on June 13. The garden will host four performances during the series, held Tuesday evenings in June, July, August and September. All concerts are from 7-9 p.m. in the Flower Garden and offer an eclectic mix of music.
Tickets are $15 for non members, $10 for members, and $5 for children ages 6-12. Season tickets are $50 for non members or $35 for members. Admission to each concert includes beverages and light snacks. Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and picnic dinners. Lawn chairs are allowed on one designated level of the terraced Flower Garden.
All opening acts include or are managed by current UGA students in the UGA Terry College of Business Music Business Certificate Program.
Tickets are available through the links below or by calling 706-542-9353. Tickets will also be sold at the door. This year’s schedule is as follows:
June 13: Caroline Aiken (Melodic Folk)
Aiken’s rich music history includes recording and performing with Bonnie Raitt and the Indigo Girls, opening for Arlo Guthrie, Muddy Waters, Doc Watson, 38 Special, Beach Boys and more. She appears in regional and national festivals, radio shows, workshops and concert series, supporting 9 nationally acclaimed recordings.
July 11: String Theory (Bluegrass)
Originally formed in 1993, String Theory plays old-time, bluegrass and Americana music. While the lineup has evolved and changed throughout its history, the band has consistently been made up of some of Athens’ finest acoustic musicians.
August 15: Whiskey Gentry (Americana)
Atlanta-based Whiskey Gentry just released their third full-length studio album titled Dead Ringer this spring. The album builds on many of the sounds of their previous albums, incorporating deep country, Americana, honkey-tonk, bluegrass and a stiff shot of gritty rock n’ roll.
September 19: David Lowery (Rock & Roll)
Lowery is a mathematician, writer, musician, producer and serial entrepreneur based in Richmond, Va., and Athens, Ga. In the early 1980s, Lowery founded the critically acclaimed ensemble Cracker, which produced five, top-ten alternative rock radio tracks and three platinum albums. He teaches music business at UGA and helped establish the Athens Angel Investment Fund.
In case of inclement weather, concerts will be held indoors at the garden’s Visitor Center and Conservatory.
The Sunflower Music Series is sponsored by The Coca-Cola Company – Athens, Flagpole Magazine, Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers, Friends of the State Botanical Garden of Georgia, Northeast Sales Distributing Company and WUGA radio.