Everyone loves music, and our goal is to get more folks to love nature and The Gardens at Heather Farm, too! The summer music series, Concerts in the Garden, presents outstanding live music in a stunning, outdoor atmosphere. Be entertained in a totally unique and natural setting, with the beautiful garden landscapes as a backdrop for some of the Bay Area’s best local musicians, while providing essential fundraising support for our community-based nonprofit.
Concert #1: Thursday, June 20, 7:00 p.m.
Summer Solstice Bluegrass & Brews with Muleskinner Stomp
Celebrate the warm temps and long daylight of this mid-summer milestone at this amazing outdoor concert experience in the garden! Tap your toes or get up and dance to Muleskinner Stomp, an awesome acoustic quartet performing traditional and contemporary bluegrass, rock and roll, and country music. With members hailing from a variety of legendary bluegrass bands, this upbeat combo performs energetic tunes by Bill Monroe, Old Crow Medicine Show, Gillian Welch, Tim O’Brien, Justin Townes Earle, Billy Strings, 3 Tall Pines, Dwight Yoakam, Jimmy Martin, and the Rolling Stones, as well as original music. Their high-energy performances feature powerful vocal harmonies accompanied by guitar, bass, mandolin, dobro, and banjo. Quench your thirst with premium craft beer from Mike Hess Brewing. Bring your own snacks or a picnic dinner to enjoy on the lawn. BYO alcohol prohibited. Venue seating is limited. BYO blankets and lawn chairs welcome.
Tickets: $20 GA; kids under age 12 are free.
Concert #2: Sunday, July 21, 7:00 p.m.
Classical Romance Trio
Revel in the beauty of our gardens while enjoying an enchanting selection of romantic classical favorites by Ravel, Debussy, Chopin and more! Performers Ernie Mansfield (flute), Larisa Smirnova (harp), and Pawel Walerowksi (cello) perform for the second time in the garden as the Romance Trio, offering inspiring arrangements to thrill the spirit and soothe the soul. Bring your own snacks or a picnic dinner to enjoy on the lawn. BYO alcohol prohibited. Venue seating is limited. BYO blankets and lawn chairs welcome.
Pawel Walerowski (cello): Originally from Poland, Pawel graduated from the Conservatory in Poznan in Cello Performance. An award-winning performer, he served in numerous European ensembles and toured across Europe as a lead cellist with an original cast of Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals. For the past 10 years he has toured the U.S., premiered musicals, played at Berkeley Rep, worked for SF Symphony’s education department and freelanced with many ensembles. Currently, Pawel serves as a musician at St Mary’s church in Walnut Creek, where he plays piano, organ and cello.
Lisa Smirnova (harp): Bay Area-based harpist and pianist, Larisa performs regularly as soloist, accompanist, and orchestral musician. Born and educated in Russia, she received both her Bachelor of Music and Master’s Degree in Piano and Harp Performance there before coming to the United States where she performed in various cities. She has given numerous recitals in Russia (Moscow, Great Composers Performance Hall) and throughout Northern California (CSU Sacramento, UC Davis, Sonoma University, Mondavi Center, among others). Her recent performances include collaborations with the Kensington Symphony, Auburn Symphony, Folsom Symphony, Camellia Symphony, and Camerata California.
Ernie Mansfield (flute): A classically-trained musician, with experience performing classical, pop, rock, and jazz, Ermie studied flute, sax, piano, and music composition at Interlochen Arts Academy, Oberlin Conservatory, University of Illinois, and University of the State of New York. His credits include albums, soundtracks, children’s music, commercials, music for educational software, orchestral works, and works for dance theatre. He has performed and/or recorded with many artists, including Dan Fogelberg, François Beranger (France), Joan Bibiloni (Spain), and Glen Cronkhite (ECM, Reunion Blues).
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Concert starts at 7:00 p.m.
Tickets: $40 GA; kids under age 12 are free.
Concert #3: Sunday, August 11, 6:00 p.m.
S’mores at Sundown Family Concert featuring Andy Z and the Andyland Band
Say “So long!” to summer before heading back to school and enjoy sweet treats and live music for families in a beautiful garden! This year, we’re combining our traditional S’mores at Sundown event with an exciting opportunity to showcase one of the most popular and talented performers in the Bay Area family music scene, Andy Z. An award-winning singer/songwriter and children’s performer, Andy Z energizes audiences with his creative combination of music and movement. Andy engages children (and parents) with songs and stories that range from educational to silly, from dance songs to lullabies, from sing-a-longs to finger plays. His fun and witty lyrics are perfectly paired with traditional and original songs from a variety of musical styles including rock, folk, jazz, country, hip-hop, surf, reggae and more. As with previous S’mores at Sundown events, kids love exploring along the garden paths and dancing on the lawn. Parents love the relaxed atmosphere and chance to socialize with friends. And no summer night would be complete without fresh s’mores! Pick up your ready-made pack of s’mores ingredients when you arrive and roast these yummy treats over the grill during the event. Head on over to The Gardens after dinner for music and s’mores, or come early and bring a picnic to enjoy in the garden! BYO alcohol prohibited.
Doors open at 5:00 p.m. Concert starts at 6:00 p.m.
Venue seating is limited. BYO blankets and lawn chairs welcome.
Tickets: $15 GA adult; $10 GA child ages 2+ (children under age 2 are free)
These events are part of the Concerts in the Garden series showcasing outstanding live music in a stunning outdoor atmosphere. Some of the Bay Area’s best local musicians perform among The Gardens’ lush and colorful landscapes creating a totally unique and natural entertainment experience. Proceeds from Concerts in the Garden support this nonprofit public garden — open daily to the public for free — and its nature education program which offers environmental science curriculum to 25,000 local school children annually.