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Botanical Conservatory outdoor concerts start Friday

The Foeinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory is hosting its 14th season for the Botanical Roots outdoor concert series in downtown Fort Wayne. Roots-genre concerts will be presented al fresco on the Conservatory Terrace over six Fridays, with doors opening at 7:30 pm for each show. The Botanical Conservatory is located at 1100 S. Calhoun Street. The schedule includes:

July 26

C.J. Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Band (Zydeco). As the son of Clifton Chenier (the first Creole musician to win a Grammy Award), C.J. is a masterful accordion player and vocalist. For more information, go to www.officialcjchenier.com

Aug. 2

Nashville Crush (Country). This band cranks up a balance of both rock and country, and sometimes there is even a touch of folk with banjo in hand. www.nashvillecrush.com

Aug. 9

Mississippi Heat (Blues). Led by Chicago Blues Hall of Fame and harmonica master, Pierre Lacocque, the band is known for its unique sound and passionate delivery of traditional urban blues. www.mississippiheat.net

Aug. 16

Zion Lion (Reggae). Members a combination of several bands from the Kalamazoo area who came together to form what they believe is just the right mix of reggae. Their sound includes African zouk, mucosa, zoukous and some Afro-latin influences. www.zionlionreggaeband.com

Aug. 23

Morry Sochat & the Special 20s (Swing). Morry Sochat and The Special 20’s have a sound of their own that is a mix of classic Chicago Blues and big band Swing, with a heavy dose of 1950’s early Rock N’ Roll. www.special20s.com

Aug. 30th

Brave the Sea (Celtic Punk). This group set sail from Ohio as a pirate-themed punk rock band in 2015. Since then, Brave the Sea evolved, offering a combination of anthemic tunes, high-energy performances and use of traditional folk instruments. www.bravetheseaband.com

The 2019 Botanical Roots series is sponsored by Fort Wayne Metals, PBS39, Mad Anthony Brewing Co., ProFed Credit Union, US93.3, Whatzup, 96.3 XKE, Hilton Fort Wayne at the Grand Wayne Center and Sweetwater.

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