Summer Concerts

Summer Concerts

From 5 to 6:15pm, the Summer Concerts are free, and open to all.

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June 20: John Christensen Quartet, celebrating the vitality of spring and the start of summer with a lively set of choice standards and poignant original compositions in a season opener designed to complement the natural setting in the garden.

July 4: Panchromatic Steel, Madison’s steeldrum band, playing authentic island calypso, jazz and familiar hits.  Cheerful music that’s creative and artful, while being fun, danceable and accessible.

July 18: Ben Ferris Trio, presenting original music around the topics of climate change and microfauna in this intimate show of contemporary improvised music by bassist Ben Ferris joined by Paul Hastil on the keys.

Aug 1: Tommy Mattioli’s Mambo Jazz Quintet: Madison’s virtuoso vibe player Tommy Mattioli and his Latin jazz quartet offer chord-melody mambos and cha chas from the ‘50s & ‘60s in a compelling program of Afro-Cuban jazz sure to have you on your feet!

Aug 15: Caravan Gypsy Swing Ensemble, inspired by the legendary Django Reinhardt and vintage jazz from across the globe, presents acoustic instrumental music ranging from hot swing to originals to standards done in uniquely arranged styles.

Aug 29: The Sally de Broux & Laurie Lang Band closes the season with Sally’s thoughtful and warm contralto in a program of standards from the Great American Songbook along with originals presented with long-time collaborator bassist Laurie Lang.

This event is free and open to the public. Brought to you by the Friends of Allen Centennial Garden. In case of rain, concerts are not able to be held.

The Summer Sunday Concert series is supported in part by Dane County Arts with additional funds from the Endres Mfg. Company Foundation, The Evjue Foundation, Inc., charitable arm of The Capital Times, the W. Jerome Frautschi Foundation, and the Pleasant T. Rowland Foundation.