Music at Woodlands Garden takes place year round in the screened-in Pavilion.  Performances are free to the public and take place rain or shine. ‘Music in the Garden’ takes place on numerous Sundays in the spring, summer and fall between 2 and 4 pm; other music events occur as announced. Our performers are mostly local musicians-donating their time and talents! Be in touch with questions (404-373-2222 or director@woodlandsgarden.org) and come find the scheduled performances below happening at the Garden:

THE 2017 SCHEDULE

April 30 – Ukulele Society of Decatur

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The Ukulele Society of Decatur consists of four members who have been playing music together in various groups in the Atlanta area for over 25 years. They are John Anderson (ukulele and harmonica), Lynda Anderson (ukulele, lead vocals), Doug Allison (guitar, baritone ukulele) and Pete Senkowski (bass, ukulele bass, tuba).

Their goal is to perform all kinds of music on that most versatile instrument – the ukulele. The group enjoys playing Hawaiian melodies and popular standards, country tunes, folk music, and sing-along numbers. They perform in a number of local venues, including senior residences and neighborhood farmer’s markets. We are pleased to welcome the Ukulele Society of Decatur back to Woodlands for another concert in 2017.

May 7 – Rosin Sisters

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The Rosin Sisters – The Rosin Sisters are Barbara Panter-Connah, Ann Whitley-Singleton, and Jan Smith, three fiddlers who came together to explore their love of the roots music of Appalachia, as well as classic Country, Cajun, Gospel, Honky Tonk, and beyond. Besides their fiddles, Barbara and Ann play guitar, and Jan plays banjo. They all sing and love to harmonize, and have performed at festivals and concerts in the Atlanta area and the Southeast for decades in various bands. They’ve also recorded three CDs. This is the group’s third visit to Woodlands Garden. Their latest CD, It’s All Your Fault, was released last spring. (www.rosinsisters.com)

May 21 – Just Be Cause

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Jerry Brunner, Bruce Gilbert and Cyndi Craven are Just Be Cause… just don’t ask them why.

Jerry Brunner and Cyndi Craven, long-time members of the Atlanta acoustic/folk music scene, have been performing together since the 1980s. In 2007, they met up with Bruce Gilbert when he moved to Atlanta from California where he’d been wowing the music scene there for years. The music they produce together is the result of profound friendship, heaping helpings of creativity, and decades of playing, singing and writing together and on their own. Their shows have been described by fans as “comfort music” with “three-part harmonies that will roll your socks down.” Come hear for yourself!

More at brucegilbertmusic.com and cyndicraven.com

June 11 – Tucker Station String Band

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Reuben Fair, Mike Wood, Christie Hand, Kim Fair, John Hunsinger, Vickie Sullivan, and David Hand.

Tucker Station String Band is a group of folks centered in Tucker, Georgia, who love to play music and sing. Originally coming together for fellowship, they discovered a mutual love of bluegrass, newgrass, and old-time music. They also play a few original tunes and bluegrass-flavored popular tunes. Tucker Station plays in and around Northern Georgia at Festivals, private events, and church socials, and the group performs every first Sunday at 6 pm at the Greater Good BBQ on Hugh Howell Road in Tucker. http://tuckerstation.com/

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June 25 – Radio RamblersThe Radio Ramblers are perennial favorites at Woodlands and have been part of the Sunday concert series for the past eight years. They play a unique blend of country blues, Piedmont-style music, and Chicago blues. Formed eleven years ago, founding members were Joe “Pigiron” Shifalo, Alton Leonard, and Michael Ellis. Pigiron was called home in 2011, but Alton and Michael have continued to perform and tour. In the last couple of years, they have begun performing many more of Alton’s original songs.

July 30 – Garden Fresh Pickers

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The Garden Fresh Pickers are a five-member bluegrass group whose members are Keith Caldwell (guitar), Annie Godfrey (banjo), Brendan Held (fiddle), Beth Stevenson (bass), and Mike Nugent (who also plays in the band Hicks with Picks, mandolin). The quintet has been playing together for over two years; cumulatively, the Garden Fresh Pickers have over 100 years of musical experience. This is their fourth appearance at Woodlands Garden.

August 27 – Mockingbird’s Wing

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Left to right:
Paul Pendery, Barbara Hotz, Jonathan McBee, Suzy Schultz

Mockingbird’s Wing is an organically grown acoustic band made up of four diverse musicians. Like the mockingbird’s song, the members’ different voices and styles come together in a unique sound.

Barbara Hotz is a singer/songwriter with deep roots in Mexico and a love of the old standards.

Jonathan McBee is a multi-instrumentalist and singer/songwriter out of Chicago. If it’s got strings, Jonathan is looking to add it to the Mockingbird sound.

Paul Pendery is a Montana/Alaska/Texas singer/songwriter whose songs evoke soulful stirrings and happy feet.

Suzy Schultz, when she is not at her day job as a full-time artist, adds vocals/flute/cello to the group.

Mockingbird’s Wing has been spotted recently at Java Monkey, Common Grounds Coffee House, Heron House, The Bloom Art Center in St. Petersburg, Fla., and the Oakhurst Porchfest, but they tell us their favorite place to land is Woodlands Garden.

September 24 – Blackfoot Daisy

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Blackfoot Daisy – the musical group, is an Atlanta-based quartet that plays original Americana-style music. Don Sechelski and Wendy DuMond play guitar, sing, and write songs. Adam Selchelski plays guitar, mandolin, and percussion and sings. Bobby Moore plays fiddle, banjo, and mandolin. They are inspired by the prairie, the wind, the shifting of tall grasses, and the sounds of crickets and lonesome train whistles in the night. This is the group’s third appearance at Woodlands Garden. Blackfoot daisy, the plant, is a hardy wildflower that grows on the prairies of Texas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico.

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PREVIOUS 2017 PERFORMANCES

April 23 – Porch Bottom Boys

The Porch Bottom Boys, a bluegrass band, proudly hails from Decatur. Their music is based in bluegrass and seasoned with the diverse backgrounds of the band members in jazz, blues, and other styles.

Steve Gorbatkin (vocals, guitar, and harmonica) was born on the south side of Chicago, and his years in the Windy City left an indelible blues-inflected mark on his singing.

Atlanta native Jim Thompson (vocals, fiddle, guitar) spent time living and working in the coal towns of Virginia, and he gives the band its deep bluegrass roots. Jim’s style draws on his experiences as a founding member of the Poetown Ramblers near Grundy, Virginia, and playing with bluegrass groups in Nashville.

Whether he’s at home in Decatur or spending time in Western Massachusetts, Charlie O’Neill (banjo) brings his five-string wherever he goes. Charlie rounds out the Boys with his tasty licks, and his front porch in Decatur gives the band their name and serves as their home base.

Joel Glogowski performs on upright bass in several Decatur/Atlanta area groups in addition to the Porch Bottom Boys and infuses his unique blend of high energy bass tones with percussion.

Follow them on FaceBook www.facebook.com/porchbottomboys/

The Porch Bottom Boys have compiled a video of past appearances as a memorial tribute to band member Denis Gainty (1970-2016): View