Your festival ticket is the ticket to our uniquely Austin music. Every seat in the Rose Garden is one of the best in the house and there is sure to be some unforgettable toe-tapping music to suit every taste.
Once again, Austin Area Garden Council is partnering with the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department to present ongoing music and family entertainment in the Rose Garden. Come and bring friends to enjoy a weekend, afternoon or an hour of unforgettable entertainment to suit every taste.
Saturday, March 27th
Marlene Nichols joins us on keyboards, for the 5th year at the Violet Crown Garden Club Flower Show, in the garden center auditorium. She arrived in Austin a few years ago—from San Jose, California—and found her niche, playing for parties, weddings, and retirement homes. Marlene’s life has been filled with music: she was a pianist for Nordstrom’s, a piano teacher for 25 years, and sang with the San Jose Symphony for years. Marlene brings a unique and special ambience to any venue, as she plays Music with a Difference—the name of her business! Enjoy the keyboard talents of Marlene Nichols on both days
BBR – Broad Beech Ramblers
Formed in Austin, Texas in 2008, the band is comprised of Francis Mougne (banjo), Blake West (upright bass), Robin Butter (guitar), and Hannah Rose Baker (fiddle). BBR is a combination of bluegrass and ole’ time music with original and traditional lyrics, driving rhythms and four-part harmonies. With musicians who have roots in different genres, the band has come together to create an eclectic sound which has earned fans from all quarters. The band is set to release an EP in the fall of 2010. Contact Robin at: firstname.lastname@example.org or http://www.broadbeechramblers.com
Rolf and Beate Sieker are bluegrass music artists from Berlin, Germany now living near Austin. They met at a bluegrass festival in northern Germany in 1983 and have been playing music together ever since. They played many concerts in Germany, toured throughout Europe, appeared on TV and radio shows, recorded five albums – two in Nashville and three in Berlin. In 1997, they received the keys to the city of Bryan/College Station. In 2000, they moved to the U.S. and now make Texas their home. In 2008, the Siekers were inducted into the Gatesville Country Music Hall of Fame. www.siekerband.com
Mariachi Los Castros
We are pleased to announce the return of Zeke Castro, Terri Castro, and Gabriel Perez to Zilker Garden Festival. Formerly known as Trio Los Castros, they have been joined by David Hernandez on the trumpet. The Trio is now a Mariachi! Mariachi Los Castros has the pleasure of performing in numerous venues in Austin and the surrounding Central Texas area, providing music for occasions such as baptisms, weddings, quinceñeras, birthdays and more. They can be reached at email@example.com.
Sunday, March 28th
Jiminy Crisket is an East-of-Austin husband and wife duo (aka Jimmy Joe and Chrissie Natoli). Jiminy Crisket plays a wide variety of music, including folk, Latin, jazz, classical, country, bluegrass, with a mixture of original and cover tunes. They specialize in putting a smile on your face! www.myspace.com/jiminycrisket
Dana’s music is as hauntingly familiar as it is refreshingly novel. You could call it folk, but with this term you’ve barely brushed the surface. The instrumentation and occasional melodic phrasings make Dana’s songs, without question, a modern Texas take on folk music. Yet underneath its “beat-keeping-cowboy-boot” exterior her music opens up. The harmonies are not well traversed folk harmonies – they are denser, often angelic, 3-part harmonies that float playfully behind Dana’s stunningly unique voice. The arrangements are not folk arrangements. Instead, the verses flirt on the edge of a graciously dissolving structure, daring to let themselves go before toppling back into familiar strumming choruses. After all, good folk music finds compliments in bounded simplicity. What sets Dana apart is that she both respects and pushes those limits. She leads us away, allowing us to forget about those “well known folk-lines,” until we are enough away that we can still see them…but only if we try. www.danafalconberry.com
Terry Ross performs as a soloist on the concert grand harp, offering a wide variety of musical styles, including country & western, folk, oldies, show tunes, classical and soft jazz. Contact Terry at firstname.lastname@example.org to get on her performance calendar!