Botanical Garden announces Whitaker Music Festival lineup

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ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – The Missouri Botanical Garden has released the schedule of performances for the 2014 Whitaker Music Festival. The concerts will be held on Wednesdays, from June 4th to August 6th at 7:30 pm.

This will be the21st year of the festival at the garden.

The grounds will be open for picnicking, the concert will be held in the Cohen Amphitheater, just west of the Climatron. Admission to the concerts is free.

For more information on the music festival, click on Missouri Botanical Garden.

June 4: Peter Martin Quartet.  Peter Martin is an acclaimed jazz pianist, composer, arranger and educator.  His touring career has taken him to six continents.  In January 2011, Peter performed with a select group of jazz artists at the White House for a State Dinner hosted by President Obama and returned in February 2012 to perform for the Governor’s Dinner which included the First Family.

June 11: Al Holliday and the East Side Rhythm Band. St. Louis’s own Al Holliday and the East Side Rhythm Band plays soulful Rhythm and Blues – with a feeling! Their name pays tribute to the burning R&B music that comes from the Metro East, a sound which deeply influences their music along that of New Orleans and classic Soul.

June 18: Marsha Evans and the Coalition. A headliner at major events such as Blues Week and the Big Muddy Blues and Heritage Festival, Marsha has shared the stage with nationally known artists like Michael McDonald, Fontella Bass and the Temptations.

June 25: Javier Mendoza. Voted Best Male Vocalist by the Reader’s Poll in the Riverfront Time’s 2009 Music Awards, Mendoza was also voted Best Latin Artist by KDHX Radio that same year.  He has performed with some of the best musicians both regionally and nationally including: Willie Nelson, Santana, Blues Traveler, Everclear, Los Lobos, The Roots, Ben Folds, Idina Menzel, Duran Duran and many more.

July 2: Old Salt Union. Old Salt Union was formed in August of 2012 and has been making waves since day one. Competing against some of St. Louis’s finest local acts, they have won numerous competitions, including Del Yea! and the Waka Winter Classic. They have also opened for Del McCoury, The Bluegrass Ball, The Hillbenders, Sam Bush, and played at the Revival Tent Stage at Wakarusa in May 2013.

July 9: Big Brother Thunder and the Master Blasters blend funk-soul with rock and jazz by pulling from African, Caribbean and Brazilian styles and rhythms. They create soul-moving, foot-stomping world beats while mixing in tastes of home, creating an inescapably danceable sound. This band is made of heart and respect for the groove!

July 16: Nigel Mooney. Nigel Mooney is widely regarded as Ireland’s leading jazz singer and guitarist. A charismatic figure on the Dublin jazz and blues scenes since the early 1980’s, his Gripewater Blues Band spearheaded the blues movement in Ireland and drew many fans to both jazz and the blues.

July 23: Augusta Bottoms Consort. An entertaining and engaging acoustic music ensemble, Augusta Bottoms Consort is a versatile music group playing acoustic music including old country, jazzy standards, toe-tapping original songs, folksy, bluesy songs and a variety of other musical genres. They bring to the stage guitars, mandolins, dobro, accordian, banjo, acoustic bass, recorder, panpipes, harmonica, percussion and lots of other gadgets.

July 30: Melissa Neels Band. One of the only female lead guitarists in St. Louis, Melissa plays with grace and intensity making every note count.  Her style resembles Bonnie Raitt, with whom she credits as her number one influence. The Melissa Neels Band is the perfect blend of high energy blues/rock, playing cover songs and original music written by Melissa.

Aug. 6: Gene Dobbs Bradford Blues Experience. For years, Gene Dobbs Bradford has electrified audiences with his hard-driving harmonica playing and soulful blues vocals.  His latest project, the Gene Dobbs Bradford Blues Experience, is a fusion of blues, rock and funk; guaranteed to satisfy your soul.

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