In some cities, music lovers have to wait until after dark to let their ears commune with their favorite sounds. That’s not how we roll.
As twilight settles on City Park’s centuries-old live oaks each Thursday in the fall, the Pavilion of the Two Sisters (1 Palm Dr.) inside the New Orleans Botanical Garden opens its doors for an early evening concert series featuring a mix of local jazz, R&B, rock, swing and more. Staged in one of the park’s prettiest indoor venues, the shows look out onto the Botanical Garden’s acres of colorful blooms from around the world. Not a bad lagniappe for an evening of top-notch tunes.
The 2017 fall season kicks off Sept. 7 with singer Lena Prima (yep, that Prima – her dad is Louis). Prima’s latest album was a live recording from the Dew Drop Jazz & Social Hall featuring classic tunes like “I’ve Got You Under My Skin,” “What a Wonderful World” and “That Old Black Magic.”
Another highlight on this year’s program is Sarah Quintana’s Oct. 5 performance. Mixing elements of jazz and folk with inspirations drawn from her water-as-muse obsession, Quintana’s Twilight program ensemble includes modern jazz saxophonist Rex Gregory, plus singer Robin Sherman, trumpeter Emily Mikesill and drummer Shawn Myers.
The Thursdays at Twilight Garden Concert Series continues through Nov. 16, when it wraps up with music satire pros Benny Grunch and the Bunch.
Snack options and a bar stocked with Mint Juleps and other tasty adult beverages, along with PG-rated thirst quenchers, are available for purchase at all shows. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the music starts at 6 p.m. Admission is $10, but it’s worth reserving your spot as far in advance as possible because the concerts do tend to sell out quickly. Not that the concerts are not included in Friends of City Park memberships. You can drop the good folks at the garden a line at (504) 483-9488 or e-mail garden (at) nocp.org with reservations, requests or other questions.
Thursdays at Twilight Fall Concert Schedule
Sept. 7: Lena Prima
Sept. 14: Wanda Rouzan
Sept. 21: Tim Laughlin
Sept. 28: John Boutte
Oct. 5: Sarah Quintana
Oct. 12: The New Orleans Mystics
Oct. 19: John Rankin and Friends
Nov. 2: High Ground Drifters
Nov. 9: Linnzi Zaorski
Nov. 16: Benny Grunch and the Bunch