Olbrich Home Rooted and Growing

Winter Concert Series 2017

Sundays in February & March

2-3 p.m.

Enjoy a winter Sunday at Olbrich with musical performances in our Evjue Commons. All Winter Concerts are traditional theatre-style seating with the exception of our Botanical Boogie dance concerts.

In 2017, all of Olbrich's Winter Concerts will require a $2 admission fee per person.

Children 5 & under are free.

In support of Madison’s local musicians the concert performance fees have been increased to match standard rates. An admission fee becomes necessary to maintain this series as a fundraiser for the Gardens. Your contributions are greatly appreciated!


Doug and JodiFebruary 19 - Jodi Jean Amble & Doug Brown

Jazz Duo

Jodi Jean Amble traces her artistic roots to theater, musical theater and opera. A classically trained vocalist, Jodi found her way into modern genres including jazz, country, rockabilly, bossa nova and pop.

Multi instrumentalist Doug Brown has performed internationally. He has composed music for live theater (American Players Theater), film, and commercials. Doug's music has been used for various television productions. Together, Jodi Jean and Doug draw upon their shared passion for storytelling, jazz and American Standards to express narratives through rhythm and song.


Gator BaitFebruary 26 - Gator Bait

New Orleans Style Boogie

BOTANICAL BOOGIE - Dance-style concert, limited seating

A career musician for 35 years and then some, Johnny Chimes is one of the most versatile blues musicians in the Midwest. While he is located in Madison, WI, his pumping left hand might as well reside in Louisiana. With influences ranging from Leon Russell and Mose Allison, to Dr. John and Professor Longhair, he is a jambalaya of boogie-woogie piano, finger-style guitar, and sweet southern soul laced vocals. Disciples of vintage piano know him primarily for his prowess on the ivories.



Krause Family

March 5 - The Krause Family Band


The Krause Family Band is Rick Krause, daughters Katie and Ruthie, and honorary family member, Scott Wright on keys. They are known for their close harmonies on standards and covers ranging from Bob Wills to the Reverand Al Green as well as their own original music. The family is featured regularly on WPR's "Simply Folk" and has appeared live on multiple occasions on NPR's "A Prairie Home Companion".




midnight voices

March 12 -Midnight Voices

Female a cappella group

Midnight Voices is directed by Ida Pajunen (Ida Jo). Ida has a degree in violin performance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. During her time in music school she was a member of the collegiate women's a cappella group Tangled Up in Blue. Since graduating she has also directed the women's a cappella choir at West High School.






TaniMarch 19 - Tani Diakite and the Afrofunkstars

Wasulu Music

Tani Diakite is a musical force who has inspired an entire community of artists. With his Kamale n'goni, a West African ancestor to the banjo, and his plaintive singing, he never fails to drop the deepest blues around.






DimensionsMarch 26 - Dimensions In Sound

Classic Big Band

BOTANICAL BOOGIE -Dance-style concert, limited seating

Currently celebrating its 40th anniversary of entertaining audiences throughout Dane County and beyond, this group of amateur musicians is dedicated to the preservation and presentation of classic big band music of the ‘30s, ‘40s, and early ‘50s.  You are going to hear the musical arrangements of the great bands of the past as well as new arrangements that give a new twist to standard pieces.  Currently led by Dr. Patricia Backhaus, here is Dimensions In Sound.


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Thai Fest - September 24

CRACKLE: Fire & Froth - September 29

Cocktails in the Conservatory - November 17

Holiday Express - December 2 - 31

Olbrich Botanical Gardens is operated as a public-private partnership between the City of Madison Parks Division and the Olbrich Botanical Society.
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