Garden Music Series

February 24 2019 to June 16 2019 · 1:00pm  – 3:00pm

The Garden Music Series at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens is proud to present an eclectic variety of local and international musical artists who perform music of nearly every style and musical genre, both vocal and instrumental. From classical pianists, folk, country, latin and world music, jazz and standards, pop, soul and rock and roll, there is something for everyone. Artists often interpret covers of well known songs in addition to performing original material with repertoire that spans the styles and sounds of current hits to the early 20th century. Garden Music Series guests enjoy a world-class outdoor concert experience along with beautiful views and relaxing walks through the Gardens. All food and beverage will be available through the cafe. B’s Cool Treat’s will have their cart on-site with a wide assortment of frozen treats.

FREE with admission. No discounts before 3 PM. 

Please do not bring any outside food or beverages.  You are welcome to bring your own lawn chairs or blankets.  Please note that parking and seating is limited and available on a first-come, first served basis.  

TROLLEY WILL BE AVAILABLE 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. from Sarasota Friendship Center (1888 Brother Geenen Way


February 24   – Chuchito Valdés

Following in the footsteps of his famed father Chucho Valdés and grandfather Bebo Valdés, Chuchito Valdés continues the legacy of great piano players from Cuba. With influences of Caribbean rhythms and jazz, Chuchito creates an exciting and energetic blend of spicy music that drives audiences wild. This piano master captivates with his sensitivity and drives excitement with his dynamic band.

Chuchito has recorded and performed piano with the world renown Cuban band, Irakere, which he led for several years. He has also performed at festivals, clubs and concerts throughout the world: from Cuba and the Caribbean to North America, South America, and Europe. Chuchito is recognized as a master of Cuban music including Son, Danzon, Cuban Timba and Guaguanco.

He has also extensively studied classical music including harmony and composition. His original compositions and arrangements draw on classical harmonic and structural techniques. In his performances, Chuchito’s music draws on many styles including Afro-Cuban Latin Jazz, Bebop, Danzon, Cha-Cha-Cha, Son Montuno and much more.


March 10 – ensembleNEWSRQ

Sarasota’s newest and most adventurous contemporary music collective is headed to Marie Selby Botanical Gardens to present an hour-long program of inspiring and thought provoking works from the 20th and 21st centuries. For three seasons, enSRQ has been thrilling Sarasota audiences with daring and intrepid performances of new masterpieces and the Garden Music Series concert represents their first trip outside! Co-Artistic Directors George Nickson and Samantha Bennett (both are also principal members of the Sarasota Orchestra), look forward to sharing their vision of profound live music experiences and fun, casual post concert receptions with a new, adventurous audience.

ensembleNEWSRQ strives to manifest the creativity of the current generation and inspire audiences to participate in musical culture in a profound way, through high-level curated concert experiences that sustain and transform the relevance of contemporary classical music.


April 14 – The Hydramatic

The Hydramatic has established itself as a local tour de force of soul, funk and R&B with a unique style and arrangements all their own.  With a heavy rhythm section, talented keyboardist and powerhouse vocals and guitar, The Hydramatic are a first call backing band for several national touring artists while also standing on their own as a dynamic musical force.

With a set list covering everyone from Ace, the Little River Band, Teddy Pendergrass and Marvin Gaye, The Hydramatic are sure to get you feeling the groove!


May 19 – Alexis Cole

Called “one of the great voices of today,”  Alexis Cole has been compared to classic jazz singers such as Sarah Vaughan and Anita O’Day.  Her luxurious voice and innovative interpretations make her an instant favorite with audiences of all ages.

Cole is the recipient of a Swing Journal Gold Disk award and was a winner of the NY Jazzmobile and Montreux Jazz Festival vocal competitions and was a finalist of the Sarah Vaughan competition.  Her nine recordings, which feature musical luminaries such as Fred Hersch, Eric Alexander, Matt Wilson, Harry Pickens, Don Braden and Pat LaBarbara, have received high praise in the jazz press and are played world-wide.

In addition to her many performances at top jazz venues like Dizzy’s Club at Jazz at Lincoln Center, Birdland, The Jazz Standard, Blues Alley, and Billboard Live, she has also performed at Avery Fisher Hall and the Kennedy Center and had been a featured soloist with the Boston Pops and NY Philharmonic.  

Ms. Cole performs and conducts master classes around the world.


June 16 – Ari and the Alibis

Local favorite, Ari and the Alibis returns to the Garden Music Series again this spring.  Infusing, Funk, Jazz and Samba with Blues, Soul and Rock, Ari and the Alibis take the audience on a musical journey where anything is possible.

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This event finished on 16 June 2019