Groovin’ In The Garden ~ Free Outdoor Concert Series Begins June 6!

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Voted by City Pages as the “Best Place to See a Concert with Kids”, Como Park Zoo & Conservatory’s free concert series, “Groovin’ In The Garden”, returns featuring some of the Twin Cities’ finest musicians & activities for the whole family, rain or shine!*

While the grownups get their groove on with some of the Twin Cities best bands, the kids will be entertained by a climbing wall, bouncy house, and lawn games. Pack a picnic and dancing shoes, spread out a blanket & join us for these FREE outdoor concerts & activities in front of the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory every Wednesday, June 6 – August 1 (no concert July 4) from 6pm–8pm. Food, ice cream treats, beer and wine will be available to purchase.

*If it rains, we’ll move inside the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory and have Music Under Glass!

2018 Line-up:

Groovin’ In The Garden with Innocent Reggae Band


6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

With a vocal delivery reminiscent of Bob Marley, Innocent’s live performance is captivating. He engages the audience immediately and holds them rapt throughout the show. Innocent presents roots reggae on the highest level.



Groovin’ In The Garden with FLOWTUS


6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Janani Logendran, Angie Lynch, Katya Haskina, and Melissa Tangye have been writing and performing as Flowtus since early 2017. Their music covers a lot of stylistic ground and is hard to describe in terms on genre as no two songs sound much alike. In just one set they will seamlessly flow from melodic punk to blues crunch to alt-country and rockabilly, all with poetic lyrics and eclectic song topics.


Groovin’ In The Garden with Crankshaft & the Gear Grinders


6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

A sound heavily rooted in rock ‘n’ roll, blues, country, swing, and surf. Rock solid original lyrics, a dedicated fan base, and his 21st century twist on the American roots is pushing him to the top of the crowded Minneapolis music scene in a hurry. It’s becoming clear to many that Crankshaft is “one of the best and most interesting roots, rock and blues acts playing around town these days.” – Cities 97



Groovin’ In The Garden with The April Fools


6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

A killer combo comprised of Twin Cities music scene veterans who blend rock, country, pop into a cohesive and timeless groove. American Rock and Roll.


Groovin’ In The Garden with Soul Beautiful


6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

R&B collective performing positive, upbeat soul with funky jams.

Groovin’ In The Garden with Paddy Wagon


6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Paddy Wagon is 5 local guys with 18 years of experience in the Twin Cities music scene playing music with a twang. A delightful cacophony of guitars, drums, harmonica and horn will fill the air with a good time groove and a few laughs.

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Groovin’ In The Gardens with Flamin’ Oh’s


6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Led by frontman Robert Wilkinson, Flamin’ Oh’s burst onto the Minneapolis music scene in 1980 and thrilled music (and early MTV video fans) with Billboard charting hits, including “I Remember Romance.” Not content to rest on their early success, Flamin’ Oh’s continue to record and deliver high energy live performances to great acclaim. The Star Tribune praises their work as “Hard edged Stones-like rock’n’roll. East Coast street anthems coupled with Midwestern optimism and enthusiasm.”


Groovin’ In The Gardens with Alex Rossi Trio


6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Hailing from Minneapolis, Alex Rossi is a vocalist, guitarist and songwriter who has been performing professionally for over 15 years. With strong roots in blues, soul and funk, Rossi has created his own unique and recognizable sound from his diverse musical background. His performances brings crowds to the dance floor.


 This program was funded in part or in whole with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008 which dedicated funding to preserve Minnesota’s art and cultural heritage.



Groovin’ In The Garden is Sponsored By

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