July’s ‘Groovin’ In The Garden’ Line-up Announced!

The free concert series, “Groovin’ In The Garden”, returns to Como Park Zoo & Conservatory featuring some of the Twin Cities’ finest musicians & activities for the whole family.

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 the dancing shoes, spread out a blanket & join us for these FREE outdoor concerts & activities in front of the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory every Wednesday, June 7 – July 26 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!


2017 July Line-up:


Groovin’ In The Garden with Ghost Wagon


6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Ghost Wagon is about the music and sharing it with others. To that end, Ghost Wagon has been sharing the music locally while regularly performing at venues all over the Twin Cities. And now it’s time to bring the music to Como Park Zoo & Conservatory. Come join the musical party as Ghost Wagon debuts its latest album Crooked & Dark , which has its roots in Americana music but with a touch of rock flair.


Groovin’ In The Garden with Trailer Trash


6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Seven time Minnesota Music Award winners, “Trailer Trash”, purveyors of American roots, classic country, vintage rock n roll, blues and swing music since 1992. The band is most comfortable playing traditional country music, but they can swing, rock and groove in a wide variety of styles from the American hit parade. Their contagious enthusiasm and obvious enjoyment onstage have earned Trailer Trash the reputation of being Minnesota’s premier honky-tonk band.


Groovin’ In The Garden with Wild Colonial Bhoys


6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Wild Colonial Bhoys is more than just an Irish band – they are an Irish American band. Theirs is like a blended whiskey: it’s a musical melding of both the old and the new, from the peat smoke scent of the ould sod to the can-do spirit that embodies the American dream. As Paddyrock.com explains, “take the Young Dubliners, The Elders, Carbon Leaf, Great Big Sea and put them in a blender… you’d have a Wild Colonial Bhoys smoothie!” Their sound is guitar-driven with a strong rock foundation, bringing together Irish traditional tunes with American rock and country.


Groovin’ In The Garden with Jillian Rae


6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

The band’s namesake is its multi-talented violinist, lead vocalist, and songwriter, Jillian Rae. Her creative and dynamic style of violin playing along with her lifelong experience as a performer, lend her an assured stage presence. She has an innate ability to create hook-laden tunes affirming the positives of life in the face of struggle and disappointment. With the overarching joy she takes in all things musical, it was inevitable that Jillian should form her own band… and not too surprising that it should be in her own name. Jillian Rae was named one of 5 finalists in Vita.mn’s 2014 “Are You Local?” contest to find the best new Twin Cities band.


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.

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