Berkshire Botanical Garden hosts free outdoor concerts

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STOCKBRIDGE — Calling all lovers of plants and live music: Berkshire Botanical Garden is now hosting "Music Mondays in Lucy's Garden," a free, weekly outdoor summer concert series.

Concerts will be held Monday evenings from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Lucy's Garden, considered one of the finest collections of topiaries in North America and donated to the Garden in 2018 by Lucy and Nat Day of Greenwich, Conn. Visitors are invited to bring a picnic and blanket and enjoy great live music presented by local favorites as well as new acts from outside the area. Beer from Sheffield's Big Elm Brewery will be available for purchase.

On Monday, July 20, folk, alt country and acoustic rock band Jack Waldheim & the Criminal Hearts will share their signature sound, described as "ranging in style from funky old blues, to slam poetry, to Waitsian melancholy, to acoustic rock and anywhere they be feeling it."

The Lucky Five will play July 27. Called "an infectiously rambunctious hot jazz ruckus," the band plays a blend of foot-stomping swing and Gypsy jazz from the '20s, '30s and '40s and have performed and recorded with artists such as Peter Gabriel, Tony Bennett and Neko Case. On Aug. 3, The Late Risers travel from Boston to bring New Orleans style jazz from the 1920s through '40s, along with original compositions and covers of modern tunes.

The Northampton-based Gregg Hall Band plays country acoustic folk Aug. 10; rock, jazz, blues and funk band the BTUs plays Aug. 17. The Wanda Houston Band brings '40s, '50s and '60s R&B and jazz characterized by Wanda's stirring vocals and scat on Aug. 24. The Berkshire-based ensemble The Picky Bastards finishes off the season with their unique blend of folk, bluegrass and Led Zeppelin covers on Aug. 31.

Visitors to Lucy's Garden will encounter nearly two dozen sculptures featuring topiary animals including Jumbo the elephant with his spouting trunk, and "live" furnishings including a wing chair, table, urn, floor lamp, umbrellas and more.

In accordance with state regulations, masks and online admission ticketing are required. To register, visit berkshirebotanical.org or call 413 320-4794.

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