Romance is definitely in the air at Gardens by Moonlight – a signature music event at the Botanical Garden. Imagine the beauty of the Garden, gourmet foods, and the sounds of live jazz, soul, and salsa on Saturday, Oct.12, 7-11 p.m. This year’s main stage headliner is the sensational Soul Track Mind, while the KRTU Jazz Stage features the Jeff Lofton Trio, known for sellout performances. Plus three more bands: Jess and the Echoes, Elementos, and the Bottom Dollar String Band. What a musical treat for San Antonio!
Music will be in the air non-stop with performance times staggered on four different stages throughout the Garden, from Fountain Plaza all the way to the East Texas Lake. Gardens by Moonlight is a perfect night out, whether with friends, family or a special someone. “It’s one of my favorite events in the Garden -- there’s something absolutely magical about a garden in the evening,” says Bob Brackman, Executive Director.
Guests may bring their own lawn seating and relax while dining on Central Market fare. Beer and wine are available as well. Tickets are $20 at the gate. Advance tickets are $15 and can be purchased online at sabot.org, area Starbucks, the Garden Gift Shop and Central Market. Botanical Society members receive early admission at 6:30 p.m. / $15 ticket. Guests are reminded that there is no rain date and that tickets are non-refundable. Enjoy free parking on-site with additional parking at Brackenridge Parking Facility (free shuttle to Garden).
Proceeds from Gardens by Moonlight benefit the San Antonio Botanical Society, the non-profit support organization for the San Antonio Botanical Garden. Located at 555 Funston at North New Braunfels Avenue. For more information visit www.sabot.org.
Soul Track Mind, Concert Lawn
On stage 9:15 – 10:45 PM
With a unique sound that was honed in a plywood Central Texas juke joint, Soul Track Mind has taken their uplifting performances to iconic venues in close to 20 states since 2010. We’re thrilled to present this group as the 2013 Gardens by Moonlight headliner.
"They come out of a gritty melting pot that includes seasonings from Booker T and the MGs, Otis Redding, Billy Preston, the later works of Ray Charles, and more contemporary influences like the Black Keys and John Legend... Soul Track Mind's performances are a cultural exclamation point about American music." - Huffington Post
Jeff Lofton Trio, Fountain Plaza
On stage 6:45 – 9 p.m.
Jazz trumpeter, composer and bandleader, Jeff Lofton performs straight-ahead be-bop jazz of the 50s and 60s. He has the reputation as a “veritable jazz virtuoso,” who’s been known “to channel Miles Davis” (Daily Texan). He's been voted Best Jazz Band at the '10 - '11 Austin Music Awards during SXSW. Albums include “Jazz to the People” in 2009 and “Jericho” which releases in 2013. “When he first arrived in Austin in 2005, word-of-mouth drew people to hear his unique sound at small bars in East Austin. Soon his shows were being described as crazy good and crazy crowded” (Austin American-Statesman). His 1950s Miles Davis Tribute was booked at the Iridium Jazz Club in New York.
Jess and The Echoes, Concert Lawn
On stage 6:45 – 8:00 p.m.
Jess and the Echoes is a fresh dynamic in the world of modern pop music. The five-member band hails from Austin, a music scene that thrives on bold and unique artists. They are led by the powerful and stirring vocals of Jess Kellner, a top TV contestant recently on The Voice. This young band epitomizes what happens when performing becomes less about style and technique and more about the quality of the moment.
On stage 7:15 – 9:00 p.m.
Elementos is an ensemble that embraces the diverse culture of San Antonio: salsa, bolero, jazz, cumbia, pop, and rock. In 2012 they earned the title of Official Band of the River Walk in the RiverFest Battle of the Bands.
Bottom Dollar String Band, East Texas Lake
7:30 – 9 p.m.
Formed in the hills of Central Texas in early 2011, Bottom Dollar String Band began making music with only two instruments, the mandolin and the banjo. Sparked by a love of Old-time, and Traditional music, they began experimenting with the music of their past. Soon, they had become completely immersed in their music, their heritage and their love for sharing the music they live. Since then, Bottom Dollar has grown to accommodate a large variety of traditional instruments and members, as well as a new view on why and how Bluegrass should be played. Playing everything from Old-time standards, to New-grass originals, Bottom Dollar is sure to please.