Rochester, N.Y., June 1, 2011—The Garden Vibes summer concert series at George Eastman House is celebrating its 18th year. On four Thursdays in July and August, George Eastman House offers a unique outdoor venue for experiencing live music. Picnic on the Eastman House lawn, relax with friends, and enjoy family-fun activities, while at the same time basking in George Eastman’s historic Townson Terrace garden and surrounding grounds. Concerts are 6 to 8 p.m.
Garden Vibes 2011
Thursday, July 7
This Latin jazz ensemble, performing together since 1995, shares an explosive blend of Afro-Cuban rhythms and improvisation.
Thursday, July 21
Boilermaker Jazz Band
With its authentic hot jazz and swing, the Boilermaker Jazz Band can make listeners swing to a classic jazz standard, get sentimental over an old-time ballad, boogie to a hot jump tune, or get down with some gritty blues. www.boilermakerjazzband.com
Thursday, Aug. 4
John Doyle and the Karan Casey Band
Irish vocalist Karan Casey and guitarist John Doyle founded Solas, known for its rousing, furious tunes and striking renditions of traditional songs. Casey has won Best Irish Female Vocalist twice, Best Irish Folk album. and a GrammyÒ for her collaboration with Paul Winter. Doyle's rhythmic guitar chops and effortless harmonies make him much in demand as a musical partner. www.compassrecords.com/karan-casey-john-doyle
Thursday, Aug. 18
Rex Fowler and Neal Shulman have spent a lifetime making music together as the folk/rock duo Aztec Two-Step. Their 1987 release, Living in America, received the New York Music Award for Best Folk Album and was named in Billboard’s year-end critic’s poll. www.aztectwostep.com
Gates open at 5 p.m. All concerts will be held rain or shine (rain location is the adjacent Dryden Theatre) Bring blankets and/or chairs and your own picnic fixings, or purchase concessions on-site from Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Abbott’s Frozen Custard, and Eastman House Café. There will be no cash bar but you may bring beverages; a variety of non-alcoholic beverages will be sold.
Admission for each concert: $12 adults; $7 members; $5 youths (ages 13–18); and free to children ages 12 and under. The ticket includes admission to George Eastman House and children's lawn activities, which include a bounce house. Advance tickets are not required; you can pay at the gate. Major support for Garden Vibes is provided by Canandaigua National Bank & Trust, Harter Secrest & Emery LLP, Rochester Plaza Hotel & Conference Center, with additional support from the Eastman House Council. Learn more at eastmanhouse.org or (585) 271-3361 ext. 444.
Music & A Movie
Spend the night at Eastman House, by combining a concert and film for the special price of $18 general admission/$12 members and students. All screenings are at 8:30 p.m., following the “Music & A Movie” tickets available at the Garden Vibes gates on night of concert only.
July 7: THE BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB (1999, 105 min.)
July 21: THE DESERT OF FORBIDDEN ART (2010, 80 min.)
Aug. 4: Dryden at 60 – Program #2: The Detective Film and Stylists in Comedy (95 min.)
Aug. 18: 3:10 TO YUMA (1957, 92 min)
Learn more at dryden.eastmanhouse.org
Attn. Media: High-res images of the bands and films are online at