Hear music ranging from roots, soul, and rock to bluegrass, folk, Irish, country, and more in a beautiful garden setting amidst fall blooms and color—sounds like an idyllic Sunday afternoon, doesn’t it?

Casey and the Atta Boys

What could be more idyllic than listening to great music in a beautiful garden on a sunny, Sunday afternoon? Gigs in the Garden is an outdoor concert series at 2 p.m. on Sundays, Oct. 9, 16, 23, and 30 at the Springfield Botanical Gardens at Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park. The concerts will be at the Peace Through People Pavilion, within the Kay Cummins Finnie Memorial Dogwood Garden. Kids will love the nearby playground. The concerts are free but a $10 donation is suggested. Bring lawn chairs or blankets, and beer and wine will be available to buy.

Here’s the lineup:

  • Oct 9: Justin Larkin is a singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist who plays a distinct and hearty blend of roots, soul, and rock and roll, which he calls “cosmic Ozarkana music.
  • Oct 16: Casey and the Atta Boys are a bluegrass band with roots in tradition but willing to move forward, too. The 5-member band includes vocals, guitar, fiddle, banjo, and mandolin.
  • Oct 23: Deja Crew brings a blend of genres, songs, instruments, and witty banter. The three members have been playing together for a decade, and their set list is full of hits. They say, “Come for the music, stay for the banter.”
  • Oct 30: John Depew combines traditional sounds, thoughtful lyrics, and multiple instruments. He calls his work “progressive old-time,” and he has been called the “midwestern Nick Drake.”

In case of inclement weather, the concerts will move inside the adjacent Springfield–Greene County Botanical Center. 

For more information, please visit peacethroughpeople.org/gigs or call 417-864-1191. 

The Springfield Botanical Gardens is at 2400 S. Scenic Ave., Springfield, MO.