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Enjoy live music on the Botanic Garden's Festival Green.
Part of the Summer Nights Concert Series.
About John Gorka
Originally from New Jersey, John Gorka is a world-renowned singer-songwriter who got his start at a neighborhood coffeehouse in eastern Pennsylvania. Though he studied philosophy and history at Moravian College, music began to offer paramount enticements. Influenced by artists like Stan Rogers, Eric Andersen, Tom Paxton and Claudia Schmidt, and Jack Hardy’s legendary Fast Folk circle, he made his way to folk meccas like Texas’ Kerrville Folk Festival (where he won the New Folk Award in 1984) and Boston. His stunningly soulful baritone voice and original songwriting began turning heads. Those who had at one time inspired him – Suzanne Vega, Bill Morrissey, Nanci Griffith, Christine Lavin, Shawn Colvin – had become his peers.
Since then, Gorka has released 11 critically acclaimed albums covering broad musical territory. In 2010, he also released an album with his friends and Red House label-mates Lucy Kaplansky and Eliza Gilkyson under the name Red Horse. Getting high praise from critics and fans alike, it landed on the Billboard Folk Charts and was one of the most played albums on folk radio.
Many other well known artists have recorded and performed John Gorka songs, and he has graced the stage of Austin City Limits, Mountain Stage, and etown. His new song “Where No Monuments Stand” is featured in the upcoming documentary Every War Has Two Losers, about activist and Oregon Poet Laureate William Stafford (1914-1993).
John Gorka lives in Minnesota and when not on the road, he enjoys spending time with his wife and children. He continues to tour, playing festivals, theaters and clubs all over North America and Europe.
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Gates open at 6 p.m. and concerts begin at 7 p.m., rain or shine. Both the Aquarium and Botanic Garden will be open until 9 p.m.
Hula hoop with the Ritzy Rouge Hula Hoop Troupe from 6-8 p.m.
The Clan Tynker Family Circus will also join the fun with magic shows.
Blankets, lawn chairs and picnics are welcome, but please do not bring glass containers or alcoholic beverages into the park. Food, beer and wine are available for purchase.