The 2016 Summer Sounds Concert Series will be held on the lawns at the Australian National Botanical Gardens every weekend between January 16th - February 7th, 2016.
The evening concerts are held between 5:30pm and 7:30pm so visitors can enjoy the cooler part of the day in the gardens, relaxing to live music by local and national performers. With prices ranging between free (for under 12's) to $5 adult entry, it will be a popular and affordable way to enjoy live music in the gardens.
Source: Australian National Botanical Gardens website
Week 1: Saturday 16th of January - Amber Nichols will be opening the event, supported by Mickey Sulit. Many may remember Amber Nichols from the 2015 The Voice competition where she was finalist. This Canberran talent is a popular addition to the Summer Sounds Concert Series and will perform to a strong opening crowd, so get in early to nab your spot on the grass.
Sunday 17th of January - Lulu Swing a Manouche will be joined by soulful local vocalist Monica Moore and together they will be performing their modern "Gypsy Jazz" to finish off the weekend in cool style.
Week 2: Saturday 23rd of January - Big Boss Groove will be taking the stage with their big sounds and 10 piece party band. This local nine piece band will be performing current hits and classic party tracks spanning over four decades. Get your dancing thongs on for this night of party entertainment in the Gardens.
Sunday 24th of January - the Summer Sounds Concert will be celebrating Australia Day with a longer concert, finishing at 8pm. Local band Franklin B Paverty will be performing their Aussie Bush Ballads, folk, country and rock and roll tunes and will be supported by Canberran four piece Celtic band, Humbug.
Week 3: Saturday 30th of January - Annie & the Armadillos will bring the R&B, groove and modern dance music to the event. This band love audience interaction, so get involved and have fun at this party under the stars.
Sunday January 31st - Belle Whyte, an indigenous singer/song writer will be performing her various genres including pop, soul and jazz to finish off the weekends' live music in the Gardens.
Week 4: Saturday 6th of February - this concert will be enjoyed by both and adults and kids alike with Justine Clark performing a repertoire for children and jazz enthusiasts. Justine Clarke is a regular on the ABC program Play School and has her own shows and CD's which are popular with preschool aged children. This evening event will be the ideal time to take a picnic and bring your kids for some live music in the gardens. This night is expected to be a popular event, so tickets are only on sale on the day of the concert from 4pm. Patrons are advised to arrive early.
Source: Justone Clarke website
Sunday 7th February - Young Monks, an Indie pop & Triple J Unearthed band hailing from Canberra, will get the crowd up on their feet on the closing night. The Young Monks have been performing around Canberra and have become a well known band on the live music scene. Their music is a mix of indie, psychedelic and pop - guaranteed to finish off the Summer Series with a bang.
With so much talent coming to the gardens this summer, there will be something for all ages at the Summer Sounds Concert Series, 2016. Check out the website for more information about the artists performing and how to get to the event. With weather playing a large part on the nights, concerts will be cancelled on days of total fire ban or severe weather conditions.