Summer American Roots Music Concert Series

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2019 BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!
Come celebrate American roots music - Americana and folk, country, blues, and even zydeco -- with the return of our popular summer concert series in the Garden! Join us for one or all of these free concerts. Provided seating is limited and available on a first come, first served basis or bring your own blanket or chair.

Explore the 2019 American Roots Music concert lineup below. In December, visit for our holiday concert series.

2019 concerts in this series:

Kitti Gartner, progressive bluegrass

June 13 - Kitti Gartner, progressive bluegrass

Kiti Gartner is a rockabilly/roots band out of Washington, D.C. Their influences range from classic Sun Records in Memphis to music recorded at the Quonset Hut and RCA Studio B in Nashville in the 1950s and '60s. Together since 2013, they have been welcomed by audiences and venues across the mid-Atlantic and Europe.


5:00 - 7:00 pm | National Garden Amphitheater (Rain Location: Conservatory Garden Court)
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Justin Trawick and the Common Good, Americana

June 27 - Justin Trawick and the Common Good, Americana


Justin Trawick and The Common Good are a touring Americana group consisting of four friends who have been performing on stage together since 2006. Fronted by award winning songwriter Justin Trawick, the band has opened for such artists as Bob Schneider, Sara Bareilles, Hot Buttered Rum, Blues Traveler, Shawn Mullins, Pat McGee, Suzanne Vega, KC and the Sunshine Band, and even the Ying Yang Twins. Consisting of acoustic guitar, upright bass, mandolin, and fiddle, Justin Trawick and The Common Good are often compared to David Gray, Tallest Man On Earth, G. Love and Special Sauce, and Old Crow Medicine Show. With five albums, Trawick and the band are seasoned professionals when it comes to putting on amazing foot stomping performances.

5:00 - 7:00 pm | National Garden Amphitheater (Rain Location: Conservatory Garden Court)
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Fireside Collective, folk / bluegrass / American roots music

July 11 - Fireside Collective, folk/bluegrass/American roots


Asheville, N.C. based newgrass band Fireside Collective is a group of folk music enthusiasts who blend elements of traditional bluegrass and American roots music with modern acoustic arrangements. With an energetic live show, the band presents finely crafted original music infused with impeccable solos and tight harmonies. Captivating listeners with songs centered on change, relationships, and being on the road, they transition smoothly between danceable bluegrass numbers and passionate folk ballads. With mandolin, fiddle, Dobro, and acoustic guitar layered eloquently on top of rock-solid stand-up bass, the band has quickly made a name for themselves as a must-see progressive acoustic ensemble.

5:00 - 7:00 pm | National Garden Amphitheater (Rain Location: Conservatory Garden Court)
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King Teddy, swing

July 25 - King Teddy, swing


Swing for the modern age! King Teddy is a proud part of the Washington, D.C.-area swing scene. They can be seen and heard at summer concerts, wine festivals, celebrations, and some of the best swing dances in the country. A few hours with them is a few hours with the music made famous by Nat King Cole, Louis Prima, Sam Cooke, Elvis Presley, and even the Beatles. Every song (including award-winning King Teddy original tunes) is carefully selected for its danceability and/or foot-tap-ability. Please note: Limited seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis or bring your own blanket or chair.

5:00 - 7:00 pm | National Garden Amphitheater (Rain Location: Conservatory Garden Court)
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David Bach, jazz

August 8 - David Bach, jazz


A winner of the 2016 Maryland Music Awards "Best Jazz Artist," David Bach's recording Otherworld reached #28 in the CMJ National Jazz Chart and #4 in the Canadian Earshot National Jazz Chart. A testament to his popularity as a recording artist, Bach's discography extends back 15 years, starting with Window on the West (which received major airplay at notable smooth jazz stations in D.C. and New York City) and including the world music driven 5 Thousand Words, A Deep Breath and his 2008 concert album Live at Baker Park. The recipient of two gold records and the winner of the Maryland State Art Performance Award, Bach's band was also the winner of the Jazz Discovery Showcase on BET.

5:00 - 7:00 pm | National Garden Amphitheater (Rain Location: Conservatory Garden Court)
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Michelle Hannan and One Blue Night, country artists

August 22 - Michelle Hannan & One Blue Night, country


Michelle Hannan & One Blue Night, based out of Frederick, Md., is one of Maryland's top up-and-coming independent country bands. The band features the warm, soulful vocals and songwriting of Michelle Hannan, along with her husband: singer, songwriter, and bassist Jason Hannan. They are supported by the dynamic instrumental work of renowned veteran musicians Howard Parker (pedal steel), Brent Progecene (lead guitar), and Todd Campbell (drums). Please note: Limited seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis or bring your own blanket or chair.

5:00 - 7:00 pm | National Garden Amphitheater (Rain Location: Conservatory Garden Court)
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Cross Kentucky, roots rock / Americana musicians

September 12 - Cross Kentucky, roots rock/Americana


Between pedal steelist Bobby Birdsong's swelling lines, lead singer Ken Wenzel's saxophone solos, and guitarist Mark Williams' carving leads, Cross Kentucky bridges the gap between classic and modern rock and alt-country. Cross Kentucky plays at venues throughout the DMV, from top local clubs, to concerts at The Hamilton in Washington, D.C., to outdoor festivals like the Tarara Vineyards Summer Concert Series, and special events such as the World Police and Fire Games. Whether playing well-received songs from their album ...Beneath Potomac Skies or fun covers of classic roots-rock tunes by artists well known and loved, they put on a good-time show.

5:00 - 7:00 pm | National Garden Amphitheater (Rain Location: Conservatory Garden Court)
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Matt Kelley's Swangbang

September 26 - Matt Kelley's Swangbang, blues, swing, country


Swing + Twang = Swangbang. "...a stunning young guitarist-singer..." -Washington Post. Swangbang is a D.C.- based quartet lead by guitarist Matt Kelley with Ian Walters, Scott Rabino, and Andreas Holmstrom. Matt was recognized at the 2010 International Blues Competition in Memphis, TN as the best guitarist out of hundreds of competitors, winning the Albert King Award. Joined by Ian Walters, Swangbang represents a new generation's passion for the best music of the '40s and '50s.

5:00 - 7:00 pm | National Garden Amphitheater (Rain Location: Conservatory Garden Court)
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