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Live at the garden

Summer Concert Series

Story by Emily Adams Keplinger  |  Photos by Don Perry

Part party, part picnic, and all together fun—that’s what hundreds of people experienced as the Live at the Garden Series brought the rock band “Boston” to the stage at the Memphis Botanic Garden for its first concert of their summer series. The band was traveling across the country on its “HyperSpace Tour.” Boston brought their all-American brand of music to add to the festivities of the extended Fourth of July holiday weekend in Memphis.

Some concert-goers came with tables and chairs, others brought blankets and quilts, but all of them set up on the garden’s lawn for an evening of entertainment. There were also a series of reserved tables in front of the stage that offered VIP seating. Along with a choice spot on the lawn, guests in that area were also treated to a light supper buffet provided by Wild Beet Catering and Ultimate Foods.  The menu included a salad bar, buffalo chicken dip and crackers, penne pasta and brownies.

The outdoor concert under the stars attracted a decidedly adult crowd. Boston offered them a dose of nostalgia with hits that put the band on the charts during the 1970s and 1980s. Many members of the crowd sang along to old-school favorites like “More Than a Feeling,” “Rock and Roll Band,” and “Don’t Look Back.”

Carol Schoenrock, a preschool teacher at Rossville Christian Academy, attended the event with her husband, Daron, head coach of the Memphis Tigers baseball team. Carol said that this was the first of the Live at the Garden concerts that she had attended, but that she had been a Boston fan since her high school days in the early 1980s.

“I’m still mad at my best friend who borrowed my Boston albums when we were sophomores in high school,” said Carol in a teasing tone. “She never gave them back.”

“Now in its 17th year, the Live at the Garden series offers guests a fun way to celebrate summer with a star-studded line-up that takes place on our 96-acres of unsurpassed natural beauty,” said Sherry May, co-director of Live at the Garden - Memphis. “Our Live at the Garden concert series is a music-lover’s dream come true. This summer we are presenting five concerts, the last one will be on September 15.”


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