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Rhythm and Blooms series brings music to Riverbanks Zoo garden

Rhythm and Blooms comes to The Botanical Garden at Riverbanks Zoo each Thursday in May.
Rhythm and Blooms comes to The Botanical Garden at Riverbanks Zoo each Thursday in May. Provided photo

What’s better than a spring night spent relaxing on a lawn listening to live music?

The Botanical Garden at Riverbanks Zoo will host Rhythm and Blooms every Thursday evening in May, bringing live musicians into the garden, where visitors can spread out a blanket and relax.

John Wesley Satterfield kicks off the series this week. Satterfield is a musician who blends rock, country, bluegrass and folk in his songwriting. His influences include Harry Chapin, Bob Dylan, The Beatles and Jim Croce.

The Mississippi Kites will perform on May 14. This Americana band, based in Columbia, features a style reminiscent of rock, blues and country from the 1950s and ’60s.

Bobby Houck will play May 21. Houck is perhaps best known as the lead singer of the Charleston-based band The Blue Dogs, which he formed in 1987 with Hank Futch, a childhood friend from Florence. The songwriters were early adapters of the “alt country” sound, blending country, rock, and bluegrass.

Rounding out the lineup is Jackaroe on May 28. Another Americana roots/rock band, Jackroe’s influences include the Grateful Dead, JJ Cale, Leon Russell and Jerry Jeff Walker.

Food and drinks (including a cash bar) will be available for purchase during each event.

The Rhythm and Blooms concerts will be held from 6-9 p.m. each week, and entrance to the concerts is through the Botanical Garden entrance only (1300 Botanical Parkway in West Columbia). Admission is free for Riverbanks members with valid membership card and ID, and $5 for the general public. Tickets can be purchased at riverbanks.org or at the gate.

Bridget Winston, Special to The State