Lewis Ginter Community Day

Family dancing at Flowers After 5 at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden has announced the lineup for this year’s Flowers After 5 season, starting June 4.

“We’re kicking it up a notch (literally!) with dancing,” said Beth Monroe, a garden spokesperson. “On select evenings, local dance groups are doing dance demos and guests are invited to join in or simply watch the fun. We will continue to have Fidos After 5 Nights on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month when leashed dogs are allowed.”

The garden is adding movement through dance to Flowers After 5 to connect the event to its exhibit “Wind, Waves and Light: Art in Motion” by George Sherwood. It’s a series of large-scale, stainless-steel sculptures that move and change with the wind, opening April 24 and running through Oct. 18.

Here’s the lineup for this year’s Flowers After 5:

June 4: The Original Elbe-Musikanten German Band

Performing traditional style of German, Austrian, Czech and Slovak music, such as polkas, marches, waltzes, as well as other favorites.Dance demos with the S.G.T.E.V. Hirschjäger Bavarian Dancers (German dance group).

June 11: Antique Melody Show

A nostalgic matinee of 1920s to 1940s radio stars, such as Annette Hanshaw, Mae West, Fats Waller, Eartha Kitt and Jo Stafford, just to name a few. Also a Fidos After 5 night.

June 18: Shades of Gray

Six-piece dance band featuring classic dance hits from the 1970s and 1980s, along with some rock and current hits.

June 25: Dead Letter Officers

Richmond’s R.E.M. merchants, the Dead Letter Officers, focus on R.E.M. music from the early to late 1980s. Also a Fidos After 5 night.

July 2: Jay Brown’s Grace Street Seven

A vintage-style jazz septet that performs songs in the tradition of early American dance bands from the 1920s to 1930s. Dance demos with RVA Swing (Swing & Lindy Hop).

July 9: Ban Caribe

A blend of Afro-Cuban, Latin, Caribbean and rhythm and blues. Also a Fidos After 5 night.

July 16: Jackass Flats

Virginia bluegrass quintet with a little electric rock ’n’ roll.

July 23: Bruce Ewan

Blues and jazz fusion with Bruce Ewan on harmonica and vocals along with jazz guitar master Randy Johnston. Also a Fidos After 5 night.

July 30: Brass in Pocket

A tribute band featuring the music of Chrissie Hynde and The Pretenders.

Aug. 6: The Whiskey Rebellion

Bluegrass, jazz, rock and roll.

Aug. 13: Paul Urban & Friends

Tidewater roots and blues band. Also a Fidos After 5 night.

Aug. 20: Triple Crossing Jazz Project

Specializing in swingin’ classic jazz from the 1930s through the 1960s. Dance demos (ballroom).

Aug. 27: E3

Local party band featuring members of the group Everything. Also a Fidos After 5 night.

Sept. 3: U&I Plus Latin Band

Cover band performing a mix of Afro Caribbean Salsa infused with a bit of old-school R&B.

Dance demos with Salsa Connection Dance Company LLC (salsa).

Sept. 10: Dance Candy

Hip-hop and pop, jazz and funk and straight-up R&B. Also a Fidos After 5 night.

Flowers After 5 concerts run from 5 to 8 p.m. at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Ave., with the garden closing at 9 p.m. Tickets cost $14 for adults, $11 for seniors, $8 for children 12 and younger and free for ages 3 and younger and for members.

Visit www.lewisginter.org or call (804) 262-9887 for more information.

ccurran@timesdispatch.com

(804) 649-6151

Twitter: @collcurran

Colleen Curran covers arts and entertainment for the Richmond Times-Dispatch. She writes the weekly column Top Five Weekend Events.

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