Our York Street gardens will close at 3 p.m. on June 22, 25 and 27 for concerts. More early closings.

July 6, 2012 | Doris Boardman, Website and SEO Manager

Enjoy a concert with the unrivaled ambience of thousands of blooming plants! Plus you can bring a picnic and a bottle of wine, and enjoy the first concert of the year at York Street. Or round-out your concert experience by pre-ordering a picnic supper from Catering by Design.

Nanci Griffith with special guest Greg Brown
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Doors 6 p.m., Concert 7 p.m.
Tickets still available!

Here is another great pre-concert review, courtesy of Gardens’ member Rick Hum.

Nanci Griffith (born Nanci Caroline Griffith, July 6, 1953, Seguin, Texas) is an American singer, guitarist and songwriter who was based in Austin, Texas until she moved to Nashville last year.

Griffith's high school boyfriend, John, died in a motorcycle accident after taking her to the senior prom. This subsequently inspired many of her songs. Griffith was married to singer-songwriter Eric Taylor from 1976 to 1982. In the early 1990s, she was engaged to singer-songwriter Tom Kimmel, but the couple parted before marrying. Griffith is a survivor of breast cancer (1996) and thyroid cancer (1998).

Nanci won a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Folk Album in 1994 for Other Voices, Other Rooms. This album features Griffith covering the songs of artists who are her major influences. Other artists have occasionally achieved greater success with Griffith's songs than Griffith herself. For example, Kathy Mattea had a country music top five hit with a 1986 cover of Griffith's "Love at the Five and Dime", and Suzy Bogguss had one of her largest hits with Griffith's and Tom Russell's "Outbound Plane."

Nanci Griffith released her latest album on April 10, 2012.  Intersection was recorded in her new Nashville home with her band, The Blue Moon Orchestra: Nanci Griffith (lead vocals, guitar), Pat McInerney (percussion), Maura Kennedy (vocals, guitar) and Pete Kennedy (guitar, vocals).  On Griffith’s website she talks about her 20th album saying, “At some point, you have to get it out. I couldn’t walk around with the anger. I didn’t write these songs to punish anybody. I thought I wrote them to get these things off my chest. But now I’ve taken them on the road, and every night when I sing, ‘Hell no, I’m not alright,’ and I see my audience come to their feet, I understand exactly why I wrote this."

Griffith has been a frequent performer at the Gardens.  Since 2000 she has performed three times (Aug. 15, 2001; June 12, 2004; and August 10, 2006).  She was also scheduled to perform on August 5, 2010, but she had to cancel due to illness. Sam Bush stepped in to perform and joined Leo Kottke for the August 5 performance.

Gregory Dane Brown was born on July 2, 1949.  His mother played electric guitar; his grandfather played banjo and his father was a Holy Roller preacher in the Hacklebarney region of southeast Iowa. Brown's first professional singing job came at age 18 in New York City, running hootenannies at the legendary Gerdes Folk City. After a year, Brown moved west to Los Angeles and Las Vegas, where he was a ghostwriter for Buck Ram, founder of the Platters. Tired of the fast-paced life, Brown moved back to Iowa and began writing songs and playing in Midwestern clubs and coffeehouses.

Many have lauded Brown’s songwriting, and Willie Nelson, Carlos Santana, Shawn Colvin, and Mary Chapin Carpenter have performed his songs. He has also recorded more than a dozen albums, including his 1986 release, Songs of Innocence and of Experience, when he set poems of William Blake to music.  Brown has released 30 albums.  His last appearance in Denver was on December 15, 2007 at the L2 Center.


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