Botanical Roots Starts Friday! 

Fort Wayne, IN: Botanical Roots, the eclectic downtown concert series featuring music from a wide diversity of regional heritages and cultural backgrounds, begins again this Friday, July 27:

Kenny Neal, Blues, With the Todd Harrold Band

(From Allmusic.com) Kenny Neal was born on October 14, 1957 in New Orleans, exposed to the swamp blues sound from day one. His dad, harpist Raful Neal, was a Baton Rouge blues mainstay, whose pals included Buddy Guy and Slim Harpo (the latter handed three-year-old Kenny an old harp one day as a toy, and that was it).

At age 13, Neal was playing in his father's band, and he picked up a bass at 17 for Buddy Guy.

The Botanical Conservatory invites the community to grab a lawn chair, settle in, and enjoy music that’s fun and funky, creative, and upbeat.  Bands are selected from regional and national touring acts with an emphasis on uniqueness, quality, and representation of a specific musical style.

Shows are Friday nights through August 31. Local bands will warm up the scene; food and beverage is available and youth ages 12 and under are admitted free with a parent or guardian.  Admission is $6 at the gate.  Gates open at 7:30 p.m.; shows start at 8:30 and the events take place outdoors, rain or shine.  The Conservatory is located in downtown Fort Wayne at 1100 S. Calhoun Street.

Botanical Roots is sponsored by The Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department, Rock 104, The Home of Rock and Roll, Whatzup, PBS39, Fort Wayne Metals Research, the Downtown Improvement District, Mad Anthony Brewing Company and the Botanical Conservatory. 

For more information phone 260/427-6446 or go to www.botanicalconservatory.org.

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