A beautiful Berkeley redwood grove that is one of the city’s lesser known gems is the setting for a series of concerts organized by the UC Botanical Garden.
The opening show of the 2013 Summer Concert Series, on Thursday June 6, featured local singer Ash Reiter, whose style has been described as akin to Stevie Nicks, and the Caldecott band. It was the second appearance for Reiter who proved popular in a previous performance in the series.
The 5-acre Stephen J. Mather Redwood Grove was planted as part of the New Deal works program in the 1930s, so the trees are relatively young by redwood standards. On Thursday, UC Botanical Garden Director Paul Licht talked about how originally the creation of the grove was to have been a project for the Boy Scouts, but the depression put a halt to that plan. The Grove was dedicated in 1972 and is now accessible to ticket holders to the gardens, and hired out for private events, such as weddings.
The annual concert series continues through August 29 and features a diverse line-up of folk, pop, rock, blues, jazz, world music and hard-to-define artists that are drawn to the intimate amphitheatre setting. Next up is Sean Hayes on Thursday June 13. Other acts include Ramon & Jessica and Gojogo (with Russian animation), and Winfred E. Eye and Jesse DeNatale.
Ticketholders are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner (no alcohol), and a warm layer to enjoy the music and natural beauty.
Find information, including the concert line-up and how to buy tickets, on the UC Botanical Garden website.