Music and art will grace the Taylor Conservatory and Botanical Gardens for the third year, beginning June 11.

What started out as a little brain storming session between two former Taylor Cultural Art Commissioners to bring fabulous music to their city has become one of the highly anticipated events of the Greater Detroit area summer season.  

Event founders Erin Dobbins and Mary Boonenberg had the musical connections but were at a loss as to the perfect venue for their idea….that is until they met up with the good folks of the Taylor Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.  

“It was such a beautiful setting inside their gardens that we just knew we’d found 'the' spot”, said Dobbins. This worked out perfectly for Patty Donahue, Executive Director of the Conservatory and Larry Wright, Board President. They had always wanted to have live music in the gardens but weren’t sure how to make that happen.  

“It was serendipitous that we met and even better that we work so well together,” said Boonenberg.   

The team has brought back some favorite acts from last year and added some exciting new talent.   

This year’s concerts start Wednesday, June 11, with a big crowd favorite, self -taught clarinetist and musical prodigy Dave Bennett.  Bennett brings to life the classic sound and music of Benny Goodman with incredible technique, style, beauty of tone and naturalness.  He tours all over the United States and recently performed at Carnegie Hall. He is also an accomplished piano player, guitarist and drummer who just loves rockabilly music as well, touring with his group The Memphis Boys.  

"He’s an exciting performer and audiences will be in for a treat, you won’t want to miss this concert," Boonenberg said.

A team of volunteers makes this happen every Wednesday evening for the music series. Dobbins and Boonenberg are now board members of the Conservatory and along with the entire board have continued to improve the series. The concerts are held outdoors, weather permitting, on the terrace next to the 1/3 scale replica of the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory on Belle Ile.  The terrace is surrounded by a half brick wall that produces a natural parabolic sound effect. 

Sound engineer and musician, Bob Boonenberg, mixes the sound using a small PA system. The parabolic effect carries the sound out to the audience in a natural way which is great for the Jazz acts.  Two-time Grammy award winner and former Stan Kenton drummer, Jerry McKenzie, another fan favorite says, “It can be hard for small combos to play at outdoor events because of sound issues, but I just love this setting and the sound in the Garden; it’s outstanding.  We’re excited to back this summer” 

Guests bring their lounge chairs and sit among the well groomed gardens to enjoy the sounds of world class musicians and sights of beautiful art work by some of Michigan’s best fine artists. Southgate’s Crystal Gardens provides the beverage service so that you can have a glass of wine, craft beer or cocktail while enjoying the scene. This week's caterer is Executive Chef Ziad of Silver Shores Waterfront Banquet and Catering in Allen Park.   
Conservatory board member Heather Delpiaz has worked hard to bring some of the most talented fine artists the area has to offer. The featured fine artist for this concert is Leo Kuschel, an internationally recognized artist from Taylor. His artwork highlights landmarks that are distinctly Downriver, as well as paintings of Great Lakes lighthouses. His iconic images of lighthouses have been widely shown and noted for their exact details and a color palate that brings the viewer to the Great Lakes. Kuschel is one of the most versatile and well-known artists in Metro Detroit. 

The admission for all regular season concerts is $5 at the door.  No outside food or beverages are permitted. Cash bar opens at 5:30. Live music from 6:30 to 8:30  

For more info including rain out location visit or conservatory  or call 888-383-4108 
The 2014 Schedule
June 11      Dave Bennett 
June 18      Jerry McKenzie’s Just Jazz 
June 25       The Back Beats a Beatles Tribute Band 
July 2J         Jazz Drummer Sean Dobbins 
July 9           Girls’ Night Out duet of pop and Jazz 
July 16         The Paul Keller At Sundown Quintet 
July 23         Craig Strain’s Horn driven R & B, Dr. Pocket 
July 30         Key board player Chris Codish 
August 6      Charles and Gwen Scales, Jazz and R & B 
August 13    Trumpet player Dave Tatrow 
August 20    Grand Finale 3 hour concert featuring from Chicago BMR4  Jazz and Blues 
Sponsors are:

Fritz Enterprises & Huron Valley Steel.   
D & L Garden Center 
Erin Dobbins, Realtor 
Dolphin Manufacturing, Inc. 
Dr. Noel Jacks, Snider & Parker’s Cosmetic & Family Dentistry 
Lisa Norris, NP 
PNC Bank 
Rotary Club of Allen Park 
Rotary Club of Taylor 
Rotary Club of Trenton 
Taylor Fraternal Order of Police Associate Lodge #123 
The Envelope Printery, Inc. 
Ty Metzger, State Farm Insurance

June 18:
Featured Artist:
Music by: Jerry McKenzie and Just Jazz!
Art Viewing
5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Live Music
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
(NOTE: Rain-Out Location-Activity Building at Heritage Park)
Lawn chairs encouraged. The Taylor Conservatory and Botanical Gardens are located at 22314 Northline Road, Taylor, MI 48180.