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Rochester, N.Y., May 7, 2018—The Garden Vibes summer concert series will return to the George Eastman Museum this summer. The outdoor concerts will take place on the following Wednesday evenings: June 20, July 18, and August 15.

In an effort to preserve the gardens at the National Historic Landmark estate, the museum will host the concert series on the Vista, located on the east side of the mansion next to the Terrace Garden.Concertgoers may bring a picnic or purchase food on-site from the food trucks parked in the museum’s front drive or from the Eastman Museum Cafe, and BYOB. Concerts are from 6 to 8 p.m.; gates open at 5 p.m.

Garden Vibes 2018 lineup

June 20          Ruby Velle & The Soulphonics

Atlanta’s Ruby Velle and the Soulphonics have made a name for themselves captivating audiences with their stirring live performances. They’re a world-class modern soul revue topped off with the cherry of Velle’s sultry voice, as she deftly toggles between sweetly crooned R&B tunes and expertly belted barn-burning get-downs that can instantly jolt a roomful of wallflowers into a wild dance party. 

July 18            Seratones

Shreveport, Louisiana, natives A.J. Haynes, Adam Davis, Jesse Gabriel, and Connor Davis make up the Seratones. The band’s music is certainly their own, due in part to Shreveport’s unique sonic geography: the city sits at a nexus roughly equidistant from Memphis soul, Mississippi Delta blues, and New Orleans jazz, with Texas swing located just over the nearby state border. The Seratones’ sound draws from those touch points and more, ranging from Black Sabbath’s Paranoid to Kind of Blue.

August 15       Fireside Collective

Formed in the mountain city of Asheville, North Carolina, the five-piece string band Fireside Collective weaves bluegrass, funk, rock, and blues influences into a refreshing representation of modern folk music. In recent years, the band was nominated for the International Bluegrass Music Association’s “Momentum Award” for best band and were finalists in the Telluride Bluegrass Band Competition.

Admission rates for each of the 2018 concerts: $10 general admission, $8 museum members, and free to children ages 12 and under with paid adult admission. Tickets are available only at the gate. No refunds; no rain dates.

Garden Vibes is generously supported by the Eastman Museum Council, Hyatt Regency Rochester, Bop Shop Records, Canandaigua National Bank, and Wegmans.

In addition to the three Garden Vibes concerts, the museum will also be hosting a Hidden Garden Concert on the north lawn of the property this later this summer. Details will be released in the next few months.

About the George Eastman Museum

Founded in 1947, the George Eastman Museum is the world’s oldest photography museum and one of the largest film archives in the United States, located on the historic Rochester estate of entrepreneur and philanthropist George Eastman, the pioneer of popular photography. Its holdings comprise more than 400,000 photographs, 28,000 motion picture films, the world’s preeminent collection of photographic and cinematographic technology, one of the leading libraries of books related to photography and cinema, and extensive holdings of documents and other objects related to George Eastman. As a research and teaching institution, the Eastman Museum has an active publishing program and, through its two joint master’s degree programs with the University of Rochester, makes critical contributions to film preservation and to photographic preservation and collections management. For more information, visit

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