South Carolina Botanical Garden Spring Concert Series 2014

South Carolina Botanical Garden spring concert series 2014

CLEMSON — The South Carolina Botanical Garden at Clemson University is hosting free spring concerts in the amphitheater at 7 p.m. Fridays from April 4 through May 2.

Visitors can bring blankets or stadium chairs. For more information, go to or call 864-656-3405.

Here’s the lineup:

Emily Lynch
At just 26 years old, Lynch sings with the experience, humility and sweet vintage voice of an artist two or three times her age. What she lacks in actual career mileage is made up for by her precocious raw and obvious intrinsic nature of her talent.

She grew up dabbling with songwriting while singing in her church choir and high school chorus in the metro Atlanta area. She later moved on to pursue a degree in communications from Clemson. She graduated in 2008 and had a brief stint as an intern at Edwin McCain’s OMG Studios in Greenville before being introduced to producer Dan Hannon, who committed to help her cultivate her skills.

Since releasing her debut full-length album in 2011 to critical acclaim, Lynch has been hard at work perfecting her craft as a songwriter with some of the best and most successful writers in the business.
Admission: Free (suggested donation of $5)
 7 -8:30 p.m. April 4

Ali Riehm
Clemson student Ali Riehm will feel right at home here in the gardens, as will her music. Her rhythmic guitar, smooth vocals and lighthearted sound make her music a perfect match for this outdoor venue. Some have compared her voice to the same artists that inspire her sound: Norah Jones, Ingrid Michaelson, Colbie Caillat and Sara Bareilles.
Admission: Free (suggested donation of $5)
 7 -8:30 p.m. April 11

Tugalo Holler
According to the Westminster-based group, “We got the idea for our name from a former co-worker of ‘Porkchop’s.’ Chris Arrick suggested that the group be named ‘The Tugaloo Hollerers.’ We liked the idea, but the name was hard to say. So we changed it to Tugaloo Holler. The Tugaloo (pronounced the same as Tugalo) is a river not far from our hometown. Many non-natives have moved into our area and they pronounce Tugaloo as ‘Two-ga-lou.’ We decided to change the spelling to T-u-g-a-l-o as to avoid the confusion. We actually took the spelling from the local Tugalo Gas Company. And that’s the rest of the story… What’s in a name? First and foremost Tugalo Holler is a ministry. We consider it a privilege and honor to be able to spread joy and happiness and God’s word through song. We are a bluegrass band and we enjoy playing gospel, old standards, new songs and some songs that we have ‘bluegrassified.'”
Admission: Free (suggested donation of $5)
 7 -8:30 p.m. April 18

Christy LaFrance
LaFrance plays and and writes songs that have be organic — they have to come from a very natural place. Her influences include U2, the Indigo Girls, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Patty Griffin, Dar Williams, Watermark, Margaret Becker, Sandra McCracken and Ani DiFranco.

Her favorite audience is her two children, who sometimes join her with a djembe, shaker or the occasional background vocals.

“I’m a blessed girl that still plays music with her husband weekly. We began sharing our music together in college, then recording and traveling to coffee houses and churches throughout college and early in our marriage. Sharing music together with our children today makes it all the more significant.”
Admission: Free (suggested donation of $5)
 7 -8:30 p.m. April 25

Tony Tidwell
Tidwell is a singer/songwriter from Clemson, and after nearly a decade since his last release, he has released his fourth album, “Love Is Not A Word.” The album was released Oct. 1, 2013, on Ghostmeat Records, the home of his first two albums: “Tony Tidwell & The Scalded Dogs (1996)” and “Out Of The Way” (1998).
Admission: Free (suggested donation of $5)
 7 -8:30 p.m. May 2