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Posted on: August 7, 2018

Conservatory Music & Art in the Gardens will finish the season with special shows

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David Zinn

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Michael Bennett

There is something for everyone at Taylor Conservatory Foundation’s Music & Art in the Gardens summer concert series on Wednesday evenings – sensational music, gorgeous gardens, beautiful art, spectacular classic cars and delicious food. The 11-week season wraps up with two special shows on August 8 and 15.

New this year is Music & Art in the Gardens, Jr., sponsored by the Rotary Club of Taylor and D & L Landscape Supply. The event is geared towards the community’s children. From noon until 3 on August 8 there will be a mini-event featuring David Zinn, an interactive artist. He will create chalk art displays on the Conservatory grounds.

An Ann Arbor native, Zinn displays temporary street drawings that are composed entirely of chalk. What is most notable is that they are always improvised on location through a process known as “pareidolic anamorphosis” or “anamorphic pareidolia,” which translates to, “seeing meaningful images in meaningless visual stimuli.” Most of his creatures appear on sidewalks in Michigan, but many have surfaced as far away as subway platforms in Manhattan, village squares in Sweden and street corners in Taiwan.

He has achieved global notoriety through social media and publications like the Huffington Post, Graffiti Art Magazine, Bored Panda, Central China Television, Street Art Utopia, and Archie McPhee’s Endless Geyser of Awesome. And the fun doesn’t end there.

Zinn’s illustrations will be visible during the evening show as well and concert goers will have the opportunity to meet the chalk dusted, enigmatic artist and experience the magic of his elaborate creations.

Both day and evening shows are family friendly; however the day show is centered on our youth. This is an affordable opportunity for parents who would like to keep their children entertained and away from technology for a few hours.

Melissa Behring, a private instructor for voice and performance at the Detroit School of Pop and Rock, will sing, play guitar, and teach folk songs in addition to movie songs like Moana, Sing and COCO from noon until 1. Downriver’s popular Ms. Carissa will perform and offer DJ dance music from 1-3.

Dawg’s on the Run will provide concessions during the afternoon event.

Later that evening, internationally known Dave Bennett Quartet will perform popular music, new creations, and jazz standards that not only showcases this clarinet virtuoso but also his vocal ability and his famous “rockabilly” guitar. The group’s repertoire include swing and Dixieland but also branches out with tunes by Elvis, Roy Orbison and Chris Isaac, too.

The Grande Finale of the concert series on August 15 will be just that, with the, “Invasion,” a 1960’s British era pop and rock band and a “Classics and Customs” car show sponsored by Taylor Chevrolet. Shaggy LeBlanc from Shaggy's Raticals will provide art work and trophies along with art instructor, Jodi Persiconi,

The first 50 classic autos get one free wristband to the concert venue. All this excitement will surely create some hunger and thirst so head to the Masco Pavilion for dinner selections available for purchase from food vendors local to downriver. Guests can also snack on the ever-so flavorful Love's Custard Pies or cool off with sweet, homemade ice-cream thanks to Ice Cream Place. The Butter Pecan is an old favorite but the Strawberry Crunch will have you and your family melting before the ice-cream does.

In addition to our delicious food vendor offerings, we are also hosting a cash bar stocked with your favorite summer cocktails and beers. The money raised through beverage sales as well as ticket purchases helps fund the Conservatory through promotion of the arts and overall garden maintenance.

The Taylor Conservatory Foundation has partnered with title sponsor, Wayne County Community College District Heinz C. Prechter Educational and Performing Arts Center to provide top quality entertainment. Please visit or for more information and for potential rain-out location or call 888-383-4108 or check our Facebook page.

Additional Information

Taylor Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

22314 Northline Road.

Taylor, Michigan 48180

Doors open 5:30 p.m.

Art Viewing 5:30-8:30.

Live Music 6:30-8:30.

Weekly Food & Drink Specials (No outside food or beverages allowed)

Lawn Chairs/blankets encouraged.

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