Concerts, like dimly lit chandeliers, are more impressive outdoors and are more enchanting when adorned with strategically placed glow sticks. Light up the night with this GrouponLive deal to see Carbon Leaf, part of the Groovin' in the Garden concert series in the Rose Garden at The Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. For $9, you get one general-admission ticket for the show on Thursday, May 31, at 6 p.m. (up to an $18 value, including all fees). Doors open at 5:30 p.m.
On a stage surrounded by more than 1,800 kaleidoscopic roses, Richmond's native sons Carbon Leaf bring home their rousing brand of Appalachian-flavored indie rock. The five-man band's steadfast arrangement of guitar, bass, drums, and mandolin is rounded out with more exotic instruments, such as the bouzouki, all tied together by lead singer Barry Privett's bold, straightforward baritone. Long beloved in their hometown, the group exploded onto the national scene in the early 2000s with the Irish-tinged hit “The Boxer,” a narrative about a fighter who's at the top of his game but scraping the bottom of love's barrel. Broken hearts are a common theme in Carbon Leaf's music, as also reflected in the dark, bluesy “Another Man's Woman,” and “Miss Hollywood,” a Southern-twanged ballad about the angst of dating an enormous sign.
Groovin' in the Garden performances go on rain or shine, and spectators are encouraged to get comfy on blankets, chairs, and rafts made of old soda bottles. Although not included with this Groupon, food and drinks, including beer and wine, will be available for purchase, allowing hungry audiences to refuel during set breaks.