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Summer concert series set at State Botanical Garden in Athens
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ATHENS — The State Botanical Garden will hold its 11th annual Sunflower Music Series with four summer concerts.

Each concert will be performed from 7-9 p.m. on the stage of the new Flower Garden, a terraced area between the Day Chapel and the Visitor Center and Conservatory.

Tickets are $15 each, $10 for Friends of the Garden members and $5 for children ages 6-12. Season tickets for all four concerts are $50, $35 for Friends and $15 for ages 6-12.

Admission to each concert includes beverages and light snacks; attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and picnic suppers. Lawn chairs are available for those with physical limitations. In case of inclement weather, the concerts will be held in the Visitor Center and Conservatory.

The concerts begin June 21 with the Modern Skirts, a local alternative rock band known for soft piano ballads and pop-rock guitars. The group was voted best local pop band in 2009 by Flagpole Magazine readers. Nate Nelson opens the show.

On July 26, the Packway Handle Band performs. The local alternative bluegrass band plays more than 200 shows a year in the U.S. and just released its fourth album. Caroline Aiken is the opening act.

On Aug. 23, Grogus will perform two sets of Latin jazz, traditional Cuban and Caribbean styles, and funk versions of jazz standards. The band has won the Flagpole Magazine's Athens Music Award in both the jazz and world music categories.

The series closes Sept. 27 with the Arvin Scott Quartet, featuring world-renowned percussionist Arvin Scott, a lecturer in the Hugh Hodgson School of Music. The quartet plays World Beat Nu Jazz music using acoustic, electronic and digital instruments.

Tickets are available at Schoolkids Records, 264 East Clayton St., Athens, online or by calling 706-542-1244.