Rock & Pop

Boy in the Bubble & The Blank Tapes

When: Thu., July 5, 5:30-7:30 p.m. 2012

Judging by the popularity of outdoor concerts at the Henry Miller Memorial Library in Big Sur, there's no shortage of people wanting to enjoy music in the great outdoors. But here in the East Bay, there aren't as many outdoor concerts as you'd think there'd be, considering the vast parkland in our backyard and given that we're home to one of the most picturesque venues -- The Greek Theatre. That's changing with the addition of the Redwood Grove summer concert series at the UC Botanical Garden (200 Centennial Dr., Berkeley). "We always knew the redwood grove was a magical place," explained Christine Manoux, the garden's education program coordinator, who started hosting a handful of concerts three years ago but this year booked weekly shows -- with top-notch local talent -- all summer long. The setting -- a small wooden stage amidst redwood trees -- is intimate, with seating for about two hundred. And because there's no outdoor lighting, concerts start early and end early, too, making it convenient for those with kids. This week's concert features Oakland's indie-rockers Boy in the Bubble and throwback rock-'n'-rollers The Blank Tapes. Bring a picnic and warm clothes (but keep the booze at home, warns UCPD). 5:30-7:30 p.m., $10, $8 for members, $5 for youth, free for kids under five.

Kathleen Richards

Price: free-$10

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