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Flagship Romance celebrates ‘harmonic alternative’ at Americana & Roots concert

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Tonight’s American & Roots Concert in the Gardens will celebrate the sounds of “Harmonic Alternative Folk,” the unique musical style of Flagship Romance, at 6:30 p.m. (Note this is a slightly earlier time from the previously announced time).

Newlyweds Shawn Fisher and Jordyn Jackson perform at the fourth outdoor concert in the 2016 season on the Moon Stage in the Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden. The outdoor concert begins at 6:30 p.m.

Newlyweds Shawn Fisher and Jordyn Jackson perform at the fourth outdoor concert in the 2016 season on the Moon Stage in the Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden. The outdoor concert begins at 6:30 p.m.

Newlyweds Shawn Fisher and Jordyn Jackson form the singer/songwriter duo for this fourth outdoor concert in the 2016 season on the Moon Stage in the Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden. Admission is a suggested donation of $10 for adults.

“We’re in love with each other, the music we make, the people we meet and the ability to make a difference in this crazy world with our gifts,” says Shawn Fisher about their music-making philosophy, her jazz background and his guitar-playing.

The one-hour performance benefits the Kickapoo Edge Prairie, one of five naturalized areas among the 20 themed gardens and 15 special collections in the Springfield Botanical Gardens located in Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park, 2400 S. Scenic Ave., in southwest Springfield. .

Proceeds will be used to create a paved trail through the Kickapoo Edge Prairie to accommodate walkers, strollers and wheelchairs, says Ric Mayer, chair of the Friends of the Garden group that develops and maintains the prairie garden located east of the Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center.

The fundraiser is sponsored in cooperation with the Friends of the Garden, Springfield Botanical Gardens, Missouri Prairie Foundation and the Springfield-Greene County Park Board.

Bring a lawn chair or blanket for more comfortable seating, and something cold to keep you comfortable. In case of inclement weather, the concerts, suitable for all ages, will be held inside the Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center. Free parking is available near the entrance of the venue.

Other concerts in the series will include:
· Thursday, September 15, 6:30 p.m.— Singers and songwriters Adler and Hearne are official Texas Touring Artists as chosen by the Texas Commission on the Arts.
· Wednesday, October 12, 6 p.m.— Guitarist and international artist Claude Bourbon will play his medieval and delta-infused blues.

For more information, call the Botanical center at 417.891.1515 or Ric Mayer at 417.995.3943.

Friends of the Garden tax-deductible annual memberships on several levels can be purchased at the Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center gift shop. For more information, visit us on Facebook or at FriendsoftheGarden.org.

George Freeman is a veteran journalist and photographer. An award-winning writer, editor and columnist in Springfield, Mo., with more than 50 years experience. His preference is for positive and uplifting stories about people, places, traditions and trends that make the Ozarks one of the most livable regions anywhere. A member of the Garden Writers Association of America, he is a past-president of the Society of Professional Journalists of Southwest Missouri, the Kansas and Ohio AP societies; a board member of Friends of the Garden and a member of the Rotary Club of Springfield. In 1976, he traveled to India as a member of a Rotary Foundation Group Study Exchange Team.

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