Callanwolde’s Jazz on the Lawn showcases a lineup of Atlanta’s finest jazz treasures performing a mix of classic and contemporary jazz, swing, salsa, fusion, smooth and blues, in a perfect setting for summer outdoor concerts.
Jazz on the Lawn is a great way to spend time with friends, unwind, and listen to an evening of live music. Guests are invited to bring a blanket and a picnic and enjoy these concerts surrounded by the natural beauty of the Callanwolde Amphitheater.
Doors open at 6:30 PM.
Concerts begin at 7:30 PM.
Concerts conclude at 9:30 PM.
Concerts are rain or shine- we will have ponchos for sale in the event of bad weather!
VA Virginia Schenck
Vocalist Virginia Schenck has studied and performed music since her childhood. Using the stage name VA, she has released three albums that showcase her developing artistry. Schenck was raised in Florida and attended Florida State University. While her degree was in Music Therapy, she studied jazz piano, voice and dance. She started singing jazz gigs while in school, and continued to sit in with groups after she launched her music therapy career in Macon, Georgia. Her love of jazz was enriched through a friendship with drummer Jaimoe (previously a member of the Allman Brothers Band). In 2007, she had the opportunity to work with Bobby McFerrin and Rhiannon in New York, and over the next three years, she continued her studies with both musicians. Schenck joined the local jazz scene in Atlanta and formed the trio that still accompanies her today: pianist Kevin Bales, bassist Rodney Jordan, and drummer Marlon Patton.
Whether she is known by her birth name or as VA, Virginia Schenck can soothe her audience with a beautiful ballad, invigorate them with a re-imagined standard and challenge them with a powerful blast of free improvisation. All of these aspects exist within one singular and unique voice.
Free Planet Radio
World Trio, Free Planet Radio, maintain the shared vision of three multi-instrumentalists exploring the infinite and seamless relationships between musical cultures through the universal language of sound.
Based in Asheville, NC their performances expertly weave the improvisatory element of jazz, and the subtleties and harmonic vocabulary of Western classical music, with Middle Eastern, Indian and North African melodic and rhythmic structures. They have performed with jazz vocalist Lizz Wright and poet Robert Bly, among others, and in 2016 traveled to the People’s Republic of China for a 20 city tour of their finest concert halls.
FPR consists of two-time Grammy winner Eliot Wadopian leaping effortlessly between rhythm and melody on electric and string basses; River Guerguerian on an extensive array of global percussion instruments including Middle Eastern frame drums and doumbek, the Indian kanjira, African djembe, and Western drum set; and Chris Rosser exploring melody on the 17-stringed Indian dotar, Turkish cumbus oud, guitar, piano and melodica.
Parking is free and on-site for VIP Table guests and on a first come, first serve basis for General Admission guests. Additional parking is available across the street at Atlanta Metro Cathedral (999 Briarcliff Road NE, Atlanta, GA, 30306).
Food and Drink
Outside food and beverages are allowed at Jazz on the Lawn. We will have a cash bar on-site (serving beer, wine, water, snacks, and soft drinks). There will be food for sale provided by Sun In My Belly.
General Admission: Bring a lawn chair or a blanket and enjoy the show from the lawn surrounding Callanwolde’s amphitheater. Chairs are not provided. Seating is unassigned- come early and claim the best spot!
Buy in advance and save. Tickets will be sold at the door for $25. Credit or debit card only.
VIP Tables: Enjoy the show in style at a VIP Table for you and your party. We provide the tables and chairs. Tables are located on the first few tiers of Callanwolde’s amphitheater- the best seats in the house!
VIP Ticketholders: Check in with our usher at the Amphitheater for your table number. Tables will be held under the name of purchaser.
These concerts will be held rain or shine.
With help from the following sponsors, Callanwolde is able to accomplish its mission of preserving the historic Candler Estate and offering fine arts and outreach to the community.
Annual Diamond Level Sponsor
Annual Platinum Level Sponsor
Annual Gold Level Sponsor
Friend Level Support of the Jazz on the Lawn Concert Series