As the weather gets warmer, the Cape Fear Botanical Garden is blooming with life. With more than 2,000 varieties of plants and flowers, including a camellia garden, a heritage garden and a children’s garden, there are plenty of sights and scents to enjoy.

For the second consecutive year, the CFBG will provide sweet music to complement the serene environment. As part of the CFBG’s Spring Concert Series, The Coconut Groove Band will play a wide variety of classics under the twilight skies, June 14, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., rain or shine.

The Coconut Groove Band, or CGB, as the band prefers to be called, features an eclectic mix of music, including songs by the Beatles, Joni Mitchell, James Taylor and several other artists. The band also plays music by Led Zeppelin, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young and the Allman Brothers for those who prefer the classics.

06-05-13-sping-concert.gifWe realize that everyone has their own musical tastes and try not to alienate anyone,” said Rick McClanahan, who is on guitar and vocals. “We figure everybody in the audience is going to hear something during the show that they really enjoy.”

The Coconut Groove Band has been playing together since 1996, at which time the band covered a number of Jimmy Buffet songs. Over the years the band broadened its repertoire. McClanahan said the name Coconut Groove Band doesn’t represent the wide variety of music they play, but the name stuck. The four members, McClanahan, Eric Willhelm (drums), Leslie Pierce (bass) and David Harper (keyboard) offer the audience much more than tropical rock.

“We all four sing — which is one of our greatest strengths. We’re very proud of our harmony arrangements,” McClanahan added. “We are able to perform songs that most other bands would never attempt.”

The Coconut Groove Band is the fourth band in the spring concert series. The CFBG added a fifth band to the series this year. The last concert will be held June 28 featuring Fantasy, a rhythm and blues band.

Kensley Edge, director of development and marketing for the CFBG, said, “The gardens are a wonderful attraction in the Cape Fear region. The concerts are an addition to the beautiful scenery and other activities the gardens offer,”Edge said.

“It’s an activity that everybody can enjoy,” Edge added.

Elliotts Catering of Pinehurst will have food available for purchase at the concert. Beer and wine will also be sold at the event. All proceeds benefit the garden.

Come out and join the CFBG and get your groove on with the Coconut Groove Band June 14. The garden is located at 536 N. Eastern Blvd. in Fayetteville.

The price of the concert is included in the cost of general admission. Garden members get in free. It is $8 for general admission, $7 with military identifi cation. The price of admission for children ages 6-12 is $2.50. Admission is free for children fi ve and under.

The CFBG is open Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 12-5 p.m. A garden café is also open 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily.

For more information, visit the website at

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