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Steve Martin is one of the many musicians making his way to the Denver Botanic Gardens this summer for its beloved, outdoor concert series. Reverb file photo by John Leyba.

Steve Martin is one of the many musicians making his way to the Denver Botanic Gardens this summer for its beloved, outdoor concert series. Reverb file photo by John Leyba.

The Denver Botanic Gardens will announce its summer concert season today, and fans of the laid-back outdoor series will be seeing both familiar names (Steve Martin) and unfamiliar talent (Los Van Van) in the Gardens’ grassy bowl this summer.

Afro-Cuban all-stars Los Van Van will open up the summer season on June 9, and the music will flow strongly through the end of August. Other notable shows at the central Denver institution include Glen Campbell on July 9, Jamie Cullum on July 16, Leo Kottke on Aug. 5 and Steve Martin on June 15.

“(The Gardens are) easy for people to get to, lots of air,” Leo Kottke said earlier this week in light of the announcement. “My kind of place. And the crowd there has a distinct feel, personal somehow.”

The Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield will host two of the series’ most interesting shows of the season – two shows that will appeal to very different audiences. System of a Down frontman Serj Tankian and the Colorado Symphony Orchestra will perform his symphonic composition of “Elect the Dead” on July 11. And AM radio hero Garrison Keillor will bring his Prairie Home Companion “Summer Love” tour to the southern outpost on Aug. 29.

This series is the first to be booked by the Gardens’ newest talent buying partner Swallow Hill Music. Local promoter Nobody in Particular Presents booked previous DBG series, but the Gardens switched partners for this year’s season – and concerts seem to carry the same adult-friendly music as they have in the past.

Tickets range from $52-$72, depending on the show and DBG membership. The pre-sale for members starts on April 28 and runs through May 5. On May 6, the remaining tickets will open up to the general public. For more information, see botanicgardens.com.

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