"Music in the Meadow" concert returns Friday, June 19, 2015, 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Presented by the Connecticut College Arboretum, in conjunction with WCNI, "Music in the Meadow" will be held Friday, June 19, in the Arboretum meadow by the pond. This year’s concert boasts another stellar line-up of original bands from the region: The Can Kickers, Hellbent & Heartbreakin’ and Anna & Vince Thompson. The rain date for the concert is Sunday, June 21,4:30-7:30 p.m.

Cost: $10‌ for adults ($8 in advance); $5 for children under 12 years, Arboretum members get one free ticket (must register one week in advance)

Tickets: in advance at the Arboretum administrative office, room 103, Olin Science Center, Connecticut College (first building north of the main entrance gate house) Mon-Fri, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Bring:  blankets or beach chairs to sit on; picnic and insect repellent are encouraged

Parking: along Williams Street, or across from the Arboretum in the Bolles House parking lot, or on campus in the Horizon House (Admissions) lot or in south lot

Enter: at the Williams Street entrance to the Arboretum (Native Plant Collection). At the bottom of the Laurel Walk (grassy ramp) turn right and downhill into the outdoor theater. Gates open at 6 p.m. (rain date gates open at 4 p.m.).

The Can Kickers are a three-piece Americana band based out of New London, Connecticut. The group formed in 2000 while the members were attending Connecticut College. According to the Huntsville, Alabama Times, the Can Kickers sound like "the Carter family meets the Ramones." The Can Kickers have toured extensively in Germany, the United States, Ireland, Mexico and the Netherlands.

With the desire to create a traditional country-sounding band that could swing and stomp, Preston Frantz formed Hellbent and Heartbreakin’ formed in 2007. Frantz had been writing original country songs since the early 90 s with long time friend and band mate Ken Atkins, who also played together in the 1980 s in the popular New London band New Johnny Five. In addition to their original music, Hellbent and Heartbreakin’ likes to take classic country and rockabilly songs and put their own spin on them.

Anna May Thompson is a twenty-one year old singer and songwriter from Waterford, Connecticut. She shares the stage with her father, Vince Thompson, for a cross-genre escapade through heartbreak, nostalgia, and adventure. Anna's original music is inspired by the people in her life and their stories, the places she has traveled to, and the coastal town where she grew up.