Cool Thursdays Concert Series

All concerts are held on the Martin Rutchik Concert Lawn. Gates open at 6 p.m.; music is from 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. for Spring/Summer concerts and from 7 – 9 p.m. for Fall concerts. Garden closes at the conclusion of each concert.

In the event of inclement weather, the concert will be moved inside to Rosine Hall. A determination of weather-altered plans will be made by 3 p.m. on the day of the concert. Check back on our website or on our Facebook page for updates.

Spring Concert Series 2015 Click for More

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You won't want to miss this exciting new 2015 lineup! The series includes eight new bands featuring tributes to musical greats such as Elton John, Billy Joel, Chicago, The Doobie Brothers and Buddy Holly. And you can still enjoy the crowd-pleasing favorites including The Molly Ringwalds, Emerald City, A Hard Night’s Day, Bruce in the USA and Le Freak, just to name a few! So start planning your gourmet picnic, or lighten the load and get your dinner from some of the best food trucks in Dallas! Either way, the food will taste great with the beautiful backdrop of White Rock Lake. But don’t delay -- with nearly all of the 2014 concerts complete sell-outs, make sure you get your subscriptions early!


And remember that Cool Thursdays concert subscription packages make great gifts for any occasion, including Christmas – purchase now and we'll email the tickets to you to put under the tree!


April 9 - Rocket Man: The Elton John Tribute Experience (NEW)

April 16 - Asleep at the Wheel: The Kings of Texas Swing

April 23 - Emerald City: Dallas' Favorite Variety Band

April 30 - Turnstiles: The Ultimate Billy Joel Tribute Band (NEW)

May 7 - Escape: The Dallas-Based Journey Tribute Band

May 14 - Blaze of Glory: The Bon Jovi Experience

May 21 - Fast Lane: A Tribute to the Eagles

May 28 - All Funk Radio Show: Dallas' Own High Energy Motown, R&B and Authentic Funk Cover Band (NEW)

June 4 - Bruce in the USA: The World's #1 Tribute Band to Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band

June 11- Four Way Street: Crosby Stills and Nash Tribute Band (NEW)

June 18 - Le Freak: The Greatest Disco Band in the World

June 25 - The Buddy Holly Revue: A Tribute to Buddy Holly (NEW)

July 2 - The Dallas Winds: A Patriotic Tribute to America


Click here for the full 2015 Cool Thursdays Concert Series


Early Bird SEASON SUBSCRIPTION Packages Available NOW – BEST VALUE!

Save more than 60% with a season subscription!


Subscription Pricing

ALL Season, 22 concerts: $298 (Members $198)

All Season Subscription Packages


Spring Only, 13 concerts: $156 (Members $130)

Spring Series Subscription Packages


Fall Only, 9 concerts: $144 (Members $108)

Fall Series Subscription Packages



Buy Single Tickets

Single Ticket Pricing (Single Tickets available after the first of the new year.)
$27 per person for Adults (Members $17)
$25 per person for Seniors, age 65 and older (Members $15)
$10 per person for Children, age 3-12
Free – Children under 3

Members must log in to purchase discounted packages
Prices increase $5 at the door day of show. Please note that if a concert is indicated as SOLD OUT online, no tickets will be available at the door.

Fall Concert Series 2015 Click for More

Buy now for the best value - Save more than 60%!

You won't want to miss this exciting new 2015 lineup! The series includes eight new bands featuring tributes to musical greats such as Elton John, Billy Joel, Chicago, The Doobie Brothers and Buddy Holly. And you can still enjoy the crowd-pleasing favorites including The Molly Ringwalds, Emerald City, A Hard Night’s Day, Bruce in the USA and Le Freak, just to name a few! So start planning your gourmet picnic, or lighten the load and get your dinner from some of the best food trucks in Dallas! Either way, the food will taste great with the beautiful backdrop of White Rock Lake. But don’t delay -- with nearly all of the 2014 concerts complete sell-outs, make sure you get your subscriptions early!


And remember that Cool Thursdays concert subscription packages make great gifts for any occasion, including Christmas – purchase now and we'll email the tickets to you to put under the tree! 

Sept. 3 - China Grove: The Doobie Brothers All Star Tribute Band (NEW)

Sept. 10 - A Hard Night's Day: A Tribute to The Beatles

Sept. 17 - Warehouse: A Tribute to The Dave Matthews Band (NEW)

Sept. 24 - The Limelight Band: Dallas' Hottest New Party Band

Oct. 1 - Make Me Smile: An Authentic Tribute to Vintage Chicago (NEW)

Oct. 8 - Satisfaction: The International Rolling Stones Show

Oct. 15 - The Landsharks: The World's Premier Jimmy Buffet Tribute Band

Oct. 22 - The Molly Ringwalds: The World's Greatest 80s Tribute Band

Oct. 29 - Emerald City: Dallas' Favorite Variety Band


Click here for the full 2015 Cool Thursdays Concert Series


Early Bird SEASON SUBSCRIPTION Packages Available NOW – BEST VALUE!

Save more than 60% with a season subscription!


Subscription Pricing

ALL Season, 22 concerts: $298 (Members $198)

All Season Subscription Packages


Spring Only, 13 concerts: $156 (Members $130)

Spring Series Subscription Packages


Fall Only, 9 concerts: $144 (Members $108)

Fall Series Subscription Packages



Buy Single Tickets

Single Ticket Pricing (Single Tickets available after the first of the new year.)
$27 per person for Adults (Members $17)
$25 per person for Seniors, age 65 and older (Members $15)
$10 per person for Children, age 3-12
Free – Children under 3


Members must log in to purchase discounted packages
Prices increase $5 at the door day of show. Please note that if a concert is indicated as SOLD OUT online, no tickets will be available at the door.

March 12, 2015: The Molly Ringwalds (The World's Greatest 80's Tribute Band) Click for More


March 12, 2015

7:30 -​ 9:30 p.m.

6 p.m. Gates open


They are The World's Greatest 80's Experience. Hailing from Sheffield, England, this legendary quintet has been able to combine their individual and very formidable talents to create the true essence of the most radical decade to ever be called "The 80's." The Molly Ringwalds create an 80's Experience by honing their abilities to apply make-up and tease their hair while showcasing all the musical genres of the decade. From their days of building a following at a pub located in a large portion of a big city near a small village located south of a place you've never heard of, to selling out large venues in the United States, The Molly Ringwalds are an indescribable act. Luck and circumstance brought these young lads together. The rest is the history of the 80's.


** Spring Break Concert is NOT part of the series; only available in Single Tickets


Click here for the full 2015 Cool Thursdays Concert Series

April 9, 2015: Rocket Man (The Elton John Tribute Experience) Click for More


April 9, 2015

7:30 - 9:30 p.m.

6 p.m. Gates open


The Rocket Man Band gives an insanely energetic performance time after time, throwing around jams such as "Saturday Night's Alright" and "Pinball Wizard" before sending audiences exploding into space with extended 70's instrumental versions of "Rocket Man" "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" and "Levon." With thousands of performances under their belts ranging from smokey, hole-in-the-wall biker bars, to festivals, to concert halls, to casinos, to cruise liners, The Rocket Man Band musicians actually portray Elton John's intense 70's & 80's concerts down to the finest detail.

April 16, 2015: Asleep at the Wheel (The Kings of Texas Swing) Click for More


April 16, 2015

7:30 - 9:30 p.m.

6 p.m. Gates open


The musicianship of Asleep at the Wheel has become the stuff of legends. Reuter’s pegged The Wheel as “one of the best live acts in the business.” Taking a page from Bob Wills’ book, the band has constantly toured at a national level throughout its history; with anywhere from 7-15 of the finest players Ray Benson could talk into jumping in the bus to play a string of dates. The alumni roster is well over 80+ members, and includes an impressive list of musicians who have gone on to perform with artists such as Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Lyle Lovett, Ryan Adams, and many more. A quick scan of awards, such as “Touring Band of the Year” (CMAs, 1976) and “Lifetime Achievement in Performance” (Americana Music Awards 2009), not to mention near dominance of the GRAMMY “Country Instrumental” category over the years, reflects the reputation of the band’s musicianship. Ray Benson fell in love with western swing because of its unique combination of elements of American blues, swing and traditional fiddling but also for its demanding musical chops. Western swing is what Benson calls “jazz with a cowboy hat,” is a thrill to hear live, and thanks in large part to the Wheel’s 40 years of promotion, is a living and creative genre of music today.

April 23, 2015: Emerald City (Dallas' Favorite Variety Band) Click for More


April 23, 2015

7:30 - 9:30 p.m.

6 p.m. Gates open


As a corporate and special event band, Emerald City burst onto the Dallas music scene in 1983 and never looked back. This 13-piece, 3-horn section super group electrifies every audience with a combination of high-energy dance songs from the past with the hits of today. Emerald City has shared the stage with such artists as Martina McBride, Michael McDonald,Huey Lewis and the News, Justin Timberlake, Garth Brooks, Mariah Carey, Dan Aykroyd, Sinbad, and more. Emerald City’s ability to entertain is only rivaled by their extensive ability to get the audience up on the dance floor. This super group has taken their energy all over the world, from Dallas to New York, Paris, Dublin, Los Angeles and South America. At every performance the band takes the audience to a higher level in entertainment. 

April 30, 2015: Turnstiles (The Ultimate Billy Joel Tribute Band) Click for More


April 30, 2015

7:30 - 9:30 p.m.

6 p.m. Gates open


Turnstiles played their debut show in 2011 and since then have performed to tens of thousands of enthusiastic Billy Joel fans all over the US. Faithfully recreating Billy's music with a seven-piece live band, the Turnstiles show is very energetic show that involves the audience and appeals to a large age group. These seven musicians re-create Billy's classic songs in such a faithful way that will certainly move the casual listener as well as the hard core "Joel fan" to their feet and singing along with all the classics! 

May 7, 2015: Escape (The Dallas-Based Journey Tribute Band) Click for More


May 7, 2015

7:30 - 9:30 p.m.

6 p.m. Gates open


Escape is a Dallas-based band performing a musical tribute to the arena rock super group Journey.
Since 2006, Escape has been performing all over the Dallas, Ft. Worth and beyond to packed venues with the timeless music of Journey, both old and new. The band consists of veteran musicians who bring a dynamic, high-energy presentation to every show. They get people off their chairs to sing along and dance to the music. Journey's music is very much a positive message and the show is all about having a fun time for everyone attending.

May 14, 2015: Blaze of Glory (The Bon Jovi Experience) Click for More


May 14, 2015

7:30 - 9:30 p.m.

6 p.m. Gates open


Blaze of Glory: the Bon Jovi Experience, is a band formed in January 2007 and based in Dallas. Made up of a talented group of experienced musicians, this band pays homage to one of the greatest rock bands to come out of the 20th century. The group creates a live show that leaves you wondering if perhaps you aren't actually seeing the real Bon Jovi. From your favorite rocking tunes with the classic hooks, to those oh-so sweet Bon Jovi love songs, Blaze of Glory delivers them all. You won't want to miss a single minute of Blaze of Glory's show, because it's guaranteed to be a party!

May 21, 2015: Fast Lane (A Tribute to the Eagles) Click for More

May 21, 2015

7:30 - 9:30 p.m.

6 p.m. Gates open


The Fast Lane Eagles Tribute is an exciting lineup musicians dedicated to delivering fun and captivating performances. The result is an outstanding Eagles tribute complete with stunning vocal harmonies, searing guitars and arrangements that faithfully emulate one of America's most beloved bands. In a very short time, The Fast Lane has risen to the top of the greater tribute scene on the strength of their exciting and powerful concert performances. A must see for any fan of The Eagles!

May 28, 2015: All Funk Railroad Show (Motown, R&B and Funk) Click for More


May 28, 2015

7:30 - 9:30 p.m.

6 p.m. Gates open


The All Funk Radio Show on-stage personalities include trained vocalists and master musicians, who have a passion for pleasing audiences and producing great music. With more than 150 songs in their repertoire, All Funk Radio Show covers everything from old-school R&B to Motown, hip-hop, jazz, blues, disco, soul and more. All Funk Radio Show will surely get you out of your seats and moving!

June 4, 2015: Bruce in the USA (Tribute to Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band) Click for More


June 4, 2015

7:30 - 9:30 p.m.

6 p.m. Gates open


Bruce In The USA is much more than just another tribute band - this high-energy musical experience is a note-perfect and visually accurate recreation of a Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band show. This high-end, powerhouse band has taken this genre of performance art to a whole new level, making it the World’s #1 Tribute to the E Street Band’s musical legacy. To millions of diehard fans around the world, it’s Springsteen’s marathon, party-like performances that have elevated him to hero status – and Bruce in the USA is no exception. 

June 11, 2015: Four Way Street (Crosby, Stills and Nash Tribute Band) Click for More

June 11, 2015

7:30 - 9:30 p.m.

6 p.m. Gates open


Four Way Street a tribute band specializing in the works of Crosby, Stills and Nash as well as all of their solo endeavors. The band has been together for more than seven years playing various venues across Dallas and Ft. Worth.

June 18, 2015: Le Freak (The Greatest Disco Band in the World) Click for More


June 18, 2015

7:30 - 9:30 p.m.

6 p.m. Gates open


Le Freak is a high-energy band that has earned the title of "The Greatest Disco Band in the World." Incorporating the best songs from disco’s golden years, the 1970’s. From weddings to festivals and everything between, this is a band that is not to be missed.

June 25, 2015: Buddy Holly Revue (A Tribute to Buddy Holly) Click for More


June 25, 2015

7:30 - 9:30 p.m.

6 p.m. Gates open


The Buddy Holly Revue features all of Buddy’s hits, as well as hit songs he recorded by Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley. The two-set show is an engaging journey through the music off the 1950’s, complete with a dynamic acoustic set that spotlights songs such as “Everyday” and “True Love Ways.” Time and time again, The Buddy Holly Revue proves that if there is one type of music that crosses cultural and generational barriers, it’s good old rock and roll.

July 2, 2015: The Dallas Winds (A Patriotic Tribute to America) Click for More

July 2, 2015

7:30 - 9:30 p.m.

6 p.m. Gates open


The Dallas Winds is the leading professional civilian wind band in the United States. Comprised of 50 woodwind, brass and percussion players, the band performs an eclectic blend of musical styles ranging from Bach to Bernstein and Sousa to Strauss. The Dallas Winds makes its home in one of the world's greatest concert halls, Dallas' Morton H. Meyerson Concert Center, where it performs an annual concert subscription series. Come out and start off your Fourth of July weekend with a great patriotic concert from the Dallas Winds.

September 3, 2015: China Groove (The Doobie Brothers Tribute Band) Click for More


September 3, 2015

7 - 9 p.m.

6 p.m. Gates open


China Grove is a fantastic Doobie Brothers tribute band from the Tampa Bay area, who’s repertoire spans the many decades and styles of the legendary California group. From the jammin’ rock of “Long Train Runnin” to the jazzy “Takin’ it to the Streets,” to the Grammy award-winning pop of “What a Fool Believes,” this group blazes through a sizzling set of memory-jarring classic hits and album cuts with stunning accuracy and passion. 

September 10, 2015: A Hard Night's Day (A Tribute to the Beatles) Click for More


September 10, 2015

7 - 9 p.m.

6 p.m. Gates open


Beatle fans will appreciate that A Hard Night’s Day has played at the Cavern Club, the Kaiserkeller in Hamburg, and recorded in Abbey Road Studios in Studio 2. This makes them a bona fide “tribute” band with clout. With a catalog of over 200 songs, they are at the top of the heap- so much so that Allan Williams, self-proclaimed original manager of the Beatles, introduced A Hard Night’s Day in Liverpool’s Town Hall once during Beatle Week and gave them a “9 out of 10″ rating.Voted “Best Local Cover Band” in Dallas in both 2003 and 2004.

September 17, 2015: Warehouse (A Tribute to Dave Matthews Band) Click for More


September 17, 2015

7 - 9 p.m.

6 p.m. Gates open


Warehouse is a Dallas/Ft. Worth-based band formed in the fall of 2013. Focusing on the extensive catalog of Dave Matthews Band - the pop-rock jam-band that came out of Charlottesville, Virginia, in the early 1990's - the five-piece band plays radio hits and deep cuts alike, with stunning violin and saxophone solos coupled with a running acoustic guitar and a tight rhythm section. 

September 24, 2015: The Limelight Band (Dallas' Hottest New Party Band) Click for More


September 24, 2015

7 - 9 p.m.

6 p.m. Gates open


Limelight is guaranteed to make any event unforgettable. Expanding on the experience and talent of The Emerald City Band, Limelight has entertained audiences from all over with their high-energy approach and style. This ten-piece party band provides a musical range that spans decades of standards and classics to the current hits of today, and will get you moving and grooving for sure!

October 1, 2015: Make Me Smile (A Tribute to Vintage Chicago) Click for More


October 1, 2015

7 - 9 p.m.

6 p.m. Gates open


Make Me Smile, a tribute to the music of Chicago, focuses primarily on the band’s pre-1980 repertoire. Join us for a trip down memory lane as we perform the greatest hits of one of America’s most legendary bands.

October 8, 2015: Satisfaction (The International Rolling Stones Show) Click for More


October 8, 2015

7 - 9 p.m.

6 p.m. Gates open


Satisfaction is the international touring tribute show dedicated to the Rolling Stone. This glamourous show has been in production and touring since 2001 with over 2,000 performance dates to its credit. This highly acclaimed production showcases the most authentic cast and costuming audiences have ever witnessed. The likes of Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and supporting cast bring a colorful performance to over 50 years of classic hits.

October 15, 2015: Landsharks Band (Jimmy Buffet Tribute Band) Click for More

October 15, 2015

7 - 9 p.m.

6 p.m. Gates open


As one of the most well-known, well-liked, and in-demand bands in the country, the Landsharks have performed throughout the world in thousands of concerts and shows. The Landsharks have appeared with Jimmy Buffett in Key West, Florida, and opened up for The Beach Boys! The Landsharks are a fun, interactive band with lots of audience participation and enjoyment. The Landsharks play a set encompassing songs from every decade and are guaranteed to have you singing along.

October 22. 2015: The Molly Ringwalds (The World's Greatest 80's Tribute Band) Click for More



October 22, 2015

7 - 9 p.m.

6 p.m. Gates open


They are The World's Greatest 80's Experience. Hailing from Sheffield, England, this legendary quintet has been able to combine their individual and very formidable talents to create the true essence of the most radical decade to ever be called "The 80's." The Molly Ringwalds create an 80's Experience by honing their abilities to apply make-up and tease their hair while showcasing all the musical genres of the decade. From their days of building a following at a pub located in a large portion of a big city near a small village located south of a place you've never heard of, to selling out large venues in the United States, The Molly Ringwalds are an indescribable act. Luck and circumstance brought these young lads together. The rest is the history of the 80's.

October 29, 2015: Emerald City (Dallas' Favorite Variety Band) Click for More


October 29, 2015

7 - 9 p.m.

6 p.m. Gates open

As a corporate and special event band, Emerald City burst onto the Dallas music scene in 1983 and never looked back. This 13-piece, 3-horn section super group electrifies every audience with a combination of high-energy dance songs from the past with the hits of today. Emerald City has shared the stage with such artists as Martina McBride, Michael McDonald,Huey Lewis and the News, Justin Timberlake, Garth Brooks, Mariah Carey, Dan Aykroyd, Sinbad, and more. Emerald City’s ability to entertain is only rivaled by their extensive ability to get the audience up on the dance floor. This super group has taken their energy all over the world, from Dallas to New York, Paris, Dublin, Los Angeles and South America. At every performance the band takes the audience to a higher level in entertainment. 

Food and Beverage

Guests are encouraged to bring picnic baskets, ice chests and coolers with their choice of favorite snacks and drinks. And some of Dallas’ favorite food trucks will also be on site for food and beverage purchase. Alcoholic drinks are permitted to be brought on site but will not be available for purchase from food vendors. The weekly food truck schedule will be posted for each individual concert. Make sure to check out each food truck’s website and social media pages for menus and other information about what they will be serving.

Seating

The Martin Rutchik Concert Lawn is within a five-minute walk from any of the Arboretum’s entry gates. Please plan accordingly. You may bring blankets and low-backed, sand/beach chairs (approximately four inches from the ground) for the main area of the concert lawn. All other chairs which are taller than sand chairs will only be permitted at the top and sides of the concert lawn so as to not obstruct the view of others behind. This policy will be enforced for the comfort of all guests.

Group Discount

Groups may purchase tickets to the Cool Thursdays Concert Series for a discount of $2 off the non-member price. For more information or to purchase tickets, please call 214-515-6520 or email groupsales@dallasarboretum.org.

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