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Cool Thursdays Concert Series

All concerts are held on the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage & 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 our homepage or our Facebook page for updates the day of the concert.

Single tickets will be on sale in February.

2016 Cool Thursdays Concert Series Subscriptions Click for More

2016 Subscriptions are now on sale!

You won’t want to miss this exciting new 2016 lineup which includes 11 new bands featuring tributes to musical greats such as Michael Jackson, Sting & the Police, Santana and some of best up-and-coming local party bands in the Metroplex. And you can still enjoy the “tried and true” crowd-pleasing favorites including Rocket Man, Emerald City, A Hard Night’s Day, Bruce In The USA and All Funk Radio Show Band, just to name a few! This year, we’ve added three additional concerts to the lineup. So start planning your gourmet picnics, 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 2015 concerts full sell-outs, make sure you get your tickets early!


Single tickets will be on sale in February. 


2016 Subscriptions

Complete Series, Spring & Fall

25 concerts 3 New Dates Added

$338 (Members $225)

Buy The Complete Series


Spring Series Only

16 concerts 3 New Dates Added

$192 (Members $160)

Buy The Spring Series


Fall Series Only

9 concerts

$144 (Members $108)

Buy The Fall Series


Spring Concert Series

March 17: Downtown Fever – Favorite Variety Party Band (NEW)

March 24: Don’t Tell Mama – Rhythm-section Funk/Rock (NEW)

March 31: Le Freak – The Greatest Disco Band in the World

April 7: Emerald City – Dallas’ Favorite Variety Band

April 14: Rocket Man – The Elton John Tribute Experience

April 21: Escape – The Dallas-Based Journey Band

April 28: The La Bamba Show – Tribute to Richie Valens (NEW)

May 5: Fast Lane – A Tribute to the Eagles

May 12: The Molly Ringwalds – The World’s Greatest 80s Tribute Band

May 19: Bruce In The USA – The World’s #1 Tribute Band to Bruce Springsteen & E Street Band

May 26: All Funk Radio Show Band – Dallas’ Own High Energy Motown, R&B & Authentic Funk Cover Band

June 2: Walk the Line – Authentic Johnny Cash (NEW)

June 9: Paul McCartney Tribute – Paul McCartney After the Beatles (NEW)

June 16: Satisfaction – The International Rolling Stones Show

June 23: Supernatural – The Ultimate Tribute to Santana (NEW)

June 30: The Dallas Winds – A Patriotic Tribute to America


Fall Concert Series

September 1: Paisley Craze – 60’s Music Anthology Band (NEW)

September 8:  The Limelight Band – Dallas’ Hottest New Party Band

September 15: Sting Police – A Tribute to Sting and the Police (NEW)

September 22: Memphis Soul – Premier Motown Band (NEW)

September 29: The Prince Experience – Prince Tribute (NEW)

October 6: Emerald City – Dallas’ Favorite Variety Band

October 13: Turnstiles – The Ultimate Billy Joel Tribute Band

October 20: A Hard Night’s Day – A Tribute to the Beatles

October 27: Man in the Mirror – Michael Jackson Tribute (NEW) 

March 17: Downtown Fever (Favorite Variety Party Band) NEW Click for More


March 17

7:30 – 9:30 p.m.

6 p.m. gates open


Downtown Fever is guaranteed to make any event unforgettable. Expanding on the experience and talent of The Emerald City Band, Downtown Fever has entertained thousands with their high-energy approach and style. Whether performing at a high-profile corporate event, wedding, night club or special event, Downtown Fever knows how to bring a party to life and the crowd to their feet. This professional eleven-piece party band provides a musical range that spans decades of standards and classics to the current hits of today. 

March 24: Don’t Tell Mama (Rhythm-section Funk/Rock) NEW Click for More



March 24

7:30 – 9:30 p.m.

6 p.m. gates open

A horn band with a rock n’ soul attitude, Don’t Tell Mama merges the intricate fusion of funk/rock and soaring vocals each time they play live. Don’t Tell has been building a loyal and ever-growing following since 2005. They have been featured at festivals, private and corporate events, as well as many charity and fundraising events across the north central Texas area. With female and male lead vocals and an outstanding horn and rhythm section driving the groove, the group consistently has audiences on their feet, leaving them wanting more. 

March 31: Le Freak (The Greatest Disco Band in the World) Click for More



March 31

7:30 – 9:30 p.m.

6 p.m. gates open

Le Freak is a unique, high-energy band that keeps audience members on their feet. Dubbed "The Greatest Disco Band in the World," it’s hard not to dance when the band takes the stage. 

April 7: Emerald City (Dallas’ Favorite Variety Band) Click for More



April 7

7:30 – 9:30 p.m.

6 p.m. gates open

Sponsored by Jackson Walker LLP

As a corporate and special event band, Emerald City burst onto the Dallas music scene in 1983 and never looked back. The 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’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.

April 14: Rocket Man (Elton John Tribute) Click for More


April 14

7:30 – 9:30 p.m.

6 p.m. gates open

Sponsored by Holmes Murphy & Associates

Featuring an exact reenactment of early Elton John concerts Rocket Man highlights the costumes, music and more. The band gives an insanely energetic performance time after time, throwing around cool 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."

April 21: Escape (The Dallas-Based Journey Band) Click for More


April 21

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 Dallas-Ft. Worth and beyond to packed venues where the crowds love to sing along and dance to 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. Their goal is to get people off their chairs to sing along and dance to the music.

April 28: The La Bamba (Tribute to Richie Valens) NEW Click for More


April 28

7:30 – 9:30 p.m.

6 p.m. gates open


Sting Ray Anthony(the only artist endorsed by the Ritchie Valens Estate) with his unparalleled Tribute to Ritchie Valens and other Rock n Rollers of the 50's creates a high energy show taking Ritchie's music to another level.

Having worked along side Bobby Vee,Fabian,Danny & The Juniors,Chubby Checker and many other Original artist of the 50's,Sting Ray has delighted audiences up on their feet dancing and singing to the greatest Oldies ever written as he “rocks the house” wherever he performs – whether it be in Branson, Missouri at Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Theater or “Legends In Concert,” “50’s at the Hop” “Rock and Roll Heaven”, “Legends of Rock and Roll”, “ The Winter Dance Party". He has worked and toured throughout North America and Canada playing to rave reviews and standing ovations.

May 5: Fast Lane (A Tribute to the Eagles) Click for More



May 5

7:30 – 9:30 p.m.

6 p.m. gates open

Sponsored by Sendero

Fast Lane has been together since 2005 and plays to thousands each year at festivals, clubs and special events. 

May 12: The Molly Ringwalds (The World’s Greatest 80s Tribute Band) Click for More


May 12

7:30 – 9:30 p.m.

6 p.m. gates open

Sponsored by Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau

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.

May 19: Bruce in The USA (The Worlds #1 Tribute to Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band) Click for More


May 19

7:30 – 9:30 p.m.

6 p.m. gates open

Sponsored by Grey Reed & McGraw, P.C.

Bruce In The USA is much more than just another tribute - this high-energy musical experience is a note-perfect and visually accurate recreation of a Bruce Springsteen & The E St. Band show. The Bruce In The USA Band consists of seasoned world class professional musicians, from such acts/bands as Queen/Paul Rogers, Meatloaf, Blue Oyster Cult, Hall and Oats, Joe Cocker, The Ojays, Aretha Franklin, David Cassidy, The Temptations, Slash… and so many more. 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.

May 26: All Funk Radio Show Band (Dallas’ Own High Energy Motown, R&B & Authentic Funk Cover Band) Click for More


May 26

7:30 – 9:30 p.m.

6 p.m. gates open

All Funk Radio Show is committed to providing an authentic, high-energy dance band experience with gifted artists who play live. The show’s repertoire of more than 150 songs include old school R&B, Motown, pop and hip hop that will entertain all ages.

June 2: Walk to the Line (Authentic Johnny Cash) NEW Click for More


June 2

7:30 – 9:30 p.m.

6 p.m. gates open

Walk the Line has performed throughout the United States and Europe for years – the sights and sounds resemble the Johnny Cash country fans fell in love with years ago. It is a must see for any Johnny Cash fan.

June 9: Paul McCartney Tribute (Paul McCartney After the Beatles) NEW Click for More

June 9

7:30 – 9:30 p.m.

6 p.m. gates open


Sponsored by Morgan Stanley

June 16: Satisfaction (The International Rolling Stones Tribute Show) Click for More


June 16

7:30 – 9:30 p.m.

6 p.m. gates open

Sponsored by The University of Texas at Dallas

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.

June 23: Supernatural (The Ultimate Tribute to Santana) NEW Click for More


June 23

7:30 – 9:30 p.m.

6 p.m. gates open

Supernatural is an amazing Santana tribute show like no other. The sights and sounds of the career of Carlos Santana will blow you away with all the many hits from the 60s to today. Everything from “Black Magic Woman” to “Smooth” is played with attention to note for note detail, all done with a look-alike Carlos, a fantastic band.

June 30: The Dallas Winds (A Patriotic Tribute to America) Click for More


June 30

7:30 – 9:30 p.m.

6 p.m. gates open

The Dallas Wind Symphony is the leading professional civilian wind band in the United States today. 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. They combine the tradition of the British brass band with the musical heritage of the American town band and the pioneering spirit of the 20th century wind ensemble.

Sept. 1: Paisley Craze (60s Music Anthology Band) NEW Click for More



Sept. 1

7 – 9 p.m.

6 p.m. gates open

The 60s was a fantastic time for music with so many amazing influential artists that have become legends, just getting their start. Rock 'n roll was in its infancy and bands like the Beatles and the Rolling Stones made a huge impact on the scene, but there were so many other great artists and we have several bands that cover many 60s artists, as well as amazing tribute shows that look and sound just like the real thing did. The music is timeless, family-friendly for any kind of event, and songs from the 60s have been covered so many times even kids these days know the words.

Sept. 8: The Limelight Band (Dallas’ Hottest New Party Band) Click for More


Sept. 8

7 – 9 p.m.

6 p.m. gates open


Sponsored by Atmos Energy

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!

Sept. 15: Sting Police (A Tribute to Sting and the Police) NEW Click for More


Sept. 15

7 – 9 p.m.

6 p.m. gates open

One of the most iconic bands to come out of the 80s was The Police fronted by enigmatic lead vocalist and bassist Sting. So many hits, famous MTV videos and massive World tours followed and even when they broke up their legacy lived on as Sting’s solo career took off. This fantastic tribute brings back the magic and songs of a real Police concert but gives you that “what if” element if they also played the hits of Sting's solo career as well.

Sept. 22: Memphis Soul (Premier Motown Band) NEW Click for More


Sept. 22

7 – 9 p.m.

6 p.m. gates open

Sponsored by JHP Architecture / Urban Design

 

Memphis Soul is one band that will certainly get your party started. The 8-piece group showcases a distinctive sound and style inspired by such artists as Earth, Wind and Fire, Otis Redding, Al Green and Aretha Franklin. Memphis Soul features a solid rhythm section, fiery horns and dynamic male and female vocalists. Their style displays the rich musical legacy of the 1960s and 1970s mixed with currently popular classic soul and R&B styles. Memphis Soul also performs popular standards from Motown to current dance music to round out its musical variety.

Sept. 29: The Prince Experience (Prince Tribute Band) NEW Click for More


Sept. 29

7 – 9 p.m.

6 p.m. gates open

Highlighting the heyday of Prince, The Prince Experience focuses on the 1984 era of Prince and the Revolution.

Oct. 6: Emerald City (Dallas’ Favorite Variety Band) Click for More



Oct. 6

7 – 9 p.m.

6 p.m. gates open

Sponsored by Bank of Texas

As a corporate and special event band, Emerald City burst onto the Dallas music scene in 1983 and never looked back. The 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’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.

October 13: Turnstiles (The Ultimate Billy Joel Tribute Band) Click for More



October 13

7 – 9 p.m.

6 p.m. gates open

Sponsored by Storage Assessments

Turnstiles' renditions of Billy's classic songs are certain to move the casual listener as well as the hard core "Joel fan" to their feet and have them singing along with all the classics.

Oct. 20: A Hard Night’s Day (A Tribute to the Beatles) Click for More

Oct. 20

7 – 9 p.m.

6 p.m. gates open

Sponsored by J.P. Morgan

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.

Oct. 27: Man in the Mirror (Michael Jackson Tribute) NEW Click for More


Oct. 27

7 – 9 p.m.

6 p.m. gates open

Sponsored by Slalom

Man in the Mirror is a reflection of the incredible career of Michael Jackson - you will be blown away by this electrifying show and stunned by how much he resembles the King of Pop. This is Michael Jackson represented in his prime in the 80s, with all of the massive hits and signature stage moves.


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. Please drink responsibly. Dallas Police Department will be on site during all concerts. 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 Stage & Lawn is within a five-minute walk from any of the Arboretum’s entry gates. Please plan accordingly. You may bring blankets and lawn chairs.

To ensure clear sightlines and enhance enjoyment for all our guests, we ask all concert goers to respect the following:

  • Only low-profile lawn chairs and picnic blankets may be in the area closest to the stage.
  • Chairs with seats higher than 4 inches from the ground are welcome further back on the concert lawn.

This policy will be enforced for the comfort of all guests. To see a visual representation of the above rules, please see our seating guide.

Group Discount

Groups of 15 or more may purchase tickets to the Cool Thursdays Concert Series for a discount of $2 off the non-member price. Group tickets will be available when single tickets go on sale in early 2016. For more information on group discounts, please visit the Group Sales page.