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Cool Thursdays Concert Series

Cool Thursdays Spring/Summer Concert Series begins March 23, 2017.

All concerts are held on the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage & Lawn. Gates open at 6 p.m. Spring/Summer concerts are from 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. and fall concerts are 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Garden closes at the conclusion of each concert.

In the event of inclement weather, the concert will be moved inside to Rosine Hall. Due to limited space, inside seating is based on a first come, first served basis. Guests are encouraged to arrive early, bring low-to-the-ground chairs and blankets as no seating is provided. 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.

The 2017 Cool Thursday Concert subscriptions are on sale now. Be sure to buy early for best savings and avoid sold out concerts!

2017 Cool Thursdays Concert Series Subscriptions Click for More

2017 Cool Thursdays Concerts

Spring Concert Series - Subscriptions On Sale Now!

We have an amazing lineup for Cool Thursdays Concerts this spring, featuring 15 artists and including a mix of tried-and-true favorites and amazing new acts, including covers of U2, Fleetwood Mac, Selena, and Gloria Estefan. You'll also enjoy shows from artists that sell out every season, including Emerald City, Rocket Man, the Michael Jackson Tribute Performance, Walk the Line, and Bruce in the USA.

2017 SUBSCRIPTIONS

Subscription packages are the SMARTEST deal for tickets to Cool Thursdays Concerts, offerings savings of up to 66%, and make for unique and long-lasting Christmas gifts. All packages purchased by December 7 will be delivered in time for the Holidays.


Complete Series

23 concerts

Members $207/Non-Members $310

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Spring Series Only

15 concerts

Members $165/Non-Members $195

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Fall Series Only

8 concerts

Members $104/Non-Members $136

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March 23: Emerald City, Dallas’ Favorite Variety Band

March 30: Rhythm Machine Band, A Lively Tribute to Gloria Estefan (NEW)

April 6: Dancing Dream, ABBA Tribute Band (NEW)

April 13: Fire and Rain, The Ultimate James Taylor Tribute (NEW)

April 20: Moving Colors, One of Dallas’ Favorite Dance Bands (NEW)

April 27: Rocket Man, The Elton John Tribute Experience

May 4: Bidi Bidi Banda, A Moving Tribute to the Late Selena Quintanilla (NEW)

May 11: Michael Jackson Tribute Performance

May 18: Walk the Line, Authentic Johnny Cash

May 25: Bruce in the USA, The World’s #1 Tribute Band to Bruce Springsteen & E Street Band

June 1: Warehouse, A Dave Matthews Tribute Band

June 8: Chicago Reloaded, A Unique Tribute to Chicago

June 15: U2 by UV, Authentic U2 Tribute Performance (NEW)

June 22: The Limelight Band, Dallas’ Hottest New Party Band

June 29: Fleetwood Max, Mystical Tribute to Fleetwood Mac (NEW)

Fall Concert Series

September 7: A Hard Nights Day, A Tribute to the Beatles

September 14: Kraig Parker, A Tribute to Elvis Presley

September 21: Le Freak, The Greatest Disco Band in the World

September 28: Turnstiles, The Ultimate Billy Joel Tribute Band

October 5: Emerald City, Dallas’ Favorite Variety Band

October 12: San Antonio Lights, A Tribute to Journey (NEW)

October 19: Satisfaction, The International Rolling Stones Show

October 26: Molly Ringwalds, The World’s Greatest 80s Tribute Band

Single Tickets will go on sale early spring 2017

Adults: Non-members $27 / Members $17 (37% discount)

Seniors, 65 and older: Members $15/Non-members $15

Children ages 3-12: $10

Children under 3: FREE

TO PURCHASE TICKETS

Call 214-515-6615 weekdays, 9am-5pm, or reserve on our website. For more information, please email customerservice@dallasarboretum.org

GROUPS

Groups of 15 or more receive additional discounts on ticket pricing. Please call 214-515-6520 or email groupsales@dallasarboretum.org

FREE PARKING On concert evenings

March 23: Emerald City Click for More

Dallas’ Favorite Variety Band

March 23

7:30 – 9:30 p.m.

6 p.m. gates open

Tickets and season subscriptions will be available for sale soon.

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.

Sponsored by Jackson Walker

March 30: Rhythm Machine Band NEW Click for More

A Lively Tribute to Gloria Estefan

March 30

7:30 – 9:30 p.m.

6 p.m. gates open

Tickets and season subscriptions will be available for sale soon.

From a small hallway behind a door marked #7 emerges congas, timbales and bongos with rhythms that invade the soul and make your body shake like a quarter mile dragster….Nikki Torres and Bill Ciaramelli are the culprits. The power duo of singer and drummer/musical director are tightening up their latest project consisting of some of the most highly regarded musicians in New York. Nikki Torres and the Rhythm Machine are paying tribute to Ms Gloria Estefan and her long time collaborates and husband Emilio.

April 6: Dancing Dream NEW Click for More

ABBA Tribute Band

April 6

7:30 – 9:30 p.m.

6 p.m. gates open


Tickets and season subscriptions will be available for sale soon.

The Dancing Bream tribute band, is one of the best ABBA Tributes since ABBA itself. Formerly known as the ABBA GIRLZ, This New York City based ABBA Tribute Band features beautiful harmonies, elaborate costumes and exciting choreography guaranteed to captivate all audiences, making every show a night to remember. Always very well organized from start to finish, they have been entertaining crowds all over North America since 2009. The secret to their success is great musicianship, energetic personalities and a genuine love for what they do. Their charisma electrifies audiences of all ages.

April 13: Fire and Rain NEW Click for More

The Ultimate James Taylor Tribute

April 13

7:30 – 9:30 p.m.

6 p.m. gates open


Tickets and season subscriptions will be available for sale soon.

Greg brings years of experience playing in multiple acts and tribute bands with fantastic vocals and pro level guitar playing. This quality full band show will have you believing it’s 1975 at a theater watching of James Taylor himself.

There are great upbeat numbers to dance and sing along to like - Your Smiling Face, How Sweet It Is (To be loved by you) and massive hits like, You've Got a Friend, Up on the Roof, Carolina in My Mind, and Her Town Too.

April 20: Moving Colors Click for More

One of Dallas’ Favorite Dance Bands

April 20

7:30 – 9:30 p.m.

6 p.m. gates open


Tickets and season subscriptions will be available for sale soon.

Moving Colors is one of the most popular of all the Dallas Dance Bands and Dallas Wedding Bands. We have fun not only performing, but also incorporating painting on stage, beating on buckets/trash cans, and even doing handstands!

April 27: Rocket Man Click for More

The Elton John Tribute Experience

April 27

7:30 – 9:30 p.m.

6 p.m. gates open


Tickets and season subscriptions will be available for sale soon.

Rocket Man 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 festivals, to concert halls, to casinos, to cruise liners, Rocket Man musicians actually portray Elton John's intense 70's & 80's concerts down to the finest detail.


Sponsored by Sendera

May 4: Bidi Bidi Banda NEW Click for More

A Moving Tribute to the Late Selena Quintanilla

May 4

7 – 9 p.m.

6 p.m. gates open

Tickets and season subscriptions will be available for sale soon.

Bidi Bidi Banda is Austin's first all-star Selena Tribute. Composed of members of some of Austin's premier Latin bands, Bidi Bidi Banda is the refried dream of Stephanie Bergara, a native Austinite who grew up listening to Tejano radio and singing in to a hair brush while wearing her mother's red lipstick. The band's interpretation of Selena's greatest hits will leave you belting lyrics, doing the washing machine and reliving greatness of the Queen of Tejano Music.

May 11: Michael Jackson Tribute Performance Click for More

Michael Jackson Tribute Performance

May 11

7:00-9:00 p.m.

6:00 p.m. gates open

Tickets and season subscriptions will be available for sale soon.

May 18: Walk the Line Click for More

Authentic Johnny Cash

May 18

7:30 – 9:30 p.m.

6 p.m. gates open


Tickets and season subscriptions will be available for sale soon.

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.

Sponsored by Questcare

May 25: Bruce in the USA Click for More

The World’s #1 Tribute Band to Bruce Springsteen & E Street Band

May 25

7:30 – 9:30 p.m.

6 p.m. gates open


Tickets and season subscriptions will be available for sale soon.

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 and E Street 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.

June 1: Warehouse Click for More

Dave Matthews Tribute Band

June 1

7:30 – 9:30 p.m.

6 p.m. gates open


Tickets and season subscriptions will be available for sale soon.

Warehouse is a Dallas / Ft Worth based Dave Matthews tribute band formed in the fall of 2013 playing Dave Mathews Band favorites like, Grey Street, Tripping Billies and Two Step. Warehouse has performed at popular venues including Sundance Square, House of Blues and Rockwall Concert Series and has remained a crowd pleasing favorite.

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June 8: Chicago Reloaded Click for More

A Unique Tribute to Chicago

June 8

7:30 – 9:30 p.m.

6 p.m. gates open

Tickets and season subscriptions will be available for sale soon.

Chicago Reloaded is a tribute to “Chicago” – one the longest running and most successful pop/rock groups in history with record sales topping 100,000,000 including 21 top 10 singles, 5 consecutive number one albums, 11 number one singles, and 5 gold singles. Chicago Reloaded comprises a unique blend of talented and seasoned musicians from all over the Charlotte and Piedmont Triad areas, who have joined forces with the common goal of accurately replicating the timeless music of “Chicago” – the soundtrack to great memories for so many people.

June 15: U2 by UV NEW Click for More

Authentic U2 Tribute Performance

June 15

7:30 – 9:30 p.m.

6 p.m. gates open

Tickets and season subscriptions will be available for sale soon.

The U2 Concert Experience. U2 by UV was formed in 2004 and has toured throughout South America, Mexico, Canada, and the United States.

June 22: The Limelight Band Click for More

Dallas’ Hottest New Party Band

June 22

7:30 – 9:30 p.m.

6 p.m. gates open

Tickets and season subscriptions will be available for sale soon.

The Limelight Band 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.

June 29: Fleetwood Max NEW Click for More

Mystical Tribute to Fleetwood Mac

June 29

7:30 – 9:30 p.m.

6 p.m. gates open

Tickets and season subscriptions will be available for sale soon.

Fleetwood Max is The Definitive Fleetwood Mac and Stevie Nicks Tribute Band. An authentic recreation of the music and incredible stage production of the legendary Stevie Nicks & Fleetwood Mac!

The Fleetwood Max experience captures the mystical atmosphere, look and sound of these enigmatic Rock and Roll Hall of Famers with outstanding vocal and character performances from a cast of the most respected, professional, touring musicians on the United States East Coast. Each member is dedicated to, and passionate about, providing the most accurate, personal, live recreation of the Magic that is Fleetwood Mac and Stevie Nicks, while replicating the very best of every live performance!

September 7: A Hard Nights Day Click for More

A Tribute to the Beatles

September 7

7:00-9:00 p.m.

6:00 p.m. gates open

Tickets and season subscriptions will be available for sale soon.

We appreciate the musical genius of the four lads from Liverpool, and faithfully recreate their songs down to the very last note. A Hard Night’s Day has been spreading the gospel of John, Paul, George and Ringo around the world for 20 years.

September 14: Kraig Parker Click for More

A Tribute to Elvis Presley

September 14

7:00-9:00 p.m.

6:00 p.m. gates open

Tickets and season subscriptions will be available for sale soon.

Don’t miss Kraig Parker's award winning tribute to Elvis Presley, a world class show that has astonished audiences for nearly 20 years. Parker has performed across America and Europe at casinos, performance halls, cruise ships and with major symphony orchestras, including headline shows in Las Vegas. Kraig Parker's powerful voice, electric moves and tasteful charisma will leave you 'all shook up' and screaming for more!

September 21: Le Freak Click for More

The Greatest Disco Band in the World

September 21

7:00-9:00 p.m.

6:00 p.m. gates open

Tickets and season subscriptions will be available for sale soon.

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.


Sponsored by Accenture

September 28: Turnstiles Click for More

The Ultimate Billy Joel Tribute Band

September 28

7:00-9:00 p.m.

6:00 p.m. gates open

Tickets and season subscriptions will be available for sale soon.

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! Now, at 5 years into their journey, Turnstiles has performed for 100's of thousands of fellow Billy Joel fans, leaving them overjoyed and screaming for more.

October 5: Emerald City Click for More

Dallas’ Favorite Variety Band

October 5

7:00-9:00 p.m.

6:00 p.m. gates open


Tickets and season subscriptions will be available for sale soon.

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 12: San Antonio Lights NEW Click for More

A Tribute to Journey

October 12

7:00-9:00 p.m.

6:00 p.m. gates open

Tickets and season subscriptions will be available for sale soon.

San Antonio Lights is a five man band and a high energy group that brings life to any stage and keeps the audience captivated. From perfected covers of Journey songs to your favorite classic rock tunes, their performances showcase the best at every single show, not only in English but Spanish as well. San Antonio Lights won best tribute band in San Antonio in 2013 and 2014 and was featured on the local morning shows.


Sponsored by Kessler Collins

October 19: Satisfaction Click for More

The International Rolling Stones Show

October 19

7:00-9:00 p.m.

6:00 p.m. gates open

Tickets and season subscriptions will be available for sale soon.

Chris LeGrand is the executive producer and cast member in the role of Mick Jagger for Satisfaction/The International Rolling Stones Show. Chris founded the show in 2001 with the goal of producing the first touring tribute show in honor of the World's Greatest Rock & Roll Band. With over 35 years’ experience in the music industry and a bachelors degree in business, Chris has grown the Satisfaction show into a 150 date annual touring entity along with developing the two additional shows "A Symphony For The Devil" and "Gimme Abbey.”


Sponsored by Slalom

October 26: Molly Ringwalds Click for More

The World’s Greatest 80s Tribute Band

October 26

7:00-9:00 p.m.

6:00 p.m. gates open

Tickets and season subscriptions will be available for sale soon.

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.

Sponsored by Storage Assessments


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 low to the ground 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. For more information on group discounts, please visit the Group Sales page.