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

Presented by Wells Fargo

The Cool Thursdays Spring-Summer Concert Series runs March 23 to October 27.

SINGLE TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW!

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!

Scroll down to view the Spring and Summer lineups!

SOLD OUT April 27: Rocket Man

The Elton John Tribute Experience

April 27
7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
6 p.m. gates open

SOLD OUT

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.

Food trucks: Bellatrino and Yim Yam, plus dessert truck Fried Pies for All

Sponsored by Sendero

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May 4: Bidi Bidi Banda NEW

A Moving Tribute to the Late Selena Quintanilla

May 4
7 – 9 p.m.
6 p.m. gates open

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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.

Food trucks: Easy Slider and Rick's BBQ plus dessert truck Kona Ice

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SOLD OUT May 11: Who's Bad

An Amazing Michael Jackson Tribute Performance

May 11
7:00-9:00 p.m.
6:00 p.m. gates open

SOLD OUT

Food trucks: The Guava Tree Truck amd Jack's Chowhound plus dessert truck Bobaddiction

Sponsored by Gray, Reed & McGraw

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May 18: Walk the Line

Authentic Johnny Cash

May 18
7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
6 p.m. gates open

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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.

Food trucks: Bellatrinoand Rick's BBQ plus dessert truck Fried Pies for All

Sponsored by Questcare

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May 25: Bruce in the USA

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

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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.

Food trucks: Yim Yam and Sir Frank's plus dessert truck The Press Waffle Company.

Sponsored by Wells Fargo Advisors

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June 1: Warehouse

Dave Matthews Tribute Band

June 1
7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
6 p.m. gates open

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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.

Food trucks: Easy Slider and Rick's BBQ plus dessert truck Kona Ice

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June 8: Chicago Rewired

A Unique Tribute to Chicago

June 8
7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
6 p.m. gates open

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Chicago Rewired 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 Rewired 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.

Food trucks: Bellatrino and The Guava Tree plus dessert truck Bobaddiction

Sponsored by University of Texas at Dallas

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June 15: U2 by UV NEW

Authentic U2 Tribute Performance

June 15
7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
6 p.m. gates open

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

Food trucks: Rick's BBQ and Jack's Chowhound plus dessert truck The Press Waffle Company.

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June 15: U2 by UV NEW

Authentic U2 Tribute Performance

June 15
7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
6 p.m. gates open

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

Food trucks: Rick's BBQ and Jack's Chowhound plus dessert truck The Press Waffle Company.

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June 22: The Limelight Band

Dallas’ Hottest New Party Band

June 22
7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
6 p.m. gates open

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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.

Food trucks: Ruthie's Rolling Café and Yim Yam plus dessert truck Bobaddiction

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June 29: Fleetwood Max NEW

Mystical Tribute to Fleetwood Mac

June 29
7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
6 p.m. gates open

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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!

Food trucks: Bellatrino and Rick's BBQ plus dessert truck Fried Pies for All

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September 7: A Hard Nights Day

A Tribute to the Beatles

September 7
7:00-9:00 p.m.
6:00 p.m. gates open

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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.

Food trucks: Easy Slider and dessert truck Shake Shack.

Sponsored by Ambit Energy

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September 14: Kraig Parker

A Tribute to Elvis Presley

September 14
7:00-9:00 p.m.
6:00 p.m. gates open

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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!

Food trucks: Yim Yam and Rick's BBQ plus dessert truck Fried Pies for Al

Sponsored by Gray, Reed and McGraw

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September 28: Turnstiles

The Ultimate Billy Joel Tribute Band

September 28
7:00-9:00 p.m.
6:00 p.m. gates open

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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.

Food trucks: Rick's BBQ and The Guava Tree Truck plus dessert truck Kona Ice

Sponsored by JHP Architecture

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October 5: Emerald City

Dallas’ Favorite Variety Band

October 5
7:00-9:00 p.m.
6:00 p.m. gates open

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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.

Food trucks: Ruthie's Rolling Café and Easy Slider.

Sponsored by UMB Bank

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October 12: San Antonio Lights NEW

A Tribute to Journey

October 12
7:00-9:00 p.m.
6:00 p.m. gates open

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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.

Food trucks: Rick's BBQ and Jack's Chowhound plus dessert truck Kona Ice

Sponsored by Kessler Collins

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October 19: Satisfaction

The International Rolling Stones Show

October 19
7:00-9:00 p.m.
6:00 p.m. gates open

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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.”

Food trucks: Bellatrino and Rick's BBQ plus dessert truck Fried Pies for All

Sponsored by Slalom

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October 26: Molly Ringwalds

The World’s Greatest 80s Tribute Band

October 26
7:00-9:00 p.m.
6:00 p.m. gates open

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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.

Food Trucks: Yim Yam, Sir Franks, and dessert truck The Piehole Truck

Sponsored by Storage Assessments

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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.

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