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8525 Garland Road, Dallas, Texas 75218

Cool Thursdays Concert Series

Cool Thursdays Concert Series

The Cool Thursdays Concert Series brings lively bands to the only music venue overlooking White Rock Lake at sunset. Plan your concert season with the Fall 2020 concert line-ups.

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Sept 1 – Nov 5

Pricing | Lineup | Inclement Weather | Refunds | Parking

Summer Concerts Cancelled

After much consideration of every scenario, the Dallas Arboretum has regretfully decided to cancel the Summer Cool Thursdays Concert Series, sponsored by Wells Fargo, due the evolving impact of COVID-19. This was not the course of action we had hoped to take, but we could not assure social distancing for each guest on the lawn as there would be issues in both seating space and location access as guests walk through our patrons in this constricted area.

Although people would be wearing masks they have to raise them to eat and drink and we could not allow people getting up or down during the concert. We would also be concerned for the safety of the bands and the audience as virus particles have the potential to blow through the air downhill. When we open again we will have additional CDC protocols as well as our own installed for the safety and security of our guests, but gatherings of this size sitting outside so closely together will not be possible for quite a while.

If you have any questions, please contact Customer Service at 214.515.6615.

Music, Food and Fun!

All concerts are held on the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage & Lawn. Gates open at 6pm. Fall concerts are 7–9pm. The garden closes at the conclusion of each concert.

Guests are welcome to bring picnic baskets, food, coolers, and beverages, alcohol is permitted but will not be available for purchase. Some of the city’s most popular food trucks will also be onsite. Free parking on concert evenings and guests are encouraged to bring blankets or low-back and low to the ground beach style chairs.

Fall Concert Series

With many new bands and the return of our most popular performers, the Cool Thursday Concert Series is not to be missed.

The fall season includes shows from fan favorites, such as Turnstiles, the return of The Prince Experience, a tribute to The Highwaymen and concludes with a Halloween encore by Emerald City. The fall 2020 Cool Thursday Concert Series begins on Tuesday, September 1 and concludes on Thursday, November 5.

We are excited to also announce a bonus concert in November 2020 to recreate the Elton John/Billy Joel 2009 Face to Face Tour.  On November 5 join us for an encore performance with Rocket Man and Turnstiles playing their tribute concert for an encore to the season in Back 2 Back 2020.  Those tickets will be available to add on to your subscription package for a discounted rate.

Fall 2020, 7–9pm
Tuesday, September 1 – Garth Tribute Live*** (NEW)
The #1 Tribute to Garth Brooks
Thursday, September 3 – Turnstiles**
The Ultimate Billy Joel Tribute Band
Tuesday, September 8 – The Motowners**
A Tribute to Motown
Thursday, September 10 – The Prince Experience*
The Country’s Most Dynamic Prince Tribute Band
Tuesday, September 15 – JT*** (NEW)
The Incredible Tribute to Justin Timberlake
Thursday, September 17 – The Troubadour Experience*** (NEW)
A Tribute to George Strait
Thursday, September 24 – The Highwaymen*** (NEW)
A Tribute to the Original Outlaws of Country Music, Willie, Waylon and Johnny
Thursday, October 1 – Desperado**
Texas’ Premiere Eagles Tribute
Thursday, October 8 – Hot August Night*** (NEW)
A Tribute to Neil Diamond
Thursday, October 15 – The British are Coming*** (NEW)
World’s Greatest British Rock Tribute Group
Tuesday, October 20 – Dancing Dream**
ABBA Tribute Band
Thursday, October 22 – The Jersey Tenors*** (NEW)
A Four Seasons Tribute
Thursday, October 29 – Emerald City*
Dallas’ Favorite Party Band

BONUS 2020
November 5 – Back 2 Back 2020****
An Encore Performance with Rocket Man and Turnstiles

See below for pricing based on star level above

Enjoy Dinner from Smoky Rose During Your Concert

Local favorite Smoky Rose offers to-go dinner service as well as concert table service for our Friends at this year’s concerts. Meal items are available for pre-order, and a la carte items will be available for table service on the day of the concert.* If you would like to pre-order, review their menu/pricing here and submit your order by phone no later than noon on the day of a concert by calling 469.776.5655.
*Please note: a la carte offerings will be available while supplies last, and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase. 

New! Back 2 Back Bonus Concert

We are excited to also announce a bonus concert on November 5, 2020 to recreate the Back 2 Back Tour with Rocket Man and Turnstiles playing their tribute concert for an encore to the season. Those tickets will be available to add on to your subscription package for a discounted rate.

Ticket Sales Temporarily Suspended

Due to COVID-19 we have temporarily suspended ticket sales until we can manage our new social distancing plan on the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage & Lawn. Please monitor our social media and website for the most up-to-date information related to our Cool Thursday Concert Series.

Season Subscription Pricing

Fall Series13* concerts
Member $175
Non-Member $238
With Back 2 Back
(Member / Non-Member)
$200 / $272

*As individual concerts sell out and are no longer included in a subscription purchase, the number of concerts included and the discounted prices will be updated to reflect reduced rates.

Children under 2 are always free

Single Ticket Pricing

Gold concerts: Popular returning bands that are sure to sell out!
Silver concerts: Returning fan favorites!
Bronze concerts: Great new bands joining our concert line up!

Member / Non-Member
Ages 65 and up
Member / Non-Member
ChildrenAges 2-12
Gold concerts $25 / $35 $23 / $33 $10
Silver concerts $23 / $33 $21 / $31 $10
Bronze concerts $21 / $31 $19 / $29 $10
Back 2 Back 2020 $44 / $50 $40 / $48 $12

Children under 2 are always free

Fall 2020 Lineup

September 1 from 7–9pm – Garth Tribute Live (Bronze)

The #1 Tribute to Garth Brooks

Having played to sold-out crowds across the US, Garth Tribute Live! is a stunning tribute to the music of Garth Brooks featuring the uncanny resemblance Drew Baloh has to legendary country music icon Garth Brooks. This multimedia production is a tribute to some of the greatest music produced in the 90’s country era including monster hits such as Friends in Low Places, The Thunder Rolls, The Dance, Much Too Young (To Feel This Damn Old), Ain’t Goin’ Down (til the Sun Comes Up) and countless others.

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September 3 – Turnstiles (Silver)

The Ultimate Billy Joel Tribute Band

After years of performing with various original projects and cover bands, Tony decided to form “Stormfront”, his first Billy Joel tribute back in 1993. While Stormfront played to critical acclaim in the New York Area, their career was cut short when Tony decided to relocate to South Florida. Now, some 15 years later, Tony decided to enlist some of the finest musicians in South Florida to join with him to once again pay tribute to the man he has so much respect and admiration for, Billy Joel.

Never intending to be an impersonator, his focus instead is simply on the music and delivering a faithful and completely live Billy Joel experience to share with others. 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, five years into their journey, Turnstiles has performed for 100’s of thousands of fellow Billy Joel fans, leaving them overjoyed and screaming for more! The best is yet to come as Turnstiles continues to spread the joy that only the timeless, classic music of Billy Joel can bring!

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September 8 – The Motowners (Silver)

A Tribute to Motown

The Motowners show is a fantastic tribute to the many artists and great songs from the classic Motown years. Expect to hear smash hits by the Temptations, The Four Tops, The Supremes and more great music from the 60s, 70s, and 80s!

Sponsored by True North Advisors

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September 10 – The Prince Experience (Gold)

The Country’s Most Dynamic Prince Tribute Band

Since 2002 Gabriel Sanchez has been portraying Prince in his critically acclaimed show The Prince Experience. What started off as a small local theatre production of Purple Rain, has expanded into what has become a night of unbelievable entertainment, which keeps anyone who has seen it, talking long after the last encore is played.

Sponsored by Marsh & McLennan Agency

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September 15 from 7–9pm – JT (Bronze)

The Incredible Tribute to Justin Timberlake

This is one of the most exciting acts out of Las Vegas, now based in Florida. His show covers all of the hits, moves and looks of JT over the years from NSYNC right up to the current tour. And…he looks just like him!

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September 17 – The Troubadour Experience (Bronze)

A Tribute to George Strait

In an industry so often dominated by technology and gimmicks, The Troubadour Experience prefers to do things the original way, the purest way, the George Strait way, live and personal! Carrying on in true George Strait tradition, The Troubadour Experience welcomes you to a live authentic tribute to country music’s most legendary performer, spanning a 32-year career and charting more #1 hits than any other artist, in any genre at 60 and counting. 

The Troubadour Experience features authentic performances of George Strait’s #1 hits such as “Fool Hearted Memory,” “All My Exes Live In Texas,” “Ocean Front Property,” “The Chair,” “Here For A Good Time” and many more! Incorporating all of the real concert production it will look, sound and feel as if you are truly at a George Strait concert.

Sponsored by Clark Hill Strasburger

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September 24 – Highwaymen (Bronze)

A Tribute to the Original Outlaws of Country Music, Willie, Waylon and Johnny

Perhaps the greatest country music super group in history, the Highwaymen traveled the world performing country music to millions of fans. Your audience will watch in amazement as each song, one hit after another is sung just as if they were seeing the original band perform. This 90 minute country music tribute show is full of upbeat, honky-tonk hits like Ring of Fire, Dukes of Hazard, and On the Road Again.

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October 1 – Desperado (Silver)

Texas’ Premiere Eagles Tribute

Desperado is a Dallas/Fort Worth-based band paying tribute to one of the world’s best-selling bands of all time, the Eagles. Formed from 4 of the original members of “Into The West” (Donny Hart, Mel Bittick, Ty Weatherly, and Keith Goodman) together with new member James May they pay homage to the one of the greatest bands of all time.

Sponsored by Wells Fargo Wealth Management

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October 8 – Hot August Night (Bronze)

A Tribute to Neil Diamond

Crowd favorite Dean Colley and his showcase band “Hot August Night” regularly sell-out at concerts, festivals, events, private parties, casinos and nightclubs. Dean has been wowing and thrilling Neil Diamond fans and audiences for over a decade! Dean Colley and his Hot August Night band is the best Neil Diamond sound-alike and look-alike tribute act currently performing. Prepare to be rocked as this spectacular tribute of the legendary Neil Diamond brings you everything from the classic 60s to contemporary Neil Diamond hits.

Sponsored by Kessler Collins

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October 15 – The British Are Coming (Bronze)

World’s Greatest British Rock Tribute Group

The British Are Coming plays the best hits from stellar bands such as the Rolling Stones, the Beatles, Elton John and the Clash, and they are ready to make your night an epic experience!

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October 20 – Dancing Dream (Silver)

ABBA Tribute Band

DANCING DREAM: The Tribute to ABBA, the greatest pop super group from Sweden, electrifies audiences of all ages with the best hits “Mamma Mia”, “Dancing Queen”, “Take a Chance”, “Fernando”, and many more. The New York City based touring tribute act was founded by two European singers Halina Ulatowski and Agnes Jawien in 2009 in hopes of transporting nostalgic audiences back to the happy and groovy times of the 70s.

Sponsored by Camelot Strategic Marketing & Media

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October 22 – The Jersey Tenors (Bronze)

A Four Seasons Tribute

A four man tribute to all things Jersey and beyond. From Frank Sinatra to Frankie Valli to Figaro, The Jersey Tenors are a rock/opera mash-up sensation that creates an explosive blend of the most iconic opera classics alongside such rock ‘n’ roll greats as Queen, Journey, Elton John and Billy Joel, to name but a few.

But they are also “Jersey Proud” and do not forget where we come from as we highlight some of Jersey’s finest including Frankie Valli, Frank Sinatra, Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen, Kool and The Gang and even Whitney Houston (she’s a Jersey girl!)

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October 29 – Emerald City (Gold)

Dallas’ Favorite Party Band

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 UMB Bank

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November 5 – Back 2 Back 2020

An Encore Performance with Rocket Man and Turnstiles

We are excited to also announce a bonus concert on November 5, 2020 to recreate the Back 2 Back Tour with Rocket Man and Turnstiles playing their tribute concert for an encore to the season.

Sponsored by Baker Triangle

Buy Tickets Here

Inclement Weather

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 3pm on the day of the concert. Check our homepage or our Facebook page for updates the day of the concert.


There are no refunds or exchanges for concert tickets.
Schedule and pricing subject to change.

Concert Parking

  • Due to limited parking at Gate 2 and in the interest of safety, all concert parking is limited to the main lot at Gate 1 or the Parking Garage.
  • We also ask guests not to try and drop off anything, neither people nor personal effects such as coolers, at Gate 2.
  • Parking in the Camp lot and check in at the Camp ticket booth are reserved for concert sponsors and “Friends” level donors.
  • Complimentary wheelchairs available at the Information booths, based on first come, first served basis.
  • Tram and Golf Cart service are not available to transport guests on concert evenings.

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