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Cool Thursdays Concert Series

Cool Thursdays Concert Series

Running March 28 – June 27 in the spring and September 5 – October 24, 2019 in fall, the Cool Thursdays Fall Concert Series brings lively bands to the only music venue overlooking White Rock Lake.

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Runs

Mar 28 – Jun 27
Sept 25 – Oct 24, 2019

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The premier concert series “Cool Thursdays” season subscriptions, sponsored by Wells Fargo, are on sale now at the Dallas Arboretum and feature six new exciting tribute bands. As Dallas’ only concert series overlooking the picturesque White Rock Lake on the award-winning Martin Rutchik Concert Stage and Lawn, concert subscriptions have a history of selling out quickly. Cool Thursdays spring concert series kicks off on March 28.

All concerts are held on the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage & Lawn. Gates open at 6:00pm. Spring concerts take place 7:30-9:30pm, and fall concerts from 7:00-9:00pm. The garden closes at the conclusion of each concert.

Season Pricing

Full Series
22 concerts
Spring Series Only
14 concerts
Fall Series Only8 concerts
Non-Member $340 $225 $140
Member $230 $175 $110
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Children under 2 are always free

Single Ticket Pricing

Single tickets go on sale at 10:00am on Friday, February 15.

Adults
Member / Non-Member
Seniors
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

Children under 2 are always free

2019 Lineup

Emerald City, March 28

Dallas’ Favorite Party Band

Sponsored by: Jackson Walker

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March 28
7:30 – 9:30 pm
Gates at 6:00 pm

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As a corporate and special event band, Emerald City, sponsored by Jackson Walker, 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.

King George lead singer

King George, April 4

A Tribute to George Strait

Sponsored by: Marsh & McLennan

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April 4
7:30 – 9:30 pm
Gates at 6:00 pm

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George Strait “King of Country” is one of the most influential and popular recording artists of all time. He has sold more than 100 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling artists of all time. King George brings the music of George Strait to audiences with the sights and sound that mimic one of his shows.

Desperado lead singer on stage

Desperado, April 11

Texas’ Premier Eagles Tribute Band

Sponsored by: True North Advisors

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April 11
7:30 – 9:30 pm
Gates at 6:00 pm

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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 members, (James May), formally the guitarist for “Kenny and the Kasuals” and (Greg Todora), keyboardist for the “8 tracks”, created “Desperado”.

Donny Hart – Vocals, Guitar

Mel Bittick – Vocals, Drums

Ty Weatherly – Vocals, Bass

Keith Goodman – Vocals, Guitar

James May – Vocals, Guitar

Greg Todora – Keyboards

Asleep at the wheel playing on stage

Asleep at the Wheel, April 18

9-time Grammy Award Winners from Austin, TX

Sponsored by: Sendero Consulting

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April 18
7:30 – 9:30 pm
Gates at 6:00 pm

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It all started when Ray Benson, Floyd Domino, and Lucky Oceans, along with a Vermont farm boy named Leroy Preston; Virginian Chris O’Connell; and Gene Dobkin, a bass player and fellow classmate of Benson’s from Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio, joined forces. They began with a simple goal: to play and help revive American roots music

Molly ringwalds singer

The Molly Ringwalds, April 25

The World’s Greatest 80s Tribute Band

Sponsored by: Thompson & Knight

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April 25 
7:30 – 9:30 pm
Gates at 6:00 pm

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Those who have seen them know The Molly Ringwalds take every stage they step on with force. They dazzle and engage their audiences with energy and passion, while taking them on a musical journey filled with all the hits that transcended the 80s and defined a generation. The Molly Ringwalds’ show is loaded with the visual enormity and glam that encompassed the essence of the decade’s music scene.

Elton john impersonator singing, dressed in feather boa

Rocket Man, May 2

Elton John Tribute

Sponsored by: Wells Fargo Private Bank

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Rocket Man

May 2
7:30 – 9:30 pm
Gates at 6:00 pm

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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 70s 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 70s and 80s concerts down to the finest detail.

Limlight the band group shot

Limelight Band, May 9

An Emerald City Ensemble Party Band

Sponsored by: Gray Reed & McGraw

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Limelight Band

May 9
7:30 – 9:30 pm
Gates at 6:00 pm

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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. Whether performing at a high-profile corporate, special event or festival; Limelight knows how to bring a party to life and the crowd to their feet. This professional ten-piece party band provides a musical range that spans decades of standards and classics to the current hits of today, taking your event to the next level. Limelight has quickly become one of the most sought after party bands nationwide and CEO’s and event planners from around the country have paid the band the highest compliment by inviting them back to their annual events time and time again. Make Limelight a part of your next musical experience and see why everyone is stepping into the light!

Dancing Dream on stage

Dancing Dream, May 16

ABBA Tribute Band

Sponsored by Wells Fargo Advisors

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Dancing Dream

May 16
7:30 – 9:30 pm
Gates at 6:00 pm

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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.

Bruce in the USA on stage

Bruce in the USA, May 23

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

Sponsored by: Lynn Pinker Cox & Hurst

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Bruce in the USA

May 23
7:30 – 9:30 pm
Gates at 6:00 pm

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The Bruce In The USA show was born on the Las Vegas Strip in the winter of 2004, with its debut at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino, in the majestic “V Theatre”. The show assaulted the senses in a fun-filled and exciting party atmosphere on the Vegas Strip, while suspending disbelief for even the toughest skeptics. They’ve been met with critical acclaim, from the Stone Pony, large theaters, and Performance Art Centers across the country, as well as corporate events spanning across the globe for over a decade. Sellout crowds are on their feet from the first song to the last

Motowners Group shot on stage

The Motowners, May 30

An Incredible Tribute to the History of Motown

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The Motowners NEW

May 30
7:30 – 9:30 pm
Gates at 6:00 pm

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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!

Journey cover band on stage

Journey Unauthorized, June 6

The #1 Journey Tribute Band in America

Sponsored by Capital One

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Journey Unauthorized 
NEW

June 6
7:30 – 9:30 pm
Gates at 6:00 pm

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Journey Unauthorized is comprised of the best musicians and performers specializing in a complete Journey concert production. These musicians love what they do and work hard at being the very best at it. Journey Unauthorized can perform the full range of Journey onstage, including the most complex and challenging songs that Journey themselves recorded in the studios and performed for live audiences. No other rendition of Journey’s music comes close to this level of performance, which has taken years of mastery and unmatched attention to detail. The Journey Unauthorized production captures it all flawlessly.

Turnstiles singer on stage with a piano in front of a crowd

The Turnstiles, June 13

Billy Joel Tribute Band

Sponsored by: Dallas Trial Lawyers

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Turnstiles

June 13
7:30 – 9:30 pm
Gates at 6:00 pm

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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, 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! …and the best is yet to come as Turnstiles continues to spread the joy that only the timeless, classic music of Billy Joel can bring!

Man in the Mirror dancing on stage

Man in the Mirror, June 20

A Tribute to the Late, Great Michael Jackson

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June 20 – Man in the Mirror*

Man in the Mirror

June 20
7:30 – 9:30 pm
Gates at 6:00 pm

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Man In The Mirror is a reflection of the incredible career of Michael Jackson. Audiences are 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.

Sound of Summer band headshot dressed in matching outfits

Sounds of Summer, June 27

Beach Boys Tribute

Sponsored by Baker Triangle

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Sounds of Summer

June 27 
7:30 – 9:30 pm
Gates at 6:00 pm

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Sounds of Summer is a tribute show based in Southern Indiana that includes over 30 familiar hits and tells the story of America’s band – the Beach Boys. These four incredibly talented guys have known each other since grade school and shared a love of 1960’s music and Beach Boys’ harmonies. The band has been playing across the nation since 2015, delivering audiences an authentic look and sound, taking them back to memories of the 1960s. Sounds of Summer has received praise for staying true to the Beach Boys sound and had the privilege of playing a live hour-long special on AXS TV’s “World’s Greatest Tribute Bands” on September 2016. This show isn’t just fun…it’s fun, fun, fun!

Neon Circus band shot dressed just like Brooks and Dunn

Neon Circus, September 5

Brooks & Dunn Tribute Band

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Neon Circus

September 5 
7:00 – 9:00 pm
Gates at 6:00 pm

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Named after the 2002 tour, Brooks & Dunn’s Neon Circus and Wild West Show, Neon Circus has been successful in continuing the legacy of the country music icons with the help of RK Ford (Ronnie Dunn) and Tim Johnson (Kix Brooks). Currently Neon Circus is touring the U.S. as a headlining act in showrooms, theaters, festivals, fairs, large clubs and private functions. Neon Circus has accurately recreated Brooks & Dunn’s exciting live show down to the last detail performing hit country anthems like My Maria, Neon Moon, and Boot Scootin’ Boogie. To the delight of millions of country music lovers Neon Circus continues to honky-tonk up the stage every night, and so, the cowboy legends live on.

Phillip Bauer dressed and performing as jonny cash

Philip Bauer, September 12

The Legend of Johnny Cash

Sponsored by: Slalom Consulting

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Philip Bauer NEW

September 12 
7:00 – 9:00 pm
Gates at 6:00 pm

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Philip Bauer began his entertainment career in 1985 by winning a state wide talent contest in Minnesota. Bauer took 1st place in a field of over 800 contestants at the Minnesota state fair. In 1986 he was asked to perform nightly at the fair with a 40-piece orchestra. This singer /songwriter has had his original songs played on over 300 country music stations all across Europe. Throughout the 90’s Bauer played in bands performing his own music as well as his many impersonations of various artists. This award winning entertainer was a proud member of the Oklahoma Opry Association where he was honored with Male vocalist of the year and Entertainer of the year. Philip considers it a blessing to be able to bring the music and memories of Johnny Cash to all his audiences. His show has taken him all across the U.S., Canada, Mexico, New Zealand and six 26 city tours of Australia.

Two photos of Purple Haze lead singer dressed up

The Purple Madness, September 19

America’s #1 Prince Experience Band

Sponsored by Clark Hill Strasburger

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The Purple Madness NEW

September 19
7:00 – 9:00 pm
Gates at 6:00 pm

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The “Purple Madness” is the ultimate celebration of the most widely beloved entertainer and profoundly influential artist of all-time. Bobby Miller presents an electrifying performance that can be best described as, high energy and a “must see” performance. The Prince Purple Madness Tribute Show have all but perfected every last nuance in recreating the sights and sounds of the artist Prince. It is with great honor and utmost reverence that The Prince Tribute Band was formed. It was with this idea in mind that Bobby Miller chose to re-create some of Prince most memorable concert moments.

Hard Days Night band in the studio

Hard Night’s Day, September 26

Beatles Tribute Band

Sponsored by: Wells Fargo Private Bank

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Hard Night’s Day

September 26 
7:00 – 9:00 pm
Gates at 6:00 pm

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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, sponsored by JHP Architecture/Urban Design, has been spreading the gospel of John, Paul, George and Ringo around the world for 20 years.

Honky Tonk singer on stage

Honkytonk Bar Association, October 3

A Tribute to Garth Brooks

Sponsored by: Slalom

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Honkeytonk Bar Association NEW

October 3 
7:00 – 9:00 pm
Gates at 6:00 pm

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Inspired by Garth Brooks in the 90s, Shawn Gerhard grew up singing along with his radio to his favorite Garth tunes. He cultivated his silky-smooth vocals while performing in numerous venues throughout the United States. Shawn has shared the stage with countless recording artists like “Brooks & Dunn, Alan Jackson, Martina McBride and many more….

Queen cover band on stage

Absolute Queen, October 10

The Queen Tribute Experience

Sponsored by: Storage Assessments

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Absolute Queen

October 10 
7:00 – 9:00 pm
Gates at 6:00 pm

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Lead vocalist Martyn Jenkins performed for years across Europe as Freddie in the show “Night at the Opera” performing for the Queen Fan club and Brian May! Absolute Queen, sponsored by Slalom, has performed at large outdoor Amphitheaters and Festivals and top venues. Expect all of the great hits and Queen classics that will make you sing along and remember those great concerts of the 70s and 80s.

Emerald City singer on stage

Emerald City, October 17

Dallas’ Favorite Party Band

Sponsored by: UMB Bank

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Emerald City

October 17
7:00 – 9:00 pm
Gates at 6:00 pm

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As a corporate and special event band, Emerald City, sponsored by UMB Bank, 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.

Kraig Parker dressed as Elvis singing

Kraig Parker, October 24

World Premier Elvis Presley Tribute ArtistSponsored by: Kessler Collins

Sponsored by: Kessler Collins

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Kraig Parker

October 24 
7:00 – 9:00 pm
Gates at 6:00 pm

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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!

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 3:00pm on the day of the concert. Check our homepage or our Facebook page for updates the day of the concert.

Refunds

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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