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 Spring and Fall 2020 concert line-ups.

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May 7 – Jun 25
Sept 3 – Nov 5

Pricing | Lineup | Inclement Weather | Refunds | Parking

Due to the evolving impact of COVID-19, The Dallas Arboretum has decided to delay the start of our Cool Thursdays Concert Series sponsored by Wells Fargo.  The first five April concerts have been rescheduled to the following dates below.  Please keep your April tickets as they will be transferred to the new dates. New tickets will not be issued with the new date: you will use your existing tickets. Our policy remains in effect that we do not offer refunds. Please note these rescheduled dates are on Tuesday evenings.

  • April 2 Hotter than July has moved to June 9
  • April 9 Emerald City has moved to June 16
  • April 16 JT has moved to September 15 from 7–9pm
  • April 23 Garth Tribute Live has moved to September 1 from 7–9pm
  • April 30 Rocket Man has moved to June 30

We thank you for your support of the Dallas Arboretum during this difficult time and we look forward to seeing you at our new first concert of the year on Thursday, May 7 with Dancing Dream. Subscription packages and single event tickets are still available for sale online or by calling 214.515.6615.

Music, Food and Fun!

All concerts are held on the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage & Lawn. Gates open at 6pm. Spring concerts are 7:30–9:30pm, and 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.

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.

To purchase tickets, call 214.515.6615 weekdays 9am–5pm. For more information, please email customerservice@dallasarboretum.org

Season Subscription Pricing

Full Series
21* concerts
Spring Series Only
12* concerts
Fall Series Only9* concerts
Member $240 $151 $121
Non-Member $317 $193 $165
With Back 2 Back
(Member / Non-Member)
$252 / $333 $164 / $210 $146 / $199

*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

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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

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Spring 2020 Lineup

May 7 – 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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May 14 – 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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May 21 – Limelight Band (Silver)

An Emerald City Ensemble Party Band

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.

Sponsored by Gray Reed & McGraw

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Limelight Promo and Limelight at the Arboretum from EC Bands on Vimeo.

May 28 – Absolute Queen (Gold)

The Queen Tribute Experience

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 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.

Sponsored by Dallas Trial Lawyers Association

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June 4 – Kids In America (Bronze)

Totally 80s Tribute Band

Ready to be blasted into the past? Kids in America is a high-energy, power-packed, ultra-fun, 6 piece band paying tribute to the totally awesome 1980s. Kids in America covers all genres from this timeless decade. New wave, pop, dance and rock, rock ballads and more. Kids in America specializes in recreating the spot on sound of all your favorite 80s hits.

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June 9 – Hotter Than July (Bronze)

Stevie Wonder Tribute Band

Hotter Than July, a Stevie Wonder Tribute Band, is a high energy, soulful group of talented and experienced musicians. Led by professional musician Gerry Williams, an unbounded vocalist and percussionist who brings funk on the keys, this is a band you can’t help but get on your feet and groove to.

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June 11 – Jordan Kahn Orchestra (Bronze)

Jordan Kahn Orchestra is known for being one of the best wedding bands, party bands and live music in DFW and Texas.

Sponsored by Wells Fargo Advisors

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June 16 – Emerald City (Gold) *SOLD OUT

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, three-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, LLP

Sold Out

Emerald City Promo and Emerald City at the Arboretum from EC Bands on Vimeo.

June 18 – Infinite Journey (Bronze)

The Music of Journey

Infinite Journey is an international Journey tribute band based in Dallas, Texas, playing high-energy shows across the country since 2012.  This five-piece band delivers a musically immersive Journey experience, focusing on the overall sound, solos, and most especially the soaring vocals that make Journey so iconic.

Sponsored by Baker Botts

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June 25 – Sounds of Summer (Silver)

Beach Boys Tribute

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 60s 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!

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June 30 – Rocket Man (Gold)

The Ultimate Elton John Tribute Show

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. 

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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 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 Private Bank

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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 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

Buy Tickets Here

Emerald City Promo and Emerald City at the Arboretum from EC Bands on Vimeo.

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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