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Music in the Gardens 2019 :: Sundays @ 6:30p

DAC-DABG-230x335When the Dubuque Arboretum and Botanical Gardens constructed the Packard Pavilion as a venue for outdoor concerts, the Dubuque Arts Council joined us and began presenting a number of our summer evening events that we call Music in the Gardens. We’re very grateful for their partnership over the years.

Held Sunday evenings at 6:30p — during June, July, and August — thousands of tri-state area residents gather on the lawn with family and friends to enjoy a wide variety of popular musical attractions that range from swing to country, jazz to blues, classical to show choirs on steroids, and more. Local, regional and national acts have played the Arboretum.  

No admission | Free will offerings 

June 2, 2019 | Johnny Rogers Show, Buddy & Beyond | Rock ‘n’ Roll

2016 Iowa Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame Inductee. The Johnny Rogers Show, Buddy & Beyond, The History of Rock-N-Roll, pays tribute to such artists as Buddy Holly, Elvis, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis, Ricky Nelson, Chuck Berry, Johnny Cash, and many more. Johnny captures the infectious spirit, freewheeling excitement, and thrilling sounds of that singular time in Rock-N-Roll history.

Presented by: The Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens

Sponsor: The McNamer Family

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June 9, 2019 | Hampton Road | Rock, Blues, & Jazz

2017 Iowa Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame Inductee. A 9-piece horn band with roots in rock, blues, and jazz.

Presented by: The Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens

Sponsor: Fidelity Bank


June 16, 2019 | Hunter Fuerste and The American Vintage Orchestra

Hunter Fuerste and his American Vintage Orchestra present an authentic recreation of the big band era, the music of 1935 to 1945. The show features recreations of the original hits of Glenn Miller, Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey, Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, Harry James, Count Basie, and many others. In addition to a fourteen-piece big band, the program features male and female soloists and a special tight harmony vocal group, The Penthouse Serenaders.

Presented by: The Dubuque Arts Council


June 23, 2019 | The Dubuque Symphony Orchestra

The Dubuque Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1958 and is the only professional orchestra within a 70-mile radius. The orchestra’s mission is to engage the tri-state community and enrich its quality of life through live musical performances and educational programs. Under the leadership of Music Director & Conductor Dr. William Intriligator, a core of 60 professional musicians reach nearly 20,000 tri-state area residents on an annual basis. 

Presented by: The Dubuque Arts Council


June 30, 2019 | The Fez | Steely Dan Tribute

Presented by: The Dubuque Arts Council


July 7, 2019 | June’s Got Cash | Johnny Cash & June Carter

Presented by: The Dubuque Arts Council


July 14, 2019 | Go Your Own Way | Fleetwood Mac Tribute

Presented by: The Dubuque Arts Council


July 21, 2019 | The Moonlighters | Rock, Motown, Pop, & Country

Presented by: The Dubuque Arts Council


July 28, 2019 | Kids from Wisconsin | Song & Dance Band

The Kids from Wisconsin performs a diverse repertoire of morale-boosting musical entertainment for audiences of all ages. This show offers a broad repertoire of music that includes American favorites, big band, 50s-80s classics, Motown, country, Broadway and current top hits, filling a two-hour, fully-staged performance from talented performers ages 15-20.

Presented by: The Dubuque Arts Council


August 4, 2019 | Dogs on Skis | Rock ‘n’ Roll 50s to the 90s

2013 Iowa Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame Inductee. Dogs on Skis features tight musicianship and layered vocal harmonies covering classic rock dance music from the 1950s to the present.

Presented by: The Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens

Sponsor: Diamond Jo

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August 11, 2019 | The REUNION: The Iowa Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame All-Stars | Beatles Tribute

A celebration of the Beatles continues…but with a “twist and shout” out to some of the other great music of our time! Every song is instantly recognizable and you’ll find yourself singing along. A splendid time is guaranteed for all.

Presented by: The Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens

Sponsor: Anderson Weber

August 18, 2019 | Ted Vigil | John Denver Tribute

Ted Vigil is a singer, songwriter and a tribute artist. Ted performs all of John Denver’s greatest hits including Take Me Home Country Roads, Leaving On a Jet Plane, Rocky Mountain High, and more.

Presented by: The Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens

Sponsors: Cottingham & Butler | Riley Subaru


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August 25, 2019 | Denny Diamond and the Jewels | Neil Diamond Tribute

Artists can be dime-a-dozen, but there is only one Denny Diamond. A versatile and multifaceted tribute artist, he brings his own signature stylization to the very familiar sound of Neil Diamond.

Presented by: The Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens

Sponsor: Premier Bank

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Please join us for some beautiful music on our beautiful grounds! See you soon!


About Music in the Gardens bookings. Are you interested in booking your musical group for Music in the Gardens? We make our booking decisions for each summer season between October and December. Call our office at 563.556.2100.

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