The exclusive on the Denver Botanic Gardens concert line-up - Reverb

News exclusive: The full Denver Botanic Gardens concert line-up

We told you last week that we’d have the exclusive on the full Denver Botanic Gardens’ concert line-up — and here it is. This year’s schedule has some tried and true performers — some familiar names to say the least. But there’s also a surprise or two in there. (Imagine shuckin’ and jivin’ on the Garden lawn to the tune of Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings.)

All shows are at the Denver Botanic Gardens’ main location in Congress Park — with gates at 6 p.m. and show at 7 p.m. — unless otherwise noted. (Scroll waaaay down for on-sale dates.)

June 1: Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings ($50 members, $55 non-members)

June 14: Dr. John & the Lower 911 with Mavis Staples ($56 members, $61 non-members)

July 8: Chris Isaak ($67 members, $72 non-members)

July 14: Natalie MacMaster with Great Big Sea ($53 members, $58 non-members)

July 15: Allen Toussaint with the Dirty Dozen Brass Band and Buckwheat Zydeco ($56 members, $61 non-members)

July 21: India.Arie with Idan Raichel ($52 members, $57 non-members)

July 22: Chris Botti ($61 members, $66 non-members)

July 24: Bruce Hornsby & the Noisemakers with Béla Fleck & the Flecktones at the Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield ($51 members, $56 non-members; Gates at 4 p.m., show at 6)

July 29: Rosanne Cash with Nina Storey ($54 members, $59 non-members)

Aug. 4: k.d. lang & The Siss Boom Bang ($65 members, $70 non-members)

Aug. 7: Keb’ Mo’ ($57 members, $62 non-members)

Aug. 9: David Sanborn with George Duke and Marcus Miller ($53 members, $58 non-members)

Aug. 21: B.B. King ($78 members, $83 non-members)

This on-sale is always a little complicated, as the more you pay in annual membership dues, the better position you’ll have for buying tickets. But here they are.

4 p.m. April 25: Contributing Members

10 a.m. April 26: Patron/Supporter

10 a.m. April 27: Family Plus/General Plus

10 a.m. April 28: Family/General

10 a.m. April 29: Individual/Swallow Hill Music

10 a.m. May 2: General public

Purchase tickets via concerts.botanicgardens.org or 877-435-9849.

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Ricardo Baca is the founder and co-editor of Reverb and an award-winning critic and journalist at The Denver Post.

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  • http://twitter.com/Sean_G_Kennedy Sean Kennedy

    I realize this is a matter of personal taste; I am a Botanic Gardens member for the sole reason of being able to purchase tickets to their concerts before they go on sale to the general public. I don’t purchase the membership to see the flowers. In past years there have always been at least 2 or 3 shows that I was excited to see. I don’t see any this year. Maybe B.B. King because he is a legend, but even that is not attractive enough to fight the nightmare that is trying to find a parking place near the Gardens on concert nights. I would choose getting bit by a dog over having to suffer through Bruce Hornsby again, wasn’t it just last year that he tortured the audience there? I’m sure there are some fans of his with dogs out there that would be happy to oblige me.

  • http://twitter.com/Sean_G_Kennedy Sean Kennedy

    I realize this is a matter of personal taste; I am a Botanic Gardens member for the sole reason of being able to purchase tickets to their concerts before they go on sale to the general public. I don’t purchase the membership to see the flowers. In past years there have always been at least 2 or 3 shows that I was excited to see. I don’t see any this year. Maybe B.B. King because he is a legend, but even that is not attractive enough to fight the nightmare that is trying to find a parking place near the Gardens on concert nights. I would choose getting bit by a dog over having to suffer through Bruce Hornsby again, wasn’t it just last year that he tortured the audience there? I’m sure there are some fans of his with dogs out there that would be happy to oblige me.

  • Shadyside

    Funny comment on Hornsby, Sean. Yeah, I used to love him but he just feels incredibly recycled, with little new to offer. If I wasn’t such a huge New Orleans music fan, I wouldn’t be too intrigued by the lineup. However, Allen Toussaint is a flat out legend in my book. I’m very intrigued by both he and Dr. John with Mavis Staples.

  • http://www.thermmf.com Angelapotrykus

    Hey don’t forget about The Rocky Mountain Music Festival being held there on August 28th, 2011!