Denver Botanic Gardens summer concert series 2012 lineup, details - Reverb

Denver Botanic Gardens summer concert series 2012 lineup to feature Al Green, Buddy Guy, Diana Krall, more

Denver Botanic Gardens announced its ever-popular summer concert series this morning. And in Swallow Hill’s second year of booking the summer dates, they’ve revisited many familiar names for the 2012 outing.

Griffith. Cohn. Merchant. Green. Yep, they’re all going to be there. And others, too.

The season kicks off on Independence Day with the B-52s and Squeeze playing an ‘80s blow-out at the gardens’ Chatfield location before moving to the Congress Park neighborhood to finish out the rest of its season, save for one last big concert at Chatfield in early September.

The schedule goes a little something like this, and all concerts are at the gardens’ main location at 1007 York St. unless otherwise noted:

July 4 at Chatfield: The B-52s and Squeeze

July 11: Nanci Griffith with Greg Brown

July 16: Marc Cohn with Joan Osborne

July 17: Natalie Merchant with the Colorado Symphony

July 23: Al Green

July 25: Mary Chapin Carpenter

Aug. 6: Diana Krall

Aug. 9: Ladysmith Black Mambazo with the Johnny Clegg Band

Aug. 10: Shawn Colvin with Loudin Wainwright III

Aug. 16: Kenny Loggins with Blue Sky Riders

Aug. 21: Gipsy Kings

Aug. 30: Bruce Hornsby & the Noisemakers

Sept 1 at Chatfield: Buddy Guy with Robert Randolph & the Family Band

Sept. 7: Pat Metheny Unity Band

Most tickets are in the $50-$60 range, depending on membership. The expensive shows this summer will be Al Green ($78 members, $83 non-members), Diana Krall ($83 members, $88 non-members) and Gipsy Kings ($80 members, $85 non-members).

Tickets will go on sale to contributing members on April 23, patrons and supporting members on April 24, gardens plus members on April 25, family members on April 26, individual and Swallow Hill music members on April 27 and to the general public on May 1.

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

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  • Andy

    The season kicks off on Independence Day with the B-52s and Squeeze
    playing an ‘80s blow-out at the gardens’ Chatfield location before
    moving to the Congress Park neighborhood to finish out the rest of its
    season, save for one last big concert at Chatfield in early September.

    DBG is in the Cheeseman Park neighborhood (as it is west of York) not in Congress Park.

  • VM

    It’s actually equally close to both parks but is in the Congress Park neighborhood by Denver subdivision standards.  I would think the DBG wiould know where they are located.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_43ILIOSJ6KY4LLABNPX23B7QVA floyd2200

    You kidding me on those prices for the ducats???? These guys collectively haven’t had a hit in twenty years. This must be for the senior  that “gotta be seen” c
    rowd.

  • Sandragrabbe

    Where do you buy tickets when they go on sale for Al Green july 23rd?

  • Lyn

    Don’t waste your money going to one of these concerts. We went to the Gipsy Kings last night and the sound was terrible. We waited hours in line so that we could get decent seats but still ended up on one of the sides. They are either using shoddy equipment (blown speakers?) or their techs are not up to the task, but we couldn’t hear anything. It wasn’t just the low volume, the bongos and piano didn’t come through at all and the guitars and vocals were all mashed together. I complained but was told that they get a lot of complaints and can’t do anything about it. Unless you can get there around 3:00 and score a spot directly in front of the stage, save your $80, have a picnic in the park, and listen to the CD on a portable radio. At least you will know what you are listening to.