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.