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.