Music in the Gardens Spring-Summer 2016

Thursday, June 2, 5:30-7 p.m.
Trex Deck

The Charlie More Band

The Charlie More Band specialized in your favorite old time waltzes and polkas played by Charlie More (concertina), joined by the Richard Holicky (concertina and occasionally the piano accordion), Lyle Holicky (button accordion), Garfield Eckberg (bass horn), Jerry Rheaume (drums) and Mary Schwartz (keyboard, trumpet and vocals).

The group enjoys playing for local celebrations, family gatherings, tavern events and parades. Their upbeat style encourages crowd participation.

Jazz on the Prairie


Sunday, June 5, 1-2:30 p.m.
Ordway Shelter

Jazz on the Prairie

Jazz On The Prairie Big Band is part of the Eden Prairie Community Education program. This 18-piece jazz orchestra is entering its 30th year as a high-energy, classic jazz big band, playing tunes from the '30s and '40s, all the way up to the most current arrangements.  Prepare to be surprised at the "wall of sound" that only five saxes, five trombones, five trumpets, and a talented rhythm section can produce!

String Beans Band

Thursday, June 9, 5:30-7 p.m.
Trex Deck

String Beans String Band

Jo Schubert, Roger Cuthbertson and John Wallace play traditional string music of the United States, Canada, Ireland and Scotland. Additionally, including classic folk songs, childrens' songs and some originals. Instrumentation is mandolin (Jo), fiddle (John), and cittern (Roger), but can include guitar and banjo. The cittern is a Celtic instrument like a giant mandolin, and adds a distinctive character to the sound. Each of the band has a background in teaching, and are able to provide context to the music as appropriate.

Sunday, June 12, 1-2:30 p.m.
Trex Deck

The Roadside Distractions

The Roadside Distractions are a trio of talent (and gardening knowledge!) comprised of Julie Weisenhorn (guitar, vocals), Gary Cobus (banjo, dobro, vocals) and Karlos von Veisenhorn (harmonica, vocals). Enjoy covers of your favorite hippie music laced with bluegrass, country and even a couple singalongs. The Roadside Distractions appear monthly Lupine Brewing in Delano, and look forward to their Arboretum Gig in the Garden.

Celebration Brass

Thursday, June 16, 5:30-7 p.m.
Trex Deck

Celebration Brass

The Celebration Brass Quintet was founded in 2001 by members of the Minnetonka Symphony Orchestra and began its career as artists-in-residence at Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Hopkins. Drawing from a library of over 300 arrangements, the quintet has developed a wide repertoire in a variety of musical genres, including jazz, Dixieland, ragtime, classical, show tunes, and "golden oldies." The Celebration Brass has played at numerous venues across the Twin Cities area, including Music Association of Minnetonka concerts, weddings, churches, arts centers, retail stores and senior residences.

Minnetonka Symphony OrchestraSunday, June 19, 1-2:30 p.m.
Trex Deck

Minnetonka Symphony Orchestra

The Minnetonka Symphony Orchestra performs 10-12 concerts in the western metro area each year. The orchestra has defined as its mission to "provide opportunities for growth in musical expression through concerts of great music for audiences in the western suburbs of the Twin Cities and for the encouragement of young instrumental musicians."

Sunday, June 26, 1-2:30 p.m.
Trex Deck

String Beans String Band

See June 9 for description.


Thursday, June 30, 5:30-7 p.m.
Ordway Picnic Shelter


Six South Metro musicians share a wide variety of American folk music from civil war to civil rights and beyond.  The group features inventive harmonies, creative instrumentation and sing-along favorites to ensure that the audience has as much fun as they do. Dragonfly has performed at the Lakeville Area Arts Center, Burnsville's Ames Center,  the Minnesota Arboretum, and other venues.Now in its sixth year, Dragonfly performs at private parties, senior residences and centers, library programs and charity fundraisers. Recent audience comments attest to shared fun: "Wasn't that a great program?" "Great harmony." "Excellent choice of songs." and "Delightful music and musicians!"

Zachary Scot JohnsonSunday, July 3, 1-2:30 p.m.
Trex Deck

Zachary Scot Johnson

Zachary Scot Johnson has been playing music since he was six years old, but started writing music and being a singer/ songwriter at 18. During his college days, he put out CDs and toured during the summer. In the ten years that followed, he averaged 75-100 performances per year. Currently living in St. Peter, MN, Johnson says his biggest influences are Joni Mitchell and Shawn Colvin, who inspired him to become a singer/ songwriter. Other artists such as Lucinda Williams, Patty Griffin, James Taylor, Bob Dylan, Emmylou Harris and Bonnie Raitt were also big influences.

Traveled GroundThursday, July 7, 5:30-7 p.m.
Trex Deck

Traveled Ground

Offering a unique combination of Folk, Blues, Rockabilly, and Americana styles, Traveled Ground's music crosses the spectrum of the Roots Music scene. Hailing out of Waconia, Minnesota, this group has kept a busy schedule playing Local, Regional,and National stages for the past 25 years. Led by multi -instrumentalist, singer songwriter Clark Machtemes, their brand of story driven songs, sense of song craft and arsenal of instruments have led to national radio play, commercial jingles and songwriter showcases across the country. Traveled Ground performs as a full band and at times as a smaller acoustic trio (Clark, Peter and Tim).  Clark also performs a solo show that  showcases a variety of  his personal work. They are a group that continues to evolve but are consistently  grounded in the Roots of American Music.

Sunday, July 10, 1-2:30 p.m.
Trex Deck

The Roadside Distractions

See June 12 for description.

The SilverwindsSunday, July 17, 1-2:30 p.m.
Trex Deck

The Silverwinds

The Silverwinds Flutes were formed in the Fall of 2004 by members of the Hopkins Westwind Concert Band Flute Section. Performance venues over the past eleven years have included community gatherings, private functions, and special events, as well as before and during Westwind Band Concerts. The Silverwinds will present "From Stage To Screen" - music selections featured on Broadway and in movie theaters.

Sunday, July 24, 1-2:30 p.m.
Trex Deck

Westwind Big Band  (affiliated with Hopkins Westwind Concert Band)

Sunday, July 31, 1-2:30 p.m.
Trex Deck

The Prairie Ramblers Dixieland Band - Rob Estrine

Bend in the River Band

Sunday, August 7, 1-2:30 p.m.
MacMillan Auditorium

Bend in the River Big Band

Twin Cities-based Bend in the River Big Band is a 17-piece big band featuring vocalist Linnea Nelson Marrin.  The majority of the band graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota and have been together for over 25 years.  Directed by Robert Hallquist, the band performs a wide variety of music from the big band era to contemporary jazz/rock.  Check out their website, or friend them on Facebook to see our complete summer schedule.

The Moonlight DuoSunday, August, 14, 1-2:30 p.m.
Art Crawl, Margot Picnic Shelter area

Mary DuShane & Nick Jordan - The Moonlight Duo

The Moonlight Duo is Mary DuShane & Nick Jordan. Fiddlin' Mary DuShane, as Garrison Keillor called her, is a masterful fiddle stylist and long-time luminary of the Twin Cities folk and roots music scene. She played in the original Powdermilk Biscuit Band on A Prairie Home Companion and has worked in bands ranging from jam rock to contra dance, most recently Cajun. With Nick Jordan - vocals, fingerpicked and flatpicked guitar, mandolin, flute/whistle and foot percussion - the Duo serves up a wide-ranging repertory of Southern traditional roots music, featuring bluesy old time songs, romantic Swing tunes, plus Appalachian and Irish dance tunes, spiced with Cajun two-steps and waltzes.

The Gritpickers
Sunday, August 21, 1-2:30 p.m.
Trex Deck


The Gritpickers Old Time String Band weaves hot fiddle-and-banjo tunes with songs that feature terrific two- and three-part harmonies. Sets are peppered with stories and humor that adds a grin to the toes already tapping in the room. They play for weddings, dances, block parties, restaurant shows, community events, garage door openers, and other hallmark cultural events. What's a Gritpicker? They are Don Jacques on fiddle and guitar, Rob Daves on banjo and Gene Willms on guitar. They thrill concert audiences, dancers and wedding parties alike with old time string band music.


Add a Splash to Music in the Gardens concerts!

Cafe open daily until 5 p.m.--stop in and grab a refreshing cold beverage (beer, wine and non-alcoholic) to enjoy while you have a relaxing afternoon or evening at one of our outdoor concerts amidst the beauty of the gardens.