Music in the Gardens Spring-Summer 2017

Thursday, June 1, 5:30-7 p.m.
Trex Deck

Westwind Big Band 

The Westwind Big Band is an 18-piece ensemble formed primarily of members of the Hopkins Westwind Concert Band. Many of these members have been playing jazz as long as they've been playing their horns. They follow classic instrumentation and play many standards of the 'Big Band' era, but feature some of the great, new, big band music from this century as well.

Jazz on the Prairie

Sunday, June 4, 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 8, 5:30-7 p.m.
Trex Deck

String Beans String Band

Jo Schubert, Roger Cuthbertson and John Wallace play traditional string music and classic folk songs of the United States, Canada, Ireland and Scotland on mandolin, fiddle, and cittern, as well as guitar and banjo. The cittern is a Celtic instrument like a giant mandolin, and adds a distinctive character to the sound. Band members all have a background in teaching, and are able to provide context to the music as appropriate.

The Roadside DistractionsSunday, June 11, 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 at Lupine Brewing in Delano, and look forward to their Arboretum gig with Music in the Gardens. 

Thursday, June 15, 5:30-7 p.m.
Trex Deck

Westwind Swing Band

The Westwind Swing Band was founded by Joe Singer in 2014 and includes members from all over the western Twin Cities area. It performs public concerts throughout the year at a number of venues. Their music is a mix of big band swing, blues and Dixieland, including selections from the Artie Shaw Great American Songbook, arrangements by Duke Ellington, Glenn Miller and Benny Goodman, to name a few.

Minnetonka Symphony OrchestraSunday, June 18, 1-2:30 p.m.
Trex Deck

Minnetonka Symphony Orchestra

The Orchestra performs 10-12 concerts in the western metro area each year. Its mission is 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 25, 1-2:30 p.m.
Trex Deck

The Minneapolis Commodores

The Minneapolis Commordores are a big, full-quality sound chorus with colorful costumes and entertaining stage play that makes their productions a truly memorable experience. They are a chartered member of the international Barbershop Harmony Society, and their repertoire includes arrangements of the famous and popular songs of the day from solemn spirituals, vocal swing jazz and other up-tempo arrangements.

Thursday, June 29, 5:30-7 p.m.
Trex Deck

 John "A-Frame" Beck

 John is a singer-guitarist whose plays a variety of Americana and Roots musical styles. He plays     a unique blend of blues, folk, rock-a-billy and traditional loved by generations.

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

Brian Peterson 

Brian is a Twin Cities singer-guitarist-songwriter who has been charming audiences with his dazzling skills and vast repertoire. His original songs offer a unique, soulful point of view. For more information visit

Thursday, July 6, 5:30-7 p.m.
Trex Deck

Crosstown Community Band

The Crosstown Community Band was created in 2011, and today boasts 28 members. It plays 20th century music by popular band composers as well as favorites from Leroy Anderson to the Beatles to John Philip Sousa.

Sunday, July 9, 1-2:30 p.m.
Trex Deck

Eden Prairie Community Band

The Eden Prairie Community Band is a diverse group of music devotees who enjoy weekly rehearsals of contemporary, classical, jazz and show times. The band and other small ensembles perform throughout the year at indoor and outdoor venues around the Minneapolis area.

Thursday, July 13, 5:30-7 p.m.
Trex Deck

Flute Cocktail 

This group of amateur and professional flutists love to share their love of music with audiences. They use a variety of flutes along with keyboard and percussion to create fun and entertaining programs, and often invite audiences to participate in the music by singing, moving or playing various small percussion instruments.

Sunday, July 16, 1-2:30 p.m.
Ordway Picnic Shelter

The Abiders 

The Abiders put on an unforgettable show of Americana music with something for everyone - blues, country, rockabilly, jazz. These musicians have a groove - some special kind of chemistry - that sets their sound apart from the rest and connects with audiences. Whether bangin’ out their originals, gritty ol’ blues or back-hill country rockabilly, The Abiders deliver their own kind of music full of heart and soul.

Sunday, July 23, 1-2:30 p.m.
Trex Deck

Meire Grove Band 


The Meire Grove Band was established in 1883 and is the longest continuous community band in the state of Minnesota. Its mission is to contribute positively to the musical environment of the City of Meire Grove and the surrounding Central Minnesota communities and to provide an opportunity for individual musical expression and growth among the band membership.


Sunday, July 30, 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 their complete summer schedule.

Sunday, August 6, 1-2:30 p.m.   
Ordway Picnic Shelter


These 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. Recent audience comments attest to shared fun: "Wasn't that a great program?" "Great harmony." "Excellent choice of songs." and "Delightful music and musicians!"

Sunday, August, 13, 1-2:30 p.m. 
Trex Deck

U Can Jug or Nots

The U Can Jug or Nots' mission is the preservation and enjoyment of jug music. It's a combination of old timey, early country, blues, gospel and pop of the '20s and '30s. They make and modify some instruments (jugs, spoons, washboard, can shakers, box drum, jingle bells) and also play ukes, guitars, uke bass, mouth harp, toys, kazoos, and so on. Who can make jug music? U Can!

The GritpickersSunday, August 20, 1-2:30 p.m.
Sensory Garden

Gritpickers Old Time String Band

The Gritpickers weave 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. Gritpickers are Don Jacques on fiddle and guitar, Rob Daves on banjo and Gene Willms on guitar.


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.

Thanks to these generous 2017 sponsors:

Park Dental

Country Inn and Suites