2015 Concerts In The Garden

Bring a lawn chair or bring a blanket, but be sure to bring a friend! Enjoy one of the best music series this summer in the Museum's Sculpture Garden. Concerts in the Garden is a casual, outdoor event featuring musicians from across the country. In addition to great music, guests can enjoy local grass-fed hamburgers, bratwursts, various salads, root beer floats, beer, and wine.

$10 at the door, Free admission for children twelve and younger. Packets of six tickets are available for $55. Advance tickets will only be available until 5 pm the day before each concert. Tickets are not concert specific and can be used for any concert in the series.
To purchase tickets call 701.777.4195.


Please consider supporting the Concerts in the Garden to help keep our admission prices low. For an additional $50, you can become a Patron of this year’s series.


Interested musicians:
Musical groups interested in being a part of the 2013 or 2014 Concerts in the Garden series should contact Matthew Wallace, 701.777.4195 or mwallace@ndmoa.com.

Sponsorship opportunities:
For sponsorship opportunities contact the Museum, 701.777.4195.






Premium Sponsor






























Andy’s Harley-Davidson
Botsford Family Foundation
El Roco Bottle Shop, Bar, and Grill
Rhombus Guys


Alerus Financial
Prairie Public
Rite Spot Liquor Store



Betsy Batstone-Cunningham
Richard and Luise Beringer
Carol Cook and Tom Steen
Rod and Teresa Dahlstrom
Barbara Hangsleben
Jamie Selzler
Jeff Weatherly
Shari Weisz
Bob and Barbara White
Lois Wilde


Past Performances

2014 Concerts in the Garden

2013 Concerts in the Garden

2012 Concerts in the Garden



Concerts in the Garden
2015 Limited Edition Print

by Punchgut
Edition of 25
Available at the concerts

June 30, 2015
Erik Koskinen
Opening: December’s Children

Since moving to Minneapolis eight years ago, Erik Koskinen has amassed a following as a musician, songwriter, producer and engineer. With experience stemming from years of traveling, Koskinen taps those adventures and encounters in his second album American Theatre, the follow-up to the acclaimed Keep It to Yourself. America Theatre is a translucent eulogy to the genuine. Musically sprouted from the blend of American folk, country, rock-n-roll, and blues, Koskinen and his top-shelf band realize a sound that is distinctive and fresh while familiar and classic.

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July 14, 2015
William Elliott Whitmore
Opening: Ryan Avdem

Energized by this diversifying, and also given the space to pair a patient sense of craft with the usual punk rock spirit to which Whitmore has always paid homage, the songs on his new album, Radium Death (out now on ANTI- Records), hum with an exigent electricity—whether amplified or not. They also present a cohesive look into those recurring Whitmore themes of respect, protection, sustenance and survival.

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July 21, 2015
Lydia Loveless
Opening: Mandalynne 
Sponsors: Bryan Hoime and Greg Martin

Two years after the critical success of her breakout second album, Indestructible Machine, Lydia Loveless emerges from the trenches of hometown Columbus, OH with the gloves off and brimming with confidence on Somewhere Else. While her previous album was described as “hillbilly punk with a honky-tonk heart” (Uncut), this one can’t be so quickly shoehorned into neat categorical cubbyholes. No, things are different this time around—Loveless and her band have collectively dismissed the genre blinders and sonic boundaries that come from playing it from a safe, familiar place.

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July 28, 2015 6 pm
Joshua James
Opening: Kayte Bradshaw
Sponsors: Bryan Hoime and Greg Martin

Raised in hard-bitten Nebraska, Joshua James’ work reflects a distinctly American ache, a yearning for a big sky and an open road. Beckoned westward out of his heartland home by the voices of Jim Morrison and Isaac Brock, he made it as far as the mountains of Utah, where like the settlers before him, he was stopped in his tracks by the arresting beauty. Strangely familiar, yet refreshingly innovative, James’ songs are devastating in their honesty, working with themes that are intermittently elating, melancholic, and transcendent. He doesn’t so much perform these songs, as he does let them possess him, allowing his voice to be throttled from a husky whisper to a full-bodied roar.

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August 4, 2015 6 pm
Fred Eaglesmith
Opening: Tif Ginn
Sponsors: Darrell and Kate Larson
                   Jamie Selzler
                   Steven B. Swanson

Award-winning singer-songwriter Fred Eaglesmith fuses rock 'n' roll edge and stand-up comic wit into performances he likes to characterize as "Johnny Carson meets the Rolling Stones." Eaglesmith has always been an independent explorer, seeking new ways to challenge himself and engage fans, musically and otherwise. Trundling his band from stage to stage in a vegetable-oil-powered converted school bus, he recently broke new ground with his "Legions of Legions" tour of Canadian legion halls.

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August 11, 2015 6 pm
Tennessee Jet
Opening: Josh Driscoll

Tennessee Jet is a one-man Americana-rock band from Nashville influenced by the hard-core honky-tonk of Dwight Yoakam, the writings of John Steinbeck, and the raw minimalism of The White Stripes. Tennessee Jet has had songs used in major network television shows and film, released 5 digital singles, a 7” vinyl single, and just recently released a self-titled full-length album. The album was recorded, mixed and produced by TJ and it’s a diverse offering; driving fuzzed-out punk romps, folk-country singer/songwriter ballads, call-and-return chain-gang tunes and stomp ’n holler blues. To replicate the wide ranges of sound live it’s not uncommon for Tennessee Jet to play as many as 7 instruments at a time...

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