2016 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 food off the grill; local grass-fed hamburgers, vegetable skewers, nightly specials, also root beer floats, beer and wine available for purchase.

$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.

or purchase online



No outside food or drinks allowed
Smoking is not permitted on campus
Tickets are non-refundable
Dogs on leashes and not disruptive to others
No coolers allowed
All concerts are rain or shine, but will be canceled if conditions do not allow for an outdoor performance
Concerts will not be moved indoors


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 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




























Botsford Family Foundation
El Roco Bottle Shop, Bar, and Grill


Alerus Financial
Prairie Public
Rite Spot Liquor Store
Ron and Dana Goodman


Betsy Batstone-Cunningham
Martin Brown
Madelyn Camrud
Carol Cook and Tom Steen
Luise and Richard Beringer
Teresa and Rod Dahlstrom
Barbara Hangsleben
Kirk and Joan Smith
Jeff Weatherly
Shari Wiesz
Robert H. White
Lois Wilde




Past Performances


2015 Concerts in the Garden

2014 Concerts in the Garden

2013 Concerts in the Garden

2012 Concerts in the Garden


July 5, 2016 at 6 pm
Ben Caplan and the Casual Smokers
Opening: Taryn Kawaja
Halifax, Canada
Sponsor: Kate and Darrell Larson

Ben Caplan was the hit at NDMOA Downtown, as series of concerts the Museum hosted last winter at The Empire Arts Center. A charismatic charmer and a smasher of pianos. A madman and an earnest poet. A strummer of delicate chords and a lover of bent and broken melodies. Ben Caplan is not any one thing. Inspired in part by Eastern European and Jewish folk traditions, Ben Caplan mixes older musical sensibilities with his own soul, straight from his hairy heart. Lyrically, you've not heard the like before. Caplan is simply unforgettable; with his huge beard and unruly mane, he is as visually striking as he is aurally compelling.

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July 12, 2016 at 6 pm
Eagle Rock Gospel Singers
Opening: June Panic
Los Angeles
Sponsors: Bryan Hoime and Greg Martin

Will Wadsworth formed The Eagle Rock Gospel Singers in the winter of 2010 following a failed relationship, a band dissolution and a scary airplane ride. In order to respark his interest in music, he and his roommate, Jeremy Horton, gathered friends together to sing old Gospel songs. There would be 8 to 18 participants, depending upon the night. Wadsworth and Horton, realizing this might work in a club setting, pared down the group to core members, and began performing around LA. In 2014, they recorded their first album. Heavenly Fire is an explosive barn-burner, taught with electricity and highlighting Kim Garcia's remarkable singing. It provides an articulation of their sound, honed over those many group parties, into a band that has become a rousing celebration of traditional Gospel sounds with rock foundations.

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July 19, 2016 at 6 pm
David Wax Museum
Opening: Ryan Avdem
Sponsor: Jamie Selzler

“Suz and I started this band as friends,” says David Wax, “but now we’re married and have a child and have our family on the road with us. The stakes are different.” Those stakes are what lie at the heart of David Wax Museum’s fourth and boldest studio album to date, Guesthouse. It’s the sound of a band reconciling the accountability of marriage and parenthood with the uncertainty and challenges of life on the road; of coming to terms with the limitations of the “folk” tag that launched their career and pushing past it into uncharted musical territory; of reimagining their entire approach in the studio to capture the magic and the bliss of their live show.

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August 2, 2016 at 6pm
Christopher Paul Stelling
Opening: Moon Shines Red
New York
Sponsors: Bryan Hoime and Greg Martin

There is a fearless quality to the music of Christopher Paul Stelling. A voice that sounds both old and young, an effortless yet intricate finger-picking guitar style and lyrics that are both dramatic, and intensely confessional. It’s a sound that channels the restless spirit of a young man who left home to travel the country, haunting and impassioned songs formed by endless nights alone on stage with a guitar, playing to packed houses, other times to nearly empty rooms. Stelling estimates that he’s played over four hundred shows in just the past three years.It places him within a longstanding tradition that serves to nurture ones character and art. His most recent album Labor Against Waste was released in June 2015 on ANTI Records to near unanimous praise and excellent reviews. Upon release of the record, he played nearly 40 European dates and then embarked on a mammoth 150+ date US tour (which kicked off with a performance [and marriage proposal on stage!] at Newport Folk Fest) that took him to nearly every state in the lower 48. This will be his first North Dakota performance.

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August 9, 2016 at 6 pm
Sean Hayes
Opening: Josh Driscoll
San Francisco


In his twenty-year career as a San Francisco-based musician, Sean Hayes has won acclaim from fans and critics alike. He’s duetted with Aimee Mann, toured with Ani DiFranco and the Cold War Kids, been covered by The Be Good Tanyas and re-mixed by DJ Mark Farina, and had his music featured in a variety of television shows, films, and commercials. Raised in North Carolina and honed as an artist in Northern California, Hayes crafts music that, as the SF Weekly puts it, “succeeds on the tension between warm, resonant soul and dirt-road folk, all laced with a wandering troubadour’s coo.” In the track “Home I Left” Hayes sings of leaving San Francisco - “headed north with my young family/needed space to grow” - and this album is structured to represent snapshots from his life in the four years since. Low Light thrums with songs of desire, sanctuary, and the redemptive power of love.

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August 16, 2016 at 6 pm
Sam Outlaw
Opening: Molly Parden
Los Angeles

Outlaw is a southern Californian singer-songwriter steeped in the music and mythos of west coast country, absorbing the classic vibes of everything from '60s Bakersfield honky-tonk to '70s Laurel Canyon troubadour pop and refashioning them into a sound that's pleasurably past, present and future tense. “The music I play, I call 'SoCal country,'” says Outlaw. “It's country music but with a Southern California spirit to it. What is it about Southern California that gives it that spirit, I don't exactly know. But there's an idea that I like that says - every song, even happy songs, are written from a place of sadness. If there's a special sadness to Southern California it's that there's an abiding shadow of loss of what used to be. But then, like with any place, you have a resilient optimism as well.”

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