2017 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.

Available at the door, Free admission for children twelve and younger. Packets of six tickets are available. 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


























Rehab Authority



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


Alerus Financial
Prairie Public


Lois Wilde
Martin Brown
Shari Weisz
Rod and Teresa Dahlstrom
Luise and Richard Beringer
Bob White
Jeff Weatherly
Les Moore
Madelyn Camrud
Jenny Tarlin



Past Performances


2016 Concerts in the Garden

2015 Concerts in the Garden

2014 Concerts in the Garden

2013 Concerts in the Garden

2012 Concerts in the Garden

Wednesday, July 5, 2017 at 6 pm
Christopher Paul Stelling
Opening: Ali Rood
New York, NY

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 released his newest album Itinerant Arias in May. Unlike previous records, Itinerant Arias finds Stelling backed by a band, electrified if you will.

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July 18, 2017 at 6 pm
Erik Koskinen
Opening: Manda Lynne
Minneapolis, MN

Candor and craft are front and center on Erik Koskinen’s new album, Erik Koskinen Live at The Real Phonic Radio Hour. Recorded at the monthly James J. Hill Library Radio Show featuring Erik’s regular band Paul Bergen, Frankie Lee, and JT Bates. All fifteen songs capture the power of music made in synchronous time, place, and company. Koskinen, whose last two albums Keep It To Yourself and America Theatre showcased his witty lyricism, sharp tongue, and poignant songs, does them one better with Live, releasing some old favorites along with eight never-before-recorded songs. 

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July 25, 2017 at 6pm
Dave Simonett
Opening: Josh Driscoll
Minneapolis, MN
Sponsored by Kate and Darrell Larson

As the lead singer, guitarist, and songwriter for Trampled by Turtles, Dave Simonett has had a noteworthy 2016 full of sold out shows coast to coast –including noteworthy performances at Newport Folk Festival and Red Rocks Amphitheater. Don't miss this opportunity to share an intimate, acoustic show with Simonett, performing songs from his solo EP Razor Pony as well as his other works from Trampled by Turtles and Dead Man Winter.


August 8, 2017 at 6 pm
Chastity Brown
Opening: Moon Shines Red
Minneapolis, MN
Sponsored by Bryan Hoime and Greg Martin

Based in Minnesota, but with roots in Tennessee, Chastity grew up surrounded by country and soul music. In the full gospel church of her childhood, she played saxophone and drums and found her singing voice and a passion for music. Her first show was in Knoxville, TN, and then it was on to Minneapolis. Since then, she’s been featured on NPR’s “Favorite Sessions,” CMT, American Songwriter, the London Times, Paste Magazine and others. Chastity has toured the U.S. and abroad, appearing on the U.K.’s Later…with Jools Holland. For much of 2016, she toured alongside folk icon/activist Ani Difranco.

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August 29, 2017 at 6 pm
Paul Cauthen
Opening: Ryan Avdem
Tyler, TX
Sponsored by Bryan Hoime and Greg Martin

Cauthen has been the strongest, loudest singer in the room for as long as he can remember. He grew up in Tyler, Texas, where his grandfather––a songwriter and gospel song leader originally from Lubbock who worked with artists including Buddy Holly, Sonny Curtis, and other Crickets––taught Cauthen and his two sisters to sing harmony. Fans will remember his name from Sons of Fathers, the raucous Texicana group he co-founded in 2011 with bassist David Beck. Recently, however, Cauthen ventured out on a solo career releasing My Gospel in 2016, delivering the songs on My Gospel with the tortured showmanship of Jerry Lee Lewis and seductive ease of Elvis.

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