2018 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, $12 per person, Free admission for children twelve and younger. Packets of five tickets are available for $50. 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
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
Free parking provided, courtesy of the museum


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.








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Botsford Family Foundation
El Roco Bottle Shop, Bar, and Grill
Prairie Public Broadcasting



Alerus Financial



Martin Brown
Rod and Teresa Dahlstrom
Lynn Gilbraith
Kindra Hanevold
Les Moore
Dawn Morken
Gerald Skogley
Jennifer Tarlin
Jeff Weatherly
Bob and Barbara White
Lois Wilde


Past Performances

2017 Concerts in the Garden

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


The Brevet, comprised of Aric Chase Damm (lead vocals, guitar), Michael Jones (backing vocals, piano), David Aguiar (backing vocals, drums), and Ben Ross (bass, backing vocals), is a young American band from sunny Southern California. The band released their debut album “Battle of the Heart” on April 30th, 2013 and have already been met with great success. Their music has been heard on TV shows and films such as Ron Howard and Brian Grazer’s The Good Lie (Warner Bros.), Ashby (Paramount Pictures), American Idol (FOX), 90210 (The CW), Growing Up Fisher (NBC), The MLB Network and many more.




Tuesday, July 17, 6 pm
Esmé Patterson
Denver, CO
Opening: Mandalynne and Joe Reinke
Sponsored by Bryan Hoime and Greg Martin

Esmé Patterson is a songwriter, gambler, singer, lover, thinker, and explorer. She began as a member of the Denver folk pop septet, Paper Bird, and has written two records as a solo act including “All Princes, I” and her second and most recent release, “Woman to Woman,” which is a concept album of responses from female characters in a broad range of well known love songs. The Guardian called it "defiant and witty", the New York Times found her voice "wiry and candid" with songs that "hint at mystery and mortality".  Patterson is a magnetic performer and has appeared on the Leno, Conan, and Letterman programs. Her co-writing with Shakey Graves led to sold out shows nationwide and millions of downloads of their collaborations.


Tuesday, July 24, 6 pm
Frances Cone
Nashville, TN
Opening: Chris Erickson
Sponsored by Luise and Richard Beringer

FRANCES CONE is Christina Cone, Andrew Doherty, Adam Melchor, and Aaron Hamel. The Nashville-based soulful indie-pop band is named after Christina's father and great-grandfather, both musicians themselves in South Carolina and both born on September 11th. The band has been praised for their compelling, emotional live show and captivating recordings. In 2016, Frances Cone released "Arizona," the first single from their forthcoming full-length album, “Late Riser,” which is set to release in mid-2018. 


Tuesday, August 21, 6 pm
Birds of Chicago
Nashville, TN
Opening: Josh Driscoll
Sponsored by Kate and Darrell Larson
and Major Robert and Barbara White

Known for their "near perfect Americana" (No Depression), JT Nero and Allison Russell had recently finished recording their sprawling rock and roll circus of an album, Love in Wartime, co-produced by Luther Dickinson (North Mississippi All Stars), released on Signature Sounds. Birds of Chicago began in 2012 when Nero started writing for his vocal star-muse, Russell. Both were accomplished singer/songwriters with projects of their own, Nero with JT and the Clouds and Russell with the acclaimed Canadian roots outfit Po’ Girl, but together there was an unmistakable chemistry. A cross border band was born. 


Tuesday, August 28, 6 pm
Fred Eaglesmith
Ontario, Canada
Opening: Tif Ginn
Sponsored by Kate and Darrell Larson and Jamie Selzler

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.