2019 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 $100, 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






















Ron and Dana Goodman



Botsford Family Foundation
El Roco Bottle Shop, Bar, and Grill
Wall's Medicine Center



Alerus Financial

Prairie Public Broadcasting



Martin Brown
Les Moore
Julie Blehm
Al Bucher and Thomasine Heitkamp
Jennifer and Patrick Luber
Debrorah and Brad LaChance
Betsy & Dexter Perkins
Jeff Weatherly
Duane Christinson
Bruce & Martha Keifenheim
Casey Ozaki


Past Performances


2018 Concerts in the Garden

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


Tuesday, July 16, 6 pm
Revel in Dimes
New York, NY
Opening: Brothers Bertrand
Sponsored by: Shannon and Donovan Widmer

There is boot-stompin’, soul-shakin’ rock-‘n’-roll — and then there is reveling in Revel in Dimes. This is not The Black Keys and The Red Hot Chili Peppers, blended together by way of Jack White and a nice hook; this is unmanufactured music that shakes you up and spits you back out, all ugly and heavy and mean, the way they invented music to be. This might get dangerous, is what you need to know before we get started here, because this is what fearlessness sounds like.


Tuesday, July 23, 6 pm
Lilly Hiatt
Nashville, TN
Opening: Josh Driscoll
Sponsored by: Robert and Barbara White


"Gonna hang on a little bit longer, sleep well, work a little harder; put my faith in something I can't see," sings Lilly Hiatt on the title track of her third LP, Trinity Lane. It's a set of honest words from an album of personal truths; a collection of songs that take stock of where she's been, where she's going and the challenges she's weathered to get there. Produced by Michael Trent of Shovels & Rope, Trinity Lane is indeed about hanging on, working hard and keeping the faith, centered on songwriting that melds the observational with the confessional and never tries to follow any particular genre code – the guitar riffs are as Seattle as they are southern, the topics are modern as they are built on the past. East Nashville's Trinity Lane is where Hiatt lives, and Trinity Lane is a document of what lives inside her.


Tuesday, August 6, 6 pm
Wnnipeg, MB
Opening: Kwaician El
Sponsored by: Kate and Darrell Larson & Madelyn Camrud

As Begonia, Alexa Dirks is bold, brazen with her florid, surprising pop that is tempered with sensitivity and wisdom. Dirks' first solo output with her 2017 debut EP, Lady in Mind, was well-received, being listed on NPR’s 10 Artists You Need To Know in 2017 and “Juniper” reached #1 on the CBC 2 Music Charts. Noisey wrote that, “Begonia has one of Canada’s most extraordinary voices, and thankfully she uses it to obliterate the misery from this world one live performance at a time.” NPR wrote that Begonia is “the place where where synth-pop meets old soul and scrappy meets sexy.” Whether it’s learning to come into her own or processing a brutal heartbreak, Dirks’ intimate lyrics and audacious sound allows for her audience to relate to the messiness of life with an honesty that is refreshing. With Begonia’s debut full length album entitled 'Fear' expected September 13, 2019, Dirks’ leans hard into a sense of arrival. She wrote and co-produced the record with a familiar team: Matt Schellenberg and Matt Petters of Royal Canoe, along with Marcus Paquin, who has previously worked with The National, Arcade Fire and Local Natives.


Tuesday, August 13, 6 pm
David Huckfelt
Minneapolis, MN
Opening: David Allen
Sponsored by: Bryan Hoime and Greg Martin

In the fall of 2017, David Huckfelt left behind the familiar—the comfort of his home in Minneapolis; the camaraderie of his critically acclaimed band, The Pines; the luxuries of heat, hot water, and electricity—and relocated to Isle Royale, America’s most remote and least visited national park in mighty Lake Superior. Six hours by boat off the Michigan coast, Isle Royale is the largest island in the world’s largest freshwater lake, an isolated stretch of wilderness seemingly forgotten by the 20th century (to say nothing of the 21st). There, as an Artist In Residence selected by the National Park Service, Huckfelt spent ten hours a day for two straight weeks writing in solitude, channeling the mysterious and lonesome island’s spirits into his stunning debut solo album, ‘Stranger Angels.’

Tuesday, August 27, 6 pm
Little Fevers
Minneapolis, MN
Opening: The Sardine Brothers
Sponsored by: Bryan Hoime and Greg Martin


Little Fevers was born out of MN darlings Lucy Michelle and the Velvet Lapelles back in 2014, minutes before the arrival of an actual baby. With a hint of pavement, a sprinkle of stereo lab, a dash of Emily Haines and bit of Violent Femmes, Little Fevers has been performing for the past 4 years, playing tunes from their debut release Field Trip as well as their 7 inch entitled, Singles. The band is currently writing a new album, spending the summer hunkering down in lead singer, Lucy Michelle’s basement and recording at Pearl Studios in NE MPLS.