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Music in the Garden Fall 2019

DATE: Oct. 4 - Nov. 22, 2019
TIME: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
PRICE: Members: $24.95 | General Public: $29.95

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. | Concerts from 7 – 9 p.m.
*Sunday, Oct. 27. Doors open at 4 p.m. | Concert from 5 – 7 p.m.

Desert Botanical Garden presents a spectacular lineup of talent at the Music in the Garden Fall Concert Series. These popular events feature some of the best local and regional musicians. Ullman Terrace provides an unmatchable backdrop of mature saguaros and other desert plants as audiences ages 21 and up enjoy the sounds of beloved favorites and discover new talent. Food and drink including a selection of boutique wines are available for purchase.

The Sugar Thieves
Friday, Oct. 4 – SOLD OUT 
Delta blues, Americana
The Sugar Thieves have been winning fans over worldwide with their high energy, soulful live shows since 2006. Over the years they have honed their brand of American roots music, creating a sound that is all their own. Moving between blues, country, folk, gospel, rock and roll and elements of jazz, they honor the tradition of innovation that makes American music so great. From smokey dive bars, to big festival stages, this band has what it takes to move the people.

Blaine Long & Rosas del Rey
Friday, Oct. 11
Genre: Rock, Americana, R&B
Returning to the Garden after a warm reception in Spring 2019, Blaine Long & Rosas del Rey are prepared to win over another audience with an evening of unique covers and original songs that tell memorable stories. After a successful audition on the television show The Voice, singer/songwriter/storyteller Blaine Long returned to the Valley and formed Blaine Long & Rosas del Rey, an original front porch Americana rock band influenced by the blues, indie rock, reggae fusion, and country. Backed by session bassist and producer Marcus Weeden (who has played for AZ Music Hall of Famer Walt Richardson) and drummer Gigi Gonaway (who has played for Mariah Carey, Aretha Franklin, Steve Winwood), the band performs regularly throughout the US and the world. Guest players include pedal steel guitar virtuoso Jon Rauhouse (who has played for Neko Case, Jakob Dylan). Blaine Long & Rosas del Rey are a must-see for lovers of live, feel-good, American rock music.

Blue Bayou Show by Big Zephyr
Friday, Oct. 18 – SOLD OUT

Genre: Linda Ronstadt and The Eagles covers
Big Zephyr has created the perfect tribute show to highlight the songs of musical legends Linda Ronstadt and The Eagles. With her incomparable voice, Linda Ronstadt received 26 Grammy nominations and 11 wins.  She dominated the charts in the 70s and continued to perform for over 40 years, scoring hits in any genre she attempted, including pop, rock, opera, standards, rock and country. Glenn Frey and Don Henley joined Linda Ronstadt’s band in 1971 and soon, as The Eagles, they became the most popular band in North America. Their album, “Their Greatest Hits 1971-75,” was certified Platinum 38 times. They went on to 18 Grammy nominations, six Grammy wins, five number-one singles and six number-one albums.

Sunday, Oct. 27
World Fusion
Traveler performs a fun, innovative fusion of world music and rock. Using traditional ethnic instruments combined with all the power of a full-blown rock band. Their performances are intense, exotic and adrenaline-driven. Dynamic front man Scott Jeffers draws from his experiences travelling all over the world for inspiration in composing Traveler’s original music. Known for his fiery and passionate violin and vocal performances, Scott’s commanding presence onstage adds to the trademark power of the live Traveler shows. He also brings traditional instruments from his journeys to the stage; Turkish oud, bouzouki, a traditional Greek stringed instrument and even Moroccan sheep horn. The real magic of a Traveler show is in the connection they make with the audience.

Guitarras Latinas
Friday, Nov. 1
Genre: Latin World
With guitar, traditional percussion and vocals, Guitarras Latinas capture all the romance and excitement of the best music of Latin America. The five-piece ensemble will be performing both traditional favorites and the contemporary songs. Guitarras Latinas has quickly become a Garden favorite with their ability to read an audience and deliver a sound that is exactly what the audience wants to hear, from upbeat sounds that will get you moving in your seat to softer rhythms that float gently up into the evening air.

Mother Road Trio
Friday, Nov. 8
Roots, Blues, Americana, Rock
This popular Flagstaff trio chose their band name in honor of Route 66, the “Mother Road” that ran 2,448 miles across America and became an iconic symbol for Americans, who journeyed west for kicks or to better their lives. This band has tapped into that deep sense of Americana through music. Combining elements of blues, swing, gypsy soul and jazz, the trio’s members—Sammy McRae (harmonica), Mike Shiner (upright bass) and Larry Czarnecki (electric and acoustic guitar) all three sharing vocals—carry on the legacy of the ultimate highway and the many musicians who picked up instruments and crafted songs in its name, embodying the stories paved along the way.

Rose’s Pawn Shop
Friday, Nov. 15
Americana, Folk, Bluegrass 
It may come as a surprise to hear the strains of Appalachian and Americana music channeled through five guys from Los Angeles but heartache, loss and regret have always been the cornerstones of great music and this city has more than its share. In a town better known for “reality” stars and face lifts, anything as authentic and heartfelt as Rose’s Pawn Shop is a pleasant surprise.

With an arsenal of guitars, banjo, thumping upright bass, fiddle and drums, delivering hooky melodies and lyrics, their sound is a wholesome mishmash of creek mud, rusty nails and your mom’s cookin’.

Big Nick and the Gila Monsters
Friday, Nov. 22 – SOLD OUT 
Big Nick and the Gila Monsters Big Nick and the Gila Monsters have created sensational melodies since 1993 and are always a Garden favorite. Don’t miss captivating front man Big Nick backed by his masterful musicians as they perform fan favorites from their eclectic blues catalogue.

Dine at Patio Café
Sandwiches, salads, snacks, cheese plate and evening special

Please not that Gertrude’s restaurant is closed for renovations but will reopen for indoor dining in early Fall and patio dining mid-November.

Menu of concert specials by Fabulous Food Fine Catering and Events.

Full cash bar featuring fine wine selections.


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Mighty Monarchs

Sept. 21 - Nov. 3, 2019

Mighty monarch butterflies return to Desert Botanical Garden. Experience a diverse kaleidoscope of butterflies from the Southwest, and discover the magnificence of the mighty monarch butterfly.

Featured Class: Sunset Oils

Sept. 15, 2019 & Sept. 22, 2019

Lose yourself in the magic of Arizona’s desert sky as you explore the expressive medium of oil paints. Learn painting techniques including color theory, stroke, palette knife techniques, composition and much more. Beginners and advanced painters welcome. Instructed by Cheryl Fecht. Limit 15.

Featured Class: iPhone and iPad: Accessories

Sep 28, 2019

Learn more about the photo-enhancing accessories discussed in Getting Started and Next Steps. In this class instructor Ashley Lowery discusses extra tools and equipment that help enhance smartphone photos and lets participants put them to the test. Limit 15.

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