Phoenix, AZ – Desert Botanical Garden announced its fall lineup in its highly anticipated Music in the Garden concert series. This series is the only place to see local and national musicians perform live in the Garden’s iconic desert venue. Come early because your concert tickets allow you to explore the dazzling display of 50,000 desert plants. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and concerts are 7 to 9 p.m.

New for this year are two All Ages performances, featuring Walt Richardson & friends on October 26 and April Verch on November 16. It is Verch’s first time performing at the Garden for this Canadian fiddler, singer and stepdancer who has been captivating audiences worldwide.

Concert Dates:

Friday, Oct. 6
Mother Road Trio is a popular Flagstaff band named in honor of Route 66, the “Mother Road.” 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), tap into a deep sense of Americana through music.

Friday, Oct.13
The Sugar Thieves have a moving, innovative sound inspired by American roots, blues, country, folk, gospel, rock and roll and elements of jazz.

Friday, Oct.20
Traveler’s dynamic front man Scott Jeffers draws inspiration for the band’s original music from his experiences travelling all over the world. 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.

Thursday, Oct. 26 (All ages welcome for this special performance) Walt Richardson & Friends: singer, songwriter, storyteller, guitarist and local music legend Walt Richardson gathers together a few of his talented friends to create an entertaining evening of original tunes as well as covers of songs you know and love.

Friday, Nov. 3
Ronstadt Brothers & Los Tucsonenses, representing five generations of music in North America, perform an exciting repertoire that preserves the traditional Southwestern and Mexican songs of their heritage while offering innovative, original material. New compositions place them on the cutting edge of multiple genres, stretching the boundaries of folk, blues, jazz and beyond. Rich harmonies sung in English and Spanish are accompanied by outstanding cello and guitar.

Friday, Nov. 10
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.

ALL AGES SHOW Thursday, Nov. 16 (All ages welcome for this special performance) and Friday, Nov.17:
April Verch is a triple threat: fiddler, singer and stepdancer. She and her fellow trio members pare down their arrangements of traditional Canadian, American and Appalachian music, highlighting the simple pleasures of the tunes. Verch’s live show is a beautiful companion to her music: versatile, robust, and masterfully executed.

Consider the Garden’s dining options when you attend Music in the Garden. Dine before the concert at Gertrude’s restaurant or at the event, enjoy the Patio Café, the chef-attended station, full cash bar and boutique wine sales.

WHERE: Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix, AZ 85008

INFO: For more information, call 480.941.1225 or visit Music in the Garden is sponsored in part by Pour Masters Bar Service.

COST: Members: $25 | General Public: $30

Tickets are limited and advance purchase is strongly recommended. General seating only. No refunds or exchanges on ticket(s) purchased. No outside food or beverages allowed.

TICKETS: Order online at, call 480 941.1225 (9 a.m. - 5 p.m., daily) or visit the Admissions Box Office (8 a.m. - 8 p.m. daily)

About Desert Botanical Garden
Desert Botanical Garden is the largest botanical garden in the Southwest featuring 55,000 plants from across the world. The Garden allows visitors to experience the beauty desert like never before. For 78 years, the Garden’s commitment to the community is to advance excellence in education, research, exhibition and conservation of desert plants of the world with emphasis on the Southwestern United States.   back...

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