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Source: Dallas Arboretum | 6/7/16 | Dallas
Bask in the magic of live music at twilight with Garden Gigs, returning to the Dallas Arboretum for its second season this July. Each Friday event features a curated selection of local artists and musicians performing intimate sets in picturesque settings throughout the 66-acre grounds. Among this year's featured artists are John Lefler with Camille Cortinas, returning from the inaugural 2015 season, as well as The Ray Johnston Band, Rania Khoury, Matt Tedder and Zach Nytomt.
Open to the general public, Garden Gigs run from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., offering both fabulous views of Dallas at sunset, and late access to the garden on the shores of White Rock Lake. Guests can bring their own picnics and beverages, or take advantage of delicious offerings from some of DFW's most popular food trucks. It's the perfect excursion to kick-off your local summer weekend, or show your out-of-town guests those big and bright stars at night. Parking is included in the tickets, available for $10 per person.
This season, singer and songwriter John Lefler, formerly of Dashboard Confessional and The Wimbledons, teams again with Dallas native songstress and songwriter Camille Cortinas. Both artists appear together and individually locally performing sets that blend storytelling with an indie rock and Texas country sound.
The Ray Johnston Band appears fresh off the release of #GoesGoodWith, the band's latest album that debuted in May. Lead man Ray's positive melodies and feel good lyrics draw on his “glass is half full” approach to life – one he found reinforced after a battle with and subsequent five-and-a-half year remission from Leukemia. A talented Texas songwriter and artist, Ray has a strong national following and local presence.
Arlington's Rania Khoury debut album Stone Wolf has been described as soul-inspired with a twist of pop. Her sharp-tongued lyrics have most recently been heard at the Wildflower! Art and Music Festival in Richardson and Klyde Warren Park in Dallas.
Fresh off competing on NBC's The Voice latest season, Aledo-native Matt Tedder is a young blues phenom with a solid North Texas base. Only three years out of high school, he was chosen for the national singing competition by judge Adam Levine for his soulful blind audition of “Hoochie Coochie Man”, for which he also played guitar.
Hailing from Argyle, Zach Nytomt has been heard on Fort Worth's 95.9 The Ranch where he was named by Shayne Hollinger as one of the best up-and-coming Texas music artists. Drawing from his experience living in the Hill Country, Nytomt delivers a set that blends his soulful voice with acoustic guitar and harmonica, troubadour-style.
This year's full band lineup includes:
July 1: Jenna Clark and Kirk Thurmond
July 8: Troy Cartwright, Zach Nytomt and The Ray Johnston Band
July 15: John Tipton and Rania Khoury
July 22: Devin Leigh, The Hazardous Dukes, Matt Tedder, and John Lefler & Camille Cortinas
July 29: Charley Crockett and Ole G
Dave Forehand, VP of gardens added: "We create experiences for our visitors that extend beyond the visual. Walking into the Arboretum always feels like you’re stepping into a painting, but we extend that effect with the laid back enchantment of live music on a summer evening with Garden Gigs. It's an easy and cheap answer to ‘what's going on this Friday?’”
The Arboretum is still featuring The Great Contributors exhibit by Gary Lee Price of eight life-size bronze sculptures throughout the garden. Some of history's most well-loved and accomplished personalities are positioned for admirers to pose with, including: Abraham Lincoln, Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, Claude Monet, Albert Einstein, William Shakespeare, Mark Twain or the Wright Brothers.
Tickets for the 2016 season of Garden Gigs at the Dallas Arboretum are available online at: http://www.dallasarboretum.org/visit/seasonal-festivals-events/garden-gigs
BOGO Wednesdays, which are buy one get one free general admission and include Nature Nights. Available at ticket booth, with a limit of one purchase per person. Senior Thursdays offer discounted admission of $11 for seniors 65 and older and a 20% discount in the Hoffman Family Gift Store.
About the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden:
The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens is located on the southeastern shore of White Rock Lake at 8525 Garland Road, Dallas, Texas 75218. The Dallas Arboretum is also the home of the internationally acclaimed Rory Meyers Children's Adventure Garden. The Arboretum is open daily from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. General admission is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors 65 and older, $10 for children 3-12 and free for Arboretum members and children two and under. There is an additional cost of $3 per person for entrance into the Rory Meyers Children's Adventure Garden. On-site parking is $15; pre-purchased online parking is $8.
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