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Music in the Garden

The Desert Botanical Garden is featuring a fantastic variety of talented artists for the Fall Music in the Garden concert series. Enjoy performances from local bands at the always stunning Ullman Terrace stage.

Dining and Beverage Options

Plan ahead and enjoy dinner at Gertrude’s, the Garden’s restaurant, or enjoy the following options at Ullman Terrace: Patio Café, Chef-Attended Station, Full Cash Bar, Boutique Wine Sales.

October 3 – November 21, 2014

Members: $20 / General Public: $25

  • Doors open at 5:30 p.m. / Concerts 7 - 9 p.m.
  • Concerts take place on Ullman Terrace. In case of inclement weather, concerts will be held at Dorrance Hall.
  • Group rates are available for parties of 10 or more adults by calling 480 481.8104.
  • Must be 21 or older to attend.

October 3


Flamenco Por La Vida: presenting the art of flamenco | Buy Tickets


Since 2009 Flamenco Por La Vida has been captivating Arizona audiences with their fiery Flamenco dance methods and music. See this group bring the art of Flamenco to the Ullman Terrace stage.

October 10


Bad Cactus Brass Band | Buy Tickets

New Orleans Jazz

Bad Cactus Brass Band is back and ready to turn the Garden into a New Orleans Second Line. Experience the funky flair and festive atmosphere that has made Bad Cactus Brass Band a Garden favorite.

October 17

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Turning Point | Buy Tickets

Jazz / Fusion

Renowned jazz group, Turning Point, brings a unique style to contemporary jazz. Internationally recognized for their talent, Turning Point has opened for many jazz greats, including Earth Wind and Fire, The Commodores, James Brown, and Brian Bromberg.

October 24

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The Sugar Thieves | Buy Tickets

Delta Blues

Don’t miss another fantastic performance from “Arizona’s Finest Meat-Shakin’ Blues Band,” The Sugar Thieves. Selected as the Phoenix Blues Society’s representative for the International Blues Challenge in Nashville, The Sugar Thieves continue to live up to their accolades.

October 31


Tro De Mambo | Buy Tickets

Latin Jazz / Percussion

Charismatic frontman Mitchell De La Cruz ignites the Ullman Terrace stage backed by seasoned musicians delivering a performance true to their Dominican roots.

November 7


Mike Eldred Trio | Buy Tickets

Blues / Guitar

After being warmly welcomed at their debuted performance at Music in the Garden last year, “best unknown guitarist” Mike Eldred is excited to come back to the Ullman stage. Eldred’s incredible guitar playing backed by the seasoned rhythm section of The Blasters, The Mike Eldred Trio is sure to deliver an unforgettable performance.

November 14


Dmitri Matheny Group | Buy Tickets


See local jazz favorite, Dmitri Matheny Group, take the stage for their debut performance at Music in the Garden. This group will be sure to bring jazz with pizzazz to the terrace!

November 21


Big Nick and the Gila Monsters | Buy Tickets


Big Nick and the Gila Monsters have been creating sensational melodies since 1993. Join us as this Garden favorite band of blues musicians takes the stage. Don’t miss captivating frontman Big Nick backed by his masterful musicians as they perform fan favorites from their eclectic blues catalogue.


  • Call 480 481.8188 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily
  • Visit the Admissions Box Office (8 a.m. – 8 p.m. daily)

The Fine Print

  • Must be 21 or older to attend and show proper identification to be admitted. No exceptions.
  • Children will not be admitted even if a parent or guardian is present.
  • No outside food or beverage will be allowed into the venue.
  • Venue is open seating only. Advanced ticket purchase recommended.
  • All concerts take place on Ullman Terrace.
  • In case of inclement weather, concerts will be held in Dorrance Hall.
  • No refunds or exchanges on tickets purchased.
  • Programming subject to change.
  • This event may be photographed/videotaped for promotional purposes.

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