Music in the Gardens

Juneteenth Jamboree

Juneteenth Jamboree

Wednesday, June 19 at 7:00pm

Kyshona, Grace Givertz and Sam Rise sing the music of freedom movements and pay tribute to the storytelling, oral traditions and civil rights icons.

The Stomp

The Stomp

Wednesday, June 12 at 7:00pm

Fiddler extraordinaire Brian Farrow, singer-songwriter Dusky Waters and local musicians cook up an energetically acoustic musical gumbo.

Announcing: Music in the Gardens 2024: The Country Soul Songbook Edition!

Duke Arts is thrilled to announce that this year’s Music in the Gardens, now FREE to all, will be presented in partnership with Country Soul Songbook (CSSB). This year's series will be a five-concert showcase of musicians who fulfill CSSB’s mission to amplify historically marginalized voices (BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ artists) in American roots music.

Music in the Gardens: XOXOK

June 21, 2023

Softly powerful vocals layered over captivating and skillful guitar playing are the defining characteristics of XOXOK’s “atmospheric soul music” – an expansive blend of soul and jazz. This soulscape is ...

Music in the Gardens: Rebekah Todd

June 7, 2023

Rebekah Todd’s “Cosmic Soul Rock” is an eclectic blend of blues, folk, rock, and soul music guaranteed to get the 2023 Music in the Gardens series off to an unforgettable ...

Music in the Gardens: Melissa Carper

June 28, 2023

Nebraska-born vocalist-bassist Melissa Carper started her music career at age 12 in her family band. Now, after a nearly four-decade career, Carper has suddenly found herself thrust onto the national ...

Music in the Gardens: IAMDYNAMITE

July 13, 2022

MUSIC IN THE GARDENS LOCATION UPDATE: Due to inclement weather, tonight’s event featuring IAMDYNAMITE will take place at 7 PM at Motorco Music Hall in Downtown Durham. Existing reservations will ...

Music in the Gardens: Sarah Shook & the Disarmers

July 6, 2022

“Y’allternative,” “cowpunk,” “alt-country” – critics can’t settle on a way to describe Sarah Shook’s boundary-pushing take on country traditions, but they ultimately all agree – it’s great music. Hailing from ...

Music in Your Gardens:
Skylar Gudasz

July 8, 2020

We’re proud to present Skylar Gudasz as a part of Music in Your Gardens, a free eight-week online concert series showcasing nationally renowned artists who call Durham and the surrounding ...

Music in Your Gardens:
Kamara Thomas

August 5, 2020

We’re proud to present Kamara Thomas as a part of Music in Your Gardens, a free eight-week online concert series showcasing nationally renowned artists who call Durham and the surrounding area ...

Joe Troop on fiddle

Music in Your Gardens:
Joe Troop

July 29, 2020

We’re proud to present Joe Troop as a part of Music in Your Gardens, a free eight-week online concert series showcasing nationally renowned artists who call Durham and the surrounding area ...

Music in Your Gardens:
H.C. McEntire

July 22, 2020

We’re proud to present H.C. McEntire as a part of Music in Your Gardens, a free eight-week online concert series showcasing nationally renowned artists who call Durham and the surrounding ...

Music in Your Gardens:
Shirlette Ammons

July 15, 2020

We’re proud to present Shirlette Ammons as a part of Music in Your Gardens, a free eight-week online concert series showcasing nationally renowned artists who call Durham and the surrounding area ...

Music in Your Gardens:
Rissi Palmer

August 19, 2020

We’re proud to present Rissi Palmer as a part of Music in Your Gardens, a free eight-week online concert series showcasing nationally renowned artists who call Durham and the surrounding ...

Music in Your Gardens:
Young Bull

August 12, 2020

We’re proud to present Young Bull as a part of Music in Your Gardens, a free eight-week online concert series showcasing nationally renowned artists who call Durham and the surrounding area ...

Music in the Gardens: Cedric Burnside

July 17, 2019

Part of an outstanding multi-generational musical birthright that includes his father Calvin Jackson and genre-pioneering grandfather R. L. Burnside, Cedric Burnside literally grew up in the blues. Living in his ...

Music in the Gardens: Bedouine

June 26, 2019

Drawing on as well as contributing to a rich folk music tradition, Azniv Korkejian brings a diasporic knowingness to the rich and rewarding songs recorded under her Bedouine moniker. Though ...

Music in the Gardens: H.C. McEntire

June 13, 2019

Due to the threat of rain, Duke Performances’ presentation of H.C. McEntire at Music in the Gardens on Wednesday, June 12 has been re-scheduled to Thursday, June 13 at 7 ...

Music in the Gardens: Caleb Caudle

July 26, 2017

Winston-Salem singer, songwriter, and bandleader Caleb Caudle spent years shaping and sharpening his approach to country music before arriving, last year, at a triumph called Carolina Ghost.

Music in the Gardens: Kelsey Waldon

July 12, 2017

Kelsey Waldon sings it like she means it. The western Kentucky native doles out tough realizations about heartbreak and cheating, hard luck and lying (and battling back against it all) in a delightful monotone that says she’s seen and lived it all one too many times.

Robbie Fulks

Music in the Gardens: Robbie Fulks

June 21, 2017

Even the stylistically broad label “alt-country” has been too slim to contain Robbie Fulks, “a wordier, more musically elastic, American Nick Lowe,” according to The New York Times. A graduate ...

Robert Finley

Music in the Gardens: Robert Finley

June 14, 2017

Robert Finley is a legend waiting to be shared. At the age of eleven, in Louisiana, he used his shoe-buying allowance to snag his first guitar, and it, in turn, ensnared him in a lifelong love affair.

Music in the Gardens: Mount Moriah

July 7, 2016

Following cancellation due to rain on Wednesday, June 29, Duke Performances’ presentation of Mount Moriah has been re-scheduled for Thursday, July 7 at 7 PM. All ticket holders will be ...

Music in the Gardens: Sierra Hull

July 6, 2016

Bluegrass mandolinist and singer Sierra Hull’s breakout album Weighted Mind went right to the top of Billboard’s bluegrass charts at the start of this year. The Chicago Tribune praised Hull’s “crystalline ...

Music in the Gardens: Skylar Gudasz

June 15, 2016

Please note: Since heavy lightning and thunderstorms are anticipated for Wednesday, June 15 (80% probability), we have moved the concert with Skylar Gudasz out of the Duke Gardens and over to Motorco Music ...

Music in the Gardens: Leyla McCalla

June 8, 2016

After a stint in the GRAMMY-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops, singer and cellist Leyla McCalla has developed a sound all her own on two acclaimed solo records: her Langston Hughes tribute ...

Music in the Gardens
Laurelyn Dossett

July 1, 2015

Greensboro musician Laurelyn Dossett, co-founded the roots country outfit Polecat Creek, and she’s recently been on the road as part of Rhiannon Giddens’ touring band. Laurelyn has collaborated with the ...