Great Garden Escape & Uncorked in the Garden

Enjoying  live music in the Garden on summer nights has become a local tradition. Great Garden Escape is every Thursday evening, June through September and features upbeat dancing music and friends.

Bring your own low back chairs or blanket.  Picnic baskets are welcome or  guests can purchase  selections from the on-site food and beverage vendors. Don’t forget to take part in wine tastings with Uncorked in the Garden!

Event Dates & Times
Thursdays, June 12 – September 18, 2014
The Garden closes for regular admission at 4:00 p.m. on Thursdays.

June – July
6:30 – 9:30 p.m. Gates open at 5:30 p.m.

August – September
6 – 9 p.m. Gates open at 5:00 p.m.

Great Garden Escape 2014 Schedule

Thursday, June 12
6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Band: Big Wow
Winery: Cinder

Covering a “Big” variety of rock and pop hits from every genre and decade—prepare to get Wow’d.

Showcasing approachable, well balanced quality wines with personal attention to detail using a traditional winemaking approach.


Thursday, June 19
6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Band: The Blues Brothers Rock ‘N’ Soul Revue

Winery: Cellar 616

Jake, Elwood, and the boys thrilling you with vintage R&B hits from not only the great soundtrack of the Blues Brothers movie but from classic stars of the Motown, Stax/Volt, and Atlantic record labels.

Producing 10 different wines, including the lesser-known varietals Tempranillo, Viognier, and Mourvedre.


Thursday, June 26
6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Band: Boise Straight Ahead
Winery: Huston Vineyards

Performing Big Band Jazz that will get you jumpin’ and jivin’ on the dance floor.

A boutique winery nestled in the Sunnyslope Region of Idaho specializing in handcrafted wines exclusively sourced from the Snake River Valley AVA.


Thursday, July 3
6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Band: Ev Hadden Trio

Winery: Syringa Winery

Music for chilling—a smooth, vocals-dominated style delivering sultry blues, Cajun and swamp blues, swing jazz, and soul.

Produced by traditional, handcrafted methods, using Snake River Valley AVA grapes, and aged in American, French, and Hungarian oak barrels.


Thursday, July 10
6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Band: Jonathan Warren & The Billy Goats

Winery: Koenig Winery

New-timey, post-retro, southern Appalachian, gypsy porch swing “Progressive Psychobilly Folkgrass” —it’s music that makes you want to eat a biscuit.

Producing hand-crafted award-winning varietal wines from Idaho’s Snake River Valley since 1995.


Thursday, July 17 - Outlaw Field Concert


Thursday, July 24
6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Band: Hillfolk Noir

Winery: Cold Springs Winery

Junkerdash!  A sound brewed from folk, bluegrass, punk, and stringband blues—perfectly pairs with drinking and dancing.

From a high-desert vineyard near Hammett, Idaho, a wide variety of wines made from grapes grown in soil rich in volcanic ash and fed by spring water.


Thursday, July 31
6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Band: Stoneseed

Winery: Williamson Orchard 

Folky, funky, jazzy blues —you’re gonna need some dancin’ shoes.

Family owned and operated,  balancing a combination of “new world technology” with “old world tradition” to produce superior wines.


Thursday, August 7
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Band: The Come Together Band

Winery: Coiled

“Something” in the way this band lovingly covers the Beatles will leave you a “Glad All Over” until you’re “Back in the USSR.”

Three small-production and award-winning wines celebrating Idaho’s Snake River Valley.


Thursday, August 14
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Band: Rebecca Scott

Winery: Indian Creek

Her own unique brand of folk-rock from this perennial Best of Boise Reader’s Choice Best Singer and Best Musician.

A second generation family farm winery—pruning, pouring, tasting…it’s all a part of sharing the love of growing grapes and making wine.


Thursday, August 21
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Band: Blaze & Kelly

Winery: Strange Folk

Original heart-folk music spanning genres from country to blues, Blaze and Kelly woo their audiences with unforgettable harmonies, compelling lyrics, and humble authenticity.

Emerging from the brutally honest philosophy that wine should always be consumed and never wasted, this wine is crafted for the common strange in everyone. Embrace it.


Thursday, August 28
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Band: Fabulous Chancellors

Winery: Split Rail

Let the good times rock ‘n’ roll with this band keepin’ the memories alive playing music from the 50s, 60s, and 70s.

Wine spawned from whimsy, driven by the soil that you stand upon, and conceptualized from the mindset that we all like what we like, not what we’re told to like.


Thursday, September 4
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Band: iRock

Winery: Telaya

Covering six decades of hit songs—hair bands, country, current hits, and everything in between—with a unique enthusiasm, they’ll make you a screamin’ fan.

Having fun making great handcrafted wines from Idaho’s Snake River AVA and Washington’s Columbia Valley AVA.


Thursday, September 11 – Outlaw Field Concert
Thursday, September 18 - Outlaw Field Concert


Thursday, September 25
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Band: Poke

Winery: Hat Ranch

Old-school country, hillbilly, juke-joint swing, rockabilly, polka, surf, rock all in a style of their very own—unique, upbeat, entertaining, and fun for all ages.

Honoring the pioneering spirit of their heritage by delivering wines of distinction and named 2014 Idaho Winery to Watch by Wine Press Northwest.

Purchasing Tickets

$7 IBG Member
$10 Non-Member
$6 Youth (ages 5-12) Children 5 and younger are free.

Admission may be purchased in advance online or by calling or visiting the Garden office:

Garden Box Office Hours: Monday-Friday from 9-4 p.m.

Purchasing Tickets
Online ticket purchasing will only be available until 12 p.m. the day of the concert. Tickets will also be available for purchase at the gate the evening of the concert.

Will-call tickets will be located at the Idaho Botanical Garden Will-Call table by the Kiosk entrance.

E-tickets (delivered in a separate e-mail) can be taken straight to the gate to be taken the night of.

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Seating is limited in the Meditation Garden.

Food & Drink

Willowcreek Grill & Raw Sushi will provide food, wine, beer, and non-alcoholic beverages for purchase.

Check individual concert event dates for menu.

Willowcreek Grill

Additional Details

Please bring low back chairs (no more than 8″ off the ground.) If you require a higher chair, you will be asked to sit in the back or on the outer edges. We want to provide the best concert experience possible for our guests and members.

This is an outdoor concert series and the concerts will be performed rain or shine. Please dress for the weather.