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Great Garden Escape – Boise Straight Ahead Big Band

Thursday, August 26th 2021 • 5:30pm - 8:30pm

We’ve partnered with the folks at Duck Club to bring you another amazing season of Great Garden Escape! Bring your blanket and folding chair to sit and enjoy music in the oasis of the Meditation Garden. Masks are still required while not at your seat, to continue to keep everyone safe. 

This week’s GGE features:

🌱  8/26 Boise Straight Ahead Big Band 


$12 – Members
$15 – $20 –Nonmembers
Free – Kiddos 3 and Under

Get your tickets here


Gates @ 4:30 pm
Show from 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

** Tickets are available in advance only and must be purchased online. Tickets will be available to purchase online until sold out, or until the start of the show.

** E-tickets (delivered in a separate e-mail) can be taken straight to the gate to be taken the night of. When purchasing tickets, members receive their discount at the check-out screen once they sign in or register with the online sales program.

Seating is limited in the Meditation Garden. In order to keep guests safe and to maintain social-distancing we encourage you to explore our many acres and spread out into the various garden spaces.

Food & Drink

Visitors are welcome to bring in their own food and non-alcoholic beverages. Lost Grove Brewing will be onsite serving beer, canned cocktails, and canned wine from Split Rail Winery. Tasty bites will be available from Willowcreek!

Boise Straight Ahead Big Band – 8/26

Boise Straight Ahead is a jazz big band made up of volunteer musicians. This band seeks to rehearse and perform big band jazz music in the SW Idaho/Treasure Valley area. We have been an ensemble since late 1996 and Hewlett Packard has allowed us facilities use (for rehearsals and equipment storage) for much of that time. In addition to the camaraderie and the fun of playing this music, we seek to keep this sound alive and raise money through the contribution of our performance fees, for various local non-profit organizations. In the past, this has included United Way, Meals on Wheels, the Boys & Girls Club, the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the Multiple Sclerosis Society, among others. 

Our mission includes both the music and our charitable contributions. We do not take or keep any of the donated funds. We consciously seek to avoid competing with the professional musicians in the Treasure Valley and will decline higher paying engagements and ask those hosts to consider these local pros instead. In short, we look to play community shows where the hosts could not otherwise afford to hire a professional band. We have participated in many charitable auctions where our services were bid on by private individuals in support of different community organizations. Funds from these auctions have directly benefitted United Way, Boys & Girls Clubs, Riverstone International School, and the Idaho Botanical Gardens. To date, the band has donated, in cash or with in-kind donations, over $75,000 to these organizations.

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