Gardens by Moonlight

Moonlight, live music, and gourmet foods . . .a romantic evening at the San Antonio Botanical Garden on October 15

San Antonio– Gardens by Moonlight at the San Antonio Botanical Garden is a romantic date night and one of the city’s most popular music events. On Saturday, October 15, 7-11 pm, Gardens by Moonlight guests will stroll the 38 acres of the Botanical Garden, with five venues of live music to choose from while dining on delicious gourmet food. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own lawn seating and enjoy a full evening of live musical performances including funk, jazz, blues and more.

  • Central Market gourmet food
  • Drink booths, including beer, wine and Starbucks (not included in admission price; no outside food or drink can be brought in)
  • Early admission for Botanical Society members at 6 pm/$15 ticket
  • Advance tickets ($15) through October 14 online at, Starbucks, or Garden gift shop
  • General admission tickets $20 at the gate. No rain date; tickets are non-refundable

Music: Renowned Austin soul/funk/R&B band Mingo Fishtrap is this year’s Gardens by Moonlight headliner. Five-time South by Southwest Music Award winner, this eight-piece horn band will have everyone up and dancing. With a sound “dancing between gutbucket soul, N'awlins grit-down funk and horn fueled Motown pop,” it’s been named Best Funk Band, Best Jam Band, Best Horns and Best Keyboards at SXSW, and has shared the stage with Sting, Annie Lennox, Blues Traveler, Ozomatli, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Little Feat and Jonny Lang among others. Don’t miss their main stage performance on the concert lawn from 9:15 – 10:45 p.m.

            Other performers will include singer-songwriter Warren Hood and The Goods playing a jazz/blues/newgrass acoustic fusion of music on the porch of the East Texas Log Cabin from 7:30 – 9 p.m. Whether it’s violin, fiddle or mandolin,Warren plays strings like no one else. The Goods features Willie Pipkin on guitar and Emily Gimble (granddaughter ofTexas fiddle legend Jimmy Gimble) on keyboard and vocals.

            The Peterson Brothers -- Glenn (age 14) and Alex (age 11) -- have grown up listening to BB King, Howlin’ Wolf and Stevie Ray Vaughn, and it shows. Hailing fromBastrop,Texas, these young “blues brothers” are making their mark in the world of blues. The Peterson Brothers will open for Mingo Fishtrap on the main stage from 6:15 – 8 p.m.

            San Antoniojazz favorites bassist Joël Dilley and pianist/vocalist/songwriter Bett Butler bring their straight-ahead swinging band, versatile in Latin and blues styles. Talented musicians and writers, their performances combine their original compositions along with familiar standards.  Let theseSan Antonio jazz stalwarts show you what a little moonlight and music can do! Join them at the KRTU Jazz Stage on the garden’sFountainPlaza from 6 – 9 p.m.

            Performing in the Conservatory from 7:15 – 9 p.m. with be dueling keyboardists from Nashville: two-time Grammy Award winner Floyd Domino (formerly with Asleep at the Wheel) and Earl Poole Ball (pianist for the late Johnny Cash).   Floyd has recorded and performed with Merle Haggard, five albums with George Strait, The Texas Playboys, Waylon Jennings, jazz guitarist Herb Ellis, Kelly Willis, Bruce Robison, Monte Warden, Don Walser and the Crickets. Ball has performed with The Byrds, Merle Haggard, Glen Campbell, Linda Ronstadt, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Buck Owens, Marty Robbins, Marty Stuart, Mickey Gilley and Wynn Stewart.

 “Gardens by Moonlight captures the beauty of an early fall evening in San Antonio,” says Bob Brackman, executive director of the San Antonio Botanical Garden. “Visitors can enjoy the exotic plant displays and the Art in the Garden sculpture exhibit. They can hear jazz on the Fountain Plaza and then venture to the log cabin to hear some sounds from the Austin music scene wafting across the East Texas lake. Gardens by Moonlight is a perfect night out, whether it is with friends, family or a special someone. Certainly would be a great place and time for a marriage proposal!”

There will be free, ample parking at the Garden (555 Funston Place). Additional free parking available at Ft. Sam Houston /Pershing Gate entrance (IDs required) with free shuttle service.

Sponsors for the event include NuStar Energy Foundation, Shiner Family of Beers, Time Warner Cable, Starbucks, Central Market, Culligan Water ofSan Antonio, RVK Architects, San Antonio Express-News, KRTU Radio and Magic 105.3. Gardens by Moonlight is a Marsha Milam Music Production.

Proceeds from Gardens by Moonlight benefit the San Antonio Botanical Society, the non-profit support organization for the San Antonio Botanical Garden. Botanical Society members enjoy free daytime admission to the Garden year-round as well as early discounted admission to Gardens by Moonlight. Family memberships start at $65. More information is available at

Located at 555 Funston at North New Braunfels Avenue, the San AntonioBotanical Gardenis operated under the auspices of the City of San Antonio Department of Parks & Recreation. For more information, the public can call the Garden at 210-829-5100 or visit its website at


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