2728 Asbury Road, Suite 220, Dubuque, IA 52001-2969(563) 556-7748dbqartscouncil@qwestoffice.netM-F 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

The Art of Entertaining


Free Concerts. Sunday Evenings. 6:30 p.m.
Dubuque Arboretum Botanical Gardens
3800 Arboretum Drive, Dubuque, IA

June 19
Hunter Fuerste and His American Vintage Orchestra

Hunter Fuerste and his American Vintage Orchestra present an authentic recreation of the big band era, the music of 1935 to 1945. The show features recreations of the original hits of Glenn Miller, Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey, Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, Harry James, Count Basie and many others. In addition to a fourteen-piece big band, the two-hour program features singers, dancers, and a special tight harmony vocal group, The Penthouse Serenaders.


June 26
Dubuque Symphony Orchestra

Founded in 1958, the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra serves the residents of Dubuque and the surrounding Tri-State Area. Under Music Director William Intriligator, over 60 professional musicians perform a repertoire of classical and pops concerts. The DSO believes in artistic excellence and the power of music, and is committed to enriching the community and inspiring the hearts and minds of all its patrons.

July 3

Brian FitzGerald and Martin McCormack of the duo Switchback have been playing their brand of eclectic Celtic and Americana music at sold-out concert halls, performing arts centers and festivals around the world for over twenty years.  Switchback concerts feature a mix of Irish music and original songs from their catalog of over 300 tunes which have been described as “breathtaking scenery for your ears.”


July 5
The Madison Brass Band

With a reputation among brass bands for innovative and entertaining performances, Madison Brass Band has a long history of entertaining audiences and has become one of southern Wisconsin’s premier musical ensembles, sharing the distinctive British-style brass band sound with a unique early American twist. This year they will play a patriotic tribute for July fourth.

July 10
Bob Dorr & The Blue Band

The Blue Band is a 5-7 piece group whose sound ranges from blues, soul, rockabilly and rhythm and blues. Over the last 35 years the Blue Band has evolved into a veritable Iowa All-Star collection of regular and alumni players

Providing a multi-generational, dedicated fan base, and making them one of Iowa’s most revered, storied, and requested bands.


July 17
Barrell House String Band

Caleb Powell, James Galloway, Jake Rezarch and Adrian Bradford Alexander make up Barrel House String Band, a diverse team of acoustic musicians based out of Manitou Springs, Colorado. Taking their inspiration from bluegrass, blues, folk, jazz and Americana, this acoustic quartet combines clean, soulful guitar licks, multi-part vocal harmonies, lightning-fast mandolin solos, and heavy-bottomed standup bass to create their unique brand of back-country boogie-grass.


July 24
The Dang-Its

The Dang-Its play “Americana,” featuring many styles of roots-oriented American music: country blues, bluegrass, Western Swing, honky tonk, folk, rockabilly and more. They have a rich mix of classics, standards, contemporary and original songs.


July 31
Kids from Wisconsin

The Kids from Wisconsin performs a diverse repertoire of morale-boosting musical entertainment for audiences of all ages. This show offers a broad repertoire of music that includes the American favorites, big band, 50’s- 80’s classics, Motown, country, Broadway and current top hits, filling a two-hour fully staged performance from talented performers ages 15-20.