by Courtney Stucky, The Aspiro Agency
The Denton Main Street Association is proud to have kicked off the 28th annual installment of our award-winning, summer concert series in Downtown Denton: Twilight Tunes. Let's take a look at our first Tunes, what lies ahead, how to prep for a fun night out supporting DMSA and Twilight Tunes / local businesses.
When is it?
Every Thursday, May 6th - June 17th (2021) from 6:30 - 8:00pm. Plus, a special performance on Monday, June 21st from 6:30 - 8:00pm.
Where is it?
The band will be playing on the east side of the courthouse lawn, located on the Downtown Denton Square.
Who will be playing?
COMPLETED: May 6th | Taste of Herb: Herb Alpert Tijuana Brass Tribute Band
About the Band: "A Taste of Herb" is the world's premier Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass tribute band. ATOH is dedicated to reviving the sounds and feel of the once popular style of music. In the 1960's, the music of Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass could be heard on the top radio shows of the time, as well as television and the big screen. The music of Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass is quirky, retro, hip, sometimes cheesy, but always groovy
May 13th | Fingerprints: Smooth Jazz & Soul
About the Band: Fingerprints, the popular Dallas based sextet, is known as “one of the best kept music secrets in the South.” For many years standing room-only crowds have been lining up to hear the perfect blend of jazz and R&B by the Fingerprints musicians at venues and music festivals throughout the South and Southwest. the distinguished sound of Fingerprints has been shaped through the years by its long-term members: Frederick Nichelson (bass), Claud Hardrick (saxophone, flute, vocals), Ardina Lockhart (lead vocals), Kennan Wylie (drums, percussion), Jordache Grant (keyboards), and Robert Lacroix (guitar).
May 20th | LoveSick Mary: Blues Rock
About the Band: Lovesick Mary has been playing in the DFW area since 2006. With 2 studio albums recorded and countless live performances, our sound has been described as ‘somewhere between The Doors and Garbage’ Live performance is where we shine, we love to play love music and are super excited for the next show!
May 27th | Kelly Durbin Quintet: Jazz Quintet
About the Band:
- Kelly Durbin
- Raised in St. Louis, Kelly Durbin has been a Denton resident since 1978. He has performed with Woody Herman’s Orchestra, David “Fathead” Newman, Marchel Ivery, and many others. He is on the faculty at UT Dallas, where he teaches jazz performance, jazz history, and digital music. He studied piano with Dan Haerle, Steve Harlos, and Bob Rogers, and was named the Sammons Jazz Artist of the Year in 2018.
Kelly and Friends performance at Tunes includes:
- Mario Cruz
- Rodney Booth
- Lou Harlas
- Harrell Bosarge
June 3rd | 3 Amigos: Classic Rock, Pop & Country from 70’s to Now
About the Band: The 3 Amigos are an acoustic/electric music trio rocking your favorite 'classic to current' songs with 3-part harmony and they always encourage the crowd to get in on the fun. You can catch The 3 Amigos at festivals, intimate venues and big events throughout North Texas.
June 10th | Tex Zimmerman: Bob Dylan Covers
About the Band: Tex Zimmerman and His All Star Revue is dedicated to the music of Bob Dylan. Drawing material from a musical career that has spanned 5 decades the Zimmerman band has captivated the imaginations of audiences of all ages. From the acoustic folk beginnings through folk rock, hard rock, rockabilly, gospel, country swing and everything in between this group can do it all.
June 17th | Missing 3: Fun Classic Rock
About the Band: Missing 3 was born and raised right here in Denton, Texas and a casual/crowd engaging band that plays a wide variety of music - classic to current rock like John Mayer, Stevie Ray, Beatles, Ben Harper, Tears for Fears to The Black Keys.
MONDAY, June 21st | High School Ceasar Rockabilly: Special Make Music Day Tunes Show
About the Band: hails from the Denton and Fort Worth community with deep roots in the timeless sounds of Rockabilly. We'll be swingin' and jamming across the courthouse lawn without a doubt!
June 24th will be used as a raincheck day if needed.
What should I bring?
The Denton Square courthouse lawn is open container, which means you can BYOB! Grab dinner and drinks to-go from your favorite downtown business, then set up some chairs (or a picnic blanket) to relax and unwind on the lawn while tunes play.
Keep Denton Beautiful - Clean Up After Yourself!
Help us keep Downtown Denton a beautiful place to enjoy ourselves by picking up after yourself and your surrounding area after each Twilight Tunes. Recycling for empty cans and bottles and trash bins for waste are located at the exit points of the courthouse lawn area, as well as on surrounding streets near the lawn. Thanks for helping us Keep Denton Beautiful!
Can I reserve a spot near the band?
In 2021, the DMSA is allowing a select number of attendees to reserve a spot in the front area of the lawn by the band on a first-come-first-serve basis. The proceeds of these reserved VIP or GA spots go towards the cost of putting on each show.
VIP and General Admission Reserved Seating Available
Looking for priority seating? Reserve a VIP or GA spot for $15 (GA) or $20 (VIP) for an 8x8 spot in the front area of the lawn nearest to the stage area, with six feet of physical distance between you and your neighbor.
Reserved spaces are limited, however walk-up seating is also available at no cost.
All proceeds raised at each Twilight Tunes will be reinvested in supporting Denton Main Street Association, our participating musicians and stage crew.
Reserved tickets will be released the Monday of each show week in order to give everyone equal opportunity at reserving a spot. Reserved spots will be held until 7pm before allowing others to occupy the space.
Will COVID-19 protocols be followed at the event?
We're continuing the trend of adhering to social distancing guidelines while bringing you more local music. Masks are encouraged. Physical distancing is encouraged. Please respect the boundaries of others and enjoy the show!
Please note any interaction with the general public poses an elevated risk of being exposed to COVID-19 and we cannot guarantee that you will not be exposed while in attendance at the event. The Denton Main Street Association and its sponsors are not responsible for the health and safety of this event. We encourage you to follow the organizer’s safety policies, as well as local laws and restrictions.
How can I support Twilight Tunes?
Twilight Tunes is a donation-based event. Donations help Denton Main Street Association cover the costs for putting on the show and supporting the musicians.
Help the DMSA pay for the bands to come perform at the square and keep this summer concert series an annual tradition! We normally pass around a bucket to collect donations but because we are following COVID-19 protocols, we are only taking online donations at this time.
3 Ways You Can Support Twilight Tunes:
Make a donation online (from $5 - $25).
Join the DMSA and become a Twilight Tunes volunteer.
Become a sponsor ($100 - $1,250).
Starting at $100, you and your business can support DMSA and Twilight Tunes. Your contribution helps our organization pay the artists, provide quality sound support and host the event for all of Denton to enjoy.
Check out our complete list of Platinum Sponsors.