Music in the Garden  Headliner Draws a Crowd

Local favorite Dustin Evans kicked off this season’s Music in the Garden last Thursday,  drawing a big crowd to his  acoustic show featuring  country classics. 

Before performing one of his dad, Kyle Evans’. songs, In Heaven on  a Horse, the Wessington Springs native pointed out that Thursday was his dad’s birthday. 

“In honor of his birthday I thought I’d sing some of dad’s old songs he used to perform at rodeos across the Midwest,” Evans said to attendees, also encouraging audience song requests.

He also performed his own originals, not only from recent years but also from decades when he began his long singing/songwriting career. 

“During Covid I didn’t perform much and I’m happy to be out playing, happy to be back in Wessington Springs,” Evans said to the large crowd in the garden.   

Upcoming concerts 

The July 8 concert will be a recital presented by Dakota Wesleyan University instructors Erin and Clinton Desmond and Bethany Amundson. Sweet Grass will be selling refreshments before the program. 

Julie Fastnacht and friends will present the July 15 program with the theme of “Take Me Home Country  Roads.” The Cone Zone will be selling supper before the concert.   

The July 22 concert will be presented by the Pierre based Plainfolk Band . Springs Inn will serve food. 

The July 29 final concert of the season is titled “Pianists on Parade” and will feature piano music of a variety of styles presented by local pianists of varied backgrounds.

The concerts are free but donations are welcomed and are used for the care and upkeep of the cottage and garden. For more information, contact 605-539-1169 or visit