DeSoto Amphitheater for the Performing Arts

Performances under the stars…

Special thanks to our 2017 season sponsor!

Special thanks to our 2017 season sponsor!

The DeSoto Amphitheater for the Performing Arts is an expression of the Ned Smith Center’s mission to merge the worlds of nature and the arts. At the DeSoto Amphitheater, the arts have a home surrounded by the tranquil beauty of the Ned Smith Center lands. Please join us as we celebrate the exciting 2017 season of this beautiful venue!

Doors open at 6:30 p.m., performances begin at 7:30 p.m., unless otherwise noted. Tickets for all shows are $10 per person, unless otherwise noted.

Please bring your favorite outdoor seating. We also allow picnics and BYOB. Our friends at Armstrong Valley Winery will be present at most shows. All shows will also have food available for purchase, see show description for details.

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Saturday, June 24 • Ryan Alan Band
Sponsored by Boyd Foundation in honor of Jim and Becky Ulsh

The Ryan Alan Band is an emerging country rock band based in Central Pennsylvania, originating in Halifax, Pa. The band focuses on modern country, but infuses a rock flavor that delivers an appealing musical blend uniquely its own. This band will energize your soul with some rockin’ country! New and old country favorites with their own gritty flair guarantees a fun night!

We have some great news for all you Ryan Alan Band Family Fans!

With the purchase of your adult ticket(s) kids will get in FREE!
As always feel free to pack a picnic OR bring some money along and purchase dinner from Mel’s Rock n’ BBQ. Our friends at Armstrong Valley Winery will also be there selling wine.
Don’t forget your favorite outdoor seating!

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Saturday, July 15 • Cruise Control with No Last Call
Sponsored by Carole DeSoto

Enjoy rock, pop and jazz soulful music with Erin Cruise and her band. TheBurg called No Last Call (opening act) “grooviest, hippest, most dangerous street band Harrisburg has ever seen.”

Food will be available for purchase from Max’s Bar and Grill.

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Saturday, July 21-22 • Shakespeare in the Woods: Romeo and Juliet
Sponsored by Kyle Kauffman

nea-lockup-BThis event is a Community Outreach program, where any size donation buys your ticket to the performance. Featuring a pre-show performance by the NSC Shakespeare Camp.

“Did my heart love till now?” Gamut Theatre presents its highly acclaimed educational outreach production of Romeo and Juliet. One of Shakespeare’s most famous tragedies, this tale of star-crossed lovers follows the exuberant and volatile story of Juliet Capulet and Romeo Montague as their young love rises above the contempt of their feuding families. Recommended for ages 12 and up.

This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts and by the Arts for All Partnership, a collaboration between the Cultural Enrichment Fund and The Foundation for Enhancing Communities.

Saturday, August 5 • Jazz Me Rhythm & Blues Band

The Jazz Me Rhythm & Blues Band is considered a variety band in that it performs everything from Sinatra to Santana, Motown to ZZ Top and everything in between. Because of this wide variety of songs, the band can entertain virtually any age group. Jazz Me has been awarded “Best Of” in the 2016 Harrisburg Style Magazine, and was named “Simply the Best ” in the Harrisburg Magazine’s readers’ poll.

Food will be available for purchase from Uncle Mo’s BBQ.

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Saturday, August 19 • Kilmaine Saints

This explosive, highenergy Celtic rock band from Central Pennsylvania will lift your hearts, your spirits and your pint when you’re not looking. With several hundred shows up and down the East Coast, two critically-acclaimed releases under their belts, national and international airplay, and an ever-expanding and extremely loyal fan base, it’s no wonder the world is starting to stand up and take notice.

Food will be available for purchase from Max’s Bar and Grill.

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Saturday, August 26 • M.I. Foundation Summer Concert

Tickets $30 each, includes admittance, dinner, and three drink vouchers

Proceeds benefit the efforts of the MI Charitable Foundation and will be used for local outreach projects and to benefit our national beneficiaries: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the Four Diamonds Fund, and Homes for Our Troops.

Featuring three live bands: LeBlanc & Kissinger ( , Whiskey Shooter, and the Luv Gods (

Guests must be 21 years or older

Join us for live music, dancing, corn-hole, and a lot of fun!

Call 717-365-2681 or click below

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Saturday, September 23 • Shotgunn
Sponsored by Fred & Anne Meckley and Marilyn Kauffman

Last show of the season! Shotgunn got its start in the 1970s, playing gigs all over the Lykens Valley. They reunited in the early 2000s, playing benefit concerts for organizations all over the place. Shotgunn plays rock and funk hits from the ’60s and ’70s. Some crowd favorites include “Soul Man,” “Smoke on the Water” and “Sweet Home Alabama.”

Food will be available for purchase from Max’s Bar and Grill.

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