Performances under the stars…
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 2018 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 Max’s Grille and Sportsbar will be selling food at all shows.
Saturday, June 23 – 25th Anniversary Music and Brew Festival
We are celebrating 25 years of connecting nature, people and the arts. We want you to celebrate with us, for FREE. Enjoy two bands, the Jazz Me band and the Luv Gods, doors open at 2 p.m. and the show will begin at 3. Local breweries such as Troegs and food vendors will be onsite with food and beverages for sale. We will have a 50/50, silent auction and multiple raffle drawings. More information is available by calling 717-692-3699.
Saturday, July 14 – Cruise Control and opener No Last Call – Join us as we welcome back one of Harrisburg’s most rockin’ and entertaining street band, No Last Call. Stay and enjoy rock, pop and soulful jazz music with Erin Cruise and her band. Sponsored by Carole DeSoto.
Saturday, July 20 & 21 – Shakespeare in the Woods – “Something wicked this way comes…” Gamut Theatre, the combined theatre of Harrisburg Shakespeare Company and Popcorn Hat Players Children’s Theatre, presents its highly acclaimed educational outreach production of Macbeth. One of Shakespeare’s most famous tragedies, Macbeth follows the rise and fall of a Scottish lord-turned-King, whose ambition turns him into a brutal murderer consumed by the dark arts. Recommended for ages 12 and up. Keep the smaller print “Bring your own price, any size….” Sponsored by Kyle Kauffman.
Saturday, August 4 – After Hours Big Band – After Hours Big Band is a 17 pc. swing orchestra playing anything from the traditional big band arrangements of Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, and Les Brown to the modern era sounds of big band artists such as Maynard Ferguson and Brian Setzer, The After Hours Big Band covers it all. Sponsored by BB&T Bank
Saturday, August 11 – Kilmaine Saints – This Explosive, high energy 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. Sponsored by the Nancie M. Beinhower Trust.
Saturday, September 22 – Shotgunn – 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, anything from Chicago, and Blood Sweat and Tears to Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Jefferson Airplane. There’s something for everyone. Sponsored by Fred and Anne Meckley.