The Woodland Park Zoo's beloved concert series returns with folky stars, an ace New Orleans jazz man and more.
Time to lock up your go-to babysitters, ZooTunes lovers. The Woodland Park Zoo has announced the first crop of shows slated for its popular summer concert series this year.
It looks like this season’s opening honors will likely go to the Indigo Girls (June 24), the activist folk-rock duo still gigging on 2015’s “One Lost Day.” Since then Amy Ray and Emily Saliers have explored their own ventures, with Ray dropping a live album recorded at Seattle’s Triple Door in late 2015. Saliers’ released her debut solo album, “Murmuration Nation,” last year.
Minnesota’s bluegrass troubadours Trampled by Turtles arrive June 27 with fellow animal-named Americana rockers Deer Tick. Trampled by Turtles are coming off a mini hiatus, during which leading man Dave Simonett pushed his solo project Dead Man Winter. In May, the band will release its first album in four years, titled “Life is Good on the Open Road.”
Other shows include U.K. post-punks the Psychedelic Furs (July 29), chamber-folk virtuoso Andrew Bird and Punch Brothers (Aug. 19), and zoo circuit staple Trombone Shorty with New Orleans funk-fueled jam band Galactic (Sept. 9).
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While the rest of this year’s lineup is yet to be revealed, tickets go on sale 10 a.m. Friday, with a presale for zoo members starting 10 a.m. Wednesday. Proceeds from the shows go toward the zoo’s educational programs and conservation efforts.