Oregon Zoo Summer Concert Series Presents Big Names

The Oregon Zoo's 32nd annual summer concert series promises to be as diverse as its animals


The B52s will perform during the Oregon Zoo's 32nd annual summer concert series // (c) Joseph Cultice, The Oregon Zoo

The B52s will perform during the Oregon Zoo's 32nd annual summer concert series // (c) Joseph Cultice, The Oregon Zoo

At the Oregon Zoo's 32nd annual summer concert series, the performances promise to be as diverse as the animals.

The series features more than one dozen shows from July through August. It is the longest continuously running outdoor concert series in the Pacific Northwest and one of the most anticipated events of the summer. Tickets go on sale April 28.

"Our shows are family-friendly," said Krista Swan, zoo events coordinator. "It feels like the concert lawn is a million miles from downtown Portland."

Concerts take place Wednesday through Sunday evenings. Food options at reasonable prices are available to concertgoers. All shows are scheduled to start at 7 p.m. rain or shine unless otherwise noted.

This year's premium shows include appearances by Jimmy Cliff (July 23), Levon Helm (Aug. 8), Chris Isaak (Aug. 14), Jamie Cullum (July 25), the B-52s (Aug. 13) and Pink Martini (Aug. 26 and 27), plus a live performance of the popular radio show "A Prairie Home Companion" (Aug. 28).

Additional performances include Konono No. 1 and the Carolina Chocolate Drops (July 7), Caravan Palace (July 14), Bassekou Kouyate (July 21), Great Big Sea (July 28), Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys (Aug. 4), Cross Canadian Ragweed (Aug. 11) and the Quebe Sisters (Aug. 18).

Funds raised during the concert series support several conservation projects, including the protection of threatened and endangered Northwest species.

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