Oregon Zoo offers extended hours, family fun during Sunset at the Zoo
A joyful "Bamboléo"-meets-Bollywood sound will fill the Oregon Zoo Aug. 7, when the Gypsy Allstars — a band featuring family members of the world-famous Gipsy Kings — takes the stage for Sunset at the Zoo.
Featuring George Reyes (son of Gipsy Kings founder Nicolas Reyes), Mario Reyes and drummer Ced Leonardi — the Gypsy Allstars pair the best of the Gipsy Kings' rumba with northern Indian instruments. The ensemble also features such virtuoso musicians as percussionist Salar Nader and bassist Carlitos del Puerto, as well as flamenco superstar Manuel Gutierrez.
Free with zoo admission, Sunset at the Zoo features extended evening hours packed with live music and entertainment, activities for kids and the chance to get to know animals active during twilight hours. Every other Wednesday in July and August, zoo gates remain open until 8 p.m., with a concert on the lawn at 7 p.m. and activities taking place from 5 p.m. on.
Also on the bill for Aug. 7: mandolin music from Olivia Duffy and René Berblinger; swing era jazz from the Pete Krebs Duo; a bird show from the zoo's popular Wild Life Live program, presented by Portland General Electric; storytelling from the Dragon Theater puppet company; and some advanced hula-hoopery from Erika Fey, aka the Mayor of Hooperville.
Guests can also participate in face-painting, self-guided twilight hikes, a glow-in-the-dark dragonfly craft, and games with a "crepuscular creatures" theme.