More opening acts announced as zoo gears up for start of summer concert series
It's a lousy feeling to learn a concert has sold out before you purchased your tickets. The Oregon Zoo doesn't want that to happen to you, and so consider this an alert. A number of shows in the 2014 summer concert series — presented by Regence BlueCross Blue Shield of Oregon, the Oregon College Savings Plan and Banfield Pet Hospital — are close to selling out.
Evenings with Tori Amos, who stops by the lawn on July 18, and Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo (with special guest Rick Springfield) on July 27, are running dangerously low on tickets. Amos Lee (July 17) and Huey Lewis and the News (Aug. 13) are also close enough to cause concern for ticketless fans.
On May 13, Amos released her 14th studio album, Unrepentant Geraldines. It debuted at No. 7 on Billboard magazine's Top 200 albums chart — her eighth Top 10 record. She opened her world tour on May 5 at the Cork Opera House in Cork, Ireland. After her Royal Albert Hall show in London, the Telegraph wrote: "The power of Tori Amos is that she can entertain you without artifice."
To that other Amos on the schedule — Lee — there is an addition to announce. Portland's Black Prairie will open the show. Once a living-room project and an excuse for Decemberists guitarist Chris Funk to play dobro, Black Prairie has vastly expanded their sound over three studios albums (plus soundtracks for an Oregon Children's Theatre production and a John Mooallem book). Black Prairie's latest, Fortune, was released in April and shows off the group's versatility, sense of adventure, and singer (Annalisa Tornfelt, who also plays a mean fiddle).
Country singer Rodney Atkins has also picked up some support. Corvallis' Jackson Michelson will open the July 10 show.
The 2014 series kicks off June 21 with Merle Haggard and finishes with two nights of Pink Martini, Aug. 22-23.
Purchase tickets and find more information here (including show times and a full schedule). Not every show has an opening act, so fans should make sure to arrive on time to make sure they don't miss part of the show. Concert tickets are good for zoo admission all day on the date of the show.