Tickets are still available for songwriting legend's July 26 appearance
For someone with six Grammys, three Emmys, two Oscars, a star on Hollywood Boulevard and — as of this April — a spot in the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame, Randy Newman keeps a surprisingly low profile.
That's good news for music fans, because tickets are still available to see this American master July 26 as part of the Oregon Zoo's summer concert series. (Better get them quickly though: Tickets for the past four zoo shows have sold out — as has the upcoming "Weird Al" Yankovic concert on July 18.)
Though he's only made the Top 40 once — with the oft-misunderstood "Short People," a No. 2 smash in 1977 — Newman is far from a one-hit wonder, and his impact on popular music has been huge. "I Think It's Going to Rain Today," a song from Newman's 1968 debut LP, is a bona fide standard, recorded dozens of times by everyone from Dusty Springfield to Nina Simone to UB40 to Peter Gabriel.
In 1970, Harry Nilsson recorded a whole LP's worth of Newman's songs — Nilsson Sings Newman — and Three Dog Night scored a No. 1 hit that same year with "Mama Told Me (Not to Come)," a tune off Newman's second album, 12 Songs. His best-known song might be "I Love L.A.," which first gained notice during the early days of MTV and has remained popular — especially at Los Angeles-area sporting events — ever since.
Chances are the kids in your life know more than a handful of his songs too: Scooter and Fozzie's rendition of "Simon Smith and His Amazing Dancing Bear" was a Muppet Show favorite, and Newman's music is also prominent in the soundtracks to Pixar hits like A Bug's Life, Cars, all three Toy Story movies and Monsters, Inc. (His two Oscars are for Toy Story 3 and Monsters, Inc.)
Tickets to the Randy Newman concert can be purchased at the zoo or online at zooconcerts.com. The zoo's 2013 summer concert series runs through early September, with performances by LeAnn Rimes, Indigo Girls, Trombone Shorty, Lee Brice, Los Lobos, Chris Isaak, the Doobie Brothers and more.
The Oregon Zoo is a service of Metro and is dedicated to its mission of inspiring the community to create a better future for wildlife. Committed to conservation, the zoo is currently working to save endangered California condors, Columbia Basin pygmy rabbits, Oregon silverspot and Taylor’s checkerspot butterflies, Western pond turtles and Oregon spotted frogs. Other projects include studies on black rhinos, Asian elephants, polar bears and bats.
The zoo relies in part on community support through donations to the Oregon Zoo Foundation to undertake these and many other animal welfare, education and sustainability programs. The zoo is located five minutes from downtown Portland, just off Highway 26 at exit 72. The zoo is also accessible by MAX light rail line. Visitors who travel to the zoo via MAX receive $1.50 off zoo admission. Find fare and route information online or by calling TriMet Customer Service at 503-238-RIDE (7433).
General zoo admission is $10.50 (ages 12-64), $9 for seniors (65 and up), $7.50 for children (ages 3-11) and free for those 2 and younger; 25 cents of the admission price helps fund regional conservation projects through the zoo’s Future for Wildlife program. A parking fee of $4 per car is also required. Additional information is available by calling 503-226-1561.
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