The Oregon Zoo has a wild weekend in store for music lovers: three must-see acts in three days. Following shows by songwriter extraordinaire Randy Newman (Friday, July 26) and country star LeAnn Rimes (Saturday, July 27), concertgoers can get their folk fix with the Indigo Girls, who play Sunday, July 28, as part of the zoo's outdoor summer concert series.
Tickets are still available for all three shows, but fans might not want to wait until the last minute to get them: The past five zoo concerts have all sold out, and tickets for upcoming shows are going fast.
Over 25 years of touring and recording, the Indigo Girls have managed to maintain a devoted core following while still making a mark in the mainstream. Emily Saliers and Amy Ray began performing together in high school, graduated to the stages of small clubs, then went big-time in 1989 with their Grammy-winning major-label debut and their first hit single, "Closer To Fine."
The two singers' distinct personalities and songwriting styles gives their act an interesting tension: Saliers' gentler sound springs from the Joni Mitchell school of folk, while Ray's more direct and punky approach draws from groups like the Jam, Pretenders and Hüsker Dü.
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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