If summer feels a little on the cool side here in the Northwest, two thrilling acts from the Southeast might raise the temperature this weekend. Trombone Shorty and J.J. Grey & Mofro, will share a bill Aug. 4 as part of the Oregon Zoo's summer concert series.
Hailing from Tremé, a New Orleans neighborhood known for its brass bands, Troy Andrews (aka Trombone Shorty) earned his nickname by taking up the trombone when he was just 6 years old. Andrews, who now stands 6 feet tall, has made the leap from child prodigy to professional master on both the trombone and trumpet. Having toured throughout the United States, Europe, South America and the Middle East, he has more experience at 27 than some musicians three times his age. The Washington Post described one live performance as a "funk-charged blast of percussion, brass, reeds and guitar distortion that might have knocked the crowd sideways had there been any room to move."
Sharing the bill Aug. 4 are Florida natives J.J. Grey & Mofro, who create their own eclectic blend of soulful, Southern-fried rock. "J.J. Grey seems to be the type of guy who would sing his heart out to an audience of stray dogs in an alley," one critic wrote. "His music snarls, swerves and careens, rooted in the swamp rock of the South, by turns soulful and joyous. If the Allman Brothers or the Black Crowes ever need another vocalist, Grey's their man."
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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