Femi Kuti, PJ Harvey and Soul Asylum to rock the Zoo this summer


Talk about an animal collective. This year's Music in the Zoo series is as comprehensive and as unexpected as ever.

Tina & the B-Sides? Tower of Power?! The Bo Deans?!! When did the Minnesota Zoo become the requisite hot spot for heyday bands you've been dying to get a chance to see?

Today, the Minnesota Zoo released the line up for Music in the Zoo, the annual summer concert series that has been turning their outdoor amphitheater into our own little Red Rock West for the last decade or so. And this year's line-up sees more than a little mad scientist mixing, with bands local and national, active and resurrected, peppering the mix.

We all have fond memories of taking ill advised liberties with our chemistry set in the basement as misbehaving children-- here's hoping this year's line-up results in a few unexpected stains and explosions in the big stage on the pond.


Tickets available on-siteand  through Ticketmaster.

Concerts begin at 7:30 P.M.


June 12-- The Derek Trucks Band, Ruthie Foster. $29.00.

June 13-- PJ Harvey, John Parish. $33.00.*

June 16-- Tower of Power, Stephanie Devine. $31.00.

June 26-- Los Lonely Boys, Special Guest. $34.00.

June 27-- The Avett Brothers, Samantha Crain & the Midnight Shivers. $25.00.

June 28-- BoDeans, Rocket Club. $33.00.

June 30-- Femi Kuti/ King Sunny Ade'. $33.00.

*PJ Harvey and John Parish tickets onsale Friday, May 8 @ noon.


July 2-- Soul Asylum, Slim Dunlap. $35.00.

July 3-- Toots & the Maytals, Wain McFarlane. $43.00.

July 15-- Gov't Mule, Special guest. $29.00.

July 17-- Keb' Mo', Special Guest. $39.00.

July 18-- Dave Koz & Brian Culbertson. $46.00.

July 25-- And evening with Tina & the B-Sides. $33.00.

July 31-- Solid Gold, The Pines & Jeremy Messersmith. $18.00.


August 1-- Gear Daddies, Janie Miller Band.  $48.00.

August 3-- Paolo Nutini, Erin McCarley/ Matt Hires. $25.00.

August 8-- Alejandro Escovedo, Romantica. $25.00.

August 15-- Yonder Mountain String Band, Xavier Rudd. $32.00.

August 19-- Pat Green, Special Guest. $25.00.

August 21-- Dar Williams/ Haley Bonar, Stephen Kellogg & the Sixers. $24.00.

August 28-- An evening with Gaelic Storm.

More info and standing room passes available at