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Joe Walsh Added to the 2016 Summer Concerts Lineup!

A quick glance at his discography tells you all you need to know: “Life’s Been Good,” “Life in the Fast Lane,” “A Life of Illusion” … It’s pretty clear Joe Walsh is a rock ’n’ roll lifer.

With a newly added show here on Sept. 11, the former Eagles star is the latest addition to Oregon Zoo’s 2016 summer concert series, presented by the Oregon College Savings Plan and Banfield Pet Hospital. 

As founding member of hard-rock trio the James Gang, Walsh shone on early-’70s FM radio standards like “Walk Away” and “Funk #49.” The latter, considered one of the top classic-rock songs of all time, has made its mark on modern rockers as well, with covers by the likes of Stephen Malkmus and the Black Keys.

A string of well-received solo albums followed before Walsh joined the Eagles for their monster 1976 hit Hotel California, lending his distinctive guitar sound to that album’s Grammy-winning title track and co-writing the No. 11 smash “Life in the Fast Lane.”

Two years later, Walsh followed that up with his own platinum-selling solo effort But Seriously Folks — and his signature hit, “Life’s Been Good” — and he crashed the Top 40 again in 1981 with “A Life of Illusion” (later featured on The 40 Year-Old Virgin soundtrack and covered by the Foo Fighters).

Opening for Walsh at the Sept. 11 show are New York roots-rockers JD & the Straight Shot.

The Oregon Zoo summer concert series kicked off June 19 with a sold-out show by Chicago, and will showcase a variety of world-renowned artists through the summer — from Texas troubadour Lyle Lovett to reggae superstar Ziggy Marley to hometown heroes Pink Martini — before Walsh rounds out the season Sept. 11.

Other notables this year include case/lang/veirs, UB40, the B-52s, Jake Bugg and many more.

Final Additions to the 2016 Summer Concerts Lineup Announced!

Seven more headliners, eight more nights of fun and music, and the Oregon Zoo’s 2016 summer concert series, presented by the Oregon College Savings Plan and Banfield Pet Hospital, has come fully into focus.

The third and final collection of dates and headliners features two nights with local favorites Pink Martini, and one night each with Texas legend Lyle Lovett and his Large Band, The B-52s with The English Beat, Ziggy Marley with Steel Pulse, from Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club Omara Portuondo & Eliades Ochoa, and Jake Bugg. A year after selling out one version of its TOUR DE COMPADRES, NEEDTOBREATHE returns with a bunch of friends—including Eugene-native Mat Kearney, John Mark McMillan, and Welshly Arms.

Tickets for this final group of shows go on sale at 10 a.m. April 22 and can be purchased at ZooConcerts.com. Pre-sale tickets will be available beginning at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, April 20. To receive pre-sale access, register for the Zoo Concerts newsletter, also at ZooConcerts.com.

While you’re at the web site, be sure to check the full list of previously announced dates. Chicago, fresh from their recent induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, will kick the 2016 series off on June 19.

The newest additions to the lineup:

  • An Evening with Lyle Lovett and his Large Band, July 3: One of the great Texas songwriters, and Texas has produced a lot of great songwriters. He’s won four Grammy Awards, has a slew of acting credits and is a fantastic storyteller. 
  • The B-52s with The English Beat, July 23: Formed in 1976 after drinks at a Chinese restaurant in Athens, Ga., The B-52s have sold more than 20 million albums and more than that many people know the words to “Love Shack” and “Roam” and “Rock Lobster.” The English Beat started with ska in 1979 and has built a house of genres around it since. 
  • Ziggy Marley Live! with Steel Pulse, Aug. 4: Ziggy Marley’s last album, 2014’s Fly Rasta, won the 2015 Grammy for best reggae album. Next month, he’ll release his self-titled sixth solo album on Tuff Gong Worldwide, the label his father, Bob Marley, began in the 1965. Steel Pulse also has a Grammy for best reggae album, for 1986’s Babylon the Bandit. Being from England, that made Steel Pulse the first non-Jamaican band to win the award. 
  • Pink Martini featuring China Forbes and Storm Large, Aug. 5-6: In its 22nd year, Pink Martini still tours the world, still connects to the world through music and still entertains young and old alike. Singers China Forbes and Storm Large will both be performing at these always-popular local gigs. 
  • From Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club Omara Portuondo & Eliades Ochoa, Aug. 28: The magic, the mystery and the romance of Cuba and its music. Omara Portuondo will be 86 this fall. She’s been performing for 70 of those years and will pull her set from the full sweep of her life and experience. With his guitar and voice, Eliades Ochoa became a symbol for the traditional music of Santiago de Cuba. To the band formed during the revolution, he has added contemporary musicians to bridge the then and now. 
  • NEEDTOBREATHE presents TOUR DE COMPADRES featuring NEEDTOBREATHE, Mat Kearney, John Mark McMillan, and Welshly Arms, Sept. 2: NEEDTOBREATHE’s 2014 album Rivers in the Wasteland topped Billboard’s rock and alternative album charts. In July, the band will release its latest record, H A R D L O V E. The lead single, “Happiness,” is streaming already on Spotify and Apple Music. Kearney, John Mark McMillan, and Welshly Arms will join NEEDTOBREATHE on this year’s tour. Highlights of last year’s TOUR DE COMPADRES included a sold-out show at Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheater, now available as a mini-documentary presented by Tidal. 
  • Jake Bugg, Sept. 9: Bugg was 18 and 19 years old when he made his first two albums. Now a wily, and experienced 22 year old, the acclaimed British singer-songwriter will release his third album On My One early this summer. The title is a little local slang that means “on my own,” which is basically how Bugg made a record he’s said is make or break for his young career.

Second Round of 2016 Summer Artists Announced!

Tantrums, Idols, big-hearted punks and YouTube sensations highlight the second round of confirmed dates for the Oregon Zoo’s 2016 summer concert series, presented by the Oregon College Savings Plan and Banfield Pet Hospital.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. on Friday, April 1 for shows featuring Fitz & The Tantrums, Phillip Phillips and Matt Nathanson, Flogging Molly with special guest Frank Turner, and ThePianoGuys.

Tickets can be purchased at zooconcerts.com. Pre-sale tickets will be available beginning at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, March 30. To receive pre-sale access, register for the Zoo Concerts newsletter, also at zooconcerts.com.

Previously announced shows, already on sale, are Chicago (June 19), case/lang/veirs (July 2), UB40 and The Wailers (July 22), and Trampled by Turtles and Lord Huron (Aug. 20). The full 2016 zoo concert schedule will be released in mid-April.

The newest editions to the lineup:

  • Phillip Phillips and Matt Nathanson, July 16: Phillips won 11th season of American Idol and his 2012 first album debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard Top 200. Nathanson, a folk rock veteran, released his tenth studio album in 2015. 
  • An Evening With ThePianoGuys, July 29: ThePianoGuys only feature one piano player —  John Schmidt. Steven Sharp Nelson chips in on cello, and together with Paul Anderson and Al van der Beek, they’ve built a huge YouTube following on the strength of their creative videos and an entertaining blend of classical music and pop.
  • Flogging Molly with special guest Frank Turner, July 31: Flogging Molly melds punk and Celtic instrumentation, blues progressions, big guitars and traditional Irish music. Last year, British singer-songwriter Frank Turner released his sixth album, Positive Songs for Negative People. 
  • Fitz & The Tantrums – Get Right Back Summer Tour, Aug. 19: Elektra Records will release the new studio album from Fitz and The Tantrums on June 10. The self-titled album is the follow-up to 2013’s More Than Just a Dream and features their new single HandClap. “HandClap is a primal tale of love and lust, a call to arms in the late hours of the night,” says lead vocalist Fitz.

 

 

 

First Round of 2016 Season Artists Announced!

Take one legendary rock ’n’ roll band (with horns), one highly anticipated collaboration, one transoceanic reggae bill, a couple of upper Midwest-influenced folk-rock stars, add summer and what you’ve got is the first set of dates for the Oregon Zoo’s 2016 summer concert series, presented by the Oregon College Savings Plan and Banfield Pet Hospital.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, March 18, for evenings with Chicago, case/lang/veirs, UB40 and the Wailers, and Trampled by Turtles and Lord Huron.

Pre-sale tickets will be available beginning at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, March 16. To receive pre-sale access, register for the Zoo Concerts newsletter, on our home page!

More dates will be announced in coming weeks, but the first batch already has something for everyone.

  • Chicago, June 19: Recently announced honorees of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 2016 class (they’ll be inducted next month along with Cheap Trick, N.W.A., Steve Miller and Deep Purple), Chicago will return after opening last summer’s zoo series. They’ve sold more than 100 million albums and are the only band to chart Top 40 albums in six decades.
  • case/lang/veirs, July 2: In the midst of a career built on musical wandering, k.d. lang made her way to Portland, which she now calls home. Same as Laura Veirs, the highly respected indie-folk singer-songwriter. Neko Case, who does a little of everything (avant-rock works well enough as a label) lives in Vermont. At the suggestion of lang, the three got together and wrote songs to bridge distance and styles. They recorded them in Portland late last year and will release that album on June 17.
  • UB40/The Wailers, July 22: Formed in England in 1979, UB40 helped define British reggae music in the 1980s, selling 70 million records on the strength of hits like “Red Red Wine.” Founding members Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue highlight the 11-piece touring band that spent 2015 earning rave reviews. The Wailers, from Jamaica, helped invent reggae — backing Bob Marley (most famously) but also acts like Stevie Wonder, Sting and Carlos Santana. Bassist Aston Barrett, who featured prominently on Marley’s classics, anchors this iteration of the Wailers.
  • Trampled by Turtles/Lord Huron, Aug. 20: Low’s Alan Sparhawk, who produced Trampled by Turtles’ 2013 album Wild Animals, described their sound as a “wall of strings.” That sound — which also features some sweet, layered harmonies —has taken a band that formed in Duluth, Minn., and carried them around the world. Lord Huron is out of Los Angeles, but came together when singer Ben Schneider took a trip to the family home in northern Michigan on Lake Huron. Last year’s Strange Trails took indie folk and added pulp narrative.

“Nothing says summer in Portland like a warm evening listening to some great music on the zoo’s concert lawn,” said Ivan Ratcliff, zoo guest services manager. “And the best part is knowing these shows benefit the our programs for animal welfare, education and conservation. Our summer concerts would not be possible without the generous support of our presenting sponsors, the Oregon College Savings Plan and Banfield Pet Hospital.”

In 1979, the Oregon Zoo became the first in America to host a summer concert series. The series has become one of the top outdoor events in the Northwest, and is the region’s longest continuously running outdoor series.

The 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, Oregon silverspot and Taylor’s checkerspot butterflies, western pond turtles and Oregon spotted frogs. Other projects include studies on Asian elephants, polar bears, orangutans and giant pandas.


Support from the Oregon Zoo Foundation 
enhances and expands the zoo’s efforts in conservation, education and animal welfare. Members, donors and corporate and foundation partners help the zoo make a difference across the region and around the world.