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Summer zoo concerts line up Doobies, Go-Gos, Ziggy

by: COURTESY OF THE DOOBIE BROTHERS - Ready to listen to the music? The Doobie Brothers bring more than four decades of rock 'n' roll rumblin' to the Oregon Zoo when the band closes the summer concert series in early September.The Oregon Zoo is heading back to the late '70s this summer with its 35th annual summer concert series.

On tap will be the Doobie Brothers, the B-52s, Go-Gos and Huey Lewis and the News during the concerts that begin in June.

Also on the schedule are “Weird Al” Yankovic, Ziggy Marley, Indigo Girls, Randy Newman, Lyle Lovett, Los Lobos, Chris Isaak, LeAnn Rimes, Lee Brice and Old Crow Medicine Show. For more information and a full schedule, visit www.zooconcerts.com.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. April 26 and can be purchased in person at the zoo or online at www.zooconcerts.com.

“Nothing says summer in Portland like a warm evening on the zoo concert lawn, listening to some amazing music,” said Kim Smith, zoo director. “And the best part is these concerts benefit the zoo’s programs for animal welfare, education and conservation. I’m really excited about the concert lineup this year. We’ve tried to include something for just about every musical taste.”

The 2013 series kicks off with folk legend John Prine on June 22 and winds up with the Doobies in early September.

Music fans who want to purchase tickets early may do so starting April 23 by becoming a zoo member before that date via the zoo website: www.oregonzoo.org/get-involved/membership. Non-members can receive a code to purchase tickets starting April 24 by becoming a fan on the zoo’s Facebook page or following the zoo on Twitter.

In a new offering this year, concert tickets will be good for zoo admission all day on the date of the show. Concerts begin at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted; not every show has an opening act, so fans should make sure to arrive on time to make sure they don’t miss part of the show.

Later this spring, officials will announce the lineup for Sunset at the Zoo, the popular evening series that debuted last summer as an expansion of the zoo’s traditional Wednesday concerts. Free for zoo members, Sunset at the Zoo offers a feel-good festival vibe, with live music from local artists, family-friendly activities and the chance to get to know animals that are active during twilight hours.

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