“Music In The Zoo” 2011

Music in the Zoo

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Eight popular Los Angeles indie bands take the spotlight under the stars when the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (GLAZA) presents a rare opportunity for an after-hours visit at “Music in the Zoo” — Local Scene Night on Friday, July 15, 2011.

Report by Pauline Adamek

A line-up of performances take place from 6 to 9 pm throughout the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens, and guests can view many of the Zoo’s animals (until 8 pm) as well as enjoy an eclectic array of food and beverages.  Picnics are also permitted.

The line-up includes:

post-punk guitar band ABE VIGODA;

BIG SEARCH, known for black metal/bluegrass;

HANDS, featuring indie rock;

POLLYN, offering atmospheric tunes;

garage/psych minded ALLAH LAS;

Kitten, featuring bluesy, alternative, rock influenced music;

Mini Mansions, which plays psych pop;

and folk-rock band HoneyHoney.

A second “Music in the Zoo” – Classic Rock Night featuring cover bands playing music by iconic groups ranging from the Beatles to Led Zeppelin takes place on Thursday, July 28, 2011, 6 to 9 pm.

That night features tribute bands performing covers of popular songs by U2, The Grateful Dead, The Eagles, The Beatles, The Doors, and more.

Food and beverage selections available at locations throughout the Zoo including a beer and wine bar; soft drinks; grilled barbeque hamburgers, grilled chicken, and Italian sausage served with beans, potato salad and chips; pulled pork and chicken sliders with coleslaw; specialty hot and cold sandwiches, salads; chicken tender baskets; shrimp cocktail; vegetable cups; fruit cups; hot dogs; kids meals, and snacks like popcorn, cotton candy, ice cream, pretzels, and churros with a variety of sweet fillings.

“Music in the Zoo” is one of many programs presented by the private, non-profit Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (GLAZA), founded in 1963.  For nearly five decades, GLAZA has funded exhibits, plant and animal species conservation, capital projects, and education and community outreach programs at the Los Angeles Zoo, an international leader in the preservation of endangered species and a conservation center for the care and study of wildlife.  GLAZA also builds and invests endowment funds and operates five essential departments on behalf of the Zoo, including development, publications, membership, volunteers and oversight of the Zoo’s food/retail concessions.  There are currently 72,000 GLAZA member households representing more than 300,000 adults and children, the largest membership base of a cultural organization in Los Angeles, and a volunteer corps of over 700.

Admission to “Music in the Zoo” for GLAZA members is $13.00 for adults and $8.00 for children ages 6 to 15.  (cheap!)

Admission for non-members is $17.00 for adults and $11.00 for children ages 6 to 15. (Why not become a GLAZA member?!)

Children 5 and under are free.

The Los Angeles Zoo is located at 5333 Zoo Drive in Griffith Park at the junction of the Ventura (134) and Golden State (5) freeways.

Tickets for “Music in the Zoo” may be purchased at the Zoo or in advance by phone at (323) 644-6042 or online.

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