It's hard to deny that Bruce "The Boss" Springsteen is a king of the music jungle. So, it's only fitting that Springsteen tribute band Bruce in the USA will kick off the Dallas Zoo's weekly Safari Nights concert series this Saturday, June 8.
For eight consecutive Saturday nights this summer, beginning this Saturday and ending on July 27, the zoo will host Safari Nights, featuring music, food, drinks (including beer and wine) and longer hours (the animals will be out until 9 p.m., rather than the usual 5 p.m.).
The concerts, which start at 7 p.m., will take place on the grassy area known as the Cat Green (which, luckily, is shaded), and visitors are encouraged to bring blankets or lawn chairs.
"Safari Nights is a perfect blend of nature and music," says Gregg Hudson, president and chief executive officer of Dallas Zoo Management Inc. "A concert under the stars and our animals will be fun for every guest, both our members and the visitors who haven't been here in a while. It'll be a great way to introduce the many changes and improvements at the Dallas Zoo."
Founded in 1888 as the first zoological park in the Southwest, the Dallas Zoo is enjoying unprecedented success, with record attendance and record membership of more than 20,000. It remains the largest zoo in Texas. Spokeswoman Laurie Holloway largely attributes the success to recent and continual changes and updates to the zoo and its events and attractions, which always provide visitors with a new, enjoyable experience.
The concerts are free with the price of zoo admission, which is $12 for anyone between 12 and 64 years old, $9 for ages 3 to 11 or 65 and older, and free for children ages 2 and younger. However, if you're a Dallas Zoo member, admission and parking are free.
The summer concert lineup includes:
June 8: Bruce in the USA (Bruce Springsteen tribute)
June 15: Petty Theft (Tom Petty tribute)
June 22: Hard Night's Day (Beatles tribute)
June 29: Trout Fishing in America (folk rock/children's music)
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July 6: Satisfaction (Rolling Stones tribute)
July 13: A1A Live (Jimmy Buffett tribute)
July 20: The Killdares (Celtic rock)
July 27: Sara Hickman (singer/songwriter)