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Honeyhouse at Summer Nights and Ruthie Foster at Zoo Music.

BioPark Concerts Feature Soulful Singers This Week

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July 30, 2013

The ABQ BioPark features the soulful sounds of four incredible women in concerts this week. For sweet harmonies and soaring vocals, join us on August 1 for hONEyhoUSe at Summer Nights. Then, Ruthie Foster brings her dynamic performance of blues and more to Zoo Music on August 2.

hONEyhoUSe is an acoustic trio combining the talents of Hillary Smith, Yvonne Perea and Mandy Buchanan. With each singer contributing her own unique style, hONEyhoUSe delivers a sound that includes blues, soul, folk and Americana. The group was awarded the 2012 Best Album of the Year by the New Mexico Music Awards and has continued to gain fans and success with songs like Rio Grande, Beautiful You (one of this week's free songs for Wild Beats subscribers), On and On and Fire on the Hill, which won the NMMA Best Song for 2013.

On Thursdays, gates open at 6 p.m. and the concert starts at 7 p.m. Summer Nights guests can tour the ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden until 8 p.m. and the Aquarium until 9 p.m. Summer Nights is sponsored by Big-I 107.9 New Mexico's Country, 104.7 Albuquerque's Classic Country and the Best Western Rio Grande Inn.

Ruthie Foster.

Ruthie Foster's life has always revolved around music. She debuted as a soloist in her uncle's gospel choir at age 14 in her hometown of Gause, Texas. After studying music at McClennan Community College and performing in clubs and bars, she joined the U.S. Navy. Music found her there, too. Foster performed in a Navy ensemble across the southeastern United States and has been touring and performing ever since. She has gained national and international attention, earning many awards, including the 2010 Blues Music Award for Contemporary Blues Female Artist and the 2013 Austin Music Awards for Best Female Vocalist. On stage, Foster is irresistible with electrifying vocals and a band backing her up that "bristles with soul." (Listen to Aim for the Heart, the other free song for Wild Beats subscribers.)

On Fridays, gates open at 6 p.m. and the concert starts at 7:30 p.m. Zoo Music goers can enjoy animal exhibits until 8 p.m. Zoo Music is sponsored by KOB Channel 4, 100.3 The Peak, Channel 95.1 All the Hits and the Best Western Rio Grande Inn.

The ABQ BioPark's two concert series, Zoo Music and Summer Nights, offer an affordable and enjoyable evening for families and friends. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for seniors (65+) and $3 for children (3-12). NM BioPark Society members receive half-price tickets. Tickets are available online or from BioPark cashiers from 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. daily and starting at 6 p.m. on concert nights.

Music fans can sign up for the BioPark's new Wild Beats music e-newsletter for updates on the coming acts, free music downloads and concert-night food and gift specials.

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