Summer Nights and Zoo Music Offer Music, Dancing and Food
Cool off in the shade of cottonwood trees at the ABQ BioPark this Thursday and Friday as you enjoy live music, entertainment, picnics and friends during one of our summer concert series, featuring Lori McKenna at the Botanic Garden's Summer Nights on June 28, and The Elders at Zoo Music on June 29.
Lori McKenna, a staple of the Boston folk music scene, is known for her eloquent, honest lyrics and heartfelt guitar rhythms. Her music might sound familiar, because country greats like Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Allison Krauss and Keith Urban cover her songs.
"Lori McKenna writes magical, intimate songs," said Maryann Torrez, Special Events Manager.
Gates open at 6 p.m. and the concert starts at 7 p.m. The Ritzy Rouge Hula Hoop Troupe and Clan Tynker Family Circus also join the fun on Thursday. In addition, Summer Nights guests can tour the Garden until 8 p.m. and the Aquarium until 9 p.m. Summer Nights is sponsored by Channel 95.1 All the Hits, 104.7 Albuquerque's Classic Country and Best Western Rio Grande Inn.
The Elders, a Celtic-rock band, return to Zoo Music on Friday night with rich arrangements from traditional Irish to American folk music. They have a reputation for exceeding audiences' expectations and filling the park with dancing fans.
"This is not your stereotypical Celtic band," said Torrez. "People follow them from gig to gig."
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. on Fridays. Zoo Music is sponsored by Big-I 107.9 New Mexico's Country, 100.3 The Peak, KOB Channel 4 and Best Western Rio Grande Inn.
Tickets for either concert are $10 for adults, $5 for seniors (65+) and $3 for children (3-12). Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance online or from BioPark cashiers. Guests may bring blankets, picnics and folding chairs. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. No outside alcohol is permitted. For more information, visit www.abqbioparkmusic.com.