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Zoo Music Season Ends With Slide Guitar Master

Summer Nights Concerts Continue through the Month

August 6, 2014

As the nights become slowly longer in August, the summer concert season is beginning to wind down. While there are several great shows still on the Botanic Garden's calendar this month, the Zoo Music concert season concludes with the slide guitar mastery of Sonny Landreth this Friday.

This Thursday at the ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden, enjoy the sweet, powerful melodies and transporting stories sung by two-time Grammy Award-nominee, Kim Richey. NPR's World Cafe calls her folk-friendly country music "sweetly alluring." In addition to performing her own compelling music, Richey has written songs for other well-known country musicians including Trisha Yearwood, The Dixie Chicks, Brooks & Dunn and Patty Loveless.

"Kim Richey's deep voice is easy to listen to and her songwriting is strong with great stories to tell. This is her second appearance at the BioPark," says Maryann Torrez, Operations and Events Manager. "Sonny Landreth is a Zoo Music favorite. His loyal fans in Albuquerque certainly appreciate his laid back blues guitar playing and always look forward to his zoo concerts."

On Friday, slide guitar master Sonny Landreth wraps up this years' full and varied Zoo Music concert series. Considered among the most skilled slide guitarists performing today, Landreth employs a unique combination of string depression and slide instrumentation in his songs, using both techniques simultaneously. His music draws its roots from the American south, pulling from Zydeco, Mississippi Delta Blues and Southern Rock, and his lyrics have been inspired by the stories of the south, including those written down by William Faulkner.

Summer Nights and Zoo Music concerts tickets can be purchased in advance online or at the gate. Prices are: $10 adults; $5 seniors (65+); $3 children (3-12); Children 2 and younger are free. Tickets for BioPark members are half-price.