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Woodland Park Zoo - Press Release


April 23, 2012

See concerts.  Save animals.
BECU ZooTunes presented by Carter Subaru summer
concert series returns

- Online ticket sales begin April 27, zoo member pre-sale April 25 -

Gigi Allianic, Rebecca Whitham
206.548.2550 |

Melissa Etheridge performs this summer at Woodland Park Zoo’s 29th season of BECU ZooTunes presented by Carter Subaru.

James Minchin III


BECU ZooTunes presented by Carter Subaru returns for its 29th season and another exciting lineup. The popular concerts are held outdoors on the vast, picturesque North Meadow of Woodland Park Zoo. The new season kicks off June 27:

June 27- Leo Kottke / Jake Shimabukuro ($24)
July 3-k.d. lang and the Siss Boom Bang ($38)
July 18-Grace Potter & The Nocturnals ($22)
July 19-Ziggy Marley ($28)
Aug 1-Los Lobos / Steve Earle and the Dukes ($28)
Aug 5-The Johnny Clegg Band / Ladysmith Black Mambazo ($28)
Aug 12-An Evening With Melissa Etheridge ($39.50)
Aug 15 & 16-An Evening With Pink Martini ($34)
Aug 22-Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue / Robert Randolph & the Family Band ($26)
Aug 29-Rosanne Cash / Madeleine Peyroux ($26)

The concerts are festival seating and concert-goers are encouraged to bring blankets and low-backed folding chairs (maximum height allowed: 24” high). Outside alcohol is prohibited. 

BECU ZooTunes presented by Carter Subaru is a major source of revenue for the zoo’s mission. Proceeds from ZooTunes support the zoo’s quality animal care, engaging education programs and wildlife conservation.

Additional sponsorship support for BECU ZooTunes presented by Carter Subaru is provided by: KMTT 103.7 The Mountain and The Seattle Times.


Zoo gates open at 5:00 p.m. Concerts begin at 6:00 p.m. Concerts are held rain or shine—no ticket refunds.


All concerts take place in the North Meadow at Woodland Park Zoo. The North Meadow is near the West Entrance located at Phinney Ave. N. between N. 55th St. and N. 56th St. Additional entry is through the South Entrance at N. 50th St. & Fremont Ave. N.


Tickets go on sale beginning April 27 at 8:00 a.m. online at A $2 processing fee is added to all online ticket purchases. A limited number of tickets are available for purchase at Woodland Park Zoo gates during zoo hours: 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. daily through April 30, 9:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. daily May 1 – September 30. Ticket prices at all outlets will include a id="mce_marker" facility fee to fund maintenance of the zoo’s concert facilities. One child 12 and under per paid ticket is admitted free. Tickets sell out fast, so purchase early!

Member pre-sale
Woodland Park Zoo members will have the opportunity to purchase ZooTunes tickets before the general public. The ZooTunes member pre-sale begins online only on April 25 at 8:00 a.m. Members will receive an exclusive pre-sale link by email and can purchase up to eight pre-sale tickets per show. Pre-sale is available to active members and to new members who have registered online or at zoo entrances by Sun., April 15.

Reserved Seat upgrades
A limited number of Reserved Seat tickets are available for each show. VIP tickets provide concert-goers with premium seating (chair provided) and special parking. COST: $75 plus concert ticket price. Upgrades must be purchased online at  Reserved Seat tickets will sell out fast, so those interested are encouraged to purchase early.


For more information, call Woodland Park Zoo at 206.548.2500 option #7 or visit  Or, follow “Woodland Park Zoo – ZooTunes and Events” on Facebook at



Beer and Wine Garden – Enjoy a great selection of wine and beer during the concerts. The Beer and Wine Garden opens at 5:00 p.m. You must be 21 or older to purchase alcohol. No one will be served alcohol without proper photo I.D., regardless of age. Alcohol must stay within the designated Beer and Wine Garden area. Note: Alcohol from outside the zoo is not allowed.

Parking fee– Concert parking in zoo lots is $5.25. Payments can be made by credit card using the pay kiosks in the zoo lots. Carpoolers will be able to take advantage of reserved spaces—first-come, first-served—in the zoo’s north lot located at N. 59th Street and Evanston Ave. N. Free parking is available at lower Woodland Park. For parking alternatives, see bike, bus and shuttle information below.

Bike corrals – Biking or riding the bus helps to minimize traffic congestion and on-street parking in the neighborhoods surrounding the zoo. There is a covered bike rack located at the new West Entrance located on Phinney Ave. N. between N. 55th Street and N. 56th Street. 

Metro bus service: Take the #5 bus, just minutes from downtown Seattle or Greenwood. The bus stops by the zoo’s West Entrance at N. 55th & Phinney Ave. N. For routes and information, call 206.553.3000 or visit


June 27 –Leo Kottke / Jake Shimabukuro

Leo Kottke
Leo Kottke is an acoustic finger-style guitarist with influences from blues, jazz and folk. Kottke plays both the 6- and 12-string guitar.

Jake Shimabukuro
Jake Shimabukuro is a ukulele virtuoso from Hawaii who rose to fame by becoming one of YouTube's most popular artists.

July 3 – k.d. lang and the Siss Boom Bang
Sing it Loud is lang’s first record made entirely with a band of her own since the pair of albums with the Reclines that launched her career more than 20 years ago. lang has won four Grammy Awards, eight Juno Awards, a BRIT, an AMA, a VMA, and four awards from GLAAD. In 1996, she received Canada’s highest civilian honor, the Order of Canada.

July 18 – Grace Potter & The Nocturnals
Grace Potter & The Nocturnals are like a modern-day version of Tina Turner stroking the microphone in a spangled mini-dress while fronting the Rolling Stones circa Sticky Fingers. 

July 19 – Ziggy Marley
“Ziggy has embraced the more traditional and familiar textures and rhythms of reggae, while further defining the unique artistic vision that sets him apart,” says producer Don Was. Marley’s latest album, Wild and Free, affirms him as a master storyteller with an innate sense of soul.

Aug 1 – Los Lobos / Steve Earle and the Dukes

Los Lobos
A hybrid of traditional regional Mexican folk music, rock and roll, blues, R&B, country and other genres has found a sweet spot in the music of Los Lobos.

Steve Earle and the Dukes
Known for his political ferocity, singer-songwriter Steve Earle has been recording country- and rock-influenced music since 1986. His most recent album, I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive, was nominated for a Grammy® for Best Folk Album in 2012.

Aug 5 – The Johnny Clegg Band / Ladysmith Black Mambazo

The Johnny Clegg Band
Johnny Clegg is one of South Africa’s most celebrated sons. He is a singer,  songwriter, dancer, anthropologist, and musical activist whose infectious crossover music, a vibrant blend of Western pop and African Zulu rhythms, has exploded onto the international scene and broken through all the barriers in his own country.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Ladysmith Black Mambazo represents the traditional culture of South Africa and is regarded as the country's cultural emissary at home and around the world. Their work with Paul Simon on the Graceland album attracted a world of fans that never knew that the sounds of Zulu harmony could be so captivating.

Aug 12 – An Evening With Melissa Etheridge
Considered by many to be one of the greatest all-time female rock icons, Melissa Etheridge is also a mother and a cancer survivor. She is an outspoken cultural, political and human rights activist, a thought-provoker and a longtime truth-seeker.

Aug 15 & 16 – An Evening With Pink Martini
Pink Martini is a rollicking around-the-world musical adventure. Or, as bandleader/pianist Thomas Lauderdale puts it, “If the United Nations had a house band in 1962, hopefully we'd be that band."

Aug 22 – Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue / Robert Randolph & the Family Band

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
Grammy nominee Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews has dubbed his signature sound "Supafunkrock"—stirring together New Orleans jazz, funk and soul, laced with hard-rock power chords and hip-hop beats.

Robert Randolph & the Family Band
Pedal steel guitarist Robert Randolph leads this American funk and soul band to great acclaim—Rolling Stone named Robert to their list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time.

Aug 29 – Rosanne Cash / Madeleine Peyroux

Rosanne Cash
Rosanne Cash has recorded 11 No. 1 singles, blurring the genres of country, rock, roots and pop. In 1985 she won the Grammy Award® for Best Female Country Vocal Performance for "I Don't Know Why You Don't Want Me," and has received 10 other nominations.

Madeleine Peyroux
Jazz singer-songwriter Madeleine Peyroux is in the midst of her journey. Renowned for her interpretive song skills, the vocalist delves deeper into her reinvention, writing the bulk of the songs on her latest album, Standing On the Rooftop, pushing past any preconceived notions about her music and daring herself to expand her sonic template.

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