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BioPark sorts summer music schedule

A concert by Marc Cohn will kick off the summer’s Zoo Music series on June 13.

A concert by Marc Cohn will kick off the summer’s Zoo Music series on June 13.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The ABQ BioPark is anticipating another summer of great live music at the Rio Grande Zoo and the Botanic Garden, according to a news release from the city. The season lineup promises fun for the whole family with performers from local favorites like the New Mexico Philharmonic, Blue Hornets and Boris McCutcheon to nationally known musicians like Marc Cohn, Perla Batalla, John Gorka, Paula Cole and Little Joe y la Familia.

“We believe there is no better place in New Mexico to see live music in an outdoor setting. Plus, tickets are really affordable,” said Maryann Torrez, BioPark events and operations supervisor.

This summer’s lineup features pianists and jazz musicians, as well as bluegrass and Americana choices:

  • Mother’s Day at the Zoo (included with regular admission).


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May 11: the New Mexico Philharmonic, Jeez LaWeez and Jazz a la Carte.

  • Father’s Day Fiesta at the Zoo (included with regular admission).

June 15: Little Joe y la Familia, Grupo Control, Mariachi Mystery Tour.

Summer Nights at the Botanic Garden

Thursdays at 7 p.m.

June 12: Nosotros.

June 19: John Gorka.

June 26: Kelly Joe Phelps.

July 10: Makem & Spain Brothers.


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July 17: The Blue Hornets.

July 24: Todo Mundo.

July 31: Barefoot Movement.

Aug. 7: Kim Richey.

Aug. 14: Robin and Linda Williams.

Aug. 21: Boris McCutcheon.

Aug. 28: Caravan of Thieves.

Summer Nights guests can also look forward to the Ritzy Rouge Hula Hoop Troupe at the Botanic Garden every Thursday and the Clan Tynker Family Circus will join the fun on June 12, 19 & 26 and July 10, 17, 24 and 31.

Zoo Music lineup

Fridays at 7:30 p.m.

June 13: Marc Cohn.

June 20: Paula Cole.

June 27: Green River Ordinance.

July 11: The Young Dubliners.

July 18: The Brubeck Brothers.

July 25: Perla Batalla.

Aug. 1: Greensky Bluegrass.

Aug. 8: Sonny Landreth.

Tickets for Zoo Music and Summer Nights are $10 for adults, $5 for seniors (65+) and $3 for kids (3-12). NM BioPark Society members receive half-off. Tickets will go on sale mid-May both online and from BioPark cashiers.

“In addition to our regular concerts, we’ve got two great fundraisers in the works. It looks like Chris Isaak and Indigo Girls will probably be coming in July for Go Wild! benefit concerts,” added Torrez. “We’ll share those details as soon as they are confirmed.”

For more details about performances, see 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.