Wild Summer Nights Concert Series at the Detroit Zoo
As if the zoo isn't wild enough! This summer, the Royal Oak landmark presents southeast Michigan with award-winning acts from locals who love to entertain, July 3-Aug. 28, 2013.
It may seem out of the ordinary to party down at a zoo, but nine local bands and artists take the stage at the Detroit Zoo to captivate the attention of your kids with nine Wednesdays of fun this summer during the annual Wild Summer Nights concert series, July 3-Aug. 28, 2013.
Whether you love folk, Motown hits or rock, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Concerts kick off at 6:30 p.m., and on these nights, zoo hours are extended till 8 p.m. so you and your family can party into the sunset.
Get the scoop on all the concert information here:
- July 3: The Sun Messengers: Formed in 1980, this eight-piece R&B band plays original Motown hits, jazz and funk. You may recognize them from the side of the court; they play at Detroit Pistons home games!
- July 10: Joe Reilly and the Community Gardeners: The name says it all! Joe loves to sing about nature and animals. His songs have a goal of togetherness for his audience.
- July 17: The Sugarees: Catch the unique cultural styling of deeply rooted music, which originated from bluegrass and folk: Americana.
- July 24: The Ragbirds: You may have seen this different band at the Ann Arbor Summer Festival. With musical pieces like a violin and bongo drum, how can you resist?
- July 31: The Verve Pipe: Original songs made just for the kids to groove to. The group's most recent CD "A Family Album" is filled with songs to motivate the little ones to do things like get up in the morning and gobble up all the food on their plate.
- Aug. 7: Jill Jack: Over the past 16 years, Jack has won 35 Detroit Music Awards. She hails from Ferndale and receives rave reviews for her beautiful folky voice.
- Aug. 14: Julianne Ankley: This soulful country singer played at this year's Hoedown in Detroit, she has hosted stages at the CMA Festival in Nashville and was recognized at this year's annual Detroit Music Awards.
- Aug. 21: Candy Band: Why can't kiddies rock out to crazy fun riot music? Well, for starters the Ramones aren't exactly appropriate for children's ears, but this band that pulls its inspiration from their punk music stylings is just what you need to rock your baby's world!
- Aug. 28: Mr. Seley and the Troublemakers: This teacher in Birmingham likes to make children happy by writing and performing music just for them.
Located at the Main Picnic Grove, attendees are encouraged to bring a summer evening picnic and some chairs or a blanket. Stop by a concession stand, food and drinks including beer and wine are available for purchase.
Concerts are free with zoo admission, which is typically $9-$14 but drops to $6 after 6 p.m.
See the Metro Parent listing for more on Wild Summer Nights at the Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak.