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Dallas Zoo’s Safari Nights concerts offer 8 weeks of live music under the Texas stars and side-by-side with furry friends
Jun 3, 2014

Safari Nights presented by TXUSaturday nights will sizzle again this summer at the Dallas Zoo, where the free Safari Nights evening concert series, presented in partnership with TXU Energy, will feature live music from original songwriters  and tribute bands, extended hours and a chance to mingle with some of the zoo’s wildest stars.

For eight consecutive Saturday nights, beginning June 7 and ending July 26, visitors can embrace a blend of nature and live music on the zoo’s shady Cat Green – a safe haven from thermometer-tipping summertime temperatures.

“TXU Energy is thrilled to partner with the Dallas Zoo on an exciting summertime series that is representative of many of our own priorities,” said Michael Grasso, chief marketing officer for TXU Energy. “We love that the Dallas Zoo isn’t letting the summer heat zap everyone’s energy, but is providing an outlet for Texans to cool down and recharge. The summertime relief, free concerts and good old fashioned fun mirror initiatives close to TXU Energy’s heart and give our customers (free!) keys to a successful summer.”

The concert lineup, arranged through a partnership with
The Kessler in Oak Cliff, includes:

June 7: The Killdares (Celtic rock)

June 14: Brave Combo (Polka/rock/world beat)

June 21: ESCAPE (Journey tribute)

June 28: Sara Hickman (Texas singer/songwriter)

July 5: A Hard Night’s Day (The Beatles tribute)

July 12: FastLane (The Eagles tribute)

July 19: TheBird Dogs (Texas country); Petty Theft (Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers tribute)

July 26: The O’s(Americana/indie pop/alternative country)

The concerts run from 7-9 p.m., and guests are encouraged to bring blankets or lawn chairs. Special events include a lion keeper talk at 5 p.m.; an elephant keeper talk at 5:30 p.m.; SOAR, A Festival of Flight bird show at 6 p.m.; and an Animal Adventures presentation at 6:30 p.m. Guests may visit animals up close at Wild Encounters stage every half hour from 5-8 p.m. Giraffe feeding, lorikeet feeding, Children’s Zoo and Travis & Zach’s Birds Landing exhibits and bounce houses are open until 8 p.m. Food will be available for purchase, along with soft drinks, cold beer and wine.

The concerts are free with zoo admission, which is $15 for ages 12-64; $12 for ages 3-11 and seniors; and free for children under age 2 and DZS members. Parking is $8 per vehicle (free for members), or visitors can take the DART Red Line straight to the Zoo entrance to avoid traffic.


Details about the bands:

The Killdares combine sizzling fiddles and bagpipes with electric guitar, bass and drums to create an alternative Celtic rock sound that’s unique and energizing.

For the past three decades, Brave Combo has perfected a rhythmic global journey mix that includes salsa, meringue, rock, cumbia, conjunto, polka, zydeco, classical, cha cha, the blues and more.

Sara Hickman is an acclaimed singer/songwriter who was named the Official State Musician of Texas in 2010, an honor previously won by Willie Nelson. The 2011 album “The Best of Times” featured 30 Texas musicians recording her songs, including such breakout acts as Nelson, Shawn Colvin, Edie Brickell and Ruthie Foster.


And The O’s combine Americana and indie pop with alternative country sounds to create a large indie-Americana act – making good music for good people.

The Safari Nights tribute bands are popular Dallas favorites, drawing big crowds at every performance with their spot-on renditions of hits by superstars such as Tom Petty, The Beatles, Eagles and Journey.


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