Oklahoma City Zoo hosting new concert series, Wild Noise

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The Oklahoma City Zoo is hosting a new concert series, Wild Noise: Concerts for Conservation, presented by Bob Moore Subaru, every Friday evening in May at the OKC Zoo’s newly remodeled picnic grounds.

Each event will feature a different Oklahoman musician with festive food and drinks available for purchase.

All events take place from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on the following dates:

Friday, May 4, 2018: Wild Noise featuring Kyle Reid and the Low Swinging Chariots

Friday, May 11, 2018: Wild Noise featuring John Calvin Abney

Friday, May 18, 2018: Wild Noise featuring Beau Jennings & the Tigers

Friday, May 25, 2018: Wild Noise featuring Samantha Crain

All attendees must be at least 21 years old. Tickets to each event are sold separately and are all available for purchase on the Zoo’s website. Tickets cost $30 and include entrance and two free drinks, according to a news release. All net proceeds from the Wild Noise series benefit the Zoo’s Round Up for Conservation program, which supports both local and global conservation initiatives.

The Zoo’s first Wild Noise series showcases a variety of Oklahoma’s musical talent. Norman-based band Kyle Reid and the Low Swinging Chariots perform original swing tunes that draw from New Orleans, gypsy jazz, and Western swing traditions.

Okie musician John Calvin Abney has made a name for himself as a solo artist and sought-after sideman. He’s toured as lead guitarist for fellow Oklahoman John Moreland. John Calvin’s new full-length album, “Coyote,” releases May 18 on Black Mesa Records.

After spending several years in Brooklyn fronting the Americana rock band Cheyenne, singer and songwriter Beau Jennings returned to Oklahoma and teamed up with the Tigers, a Norman-based group of established musicians, to form a rock band. In 2016, Beau Jennings & The Tigers released the single “Back In Town,” which was listed as one of the best songs of the year by NPR Music. In 2017, Jennings won the international Woody Guthrie Folk Festival Songwriting Competition.

Samantha was raised in rural Shawnee, Oklahoma, a town whose remote location influenced her quirky, earthy interpretation of folk music. Although inspired by the sounds of her father’s music collection, including Bob Dylan and the Grateful Dead, an adolescent Crain took even greater solace in the music of her home state, from the rootsy Americana of Woody Guthrie to the sonic experiments of the Flaming Lips. Ramseur Records took note of Crain’s work schedule, which saw her crisscrossing the country with guitar in tow, and ultimately offered her a spot on the label.

As the state’s largest and oldest cultural attraction, the Oklahoma City Zoo is proud to host the first Wild Noise concert series, a celebration of Oklahoma’s cultural footprint, in hopes to connect an up and coming generation of social influencers with our mission to conserve the world’s vanishing wildlife and wild places.

Located at the crossroads of I-44 and I-35, the Zoo is a proud member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, the American Alliance of Museums, Oklahoma City’s Adventure District and an Adventure Road partner. Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Regular admission is $11 for adults and $8 for children ages 3-11 and seniors ages 65 and older. Children 2 and younger are admitted free. For more information, go to okczoo.org.

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