More reunions from the Go-Go's and Boyz II Men and lots of interesting double-headers round out the 2011 concert schedule.
Add Los Lobos, Little Feat's "Dixie Chicken" and the "Ladies Gone Wild Tour" by the Go-Go's to all the critters, including the Monkees, appearing at this year's Music in the Zoo series.
While concerts by the Monkees and Florence & the Machine were previously announced, most of the shows in the Minnesota Zoo's 19th annual outdoor concert series were revealed Monday. Joining the Monkees' July 1-2 gigs on the reunion circuit were the Go-Go's for the season's opening show June 14, plus Boyz II Men Aug. 18. In the way-back flashback department comes the so-called Hippiefest on Aug. 21 with Dave Mason (of Traffic), Rick Derringer, Mark Farner (Grand Funk Railroad) and Felix Cavalieri of the Rascals, while jazzmen David Sanborn, George Duke and Marcus Miller will land together Aug. 8.
Maybe the best thing about this year's lineup is its list of impressive double-headers, including James Cotton with Charlie Musselwhite (June 16), Mavis Staples with Taj Mahal (June 29), Matisyahu with the North Mississippi All-Stars (June 30), revived rockabilly queen Wanda Jackson with Justin Townes Earle (Aug. 6) and zoo regulars Los Lobos and Los Lonely Boys (Aug. 9). There are also a couple of Twin Cities two-fers: the Suburbs with the Suicide Commandos (July 15), and Jeremy Messersmith with Rogue Valley (Aug. 19).
Other familiar names returning to the Apple Valley amphitheater are Trombone Shorty (June 23), Nanci Griffith (June 25), the Dark Star Orchestra (June 27), Toots & the Maytals (July 9), Little Feat (July 10), the Indigo Girls (July 13), Dave Koz (July 16), Marc Cohn (July 31), Brandi Carlile (Aug. 13), Railroad Earth (Aug. 16), George Thorogood (Aug. 17) and Gaelic Storm (Aug. 25). Newbies making their zoo debut include Jack's Mannequin (June 28) and Sara Bareilles (July 12).