Many of the new faces at the 2008 Minnesota Zoo concert series are old names with splendid resumes: Hootie & the Blowfish, Bootsy Collins, Morris Day & the Time and Booker T. & the MGs.

The 25 shows at the Weesner Family Amphitheater will feature such familiar zoo attractions as Lucinda Williams and Marc Cohn, as well as younger sensations Hasidic rapper Matisyahu and blues-rock guitar hero Derek Trucks, who will share a bill with his wife, Susan Tedeschi. The diverse lineup includes plenty for fans of Louisiana music, vintage R&B, jam-band music and Cities 97 fare.

Here's the lineup:


June 12 Aimee Mann, June 14 Amos Lee, June 19 Cross Canadian Ragweed, June 20 the Radiators, June 25 the Wailers, June 26 Irma Thomas, June 28 Matisyahu, July 29 Rusted Root, June 30 Lucinda Williams.


July 1 Bootsy Collins, July 7 Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi, July 18 Terrance Simien, July 19 Shawn Phillips, July 22 Marc Cohn, July 26 Rebirth Brass Band, July 27 Hootie & the Blowfish.


Aug. 1 Gear Daddies, Aug. 8 Keb Mo, Aug. 9 Booker T & the MGs, Aug. 15 Morris Day & the Time, Aug. 16 Joe Bonamassa, Aug. 21 Sonny Landreth, Aug. 22 Gaelic Storm, Aug. 23 Jerry Jeff Walker, Aug. 30 Billy Bob Thornton.

Opening acts will be announced later.

Ticket packages -- buy five shows and save up to 25 percent -- will be on sale May 9 to 16 at Ticketmaster outlets.

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Jon Bream • 612-673-1719