BIG BEAR LAKE, CA- The Friends of The Big Bear Alpine Zoo announce their 4th Annual BLUES FOR THE ZOO music festival to celebrate this unique mountain animal rescue sanctuary. BLUES FOR THE ZOO is set for Saturday, August 3, 2013 at the Big Bear Lake Swim Beach Outdoor Amphitheater with a line-up of world-class artists.
The lakeside setting offers a scenic backdrop for an afternoon of internationally recognized musicians along with a selection of local arts and crafts and a freshly prepared food/beverage menu. Headlining the afternoon of music will be the Windy City Harmonica Breakdown, bringing together two generations of Chicago musicians, with a rare west coast appearance by preeminent harmonica great Billy Branch, a charismatic stage performer and respected educator. Branch hand-picked fellow harpists Russ Green and Omar Coleman to showcase the best of Chicago blues for this event.
Popular Southern California group Cafe R&B, are also on the bill. New Times describes the band’s lead singer; “Roach has a voice like a velvet-covered freight train, sliding down honey-coated tracks. She shimmies and shakes, vibrates and vamps, titters and taps like a country preacher with two fists full of snakes.” Guitarist Byl Carruthers punctuates the music with his deep blues electric style and drives Cafe R&B through a set of well-known blues classics plus a selection of original material.
Opening the festival will be the boogie woogie grooves of pianist Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne, considered one of the missing links between the past and modern-day blues piano players. From Vancouver, British Columbia, this Juno Award-winning (Canada’s equivalent of the Grammy Award) artist -resplendent in a brightly colored, French custom-tailored stage suit - hammers out deeply felt blues, and puts a fresh coat of paint on traditional roots-based rock and roll.
Profits from the charity concert will benefit the Big Bear Alpine Zoo, which rose from the ashes of the 1959 forest fires that devastated the natural eco-system of the San Bernardino Mountains. The facility is distinguished as the only zoological location in the United States located in an Alpine/Sub-Alpine environment, dedicated to the preservation of its indigenous species. The zoo is a fully licensed, designated care and rehabilitation facility for injured and confiscated animals. The majority of the rehabilitated animals are successfully released into the wild. If unfit after rehab treatment, the animals are given a “Home for Life” at the park. Friends of the Big Bear Alpine Zoo is a 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization formed to support the park’s programs through fundraising, volunteer coordination and educating the public on the treatment, protection and conservation of wildlife. Some of those making a home at the Moonridge Animal Park include grizzly bears, bison, timber wolves, bobcats, bald eagles, Canadian lynx, coatmundis, raccoons and mule deer.
Tickets, go on sale June 1, 2013 - $30 in advance and $35 at the gate. Children 10 and under admitted free of charge. Music runs from 3:00pm to 7:00pm with gates opening at 1:00pm. Beach chairs and blankets are welcome for lawn festival-style seating, no coolers please (a selection of food and beverage will be available on site). Parking on the grounds is $4.00 per vehicle. Tickets may be purchased in person or via telephone from the Big Bear Chamber of Commerce 909-866-4607, at the Big Bear Alpine Zoo Gift Shop (43285 Goldmine Drive in Big Bear Lake) or online at www.bluesforthezoo.com. For lodging/ticket packages call the Big Bear Lake Resort Association 1-800-4-BIG-BEAR or go online at www.bigbear.com.
Sponsors for the 2013 event include; Big Bear Valley Recreation & Park District, KBHR-FM, Big Bear Grizzly, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company and The City of Big Bear Lake.
HOST HOTEL: NORTHWOODS RESORT
call for festival rates 800 866 3121
Phone Number: 9095470504