September 27, 2014

Blues for the Zoo: A Charity Concert in Big Bear Lake

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The Friends of The Big Bear Alpine Zoo announce their 5th Annual BLUES FOR THE ZOO music festival celebrating this unique mountain animal-rescue sanctuary. BLUES FOR THE ZOO takes place Saturday, September 27, 2014 at the Big Bear Lake Swim Beach Outdoor Amphitheater featuring a line-up of world-class artists.

BLUES FOR THE ZOO’s 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 day of music will be the Otis Taylor Band, a talent described by the Los Angeles Times as “blending the austerity of Delta blues with the expansiveness of free jazz….ancient-sounding, avant-garde, trance blues.” Sometimes compared to John Lee Hooker, Taylor is also an intriguing songwriter, creating material that explores the African-American experience.” His topical music has been heard in the films “Public Enemies” (with Johnny Depp and Christian Bale) and “Shooter” (with Mark Wahlberg). He has twice won the Downbeat Critics Poll for Blues Album of the Year and leads a unique group that features banjo and violin.

Janiva Magness, an incendiary vocalist who delivers scorching intensity with a dose of personal introspection, is also on the bill. Magness has been honored with 22 Blues Music Awards, from The Blues Foundation in Memphis, including four wins as Contemporary Blues Female Artist of the Year. With 10 solo recordings to her credit, this passionate singer delivers an earthy and raw stage performance, delving deep into a catalog of original and classic blues.

Opening the festival will be Bonne Musique Zydeco. Specializing in the Creole music of Louisiana, this group draws on the traditional music of New Orleans mixed with a taste of the blues, creating their own danceable blend. With the rhythm of accordion and rub board as a foundation, their kinetic brand of blues-based Cajun style is a perfect jump-start to any roots-honoring festival.

Proceeds 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 sanctuary is distinguished as the only zoological facility 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 facility for injured wildlife and confiscated animals. Friends of the Big Bear Alpine Zoo is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization formed to support the zoo’s programs through fundraising, volunteer coordination and educational activities.

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). 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

For lodging/ticket packages call the Big Bear Lake Resort Association 1-800-4-BIG-BEAR or go online at Big Bear Lake is nestled in the San Bernardino Mountains, surrounded by National Forest, with crystal blue lake as its centerpiece. Located at an approximate 7,000-foot elevation, the area is known for pristine hiking trails, boating, fishing and mountain bike runs. For more information on activities in this quaint mountain community please visit or


Swim Beach Outdoor Amphitheater 41220 Park Avenue, Big Bear Lake 92315

$30 advance / $35 day of show – Children 10 & under FREE Parking $4 on site

BLUES FOR THE ZOO tickets go on sale June 1, 2014.  Music runs from 1:00pm to 5:00pm, gates open at 11:00am.  Parking on the grounds is $4 per vehicle.

Sponsors for the 2014 event include Big Bear Valley Recreation & Park District, KBHR-FM, Big Bear Grizzly, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company and Station #343 Craft Brewery.

HOST HOTEL: NORTHWOODS RESORT call for festival rates 800 866 3121

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