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See a collection of Cincinnati’s finest and most respected music veterans playing together in the Zoo’s beautiful gardens, for FREE! Why tip-toe through the tulips when you can rock the garden?
Admission is free after 5pm. Parking is $9.
As a reminder NO outside alcohol is permitted to be brought inside the Zoo. Beer will be available for purchase. Bags will be inspected at the turnstiles before entering the Zoo.
Enjoy the Zoo Blooms while you’re here!
April 7: Tommy & Hub
April 14: Runaway Sidecar
April 7th Band
Honey & Houston
Hailing from Northern Kentucky, Lauren Houston and Heather Turner are the fuel behind the fire of Honey & Houston. Joined by multi-instrumentalist Mark Cretcher and drummer Daniel Peterson the band has quickly become a fixture on the Cincinnati scene, playing high-profile festivals like Buckle Up and the Whispering Beard as well as opening for national acts including Tim O’Brien, Eilen Jewell, David Bromberg and Scott Miller / Rayna Gellert. In 2014 they were nominated for a Cincinnati Entertainment Award. The group blends diverse influences with sweet melodies and goose bump-inducing harmonies.
Heather and Lauren met in 2006 at a gig they were each playing – Heather with her band at the time, Tupelo Honey, and Lauren as a singer/songwriter. Fast friends from the start, the pair have traveled the local music scene as well as the world. Time spent together in Spain inspired them to form the band.
Honey & Houston recently released their debut album Barcelona to immediate critical acclaim. Each song on the album has a story, drawing from their travels, hard times, life changes and love. In the words of one of their songs, “Giving up is not an option!”
Buffalo Wabs & The Price Hill Hustle
Buffalo Wabs & The Price Hill Hustle is a Cincinnati based, 4 piece Americana/Folk band that blends the tradition of heroes like Woody Guthrie and Mississippi John Hurt w/ contemporary flavor. In its short existence, the band has grown its fan base by getting out in front of folks. Whether it’s the great variety of local shows or their regional touring, they always bring high energy onto every stage on which they perform.
Buffalo Wabs (aka Matt Wabnitz) spearheads this group, playing guitar and taking most of the vocal duties. Casey Campbell, Ian Mathieu, and Scott Risner comprise The Price Hill Hustle side of the equation. The group is deeply rooted in the tradition of Old Time pioneers; however, the energy they bring to a live performance could burn down the rowdiest honky-tonk in town.
The four members met through the Cincinnati music community at open mics and seeing each other at other shows around town. They’ve all had different musical projects of their own. After joining each other onstage at several venues they realized the chemistry was undeniable. They began playing more and more, and it seemed as though the more they played, the more they played. Crowds were hypnotized immediately.
“The Hustle,” as they are often referred to, brings something uniquely different that is rarely found with bands. The band brings its own vibe everywhere it goes. It’s almost a culture in itself. Followers have even begun to invent their own vernacular; for example, you may hear someone say they got “Hustled” last night. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. Getting “Hustled” is just one’s way of saying, “I saw Buffalo Wabs & The Price Hill Hustle and they TORE IT UP!” Hopefully you can get yourself “Hustled” real soon.
April 14th Bands
Details coming soon!
April 21st Bands
The Cliftones are a group of musicians, who together, create powerful music – a unique style of crucial, powerhouse roots reggae. In the true spirit of roots and culture, The Cliftones blend the sounds of a relentless dance groove with positive upliftment in the lyrical message. The result is an individual sound that is undeniably their trademark.
Plus, join the Greenest Zoo in America as we celebrate Earth Day during our 6th annual “Party for the Planet” during Tunes & Blooms with a Rain Barrel Art Benefit Auction and organizations from around the region will be on hand to share their expertise and resources about living more sustainably!
April 28th Bands