No zoo concerts in 2022, but promoter books Gary Clark Jr. and Kelsea Ballerini in Plymouth

With their hit Music in the Zoo series not returning this summer, Twin Cities concert promoters Sue McLean & Associates are turning their attention to other outdoor shows, including a big weekend with blues rocker Gary Clark Jr. and country pop star Kelsea Ballerini at Plymouth’s Hilde Amphitheater on July 29 and 30, respectively.

Tickets for those Friday and Saturday night shows go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday through eTix.com for $60-$150, with options including a two-day pass to both concerts. Presale starts Tuesday.

Clark will have “Hang Me Up to Dry” hit rockers Cold War Kids for his warm-up, as well as fellow Austinite Suzanne Santo and local darlings Kiss the Tiger. Ballerini brings in the Band Perry and bubbly newcomer Brittney Spencer as her openers.

Perhaps the most celebrated guitar hero of the past decade, Clark won the Grammy for best contemporary blues album from his latest record, 2019’s “This Land,” but he’s also maintained a strong rock following. Example: He’s also dating Guns N’ Roses in Europe this summer. Ballerini is still riding high on her 2020 album, “Kelsea,” which features the hits “Homecoming Queen?” and “Half of my hometown.”

Late industry pioneer McLean’s team (SMA) has produced a few concerts a summer at the Hilde for the past few years, including shows with Trombone Shorty and the BoDeans last summer. The amphitheater can accommodate more than 7,500 people with a spacious grassy general access area for lounge chairs. These gigs also have a “party pit” in the front and VIP sections.

This year’s Hilde shows will help fill the void at the Minnesota Zoo in Apple Valley, where SMA hosted the Music in the Zoo series with great success for 27 years, until the pandemic ended it abruptly in 2020. . Despite the concert industry’s return with a roar this year, the zoo’s administrators will keep things quieter at night this summer.

“We understand that the Minnesota Zoo is focused on their animal collection and their own events, and there are no plans at this time to bring back Music in the Zoo,” SMA president Patricia McLean said in a statement, offering new comfort. to Twin Cities. concertgoers: Her company will again be producing concerts in Canterbury Park.

Stay tuned for details on the performances at the horse racing track in Shakopee, which last summer featured performances by Old Crow Medicine Show, Daughtry, En Vogue, Steve Earle and Robert Cray.

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