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Blues for the Zoo!
A benefit featuring Alvin Youngblood Hart


BIG BEAR LAKE, CA- BLUES FOR THE ZOO, a fundraiser for the Big Bear Alpine Zoo at Moonridge (formerly the Moonridge Animal Park) takes place Saturday, August 4, 2012 at the Big Bear Lake Swim Beach Outdoor Amphitheater, 41220 Park Avenue with a line-up of world class blues, food booths and artisan fair. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 day of show. Children 10 and under admitted free of charge. Parking is $4.00. Tickets are available from the Big Bear Chamber of Commerce, 630 Bartlett Road (walk in or via phone charge 909 866 4607), and at the Big Bear Rescue Zoo Gift Shop, 43285 Goldmine Drive or online

This lakeside setting among the ancient pines provides a scenic backdrop for a day of internationally recognized musicians plus a selection of local arts and crafts with food and beverage menu. Four restaurants will be offering fresh fare from fried catfish, gumbo and gourmet hot dogs to salads, hot pastrami and a selection of dessert items. No coolers allowed. Area artisans will have a variety of handmade products for sale including; ceramics, jewelry, photography, original paintings, custom handbags and wind chimes.

Headlining will be C.J. Chenier and the Red Hot Louisiana Band. Son of the great Zydeco pioneer Clifton Chenier, the son carries on the tradition of this unique form of roots music, born out of the bayous of Southwest Louisiana, and charged with American blues and French Creole influences. Chenier plays “muscular blues and steamroller two-steps,” describes the New York Times. Guitar legend Jimmy Thackery, with his band The Drivers, share the bill. Known for his musical skill and diversity, he can reach way back to the blues of Muddy Waters and tip his hat to Hendrix in the same set. Kicking off the afternoon’s musical gumbo is Delta blues interpreter Alvin Youngblood Hart. Influenced by the deep country blues, Hart is known as one of the world's foremost practitioners of that genre. Music runs 3:00pm to 7:00pm with gates opening at 1:00pm. Beach chairs and blankets are welcome for lawn seating. The Swim Beach will be open to concert attendees.

Big Bear Lake is a family-friendly mountain community, known for crisp, clean air and resort amenities. The area offers many activities including; hiking, fishing, kayaking, water skiing, mountain bike trails and horseback riding. The host lodge for the event is the Northwoods Resort (telephone 909 866 3121). Mention Blues For the Zoo and get a special event rate. Other Lodging/Ticket Packages are available by calling 1-800-4BIG BEAR.

Friends of the Moonridge Zoo, promoters of the concert, is a nonprofit organization supporting the Big Bear Alpine Zoo through fundraising, volunteer coordination and educational activities. The facility is a care and rehabilitation sanctuary for injured and confiscated animals. The majority of the rehabilitated animals are successfully released into the wild. A “Home For Life” is also provided to over 180 animals representing 85 species.

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