Music in the Zoo Is Canceled for 2020

For the first time in 27 years, the annual outdoor concert series at the Minnesota Zoo will not go on
Music in the Zoo. Courtesy Sue McLean & Associates and Greg Gibson
A staple of summer concert series for more than 25 years, the Music in the Zoo is held in the Minnesota Zoo’s outdoor amphitheater

Courtesy Sue McLean & Associates and Greg Gibson

Local concert promotions company Sue McLean & Associates announced that the Music in the Zoo 2020 concert series will be canceled due to the risk of spreading COVID-19. Summer 2020 would have marked the 28th year of this iconic music season, but this year, Sue McLean & Associates wasn’t even able to announce the lineup in April.

Kacey Musgraves playing at the 2015 Music in the Zoo. Courtesy Sue McLean & Associates and Greg Gibson
Kacey Musgraves playing at the 2015 Music in the Zoo

Courtesy Sue McLean & Associates and Greg Gibson

“The safety and health of all involved is our first priority, along with not compromising the unique and magical live music experience at the Minnesota Zoo that artists and fans alike have come to love and expect. The health crisis of COVID-19 has unfortunately rendered this impossible at this time,” writes the Sue McLean & Associates team on their website, thanking its supporters, artists, and fans. “SMA looks forward to the day we can safely bring live music back to fans!”

Usually a staple from the months of June to August, Music in the Zoo is held in the Minnesota Zoo’s outdoor Weesner Family Amphitheater rain or shine. Recent lineups included new and returning guests such as Belle & Sebastian, Marc Cohn, Pat Benatar, Roseanne Cash, Chaka Khan, the Okee Dokee Brothers, the Indigo Girls, Eric Hutchinson, and the B-52s.

For a taste of some of the songs Music in the Zoo fans have loved over the years, Sue McLean & Associates will be releasing a Song of the Day on Facebook and Twitter.

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