This Wednesday evening, the Buffalo River Singers and Dancers kicked off our TAPpy Hour Summer Concert series at the Red River Zoo. Followed up by the REM Jazz Trio, comprised of Russ Peterson, Eric Martens and Max Johnk, from 5:30-6:30, 50 guests (plus another 75 or so who were at the zoo already) sat outside, enjoying the beautiful evening, the lush surroundings and the outstanding music.
The series, sponsored by Xcel Energy with additional support from 702 Communications, is in its first year. But with the success of the first concert and a fabulous line up for the next five weeks, it’s highly likely that this will become an annual series.
TAP’s President & CEO Dayna Del Val noted, “This series is a present to the community who support excellent local music and musicians, local art and one of our most outstanding community amenities, the Red River Zoo. We’re so grateful to Xcel Energy and 702 Communications for getting behind this series and look forward to seeing more and more people joining us as it goes on.”
Wednesday night was a reminder that those of us who live in the Metro wait all year to have a picture perfect evening where we can be outside, enjoying nature and the arts. And after last summer’s closures of so many gathering opportunities, it was particularly delightful to share this experience together.
For Del Val, one of the joys of the concert was seeing all the babies and kids enjoying live music. “It’s vitally important to introduce children at a young age to the arts so that they never wonder if they belong as makers and audience members. This is the perfect environment to do that in because they don’t have to sit still in a seat, the concerts are short and there’s plenty of space to run around and play while listening to the music.”
Admission is $5 a person for the concert, but if you are a Zoo member or are already inside when the concert start, it’s free.
Next week’s performer is David Allen, a singer-songwriter who has delighted audiences around town for years. Check out TAP’s calendar of events for more details on upcoming performers. We’ll see you at the zoo to #supportlocalart!