The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens is excited to announce the line-up for its new Concerts for Conservation series. The weekly concerts kick off on Sunday, January 22, running every Sunday through February 26 from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Concerts for Conservation will feature a variety of musical performers, is free for members or with paid park admission and will be held outside in the beautiful Palm Garden. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.
The first concert on January 22, features The Kings of 88. This group brings a high-energy show with a great mix of music, honoring some of the most popular artists of piano rock. The Kings of 88 covers everyone from Billy Joel and Elton John to Ray Charles and Jerry Lee Lewis.
Bleeding Harp, a favorite from Brew at the Zoo, returns to The Living Desert on January 29. Bleeding Harp is a rockin’ blues band fusing old school blues with modern influences of rock, jam and southern rock.
On February 5, noted keyboardist and composer, Lao Tizer, will entertain with an eclectic mix of jazz, rock, classical, Afro Cuban and world rhythms. Tizer will be joined by Gene Coye on drums and Anthony Crawford on bass.
Andy Cahan, touted as one of the most famous musicians you’ve never heard of, will perform at Concerts for Conservation on February 12. Cahan has been in the music business for over 40 years. He was the musical director and keyboard player for The Turtles and has played with, produced and recorded with the likes of Jim Hendrix, Little Richard and more.
The Shadow Mountain Band will bring their unique mountain-style harmonies to The Living Desert on February 19. The group began several years ago as a hillbilly music jam session at Pappy and Harriet’s, and performs bluegrass, country and gospel, blending their own original songs with classics by Hank Williams and Buffalo Springfield.
The final concert will celebrate International Kids Day by featuring the young musicians of AMP (the Academy of Musical Performance) and Mariachi Juvenil de CVHC.  AMP is a local, music education program whose goal is to enrich the lives of young musicians living in the Coachella Valley by fostering productivity and social responsibility through creativity, communication and collaboration in the development and enhancement of musical performance and concert production skills. Mariachi Juvenil is a program of the Coachella Valley Housing Coalition that brings youth together to perform traditional Mariachi instruments at area cultural events.