Tickets are now on sale for music super-group the B-52s, headlining the Friends of the National Zoo’s first-ever Rock’n’Roar concert fundraiser, sponsored by Capital One Bank. Best known as the World’s Greatest Party Band and for their smash hit “Love Shack,” the B-52s will take the stage on the Smithsonian’s National Zoo’s Lion/Tiger Hill at 7 p.m. on Aug. 10. All proceeds from the concert support animal care, conservation, science, education, and sustainability programs at the Zoo.
Tickets for the concert are limited and can be purchased on the Zoo’s website. General admission ticket prices are $50 for FONZ members and $65 for nonmembers. Special VIP tickets are also available for $125 and include entrance to a private reception area, priority seating in front of the stage, dinner provided by the Whole Foods Market “Love Shack,” drinks, a commemorative T-shirt, and exclusive viewing of the Zoo’s lion pride at dusk. (Note: VIP tickets sold out the first day)
“We are so excited and pleased to welcome the B-52s to headline our first-ever concert fundraiser, appropriately named ‘Rock ‘n’Roar’ to match the Zoo’s unique venue,” said Bob Lamb, executive director of Friends of the National Zoo. “We know the B-52s will be a strong draw for the DC Metro area, and we hope to continue our exhilarating concert experience for many summers to come to further the Zoo’s outstanding conservation and outreach work.”
Formed on an October night in 1976 following drinks at an Athens, GA, Chinese restaurant, the B-52s played their first gig at a friend’s house on Valentine’s Day in 1977. Naming themselves after Southern slang for exaggerated ‘bouffant’ hairdos, the newly-christened B-52s—consisting of Fred Schneider, Kate Pierson, Keith Strickland, Cindy Wilson and Ricky Wilson—began taking weekend road trips to New York City for shows at a handful of venues. Before long, a record deal followed and their self-titled debut disc sold more than 500,000 copies on the strength of their first singles, the classic “Rock Lobster,” and “52 Girls.”
Today the group, now consisting of Schneider, Pierson, Strickland and Cindy Wilson, have continued to produce records and tour, entertaining enthusiastic fans across the country with their combination of rock’n’roll, funk and retro-hip music.
Seating for Rock’n’Roar will be considered “lawn seating” on the grassy area of Lion/Tiger Hill and will be available on a first come, first serve basis, beginning at 6 p.m. VIP ticket holders will receive priority seating in front of the stage. All are encouraged to bring low-seated lawn/beach chairs or blankets to use during the concert. All adults and children ages two and older require tickets. Food and beverages will be available for purchase at the Zoo during the concert. Parking is free. The concert will be held rain or shine.
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