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AUGUST 27TH - GRIFFIN HOUSE & GUSTER CONCERT AT LINCOLN PARK ZOO

From: Scott
Sent on: Tuesday, July 13, 2010 12:39 AM
Hi Pine Pointers,

We are looking at getting some "group tickets" to Lincoln Park's Jammin' at the Zoo for Friday, August 27th If we get 20 or more participants, we can get the zoo membership rate of $21 adult and $10 child (and possibly early admission to the concert at 5:45PM instead of the regular gate opening at 6:00PM, concert starts at 7:00PM).

IF YOU WANT DISCOUNTED TICKETS, PLEASE E-MAIL ME BY TUESDAY, JULY 20TH . INDICATE THE NUMBER OF TICKETS YOU NEED . THIS IS A FIRM COMMITMENT AND YOU'LL BE EXPECTED TO PAY $21 PER TICKET ($10 FOR A CHILD'S TICKET) FOR THE NUMBER YOU INDICATED SHOULD WE GET THE 20 TICKET MINIMUM MET. If we don't get 20 attending, everyone will be on their own to buy tickets ($23 at the zoo, $30 by phone/Internet due to service charges, child tickets are $12 at the zoo).

It's a lovely way to see a concert. The stage is right next to the flamingos who I'm sure will dance for us.

PERFORMING ARTISTS:

Griffin House He's a PPSC favorite since eight of us saw him perform at the Belly-up in Aspen March of 2009. He's an alternative-rock/folk singer and songwriter from Nashville, TN (originally from Ohio). This will be my 4th time seeing him in concert, I highly recommend him! Here's his iTunes bio: A Nashville-based musician with a Midwestern upbringing, Griffin House spikes his pop/rock songwriting with a dose of rootsy, atmospheric Americana. House was born and raised in Ohio, where he eventually discovered his musical gifts while attending Miami University in Oxford. Inspired by Bruce Springsteen, Woody Guthrie, and the Mermaid Avenue albums by Wilco and Billy Bragg, House embraced the craft of songwriting and issued several albums as an independent artist. His mix of sentimental melodies, ambient guitars, and sparse arrangements attracted attention from Nettwerk, a Vancouver-based record label, and House soon partnered with the label's American branch it issue Lost and Found in 2004. Several self-released albums followed, and House signed with RCA before issuing Flying Upside Down , a folk-rock album recorded with members of Tom Petty's Heartbreakers. Although originally available via iTunes in 2007, the record was released in stores early the following year, followed in 2010 by his second album for the Nettwerk label, The Learner .

Guster is the headliner and their music has a nice sound. Here's what iTunes had to say: "Originally consisting of two guitarists and a bongo player, Guster defied the traditional mold in more ways than one. Going the indie route for their first two albums, they developed a fan base and toured relentlessly, winning at the 1997 Boston Music Awards for Best Live Act. On Lost and Gone Forever they employed producer Steve Lillywhite (U2, Peter Gabriel). It paid off: not only did "Fa Fa" chart, but the album did as well. The song "Ramona" sort of echoes the Turtles' 1968 hit "Elenore," albeit in a laid-back way, while "Window" is reminiscent of the best of mid-period Barenaked Ladies. The acoustic version of "Amsterdam," replete with banjo, retains the vibrancy of the original even while backing off the dBs a few notches. And it take a certain self-assurance to do a kids song while maintaining alt-pop cred: check out the song "I've Got to Be Clean." After hard-edged, Seattle-based grunge took over the Pop charts in the early '90's, it was inevitable that its counterpoint would develop. East Coast bands like Fountains of Wayne and West Coast artists like Death Cab for Cutie explored melodic alt-pop sensibilities. They, along with Boston three-piece Guster, found a place where they didn't have to be as serious as their flannel-swaddled predecessors and peers, and could be intelligent without being arch. Much as their spiritual ancestors Big Star revolved around the writing talent of Alex Chilton, so does Guster around Ryan Miller. Known for being a riveting live act, Guster exudes an unforced charm on it's studio recordings as well."

Location
Concerts are held at Lincoln Park Zoo on the South Lawn . Seating is general admission, and guests are invited to bring small blankets. Come early and enjoy a delicious dinner from Park Place Caf?. Beer and wine will be available for purchase for guests 21 and older. The Kovler Lion House and Kovler Sea Lion Pool will be open during the event.

Policies
? Rain or shine.
? No refunds.
? Zoo grounds close at 5 p.m. for setup. Everyone must leave zoo grounds.
? Zoo members with tickets and Lincoln Park Zoo Member ID can enter 15 minutes early at 5:45 p.m.
? Gates open to the general public at 6 p.m.
? Concerts end at 10:30 p.m.
? Opening act starts at 7 p.m. Headliners start at 9 p.m.
? No outside food or beverage permitted into the concert.
? Small chairs and blankets are permitted.

Seating
General-admissions seating.

Transportation
Limited paid parking is available on Cannon Drive.
CTA buses 151 and 156 stop directly in front of the zoo on Stockton Drive.

You can always get in touch with me through the "Contact Organizer" link on Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/Pine-Point-Ski-Club/suggestion/

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