Animals & All That Jazz


Jun 17 - Jul 29

Animals & All That Jazz

5:30 - 8:30 PM

Free for Zoo members. Included with regular Zoo admission.

Thursday Night Concert Series
Reserve Your Time

Animals & All That Jazz concerts

As the summer heats up, chill out with the smooth sounds of live jazz during our wildly popular Thursday night concert series!

One of the Zoo’s longest-running events, this series will showcase a diverse lineup of musicians from across the Midwest, covering jazz genres from classic to contemporary, smooth soul to blues, and even blending in the sounds of pop and R&B.

All performances will take place under the Bicentennial Pavilion. Located near the Zoo’s entrance, this stunning space offers an open-air atmosphere as well as weather protection — a perfect place for attendees to relax for an evening of music, rain or shine.

Best of all, concerts are included with Zoo admission. Come early and enjoy a full day of Zoo fun, then stay late for a night of live jazz music! And, enjoy the ambiance of the Zoo after-hours along with:

  • Live music from 5:30-8:30pm
  • Specialty food that features a delicious new menu for purchase each night
  • A full bar for those 21 years and older provided by Zink Distributing, official beer provider, and Hotel Tango Distillery, official cocktail provider
  • Animals on exhibit until 7pm
  • Bring a chair to relax and enjoy the music! A limited number of tables are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
2021 Concert Lineup
  • June 24 – Janiece Jaffe with Da-Vida

    Enjoy the remarkable smooth vocals of a soul and blues inspired jazz performance.

    Menu — Indiana Pork Tenderloin: Traditional crispy fried pork tenderloin on a bun with American cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion and a pickle. Served with coleslaw and watermelon wedge. Gluten free with Udis, upon request.

  • July 1 – Bashiri Asad

    This not-to-miss performance features incredible jazz vocals.

    Menu — Taco Party: Grill beef asado, served with cucumbers, cilantro, lime wedges, cotija cheese, pico de gallo and fresh tortilla chips. Gluten free with corn tortilla, upon request.

  • July 8 — Amanda Gardier

    Don’t miss this talented saxophonist with her eclectic collection of original music.

    Menu — Philly Cheesesteaks: Traditional beef cheesesteak on a hoagie bun with peppers, onions and cheese sauce. Served with fresh kettle chips.

  • July 15 – Monika Herzig and the Acoustic Project

    A favorite among Animals & All That Jazz attendees, get ready for a high-energy performance and a spin on new hits with a jazzy twist.

    Menu — Asian Take-Out: Kung Pao chicken or fried tofu with secret brown sauce, steamed brown rice, bell peppers and green onions.

  • July 22 – Yvonne Allu

    An emerging singer/songwriter/producer with a unique signature style and sound that is a consequence of her being and various musical influences.

    Menu — Paella: A Spanish style chicken and sausage rice dish. Gluten free.

  • July 29 – Cathy Morris and Friends

    Our concert season ends with a Zoo fan favorite! Cathy is an electric violinist and vocalist with a passion for and unique sound of contemporary jazz.

    Menu — Cuban: Classic Cuban sandwich with pickles, ham, roast pork, and melted swiss. Served with crinkle cut chips. Gluten free with Udis, upon request.

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