The Oregon Zoo, 4001 SW Canyon Road, has long held their popular summer concert series featuring a variety of musical choices. This July, the Zoo will offer two shows that may draw notice from blues audiences. Both shows are slated for 7:00 pm start times, are open to all ages, and have tickets available through ranging from $25.00 – $45.00.

Carolina Chocolate Drops – July 12th
The Grammy winning band, the Carolina Chocolate Drops will be playing at the Oregon Zoo on Saturday, July 12th. Featuring the multi-instrumental quarter of Rhiannon Giddes, Hubby Jenkins, Malcolm Parson and Rowan Corbett, the group has been described by Rolling Stone magazine as “Dirt-Floor Dance Electricity.” Their music works in the stylings of early American formats such as string-band, jug-band, early jazz and drum & fife outfits. Or as The Guardian states, “An appealing grab-bag of antique country, blues, jug-band hits and gospel hollers.” For anybody who loves the sound of authentic roots music, this is a must see show. Opening the night will be Portland indie rocker Sallie Ford.

Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires – Friday, July 25th
Vocalist Charles Bradley has been compared to the legendary Otis Redding with his soulful singing. A one-time James Brown impersonator, Bradley has been conquering stages around the country with appearances at events like SXSW, Bonnaroo, Newport folk Festival and Austin City Limits. His latest release, 2013’s Victim Of Love received substantive airplay and acclaim. Seattle’s Pickwick opens.