Monday, June 28, 2010

2010 Summer Concert Series - One Show Left, July 18!

Well the first concerts have been all about big cool fun, and we're looking to close out the concert season with a bang!

You saw the photos from the first show (see blog post below), and here's a few from the second set of concerts on June 27 with "Blues at the Zoo" featuring the Blues Cruisers and a great "Sunset at the Zoo" show from The Ron Kobayashi Trio.


We have plans for the last concerts of the season, and they are going to be a blast.

The first show will be another "Blues at the Zoo" show with Big Son, Mighty Mitch and Friends, a real Blues jam.  Son and Mitch have played the Zoo before as members of other bands, and they are calling in some of their friends for this last show blow out.  Look for a lot of that Jump Blues style that just makes you want to get up and boogie.  Their show is a seriously good time!

Next, We'll move to the amphitheater area for our after hours "Sunset at the Zoo" event.  This one will feature Elnora and Sumpthin' Cookin'.  

Elnora and Sumpthin' Cookin' was formed in November of 2002.  About a month before, Elnora was singing and winning awards for Karaoke. She came by a local venue, Martini Blues, to sing and eventually met Bob Hatcher, Chris O'Connell and Gary (The Wagman) Wagner.  Chris O'Connell (Guitar) had just left Blues Barbeque and Bob was playing in Blues On Arrival.  Together Elnora, Chris, and Bob formed "Elnora & Sumpthin' Cookin'.  They added drummer Mike Green to mix and it definitely became an act with flavor.

The band has enjoyed playing at most of the top venues in Southern California. With help from Gary and Billy Mitchell, we were booked to The Playboy Jazz Festival. Then it was on to B.B. King's, Cozy's, The Blue Cafe, Martini Blues, Newport Blues Festival, Rennaisance, Mahe, Buster's, The Little Red Rooster, Stubrick's Steakhouse, Bistro 400, and many more.

Now they're bringin' their show to the Zoo and it's going to be a great time. 

This show is from 5:30-7:30pm after the Zoo is closed 
Admission is $10, $5 for Zoo members, and free to SAZOO Club members.

The Santa Ana Zoo at Prentice Park is located at 
1801 East Chestnut Avenue, Santa Ana, CA, 92701  
(conveniently located just off the 5 freeway)

For info on other shows, see our event page at 

Sponsored by:   Villa Ford  Parties by Panache  R.W.B. Party Props 

For info on the Santa Ana Zoo, events, membership, and more, see our website at


The Santa Ana Zoo...  Home of the 50 Monkeys!

Friday, June 25, 2010

Camels at the Santa ana Zoo!

On May 31, 2010, Noah and Kaleb, two dromedary camels arrived at the Santa Ana Zoo.

These magnificent animals are actually on loan to the Santa Ana Zoo for the summer, and will live in a nice large exhibit just north of the "Colors of the Amazon" aviary.

On the weekends this summer, beginning Saturday June 26, you will be able to ride the  camels! 
Experience the thrill of climbing atop one of these majestic animals into a custom saddle and riding through our "urban oasis"!   You'll almost feel like you're on an exotic adventure in the Sahara.

The camel rides will be open on the weekends Saturday and Sunday from 10:30am - 4:30pm, and rides are only $5 per person.
Come visit Noah and Kaleb at the Santa Ana Zoo and be one of the first to enjoy the weekend rides. 

This is just one of the cool new things you'll see this summer at the Santa Ana Zoo!

For more info on this and other Santa Ana Zoo attractions, membership, events and shows, or general Zoo info,  please visit our website at 

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

2010 Summer Concert Series at the Santa Ana Zoo

Well, the 2010 Santa Ana Zoo Summer Concert Series is up and running!

The Friends of the Santa Ana Zoo kicked it off with 2 great shows on June 13.  We opened with the Mighty Mojo Prophets with a "Blues at the Zoo" show on the front lawn, followed by Peggie Perkins and the band with our after hours "Sunset at the Zoo" event
Here's a few quick pics from those first shows:

The weather was perfect, the music was great, cool art on exhibit, and some animals came out to play.  A few hundred people showed up, and there was general dancing and merriment.

We'll be doing it two more times!

Sunday June 27 
From 3-5pm, we'll have the Blues Cruisers on the front lawn.  Veterans of the vintage Blues/swing genres, the Blues Cruisers will have the house a-rockin'!


Bring your family and friends out to the Santa Ana Zoo for the 2010 summer concert
series with "Blues at the Zoo" on the front lawn.

Explore the Zoo, see some cool animals and maybe catch an animal show, feed a
few goats and sheep, ride the Zoofari Express train or the Conservation
Carousel, then relax on the lawn for a Sunday afternoon Blues jam. Bring a
folding chair or blanket and pick a spot to hang out and see the show.
Bringing you sweet Vintage Blues, the Blues Cruisers are sure to have them
dancing on the lawn at the Zoo!

This concert is on the main lawn just inside the Zoo, and is included with your
regular Zoo admission.  (adults $8, child/senior $5, under 3 free)
June 27, 2010 
Next, after the Zoo closes, we do our after hours "Sunset at the Zoo" events!
Get ready for "Sunset at the Zoo" featuring the Ron Kobayashi Trio!
The Friends of the Santa Ana Zoo are proud to present the 2010 "Sunset at the
Zoo" summer concert series sponsored by Villa Ford, Parties by Panache,
and R.W.B. Party Props
Join us from 5:30-7:30 pm for the "Sunset" series with The Ron Kobayashi Trio!

The "Sunset at the Zoo" series is one of the most unique concert events in
Orange County. Bring a comfy chair or blanket and pack a picnic supper to come
enjoy great music on the lawn.
This is not just a concert, though. In addition to the show, several select
galleries from around Orange County will be there showcasing some of their work.
The Zoo grounds will be open for you to go exploring, and see the animals at a
time when most of the public doesn't get to enjoy them. Animals are also brought
out and circulated throughout the show grounds. There is a separate kids area
with crafts and other fun stuff. Ride the Zoofari Express train and the
Conservation Carousel for only $1. We'll bring dessert for everyone, or stop by
the "Las Perlas del Amazonas" restaurant at the zoo for a little something. You
can spend the whole afternoon.

THE RON KOBAYASHI TRIO has played numerous music festivals including the Playboy Jazz Festival in Pasadena, San Bernardino Music Festival, The Orange County Art and Jazz Festival, the Dana Point Jazz Festival, the Yorba Linda Arts Festival, the Orange Street Fair and at the Colorado Belle in Laughlin, Nevada. The Trio has worked in Orlando, Florida; Las Vegas, Nevada and shared the stage with such notable artists as: David Benoit, Eddie Palmieri, Cirque Du Soleil, Strunz and Farah and The Fabulous Thunderbirds.
THE TRIO is currently the house band for the Annual Hollywood Diversity Awards where such stars as Chris Rock, Vince Vaughn and the cast of NBCs West Wing have
been honored.
PIANIST AND LEADER RON KOBAYASHI has performed with Mel Torme, Margaret Whiting, Herb Jeffries, Peter Frampton, Kenny Burrell, Eric Marienthal, Tim Weisberg,
Dave Koz and Peter White.
BASSIST AND COMPOSER BABA ELEFANTE has performed with jazz trumpeter Roy Hargrove, saxophonists Pete Christlieb and Justo Almario, vocalist Michael Sweet, Yes keyboardist Patrick Moraz and "Kansas" lead vocalist John Elefante.
DRUMMER STEVE DIXON has worked with War harmonica legend Lee Oskar, jazz saxophonist Richie Cole, trombonist Bill Watrous, vocalist Tierney Sutton and Warner Brothers recording artists "The Untouchables.

Together, they are the consumate funk/jazz/jam band. They do a lot of original compositions with some very cool covers of more contemporary tunes.
This is one of the bands' annual events, and they always do a fantastic show at
the Zoo!

The Santa Ana Zoo at Prentice Park is located at
1801 East Chestnut Avenue, Santa Ana, CA, 92701

This is only the second show in the Santa Ana Zoo's 2010 Summer Concert series.
For more info on all these shows, see our event page at
Come early at 3:00 on all the Sunset dates and catch a Blues concert! Save all
the dates now for these "Blues at the Zoo" and "Sunset at the Zoo" shows:

June 27
3:00-5:00 "Blues at the Zoo" with The Blues Cruisers
5:30-7:30 "Sunset at the Zoo" with The Ron Kobayashi Trio

July 18
3:00-5:00 "Blues at the Zoo" with Mighty Mitch, Big Son, and Friends
5:30-7:30 "Sunset at the Zoo" with Elnora and Sumpthin' Cookin'

"Sunset at the Zoo" is  sponsored by:

Villa Ford     Parties by Panache     R.W.B. Party Props


For info on the Santa Ana Zoo, events, membership, and more, see our website at
The Santa Ana Zoo... Home of the 50 Monkeys!