Saturday, July 16, 2005

Oregon Zoo presents Bruce Hornsby

Hornsby has won three Grammy Awards and sold more than 10 million records. He's worked with musicians like Bob Dylan, Don Henley, the Grateful Dead, Bob Seger, Bonnie Raitt, and Willie Nelson. Everyone from Robbie Robertson and Huey Lewis to Chaka Khan and Tupac Shakur has recorded his songs. He's performing at the Oregon Zoo on July 29 as part of the Well Fargo Summer Concert Series.

Hornsby burst on the scene in 1986 with the multi-platinum album The Way It Is. The title track reached number one and the album scored two other top twenty hits. That same year "Jacob's Ladder," a Hornsby song recorded by Huey Lewis also reached number one.

On top of his successful solo career, Hornsby kept busy as both a producer and a collaborator with artists like Don Henley, Bonnie Raitt, and the Grateful Dead. He co-wrote and produced Henley's Grammy winning smash, The End of Innocence and toured with the Grateful Dead as their stand-in keyboardist.

His current tour is in support of his most recent release, Halcyon Days. The album includes collaborations with Elton John, Eric Clapton, and Sting.

"Most of this record is really influenced by me being a parent," Hornsby said. "So much of it was written based on my experiences as a parent, worrying about my kids. It's inspired by trying to put myself in their shoes."

The album features eleven new songs, but he'll bring his full repertoire to the Oregon Zoo on July 29.

The Well Fargo Summer Concert Series helps to fund the zoo's condor conservation program, which has recently celebrated the third condor hatched in Oregon. Concertgoers can do even more to help save endangered species through the zoo's Future for Wildlife Fund by adding $1 to their ticket price.
Tickets for Bruce Hornsby are $19 and are available at TicketsWest (, 800-992-TIXX, and Safeway outlets), and at the zoo with no service charge (no phone calls please). Tickets are valid at 4 p.m. and the concert begins at 7 p.m.
Wells Fargo has been sponsoring the summer concert series since 1996 as part of its community support activities. Earlier this year Northwest Business for Culture and the Arts honored Wells Fargo as the leading corporate supporter of arts and culture in Oregon in 2004.

The series also receives promotional support from The Oregonian A &E and Oregon Public Broadcasting.

To view the complete concert schedule, read the artists' biographies or purchase tickets (through TicketsWest), please visit

Gourmet concert picnics can be ordered by calling 503-525-4215.

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