U.S. Bank FlexPerks Rewards Music in the Zoo presents

Jerry Jeff Walker

with Scott Laurent
Fri, Jul 21 7:30pm Weesner Family Amphitheater Doors 7:00PM | Music 7:30PM | All Ages


Reserved Seats: $46.00 | VIP Box Seats: $58.50
plus applicable fees

*This is a rain or shine event.

Jerry Jeff Walker had a mature music career when the Jonas Brothers and Miley Cyrus were zygotes. But while younger artists have been buffeted by the rapid changes in the record business, Jerry Jeff and his manager wife, Susan, have consistently pushed the envelope to create new economic models for recording artists.

That work continued on Friday when the 67-year-old Austin-based singer released his latest album, Moon Child, exclusively as a digital download. The Walkers have no plans to press discs.

“When Jerry Jeff wanted to record another – we don’t even know what to call them anymore – album or compilation,” says Susan, “I said, ‘It’s silly to manufacture CDs.’ I showed him our numbers. Downloads account for at least 90 percent of what people are buying. Just 10 percent are buying CDs. I asked him, ‘Who are these people, and can’t we bring them into this century? You know, just nudge them along.’ “


Laurent started playing clubs in Minneapolis while still in high school, signing his first record deal when he was twenty-two. His fifth album “Love Don’t Let Me Down” was produced in Nashville, where Laurent is a full time songwriter. “Nashville has been great. I’ve been able to work with songwriters who’s names I used to read in the liner notes of my favorite records, grammy winners, and major label recording artists.” Scott Laurent, who has been making a name in Nashville- “I’m dying here in Nashville,” Scott Laurent howls on his new album. Whether or not he means that literally, the Springsteen-esque rocker clearly still considers the Twin Cities home. Laurent left for Nashville in 2008 and has bided his time co-writing with other singers and playing songwriter round robins at the Bluebird Cafe. His album, “Love Don’t Let Me Down,” offers a hint of Music Row’s polished twang but maintains the old BoDeans-style heartland-rock flavor. Chris Riemschneider (StarTribune) 2014 Some of the best sounds in Nashville are not country at all- Sometimes you leave home and things change, and sometimes that change is you. Scott Laurent returns to Minneapolis to celebrate his latest album, Love Don’t Let Me Down, after living and immersing himself in music in Nashville for the last six years. The music has traces of country and blues, yet still contains particles of indie rock. Youa Vang (City Pages) 2014 “Love Don’t Let Me Down” has a strong country soul, but with a definite rock undercurrent. Becca Martin (Riftmagazine) 2014 Scott Laurent brings new-found southern influence to the stage with unapologetic country gruff and vigor. Folk is an oversimplification that may lead many to be surprised by the complexities of his performance. Jed Johnson (Curious North) 2014

Tickets On-Sale April 22nd at 11AM online at suemclean.com/zoo, etix.com, or etix charge by phone 1-800-514-3849.

Tickets will be available to purchase in person at Bunkers Music Bar & Grill 11AM to 2PM on Saturday, April 22nd only.