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Published: Sunday, 3/6/2011 - Updated: 3 years ago

Zoo opens summer series with Lady Antebellum

Country group Lady Antebellum -- Charles Kelley, left, Hillary Scott and Dave Haywood -- will perform July 15 at the Toledo Zoo. Country group Lady Antebellum -- Charles Kelley, left, Hillary Scott and Dave Haywood -- will perform July 15 at the Toledo Zoo.
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The Toledo Zoo's Amphitheater Concert Series kicks off this year on July 15 with a performance by the country band Lady Antebellum and continues with jazz rockers Steely Dan and a show by country star Darius Rucker.

Lady Antebellum will bring its Need You Now tour to the zoo at 7:30 p.m. Reserved seat tickets are $57.50 and $37.50.

The Grammy Award-winning band's 2010 release "Need You Now" debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 chart. It has produced the hits "Need You Now," "American Honey," and "Our Kind of Love." The band's first release was in 2008 and the self-titled debut also produced a number of hits.

Steely Dan returns to the zoo July 20 for the first time since 2007 as it takes its Shuffle Diplomacy Twenty Eleven tour on the road. Tickets are $79.50, $59.50, and $49.50.

The band, led by Walter Becker and Donald Fagen, will feature hits and obscurities in the show that will include jazz man Sam Yahel on the bill as the opening act.

The group has a long, impressive resume with more than 30 million albums sold across the world, induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001, and a string of hits that include "Do It Again," "Rikki Don't Lose That Number," "Reelin' in the Years," "Aja," and "Hey Nineteen.

Rucker has been a frequent visitor to Toledo in the past year, appearing twice in 2010. He'll be at the zoo Sept. 8 and tickets are $42.50 and $27.50.

Perhaps best known as the front man for the pop rock band Hootie and the Blowfish, Rucker's second country album, "Charleston SC 1966," was released last year. He recently was named top new artist at the Country Music Association awards.

Tickets for all three shows go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. at all Ticketmaster locations, www.livenation.com, by phone at 800-745-3000 or 419-385-5721, or visit the Toledo Zoo main box office Monday-Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The box office is in the Visitor Service/Guest Information Building. Enter from the Anthony Wayne Trail side of the Toledo Zoo. Visa/Mastercard/Discover/American Express and cash are accepted.



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