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Concert at the Zoo

By Joe Starkey



Music floated out over the twilight at the Abilene Zoo Thursday night. A few people sat on chairs and benches while many more walked thru the zoo watching the animals and enjoying the nice breeze that started up shortly before 7 PM. Abilene is invited to a series of summer concerts at the Zoo. {{more}} It’s a chance to see and hear excellent musicians and to enjoy the zoo in the cool of the evening when the animals are more active. Ike Spoor was first up at the 7 PM start time and played and sang a mix or original songs and covers of some familiar tunes. One of his original tunes told the audience that “you can be what you want to be. Chose where you want to be – behind or in front of the stage.” He has chosen to do well at the front of the stage styling his brand of music as “folk rock Americana.” He admitted to keeping a day job as a graphic designer for Area Wide Phonebook. He was a pleasure to listen to. Second performer was Weldon Henson, a six year Air Force man working at Dyess on B-1 Avionics. His performance started to the roar of the lions playing in their cage and was marked by both a small cottontail rabbit hopping up front to listen and little girls dancing near the front of the stage while two older ones did the do-si-do as they walked by between exhibits. The rock-a-billy country of Weldon had most of the crowd listening hard and tapping feet and clapping time. These summer concerts feature performers from the Abilene Acoustic Music Association but both performers were hooked to electronic amps and mikes. The AAMA is sponsoring a give-a-way of a custom guitar airbrushed with an animal print. One entry per person per concert is allowed. Drawing will be during the concert on August 24th which is the last one of the series.

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