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Animals and All That Jazz Concert Series

1200 W. Washington St., Indianapolis, IN 46222



June 24 to July 29, 2021

As the summer heats up, chill out with the smooth sounds of live jazz during our wildly popular Thursday night concert series!

Animals and All That Jazz will be under the Bicentennial Pavilion again this year to offer plenty of space to eat, drink, shake a tail feather, or kick back and relax! This summer concert series features sensational music from several genres of jazz music and a variety of artists.

Come play early at the Zoo and stay late for a night of live jazz music! And, enjoy the ambiance of the Zoo after-hours along with:

  • Live music from 5:30-8:30 pm
  • Specialty food that features a delicious new menu for purchase each night
  • A full bar for those 21 years and older provided by Zink Distributing, official beer provider, and Hotel Tango Distillery, official cocktail provider
  • Animals on exhibit until 7 pm


June 17: Cowbell Jazz
With musical influences from the jazz, funk and pop genres, Cowbell Jazz will offer something for everyone in the audience. • Menu: Grilled chicken with quinoa, red rice, roasted corn, avocado, edamame beans, fire-roasted beets, hard-boiled egg, lime chipotle vinaigrette.

June 24: Janiece Jaffe with DaVida
One of the area’s most talented jazz vocalists, Janiece Jaffe brings her rich and soulful sound back to the Zoo’s stage with special guests DaVida. • Menu: Traditional pulled pork sandwich served with yellow onion. Served with coleslaw and watermelon wedge.

July 1: Bashiri Asad
A newcomer to Animals and All That Jazz, this Indianapolis original singer/songwriter evokes beautiful emotions with his uplifting lyrics and smooth, soulful sound. • Menu: Grill beef asado tacos, served with cucumbers, cilantro, lime wedges, cotija cheese, pico de gallo and fresh tortilla chips.

July 8: Amanda Gardier
Another new artist on the Zoo’s stage, Amanda Gardier is a talented saxophonist who mixes a variety of jazz styles into her eclectic collection of original music. • Menu: Traditional beef cheesesteak on a hoagie bun with peppers, onions and cheese sauce. Served with fresh kettle chips.

July 15: Monika Herzig
Acoustic Project A favorite among Animals and All That Jazz attendees, Monika Herzig is a multi-talented and high-energy performer who puts a unique twist on new hits. • Menu: Kung Pao chicken or fried tofu with secret brown sauce, steamed brown rice, bell peppers and green onions.

July 22: Yvonne Allu
This emerging singer/songwriter is no stranger to the Zoo’s stage. She blends various musical influences into her signature sound and vocal style. • Menu: Spanish-style Paella with chicken, sausage and rice.

July 29: Cathy Morris and Friends
The series will end on a high note! Zoo audiences will certainly remember Cathy’s unique electric violin and vocal performances, backed by talented musicians performing innovative jazz and pop arrangements. • Menu: Classic Cuban sandwich with pickles, ham, roast pork and melted swiss. Served with crinkle cut chips.