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Music in the Zoo – A Beautiful Night with Guster

Guster - Music in the Zoo
Guster - Music in the Zoo - photo credit: Chris Schorn, Christine Photography

Living just minutes from the Weesner Family Amphitheater at the Minnesota Zoo in Apple Valley, and being an avid music lover, I always try to get to a few shows there every summer. Getting as lucky as we did to have such an absolutely beautiful and cool evening for outdoor music in July, in Minnesota, was a huge bonus! 

Guster – Photo credit: Chris Schorn, Christine Photography

I’ve been photographing enough shows in the past few years to have some buddies in security now, so I checked in with the regulars and found my seats. We were center stage, great location, but really anywhere in there is pretty great. It was a packed house! Sold out show for the second year in a row. Guster clearly has their loyal followers.

Mikaela Davis – Photo credit: Chris Schorn, Christine Photography

The opening act, Mikaela Davis had a voice that reminded me a lot of Jewel, although I realize I’m aging myself by even correlating that way. She played this beautiful harp, but talk about a difficult photo to get!

Mikaela Davis – Photo credit: Chris Schorn, Christine Photography

A well-framed, horizontal shot of someone playing the harp is not easy to get while still showing the beauty of the instrument.  

Mikaela Davis – Photo credit: Chris Schorn, Christine Photography
Mikaela Davis – Photo credit: Chris Schorn, Christine Photography

When Guster took the stage, the lead singer, Ryan Miller, was wearing what can best be described as a fruit suit.

Guster – Photo credit: Chris Schorn, Christine Photography

The night proceeded in true Guster fashion. Light and upbeat happy music filled the 1,500-seat, intimate amphitheater, where the bird shows are also held.

Guster – Photo credit: Chris Schorn, Christine Photography

When a few songs I didn’t recognize would pass, Guster would pull out one of the good old ones everyone recognizes, and cleary loves like “Satellite” or “Barrel of a Gun.” People were singing along and the vibe was easy and pleasant. 

Guster – Photo credit: Chris Schorn, Christine Photography

The crowd was definitely older. I guess I’m older now too. I mean, even Ryan Miller of Guster said that being in his mid-40’s himself, he too is not likely to stand for an entire show anymore either. Off the hook!

Weesner Family Amphitheater – Photo credit: Chris Schorn, Christine Photography

Many fans still chose to stay on their feet, but this venue definitely warrants sitting, if you desire. I just wish I had one of those seat cushions with a back on it…like all the other ‘older folks’ had. 

Guster – Photo credit: Chris Schorn, Christine Photography

For anyone who hasn’t been to Music in the Zoo, the iconic summer concert series that features 20+ outdoor concerts from June – August, it’s time to change that. Check the schedule, and if not this summer, find a show next summer, and go. I’ll cross my fingers that you too can get a perfect weather night for some outdoor music in Minnesota. 

Guster – Photo credit: Chris Schorn, Christine Photography
Guster – Photo credit: Chris Schorn, Christine Photography

Guster – Photo credit: Chris Schorn, Christine Photography
Guster – Photo credit: Chris Schorn, Christine Photography
Guster – Photo credit: Chris Schorn, Christine Photography

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Written by Chris Schorn

Twin Cities Photographer - Always smilin' and enjoyin' the journey! #ilovemusic

https://christinephotography.co/

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