Win Tickets ($79): Oregon Zoo Summer Concerts Presents Grammy Winner Taj Mahal + Marc Cohn | Featuring Guest Vocalists Blind Boys of Alabama

We are giving away a pair of tickets to Oregon Zoo Summer Concerts Presents Taj Mahal + Marc Cohn on August 16. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Monday, August 5.


From our sponsors:
Taj Mahal + Marc Cohn
August 16, 2019
Doors 5 p.m., Show 7 p.m. | All Ages
$39.50 GA, $69.50 Reserved, $99.50 Terrace
More info:

Oregon Zoo Summer Concerts
4001 SW Canyon Rd, Portland, OR 97221
(503) 226-1561

In September 2014, some 50 years after moving to Los Angeles to form the band Rising Sons with fellow blues musician Ry Cooder and Jessie Lee Kincaid, Taj Mahal hightailed it to Nashville to receive an honor he called “one of the most powerful and wonderful things that could ever happen in my life.” Celebrating decades of recording and touring that have nearly singlehandedly reshaped the definition and scope of the blues via the infusion of exotic sounds from the Caribbean, Africa and South Pacific, the two-time Grammy winning singer, songwriter, film composer, guitarist and multi-instrumentalist was feted with the Lifetime Achievement for Performance Award at the 13th Annual Americana Honors and Awards.

“I’ve been performing for over 50 years, and to be recognized for the road I’ve traveled means the world to me, says Mahal, who during the show performed “Statesboro Blues” – which he first recorded on his eponymous 1968 debut album – on dobro with a band that included Cooder and Don Was. “I could not have done this without the audience that has been so supportive of me throughout my musical journey. It was a fantastic night and I was thrilled to be there and celebrated among such other outstanding American musical treasures like Jackson Browne and Flaco Jimenez, whose music and talent I am a fan of. It certainly represented a diversity of musical styles and culture. That’s what I’m talking about!”

The night at the legendary Ryman Auditorium capped another extraordinary year for Mahal, which began with a performance at the Gregg Allman Tribute Concert in Atlanta and included playing on the entire Blind Boys of Alabama Christmas album; performing as part of the Bonnaroo Superjam on a bill featuring Derek Trucks with Chaka Khan, Eric Krasno from Soulive, renowned R&B/blues session drummer James Gadson, David Hidalgo from Los Lobos and Susan Tedeschi; and playing and recording with Van Morrison in Dublin.

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85 Responses to Win Tickets ($79): Oregon Zoo Summer Concerts Presents Grammy Winner Taj Mahal + Marc Cohn | Featuring Guest Vocalists Blind Boys of Alabama

  1. KD K Flynn June 30, 2019 at 1:15 pm #

    WOWZERS– These guys are fantastic. Who WOULDN’T want to be there? (Plus, the zoo.)

    • Kath July 11, 2019 at 4:09 pm #

      Sounds like great summer fun!

    • Kate July 30, 2019 at 4:33 pm #

      Want to dance next to the elephants

  2. Jen June 30, 2019 at 8:10 pm #

    What a great lineup. I’d love to win tickets!

  3. Karla July 1, 2019 at 10:17 am #

    My boyfriend loooooves Taj Mahal! This would be such an amazing treat!

  4. Chris July 2, 2019 at 10:21 am #

    Taj Mahal is one of my all-time favorites!

  5. Glenn B July 2, 2019 at 12:36 pm #

    I would love to go because this is possibly the best line-up of the summer at the awesome Oregon Zoo venue!!!

  6. CHRIS MILLER July 2, 2019 at 12:41 pm #

    I’ve Always want to see the Blind Boys

  7. Sara July 2, 2019 at 12:44 pm #

    Been listening to Taj Mahal with my dad since I was a kid and would LOVE to surprise him with tickets to this show! Plus the Blind Boys of Alabama!?! Amazing.

    • Jay July 2, 2019 at 12:58 pm #

      Fantastic lineup!!

  8. Katie July 2, 2019 at 2:13 pm #

    This will be an amazing show and I’d love to go! I saw the Blind Boys of Alabama at Pickathon last year and would love to see them again!

  9. Kelsey Smith July 2, 2019 at 2:42 pm #


  10. Debra Spencer July 2, 2019 at 3:21 pm #

    We would love to see Taj Mahal! Thank-you!

  11. Christine Skorjanc July 2, 2019 at 5:03 pm #

    Oh my this would be amazing

  12. Josie July 3, 2019 at 7:36 am #

    What an awesome show! And at the zoo, no less?! I’d LOVE to spend an evening enjoying this!!!

  13. Pam July 3, 2019 at 9:06 am #

    sooo…Daniel Caesar tix sold out in 9 minutes…throw me a bone, PLEASE! (and thank you!)

    • Marty July 9, 2019 at 2:49 pm #

      Love Taj!!

  14. Britta B July 4, 2019 at 10:20 am #

    This would make my summer! Have a friend visiting from Charleston that weekend and we would love to spend an evening at the zoo!

    • jenette July 30, 2019 at 12:42 pm #

      It would mean a lot to me to take my super-supportive friend to this amazing show!

  15. Brandy Border-Rodriguez July 4, 2019 at 4:53 pm #

    OMG to “See” The BBofA guys of course! Sweet lineup!

  16. Julie July 4, 2019 at 5:29 pm #

    Yes, I’d love to take my sister for her 71 birthday! She would love it too! :))

  17. Gena Wallace July 4, 2019 at 6:08 pm #

    Oh my goodness to these guys are amazing! And their coming to Portland?!?! Let’s go dance with the elephants! Yay!!!!

  18. Bija July 5, 2019 at 2:45 pm #

    This would be super rad!

  19. Bowe July 6, 2019 at 4:03 pm #

    Because Taj Mahal, that’s why!!

  20. Anneliese Autry July 8, 2019 at 9:28 am #

    I would love a night out at the zoo with my hubby!

  21. Therese Long July 9, 2019 at 12:12 pm #

    Yes, yes, yes!!!!

  22. Bogdan July 9, 2019 at 12:35 pm #

    Sounds like a great concert and you can’t find a better setting!

  23. Saul Korin July 9, 2019 at 1:00 pm #

    Would love to see taj

  24. Lisa July 9, 2019 at 1:32 pm #

    Yes! Would love to gift tix to this show to my parents, who are celebrating their 38th wedding anniversary that weekend!

  25. Heather Cappel July 9, 2019 at 1:39 pm #

    This looks so fun, I am dying to attend a concert at the zoo!

  26. Bob MacKay July 9, 2019 at 1:52 pm #

    Stellar lineup!

  27. Brig July 9, 2019 at 2:51 pm #

    Looks like a Zoo-per time.

  28. Hunter July 9, 2019 at 3:42 pm #

    What an amazing line up! I love seeing music outdoors!

  29. Meghan Thomas July 9, 2019 at 3:44 pm #

    Blown away by this years lineup at the Zoo! Would love tickets to this!

  30. Michelle July 9, 2019 at 5:20 pm #

    We LOVE Taj Mahal! What a great date nught this would be!

  31. Hilary P July 9, 2019 at 7:21 pm #

    I’ve got a musical mystical fever that only a prescription of Taj Mahal can cure. I’ve seen them at the zoo many years ago, and they got me up and dancing and having a blast. The Blind Boys are amazing too. This show will be one for the ages! Dusting off My Dancing at the Zoo Shoes Blues…

  32. Cory July 9, 2019 at 7:39 pm #

    Shoe me in

  33. April July 9, 2019 at 10:01 pm #

    Bf loves the blues.

  34. Evan David July 10, 2019 at 10:47 am #

    Love to be there…..

  35. Cara July 10, 2019 at 2:52 pm #

    Thank heavens I’ll be in town! Best lineup ever!

  36. Cheryl July 11, 2019 at 2:59 pm #

    A dream come true…this would make my heart sing!!!

  37. Jerry Hunnicutt July 11, 2019 at 3:42 pm #

    Tak is the Master! the Blind Boys have great harmony!

  38. jenny July 11, 2019 at 9:05 pm #

    Yes please!

  39. Lena Bainbridge July 11, 2019 at 9:43 pm #

    I’d love to win so I can bring a date!!!

  40. Matt July 12, 2019 at 11:21 pm #

    I love Zoo Concerts!

  41. Benjamin Paul Larsen July 13, 2019 at 9:01 pm #

    Me please!

  42. Robert July 14, 2019 at 12:40 am #

    Please please..

  43. Cory July 14, 2019 at 9:37 pm #

    BBOA me

  44. Christie July 16, 2019 at 12:44 pm #

    Love all these performers! Please pick me.

  45. Nicole mayer July 16, 2019 at 1:36 pm #

    Best performers ever, this show is going to be fantastic!!!

    • Michelle Ursua August 4, 2019 at 9:01 pm #

      This would be a great way to end the Summer great music in a fantastic location !

  46. Linda S July 16, 2019 at 1:59 pm #

    Oh my this would be great!

  47. Suzanne July 16, 2019 at 2:16 pm #

    I’d like to be in the running!

  48. Andrea July 16, 2019 at 2:16 pm #

    Please, oh please!!!!

  49. Caroline July 16, 2019 at 3:16 pm #

    An evening out..,
    groovin with Taj and Mr. Cohn,
    smelling the zoo doo…….priceless!

  50. Carolyn Allen July 16, 2019 at 3:33 pm #

    Bring. It. On. My friends!

  51. Misa Taskh July 16, 2019 at 4:06 pm #

    The thought of this show has me bobbin’ and swayin’! Would love to do some blues at the zoo!

  52. Charles July 16, 2019 at 4:22 pm #

    I saw Taj with Frank Zappa years ago here but to hear this music by both performers live at the ZOO is real!

  53. Angela Parker July 16, 2019 at 4:59 pm #

    Because Taj Mahal, Marc Cohn and the Blind Boys of Alabama, that’s why!

  54. Vega July 17, 2019 at 8:08 am #

    We’ve been thinking about taking the kids to this one anyway! They love live music and the zoo. I love Taj Mahal and the Pok Pok truck.

  55. Mark July 18, 2019 at 4:18 pm #

    What a triumvirate, a trio, a triune, a trinity, a triple combo of musical delight! How could one resist?

  56. Doug Child July 18, 2019 at 7:49 pm #

    This would be a great show for our first time at the zoo!

  57. KC July 23, 2019 at 12:18 pm #

    I would love to go to this show!

  58. Jesse Vladimirov July 23, 2019 at 12:25 pm #

    I would like to win tickets to give to my coworker who works so hard and loves Taj.

  59. Matt G. July 23, 2019 at 12:37 pm #

    A night of incredible blues music with Taj Mahal would make my summer!

  60. Charlotte Trowbridge July 25, 2019 at 12:06 pm #

    Yes please!

  61. Mariah July 25, 2019 at 4:34 pm #

    I loooove Taj Mahal! This would be such a fun show :)

  62. Lena Bainbridge July 26, 2019 at 10:57 am #

    I’d love to win tickets because I’ve never seen this band before!

  63. Karen C July 26, 2019 at 10:38 pm #

    Musical treasures!

  64. Deb July 26, 2019 at 11:32 pm #

    Marc Cohen signed my sisters arm. If I could take her again she’d have a matching set!

    • Justin Oldenbroek July 30, 2019 at 2:03 pm #

      Please pick me. I love Taj Mahal and the zoo!!

  65. Christina July 29, 2019 at 9:52 pm #

    Sounds fun!!

  66. Roni Sue July 30, 2019 at 1:06 pm #

    This would be an awesome gift for a good friend of mine! Sounds like tons of fun!

  67. Suzanne July 30, 2019 at 2:18 pm #

    Ok, sure. I’ll go.

  68. Lorea Weckert July 30, 2019 at 2:19 pm #

    Summer outdoor music! Please choose me!

  69. Anna July 30, 2019 at 5:14 pm #

    One of the better things my Dad did was introduce me to Taj Mahal’s music. That was a long time back, but I still like to “… cakewalk into town.” I wouldn’t have the “blues so bad” if I got to see Taj in concert!

  70. Molly G July 31, 2019 at 12:14 am #

    Would love this!

  71. Tom July 31, 2019 at 9:08 am #

    I’d love to go

  72. Jennifer July 31, 2019 at 3:35 pm #

    Would love to win these tickets … Haven’t seen Taj Mahal in years… it’s my bday week… and last zoo concert I attended.. it was pouring rain.. ready for a sunny show. Thanks for the chance.

  73. Tim August 1, 2019 at 6:01 pm #

    I have not been to a Zoo concert in many years; I would love to win tickets to Taj Mahal.l

  74. Michelle o August 1, 2019 at 8:16 pm #

    Would sooo love to see Taj Mahal.

  75. mj August 2, 2019 at 3:40 am #

    About the Blind Boys of Alabama:
    Hailed as “gospel titans” by Rolling Stone, the Blind Boys first rose to fame in the segregated south with their thrilling vocal harmonies and roof-raising live show. They released their debut single, “I Can See Everybody’s Mother But Mine,” on the iconic Veejay label in 1948, launching a 70-year recording career that would see them rack up five GRAMMY Awards (plus one for Lifetime Achievement), enter the Gospel Music Hall of Fame, collaborate with everyone from Mavis Staples and Stevie Wonder to Prince and Lou Reed, and perform on the world’s most prestigious stages. It would be difficult to overstate the Blind Boys’ influence on their contemporaries and the generations that came after. The New York Times said that they “came to epitomize what is known as jubilee singing, a livelier breed of gospel music,” adding that “they made it zestier still by adding jazz and blues idioms and turning up the volume, creating a sound…like the rock ‘n’ roll that grew out of it.” TIME Magazine raved that “they’re always hunting for – and finding – the perfect note or harmony that lifts an old tune into the sublime,” while The Washington Post praised their “soul-stirring harmonies” and “range of cross-genre collaborations,” and The New Yorker simply called them “legendary.”
    “When the Blind Boys started out, we weren’t even thinking about all these accolades and all that stuff,” founding member Jimmy Carter told NPR. “We just wanted to get out and sing gospel and tell the world about gospel music.” Mission accomplished!

  76. Amber Patterson August 4, 2019 at 4:22 pm #

    I saw Taj Mahal live with Susan Tedesche in 2014. I went in a Susan fan and came out wondering why it had taken me so long to see Taj live.

  77. Brittanie August 4, 2019 at 6:43 pm #

    I would love this!

  78. Sarah Folsom August 6, 2019 at 3:26 pm #

    Thank you for this opportunity to win.I love zoo concerts.

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