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Milwaukee Journal Sentinel a la Carte

Presented by Meijer

August 18-21, 2016

Los Lobos
Los Lobos
Thursday, August 18
The Spinners
The Spinners
Friday, August 19
Soul Asylum
Soul Asylum
Saturday, August 20


The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel a la Carte at the Zoo, “Feast with the Beasts,” kicks off Thursday, August 18 and runs through Sunday, August 21. The Zoo is excited to announce the national headliners for this year’s popular food and music festival:

  • LOS LOBOS – Thursday, August 18 at 8 p.m.
  • THE SPINNERS – Friday, August 19 at 8 p.m.
  • SOUL ASYLUM – Saturday, August 20 at 8 p.m.

All concerts, both local and national, are free with regular Zoo admission. There are no reserved seats, just plenty of picnic tables and grassy areas, so grab your lawn chairs and blankets, and join us for one of Milwaukee’s finest fests!

In the band’s early recording days, Los Lobos gained fame for their worldwide crossover hit, “La Bamba,” from the 1987 film, reaching #1 on the U.S. and UK singles chart.

In 2003, when Los Lobos was celebrating the 30th anniversary of their humble beginnings as a garage band in East L.A., Rolling Stone summed up their distinctive, diverse, freewheeling fusion of rock, blues, soul and Mexican folk music.” “This is what happens when five guys create a magical sounds, then stick together…to see how far it can take them.” For more than three decades and thousands of rollicking performances across the globe, Los Lobos is still jamming with the same raw intensity as they had when they started in that garage in 1973.

Sophisticated up-tempo rhythm and blues with precision choreography defines a Spinners show.  With more than 60 million records sold in their illustrious career, the mighty Spinners have performed for Presidents, received six Grammy nominations and have appeared on countless television shows. They boast an unbelievable 18 Solid Gold Top 40 hits including:

  • “Working My Way Back To You/Forgive Me, Girl”
  • “Cupid” (I’ve Loved You For So Long)
  • “The Rubberband Man”
  • “Could It Be I’m Falling In Love”

Soul Asylum, an American alternative rock band formed in 1981, takes center stage Saturday, August 21. Noted for their 1994 Grammy award winning hit, “Runaway Train,” Soul Asylum recently released its eleventh studio album, Change of Fortune, that embodies the band’s trademark balance of rocking abandon, infectious melodic craft and raw-nerved emotional depth.
“People who feel disenfranchised tend to identify with Soul Asylum,” band member Dave Pirner observes.

“I’ll look out at the crowd and see people singing along with my songs of frustration and insecurity, and the irony is not lost on me. I love being around people who love music, and I’m very loyal to the idea of whatever Soul Asylum is.”

All national entertainment perform on the Caribou Stage at the Zoo; local musicians perform on five other stages scattered throughout the park.

Admission to the festival:

Adults: $14.25
Juniors (ages 3 to 12): $11.25
Children (ages 2 and under): FREE
Seniors (ages 60 and older): $13.25
Parking: $12


The 2016 festival is open from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel a la Carte is presented by Meijer.

Special thanks to our a la Carte sponsors:
Name-in-title Sponsor: Presenting Sponsor: With major support from:
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Meijer Miller Lite
Miller - Great Beer, Great Responsibility
Stage Sponsor:
Habush Habush & Rottier S.C.