Cool Cats Music Festival Is Sunday

A variety of music will fill the air at Sunset Zoo during the 2002 Cool Catís Music Festival, Sunday, September 1. Traditional blues, jazz, funk and acoustic rock will highlight this yearís event. Performances begin at 1 p.m. The Zoo will be open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Schedule of Events:

Andy Bell &

Main Street 1 p.m.

Chautauqua Amphitheater

Animal Ambassador

program 2:15 p.m.

Loub Wildlife Theater

Jennie Hooper

(acoustic rock/pop/alternative)

3 p.m. Pavilion

Animal Ambassador

program 4:15 p.m.

Loub Wildlife Theater

Lemuel Sheppard

(acoustic blues and folk) 5 p.m.

Chautauqua Amphitheater

Headlining performer Lemuel Sheppard has been recognized as " Kansasís best-known traditional acoustic blues musician." Hailing from Pittsburg, Kan., Sheppard has been performing a distinctive blend of folk and blues music for more than 20 years. He weaves traditional blues with history while entertaining and educating audiences of all ages. His songs embody the heart and soul of the Harlem Renaissance. Sheppard will perform at 5 p.m. in the Chautauqua Amphitheater.

Jennie Hooper, a native Kansan, is currently networking in Nashville as a member of the National Songwriters Association. She has been composing music and lyrics since the second grade and has performed in rock bands since the age of 12. As a singer/songwriter, Hooper produces a unique blend of pop, rock and alternative styles. Pouring heart and soul into every song with breathtaking lyrics and piano accompaniment, this up-and-coming artist will perform at 3 p.m. in the pavilion.

Andy Bell and Main Street will showcase a local group that has been performing in the Manhattan area since 1979. Bell and Main Street bring a blend of funk, rhythm and blues, soul and rock to the stage. They will perform at 1 p.m. on Chautauqua Amphitheater.

The Zoo will be open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Regular admission prices will be charged: $3.00 for adults and $1.50 for children 5-12 years of age. Children 4 years and younger are admitted free of charge. For additional information, please call Sunset Zoo at (785) 587-APES or check out the Zooís web site at

Sunset Zoo is home to 398 individual animals representing 84 species, and is accredited by the American Zoo and Aquarium Association (AZA). Sunset Zoo currently participates in 13 AZA Species Survival Plans (SSP), and exhibits five AZA Population Management Plan (PMP) species. The zoo is the smallest zoo in the U.S. to administer an international conservation program: Conservation Action Partnership (CAP) Paraguay.