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Douglas Wood has been called Minnesota's "renaissance man"- author, artist, musician, naturalist, wilderness guide. As a writer of books for children and adults he has almost two million copies in print, including the classics Old Turtle and Grandad's Prayers of the Earth. Among his many honors and awards have been the Christopher Medal, ABBY Award, International Reading Association Book of the Year, Minnesota Book Award, Midwest Publishers Association Book of the Year, Parent's Choice Award, Barnes and Noble Star of the North, and Story Telling World Award. As a musician, Doug writes music featuring vocals, 6- and 1 2-string gui- tars, piano, fiddle, and banjo. He has four recordings currently available. Along with his son Bryan and friend Steve Borgstrom he has formed The Wild Spirit Band. They recently received First Runner-Up status in the Minnesota Bluegrass "Race For A Place" band con- test at the annual Harvest Jam Festival. In performances and speaking engage- ments across the country, Doug contin- ues to reach audiences of all ages with his superb blend of storytelling and musicianship, personal warmth and light-hearted humor, and the rare ability to lift the human spirit. Kevin Anthony's musical life experience has brought him from Galveston (Texas), All dotes and artists subject to change without notice. Parking during Zoo concerts is $5 per vehicle. Umbrellas not permitted inside concert venue, All ages welcome. Guests elder than the age of one will be charged full price, No pro cameras, video er recording without written approval. The Minnesota Zoo will selltickets after 6:30 pm night of concert if available. Certain applicable fees may apply, SUBWAY is a registered trademark of Doctor's Associates, Inc, Conceals at Ihe Minnesota Zoo Amphib'mter, 13000 Zoo Blvd Apple Valley 55124.552.431.9200. p,, north to Houston, even farther north to New York City in 1993, and jetted him to Minneapolis where he has made his home since 2005. He's been playing with his group, the Twin City Playboys ever since, where their mix of Cajun and Country made them a local sta- ple. The road has brought Anthony to where he is today. Back in his NYC days, he made music far from his southern roots and landed a contract on the Warner Brothers F-111 label with his duo Electro- land, as he not only made house and big beat electronic music, but also managed to run a recording studio with his music partner Gene Harper. By day they also created soundscapes for televi- sion and advertising for the likes of the United States Navy, Absolut Vodka and the Sci Fi channel, among others. While working out of Manhattan, the two would see the tragedy of 9/11 first hand, and would eventually see an amicable disso- lution of the pairing musically as Harper would later enlist in the Marines, a story he sings about in the song "Purple Hearts." Harper would go on to do two tours of Iraq as a squad leader, later being honorably dis- charged after an I.E.D. injury cut his service short. So it goes without saying that his new recording "North Star" is a record that really does chart where Anthony has been. As the record starts out with the jaunty, Cajun inspired "Hurricane Ike," the 2008 storm that did all but completely destroy his hometown of Galveston. The song itself resides in the time-honored category of songs that redeem and rebuild as he sings: "He tried to wash us away but our roots were strong." From the highway, to the barroom, this atmospheric moving forward for Anthony on North Star is far from a turning point in his music, but a well-laid standard for longevity, not to men- tion simply good-time listening. PAGE 20