JazzooBy Collin Kelley

The Zoo Atlanta fundraiser Jazzoo returns for a third year and promises to be bigger, tastier and more musical than ever.

This year’s event will be held on Saturday, Sept. 25, from 6 to 11 p.m. on the zoo grounds at Grant Park. Organizer Jason Heslep said 33 restaurants have been confirmed for this year including 4th & Swift, Corner Tavern, Highland Bakery, Muss & Turners, Vickery’s and Six Feet Under.

Along with the food, five musical acts have been booked, including headliners The Breakfast Club, which will be playing 80s tunes in the big dance tent. There will also be jazz band, salsa group, a 10-man a cappella group, which will be strolling around the zoo, and Eddie’s Attic will have a stage with some of its favorite acoustic acts.

Heslep said attendees will also get an up-close look at some of Zoo Atlanta’s animals, which will be at the main gate to greet arrivals.

Tickets are on sale now for $100 per person. A block of 10 tickets can be purchased for a discount of $75 per person. Larger school or corporate groups can by 25 or more tickets for $65 per person.

“One hundred percent of the money raised from Jazzoo goes to Zoo Atlanta’s access programs that provide free admission and field trips to disadvantaged children and schools,” Heslep said.

Jazzoo is a spin-off an event created in Kansas City more than 20 years ago and has raised millions for the Kansas City Zoo.

For more information and to buy tickets, visit www.jazzooatlanta.org.

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.