Rock and Roar: Aaron Watson

Event date: June 17, 2021 | 7:00 pm

Abilene Zoo

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6pm – Gates open
7pm – Jon Stork
8:30pm – Aaron Watson
  • Food, beer, and wine will be available for purchase. 
  • The giraffe feed deck, train, carousel, and other attractions will be open
  • Tickets are $36 per person, $30 for zoo members, and include admission to the entire zoo. Proceeds benefit wildlife conservation and the Abilene Zoo. Tickets are limited.

The Abilene Zoo’s Rock & Roar is back for a wild summer series in 2021, with an inaugural concert featuring Aaron Watson on Thursday, June 17. Raise a cold glass to our sponsor Bontke Brothers Construction while you enjoy an experience like nothing else in West Texas. 

“Nothing says summer more than live music, a beer, and a beautiful sunset with the added twist of lions roaring in the background,” said Zoo Director Jesse Pottebaum.  “We wanted to really raise the bar this year and what better way than with country music artist and Abilene’s own, Aaron Watson! His family has been great supporters of the Abilene Zoo and we are thrilled to welcome him for our first Rock & Roar concert of the season.”

Follow the Abilene Zoo to hear about the rest of the Rock & Roar series and July’s featured artist. 

About Aaron Watson 

Aaron Watson’s career is perhaps summed up best by Forbes, who says he’s “one of country music’s biggest DIY success stories.”

For the past 20 years, Watson has achieved success on his own terms, hand-building a lauded career through songwriting, relentless touring and more than a dozen self-released albums. His independent Texas spirit and strong work ethic are emblematic of the western lifestyle; virtues which have taken him from humble honky-tonks of Texas to multiple sold-out tours around the world.

In 2019 he released Red Bandana  — “his most ambitious album yet” (Taste of Country) —whose 20 songs were hailed by The Boot as “a pure expression of his traditional country ethos.”

This unprecedented acclaim follows Watson’s previous album, Vaquero, whose Top 10 hit “Outta Style” earned a BMI Millionaire award, and The Underdog, the first independent album in the history of country music to top the Billboard Country Albums chart.

With a dozen additional records under his belt, Watson is exceeding major-label-sized metrics while maintaining his independence, further galvanizing his “Texas country’s reigning indie underdog” (Rolling Stone) brand.  “There may be no more genuine singer-songwriter at the moment than Watson,” says Texas Monthly, pointing to a self-made businessman, chart-topper, and road warrior whose authenticity has made him a country music staple.

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