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June WAKY Rock N' Roll Reunion Concert

Monarchs 50th Anniversary Concert
at the Louisville Zoo

Saturday, May 17
5 - 9 p.m.

Come celebrate 50 years of the chart topping song “Look Homeward Angel” at the WAKY Monarchs 50th Anniversary Concert at the Louisville Zoo. The Monarchs will perform some of their greatest hits along with covers of other popular tunes. Opening band Madmen Across the Water features some of the best loved hits of Elton John. The concert is held outdoors in the Zoo’s Oasis Festival Event Area.  

Purchase your tickets early, this is sure to be a crowd pleaser!

Event is rain or shine.

Schedule (approx times)

 5 p.m. Gates and concert venue open
 6—6:45 p.m. Opening Band — Madmen Across the Water
 7—8:30 p.m. The Monarchs perform


Special Concessions are available for purchase

The famous Ranch Burger plus snacks, soft drinks and domestic and local craft beers

Tickets (Purchase Online)

Include concert admission only.  No advance sales at the Zoo. No refunds or exchanges.

Tickets can be purchased at the Zoo after 5 p.m. the night of the concert based on availability. Separate Zoo admission or Zoo membership required to tour the Zoo prior to the concert. Zoo exhibits close at 6 p.m. For more information on Zoo admission, click here.

Monarchs Regular Ticket - $10 (.40 ticket fee per online ticket). General admission seating.

Monarchs VIP Tickets - $25 ($1 ticket fee per online ticket)

A limited number of VIP Tickets will be available. This special ticket package includes concert admission, separate VIP entrance to the Zoo, a front of the crowd reserved seating area (chairs included), photo and meet and greet with the band before the concert. 


No parking fee for this special after-hours event 


No alcohol, no glass containers, no tents or umbrellas please. Chairs and blankets are welcome  

Madmen Across the Water

We are a Louisville KY based band dedicated to the beautiful music of Sir Elton John.  Madmen Across The Water was put together expressly for the Mother Lodge Festival in Louisville. The performance was so well received that the band was drafted in to performing at the Abby Road Festival’s closing party. It’s built around the solo act of Joe D’Amato. Madmen Across The Water includes Louisville natives Butch Ellis, Rob Edwards and Larry Bourne. Visit them online at www.eltonjoe.com


The Monarchs

In 1961 a group of high school friends from Louisville, Kentucky noticed that if you played in a band you could meet more girls.  So, with no real musical background they began rehearsing in a basement and looking for teen clubs that would hire them to perform. They named the band “The Monarchs” and soon were playing at teen clubs and sox hops throughout the Louisville area.  After getting local airplay for their self-financed recording of Over the Mountain, The Monarchs signed with a talent agency and went to Nashville to make a record. In 1962, their first release, written by legendary soul singer James Brown, found its way to the top of the charts throughout the region. Then, in 1963 the band returned to Nashville, under contract with Monument Records, to record what would become their first national hit. 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of their 1964 release of “Look Homeward Angel”. The song went to number one in major markets throughout the United States and Canada and was on the Billboard Charts for an astounding 13 weeks. The Monarchs toured with Dick Clark and his Caravan of Stars and worked with many of the icons of the early years of Rock & Roll.  Appearances with Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, The Beach Boys, The Everly Brothers, The Righteous Brothers and Chubby Checker, only to name a few, was the beginning of a long and successful performing and recording career. In 2011, The Monarchs celebrated 50th years of performing and they are in as much demand as ever.  Today they continue to add to their resume' and perform regularly with other national recording artists.  Recent appearances at the Kentucky State Fair as the opening act for such artists as The Endless Summer Tour featuring Al Jardine of the Beach Boys, Dean Torrance from Jan and Dean as well as Gary Puckett have solidified their title as Louisville’s Musical Ambassadors. Their style of good time rock & roll is always a crowd pleaser, presented in true “oldies” fashion. The Monarchs music spans generations of fans and is a real “get out of your seat” entertainment experience. Visit them online at themonarchs.com

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