Hot Day at the Zoo

New Hampshire

Folk/Americana/Roots Act of the Year

Hot Day at the Zoo (HDATZ) is a groove-friendly mix folk, blues, ragtime, and jazz with progressive bluegrass and Americana-infused rock and roll. HDATZ's powerful acoustic music truly resonates in their energizing live show. Marked by a growing list of festival and direct support performances alongside artists including Levon Helm, David Grisman, moe., Railroad Earth, Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, Cowboy Junkies, Trampled By Turtles and the Ryan Montbleau Band, Hot Day at the Zoo proves that their grassroots approach has built a dedicated fan base. Their rock 'n' roll with bluegrass instrumentation resonates with fans of Yonder Mountain String Band, the Avett Brothers, Mumford & Sons and Grateful Dead.


"While the headliners later in the day may have been what brought in the crowds, and hopefully secured a future for this new festival, it was Hot Day at the Zoo who truly embodied the spirit of this fledgling event..." ~ Lake Placid Bluegrass Jam 2014 Review

"Over the course of three albums, this dynamic foursome has opened for everyone from the Band's Levon Helm to David Grisman to moe. - and, like their heroes the Grateful Dead, HDATZ have built a loyal following on the strength of their engaging live performances." ~ Jonathan Perry, Boston Globe

"Hot Day at the Zoo is meant at least in part to be a jam-band update of bluegrass supergroup Old & in the Way…And if that doesn't do it, HDATZ's loosely funky but powerfully soulful approach should end any argument."
~ Boston Herald

"A tasteful change-of-pace from the string-band flash." ~ Boston Globe

"While featuring bluegrass instrumentation (all strings, no drums), they play in a rock mode catalyzed by fleetly-picked strings, old-timey vocals and a classic mix of pathos and good humor." ~ Relix Magazine

"Bluegrass youngbloods Hot Day at the Zoo, respect the music's tradition but tug the genre in ways Bill Monroe and Earl Scruggs never expected."
~ Boston Phoenix

"Hot Day at the Zoo provide rousing soundtrack to Hot Night on the Hill"
~ Review Haiku, Christopher Hislop



Gathering of the Vibes (CT)
Mountain Jam (NY)
Grass Roots Festival (NY)
Empire Brew Fest (NY)
String Fling (NY)
Snoe.down Winter Music Festival (VT)
Wormtown Music Festival (MA)
Pier Revue (ME)
Be Here Now Festival (ME)
UNH Solarfest (NH)
Summer Hookah 12 (OH)
Bear's Picnic (PA)
Some Kind of Jam (PA)
Jerry Jam (NH)
Backwoods Pond Fest (NY)
Nelson Ledges Quarry Park (OH)
Sterling Stage Festivals (NY)

Upcoming Shows

No shows booked at the moment.


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