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Hot Day at the Zoo (HDATZ) the groove-friendly quintet 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. The newly configured band now includes multi-instrumentalist Nick Heys on piano and accordion contributing to a more full-bodied sound experience. 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, Infamous Stringdusters and the Ryan Montbleau Band, Hot Day at the Zoo proves that their grassroots approach has built a dedicated fan base. In 2012 Hot Day at the Zoo was recognized with the Folk/Americana/Roots Act of the Year by the New england Music Awards. Their rock 'n' roll with bluegrass instrumentation resonates with fans of Yonder Mountain String Band, the Avett Brothers, Mumford & Sons and Grateful Dead.