Eight Gigs: Peter Petty & the Double P Review Big Band

Thu., July 28, 5:30 p.m., The Sacramento Zoo, $11.75

For the uninitiated, Peter Petty has been making big-band music all over the Central Valley and beyond in recent years. Petty is a tour de force with a wicked sense of melody and showmanship, and his act showcases some of the most solid musicians around these parts. This particular night will surely be the most-talked about event of the Sacramento Zoo’s Twilight Thursday series. The show is included in admission to the zoo; kids’ tickets are cheaper and the young ones two and under get in for free. 3930 W. Land Park Drive, www.peterpetty.biz.