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Sounds of the Zoo is a multicultural music festival and symposium that seeks to empower and unite artists, industry professionals and music lovers from around the world. We aim to showcase local, regional, national, and international live music performances at a variety of locations throughout the city of Kalamazoo, MI.

Our Team


Volunteer Team

Sounds of the Zoo is powered by an incredible team of volunteers who help bring our festival to life.

Jennifer Hudson-Prenkert

Founder | Director 

Jennifer is a dynamic and influential festival director renowned for her exceptional skills in orchestrating high-profile events. With over 25 years of extensive experience in the entertainment industry, she has evolved from a professional dancer to an innovative choreographer, a sought-after booking agent, and a visionary creative director. Jennifer's profound dedication to music and community building is the cornerstone of her career. She is not just a dreamer but a doer, fiercely committed to fostering a robust and supportive community that champions change and empowers artists within the music industry. Her ambitious project, Sounds of the Zoo, is a testament to her leadership and collaborative spirit. Originating from a long-held vision, this festival is now a celebrated reality in Kalamazoo, MI, symbolizing Jennifer's remarkable ability to transform dreams into impactful, community-driven successes.


Festival Gallery

What Our Fans Are Saying

The Best Music Festival Ever

“Sounds of the Zoo was the best music festival I have ever attended. The lineup was amazing and the atmosphere was electric. I cannot wait for next year!”

Sarah Johnson

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