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Roaring Nights

Roaring Nights guests dance to indie music cover band at the LA Zoo

Event Snapshot

June 24, July 29, August 26 & September 16
7–11 p.m.
Must be 18+ to attend
$25 per person (GLAZA* members $22)

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*GLAZA Members receive their promo code via email. If you are a Member and haven’t received yours, please call 323-644-4747.

A different kind of wildlife takes over the L.A. Zoo for Roaring Nights, our popular summer music series featuring live bands, full bars, and L.A.’s favorite food trucks, plus pop-up zoo keeper talks, special animal encounters, and—for the 2016 season only—the chance to experience Dinosaurs: Unextinct at the L.A. Zoo.

June 24: ’90s Night

Thanks to everyone who attended our “tight” ’90s revival featuring Saved by the 90s, DJ Johnny Hawkes, and DJ Severe, plus a classic video game truck and a costume contest where winners “Wayne & Garth” took home awesome swag. Schwing!

July 29: Country Night

You’ll have a good ol’ time tush pushin’ to hits from Keith Urban, Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, and many more performed live by local favorite Highway Starr. Plus, get your honky tonk fix with Grant Langston and the Supermodelskick up your boots to the down-home sound of the Rocky Neck Bluegrass Band, and sing along to hits from The Band Perry, Carrie Underwood and even Janis Joplin when South Bay Country takes the stage. Find your country groove at line-dancing lessons with Kerry Kick—one of the best instructors in Southern California—and test your horseshoe and cornhole skills at the backyard BBQ-style game lawn.

August 26: Indie Night

The high-energy antics of Black Crystal Wolf Kids will have you singing along to the best indie tracks ever—from the likes of Hozier, The Black Keys, Pavement, and The Pixies. And the diverse sounds of FifthLaw will bring the crusade of genuine, honestly produced rock-and-roll to this indie-fabulous evening.

September 16: ’80s Night

Back by popular demand is a most “tubular” night. You’ll have a “radical” time playing vintage video games as well as dancing and singing along to new wave, metal, and old-school hip hop tracks, and more. Fashions of the era are strongly encouraged.


NOTE: Plentiful free parking is available. Valid ID is required for entry. We recommend that you purchase your tickets in advance to avoid waiting in ticketing lines. Online ticketing closes at 5 p.m. on the day of the event, but you can still purchase your tickets at the Zoo membership window as early as 6 p.m.

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While plentiful free parking is available, guests attending without designated drivers are encouraged to use a cab or ride-sharing service such as Lyft. First-time Lyft users get $20 off when using code LAZOO16.

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July 29 – Highway Starr

Southern California’s premiere rockin’ modern country band takes the stage, playing today’s hottest hits with a splash of yesterday’s favorites. Spawn form the outskirts of Los Angeles, the band features lead vocalist Daniel Alan along with Dave Rea on acoustic guitars and vocals. The quick-pickin’ “Uncle Marty” Wagner rips it up on lead guitar, opposite the rolling thunder of Eric Sachs on bass, and rounding out the driving rhythm section is the powerhouse drumming of Rob Jones. Not just another rehashed “saloon band,” Highway Starr has raised the standard by combining the music, attitude and showmanship in their concert style shows throughout the West Coast. Their vast set list includes contemporary hits by Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Kenny Chesney, Keith Urban, Eric Church, and much more!

Roaring Nights 2016 country music night at the LA Zoo with Highway Starr

Grant Langston and the Supermodels

With one foot in the deep country music traditions of North Alabama and another in the telecaster twang of California roots and Americana, Grant Langston is an artist that defies the typical toe tag of modern music. Born the textile town of Gadsden, AL Grant was raised singing and playing in the church. He spent his adolescence playing bass for the King James Version gospel quartet, and helped pay his way through Auburn University touring the dive bars of Alabama and Georgia with a rock band. After a move to Los Angeles he began writing and playing the roots music that Nashville didn’t want — honky tonk and full of attitude.Grant has recorded six albums and enjoyed countless tours of the US and Europe opening for Dale Watson, Band of Heathens, Wayne “The Train Hancock”, Ben Harper, Asleep at The Wheel and I See Hawks in LA. A multitude of placements in TV and Film, most notably HBO’s hit series True Blood, round out the resume.

Grant Langston and the Supermodels to perform at the LA Zoo for Roaring Nights Country Night 2016

Rocky Neck Bluegrass Band

Rocky Neck Bluegrass Band is a Southern California based group featuring Devitt Feeley, Lydia Veilleux, and Craig Ferguson who got their start in 2009 by winning first place in the 2009 Topanga Banjo Fiddle Contest Band Division. The band has continued on their initial success, taking first place in the 2012 CBA Great 48 Showcase Showdown and performing as a crowd favorite at California Bluegrass Festivals. Bluegrass education and community outreach is very important to Rocky Neck Bluegrass Band and they can often be found teaching workshops, kids’ camps, and private lessons to further the tradition of bluegrass music as a part of American culture. The band made their first self-titled EP in 2010 and has released their first full-length album “Bluegrass Stomp” in the Fall of 2015.

Rocky Neck Bluegrass Band performs at the LA Zoo on Roaring Nights Country Night July 2016

South Bay Country

Established in 2012, South Bay Country brings good-time country music to local Greater Los Angeles communities, playing favorites country songs from the likes of Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, and The Band Perry to more traditional country artists like Johnny Cash and Dolly Parton.  Mike Grady (founder) surrounded himself with a stellar group of talented, professional musicians and song by song, gig by gig, Mike has built a country entertainment powerhouse.  “This band is my dream.  Seeing how much fun our audiences have is a dream come true.” And just to make sure no one leaves unsatisfied, they also like to sprinkle in surprisingly authentic versions of crossover rock classics from artists like Lynyrd Skynyrd, Bob Dylan and Janis Joplin, to name a few.

South Bay Country band on stage

August 26 – Black Crystal Wolf Kids

Inspired by the audience participation of the Flaming Lips and the anything-goes attitude of The Henry Clay People, Black Crystal Wolf Kids are the world’s first indie-rock tribute band, paying costumed, sing-along-encouraged homage to the best music of right now (from Hozier to Phoenix to The Black Keys) as well as indie’s storied past (Pavement; the Pixies; Cracker; etc). They’re also something of an all-star band in their own right: frontman Jeff Miller, drummer Gregg Levinson, and guitarist/singer Mark Pedante all did time in the now-defunct band City Museum, while keyboardist/singer Valerie Taylor also plays with The Terpsichords and has toured with Charles Neville (among others), and bassist Marc Gasway also can be seen onstage with The Sexies and Candypants.

Roaring Nights 2016 indie music night at the LA Zoo Black Crystal Wolf Kids


FifthLaw’s formation is a story any band might repeat. But its different tastes and diversity of talent is where the story get interesting. These differences make the FifthLaw sound. When you take the ideas and talent of a punk rock loving drummer, an indie/alt rock loving bass player and indie/alt rock loving guitarist/songwriter, an indie/folk/electronica loving cellist/keyboardist and an opera trained singer/lead the options are limitless. FifthLaw is devoted to bringing the crusade of genuine, honestly produced rock n roll.

FifthLaw band 2016

Well Hung Heart

Their reckless and raw live performances have earned Well Hung Heart a blistering live reputation on top of numerous awards, including, the Best Live Band & Best Music Video OC Music Awards 2014. The Southern Califonia based Rock band have released a series of sold out Limited Edition Albums and EPs and performed across the US, UK & Europe. Appearing at prestigious venues such as London’s O2 Academy, the Paradiso in Amsterdam and many festivals including SXSW 2015, Warped Tour, Rocklahoma, Center of the Universe, Sturgis Buffalo Chip, Make Music Festival, Denton35, and many more.

Well Hung Heart band

September 16 – Tribute to David Bowie & Prince

More info to come

Roaring Nights 2016 tribute to Prince and Bowie at the LA Zoo


Food trucks include Austyn’s, Baby’s Badass Burgers, Bakery Truck, Border Grill, Coolhaus, Lobsta Truck, Mandoline Grill, Meat the Greek, Paradise Cookies & Ice Cream, Peaches’ Smokehous, Rice Balls of Fire, The Chairman Truck, The Grilled Cheese Truck, The Lobos Truck, and more!

*July 29 date was previously announced as July 22.

NOTE: Food and beverages are not included in the ticket price. Outside food and beverages, backpacks, coolers, or oversized purses will not be permitted. During evening events, animals are given access to their night houses for their comfort.  As a result, some animals may not choose to be on exhibit.

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