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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

Yee-haw…our second Roaring Nights was a hootin’ and a hollerin’ success! Folks danced and sang along to country music’s biggest hits covered by local favorite Highway Starr plus a mix of Southern styles from Grant Langston and the Supermodels, Rocky Neck Bluegrass Band, and South Bay Country. The event also featured line-dancing lessons with one of the best So-Cal instructors, Kerry Kick.

August 26: Indie Night

The high-energy antics of headliners Black Crystal Wolf Kids had the crowd singing along to the best indie tracks ever, from the likes of Hozier, The Black Keys, Pavement, and The Pixies. Rounding out the dynamic line-up were FifthLaw—with its electronica, folk, and punk influences—and the blues-fueled Well Hung Heart, while DJ Steve Prior spun power sets all night long.

September 16: ’80s Night

Legendary DJ Richard Blade will spin the best music of the era while cover band Betamaxx will have you singing and skanking with wild abandon. We’ll also pay tribute to Prince and David Bowie with a “silent disco” featuring ’80s tracks from these two musical greats, accompanied by photo ops. This “radical” nighttime event comes complete with vintage video games, a neon paint party, and more—’80s fashions are a must!


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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September 16 – Richard Blade

As both an ‘80s music trailblazer and standard bearer, Richard Blade has become a Los Angeles legend. Soon after arriving in L.A. from his native U.K. in 1982, Richard Sheppard took a new last name inspired by Ridley Scott’s dystopian sci-fi masterpiece Blade Runner. (How wonderfully ‘80s is that?) Within months, his highly rated KROQ show led to his becoming the #1 Arbitron-rated radio personality on the West Coast. During that same time, he hosted the influential daily video show MV3, and later, Video One. A multi-talented artist, Blade is also an actor (appearing in the beloved ’80s series Square Pegs, among other shows), TV writer, and producer. He can currently be heard daily on JACK-FM with “Richard Blade’s Flashback Lunch” program.

Richard Blade


For the members of this high-energy cover band, the ‘80s never go out of style. Whether it’s New Wave, hair metal, arena rock, R&B, or hip-hop, Betamaxx take it to the max—like, totally to the max! That’s why they were nominated the best cover band in the O.C.

Betamaxx '80s cover band


Food trucks include Austyn’s, Baby’s Badass Burgers, Border Grill, Lobsta Truck, Mandoline Grill, Paradise Cookies & Ice Cream, Peaches’ Smokehouse, Ragin Cajun, Rice Balls of Fire, The Chairman Truck, The Grilled Cheese Truck, The Lobos Truck, The Pudding Truck, and Woody’s Grill.

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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*July 29 date was previously announced as July 22.

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