Open daily: 10am to 5pm • More Info ›

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)

Purchase Tickets

*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 will have you singing along to the best indie tracks ever, from the likes of Hozier, The Black Keys, Pavement, and The Pixies. FifthLaw—with its electronica, folk, and punk influences—and the blues-fueled Well Hung Heart round out the band line-up, while DJ Steve Prior spins power sets all night long.

September 16: ’80s Night

Back by popular demand is a most “tubular” evening. Legendary DJ Richard Blade will be spinning the best music of the era while paying tribute to late icons Prince and David Bowie, and cover band Betamaxx will have you singing and skanking with wild abandon. This “radical” time comes complete with vintage video games—’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.

Roaring Nights at the LA Zoo logo
159 RoaringNights2-Jamie Pham

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.

Lyft logo


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 – 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 nu 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, Bakery Truck, Border Grill, Coolhaus, Lobsta Truck, Mandoline Grill, Meat the Greek, Paradise Cookies & Ice Cream, Peaches’ Smokehouse, Rice Balls of Fire, The Chairman Truck, The Grilled Cheese Truck, The Lobos Truck, The Pudding Truck, Woody’s Grill, and more!

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.

Proudly sponsored by:

KCRW logo
Pasadena Magazine logo

*July 29 date was previously announced as July 22.

Sign up for our e-newsletter to receive all the latest special event information.

Back to Top