Roaring Nights 2015


June 6, 2015


Roaring Nights, Media Sponsored By KCRW, Also Features DJ Dance Party, L.A. Food Trucks, Full-Service Bars, A Game Zone, Pop-Up Zookeeper Talks, Animal Encounters and Visits to Zoo’s New Jaguars Home Plus Other Animal Habitats

Friday, June 26, 2015, 7 to 11 pm
(also July 24 and August 21 with different lineups)
Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens

BlackCrystalWolfKidsBlack Crystal Wolf Kids, the world’s first indie rock tribute band, headlines ROARING NIGHTS 2015, the Los Angeles Zoo’s annual summer music series for ages 18 and up, on Friday, June 26, 2015, 7 to 11 pm. Roaring Nights, bringing an uncommon call of the wild to the Zoo, also features DJ V-Money spinning tunes, L.A.’s favorite food trucks, full-service bars, a Game Zone with tabletop games and life-size versions of Jenga and Kerplunk, pop-up zookeeper talks, animal encounters, visits to the Zoo’s new jaguar home (along with other animal habitats), and an “Animal Artistry Paint Party” where guests can express their creativity by painting a favorite animal (or whatever inspiration strikes them) on a small canvas to take home as a souvenir. Among the high-profile food trucks are Coolhaus, Komodo, Lobsta Truck, Mandoline Grill, Ragin Cajun, The Grilled Cheese Truck, Urban Oven, Baby’s Badass Burgers, Bakery Truck, Border Grill, Dogtown Dogs, India Jones, Rice Balls of Fire, Son of a Bun, The Hungry Nomad, and The Pudding Truck. Two additional Roaring Nights evenings take place with different lineups on Friday, July 24 and Friday, August 21. The series of media-sponsored by KCRW.

Black Crystal Wolf Kids consider themselves inspired by the Flaming Lips’ audience participation, the Henry Clay People’s “anything-goes” attitude, and the antics of other over-the-top bands. Members Jeff Miller, Gregg Levinson, Mark Pedante, Valerie Taylor and Marc Gasway pay homage to indie bands like Hozier, Phoenix, the Black Keys, Pavement, the Pixies, Cracker and many others, with costumed, singing-along-encouraged performances.

The Zoo’s annual Roaring Nights series, which attracts large crowds during its three evenings of sizzling summer music and fun, continues with to-be-announced headliners on Friday, July 24 and Friday, August 21.

The landmark Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens, drawing 1.6 million visitors each year, is home to a diverse collection of 1,100 animals representing 250 different species, many of which are rare or endangered. Its lush grounds on 113 acres feature the LAIR (Living Amphibians, Invertebrates, and Reptiles); Elephants of Asia; Campo Gorilla Reserve; Rainforest of the Americas, an extraordinary collection of endangered and exotic mammals, reptiles, fish and amphibians living in spaces that exemplify their natural habitat in the rainforest biosphere; Tom Mankiewicz Conservation Carousel; an Indian Rhino Encounter direct-contact opportunity; Chimpanzees of Mahale Mountains, home to one of the largest troops of chimpanzees in the United States; Red Ape Rain Forest, where visitors can walk among orangutans; the Winnick Family Children’s Zoo; one of the largest flocks of flamingos in any zoo in the world; a botanical collection comprising over 800 different plant species with approximately 7,000 individual plants; and much more. Accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), whose members meet rigorous professional standards for animal welfare, the Zoo has achieved renown as an international leader in the preservation of endangered species and a conservation center for the care and study of wildlife. The private, non-profit Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (GLAZA), which has supported the Zoo in partnership with the City of Los Angeles for more than five decades and provides funding for and operates seven essential Zoo departments, has 60,000 member households representing more than 240,000 adults and children. As evidence of the Zoo’s popularity, GLAZA attracts one of the largest membership bases of any cultural organization in Los Angeles.

The Los Angeles Zoo is located at 5333 Zoo Drive in Los Angeles’ Griffith Park at the junction of the Ventura (134) and Golden State (5) freeways.

Roaring Nights tickets, which are $20, or $17 for GLAZA members (age 18 and up with valid ID for both price levels), are available at Each evening of the series requires a separate admission ticket. For additional information, call (323) 644-6042.