David Bowie and Prince Tributes are Highlights of L.A. Zoo’s Totally Tubular 1980s-Themed Roaring Nights


August 19, 2016


Live Music from DJ Richard Blade and Betamaxx, Vintage Video Games, Food Trucks, Full-Service Bars, Game Zone, Paint Party, Pop-Up Zookeeper Talks, Animal Feedings and Visits to Special Dinosaurs: Unextinct at the L.A. Zoo Exhibit All Part of the Bodacious Party

Friday, September 16, 2016,
7 to 11 p.m.
Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens

DJ Crowd at Roaring Nights (Photo by Jamie Pham)

Roaring Nights guests dance to music played by DJ (Photo by Jamie Pham)

The Los Angeles Zoo’s 1980s-themed Roaring Nights summer music series, featuring tributes to Prince and David Bowie, offers a totally tubular way to end the summer on Friday, September 16, 2016, 7 to 11 p.m. The party for ages 18 and up keeps the hits happenin’ and the tunes tight while transforming the Zoo into one bodacious bash. Legendary ’80s DJ Richard Blade spins the best music of the era, and two additional DJs oversee a one-of-a-kind “Silent Disco” with individual musical choices offered via wireless headphones, filled with lots of Bowie, Prince and more, as well as photo ops where guests can picture themselves on classic album covers. Also featured are live music with 80s cover band Betamaxx to take it back to when the running man first started and vintage video games from the ’80s returning the fun of the past into the 21st century. Roaring Nights also includes L.A.’s favorite food trucks, full-service bars and a “Neon Paint Party” for guests to express their inner Andy Warhol on a small canvas to take home as a souvenir. The fun continues with pop-up zookeeper talks, animal encounters and visits to animal habitats. Guests whose outfits are 80’s chic and totally rad have the opportunity to win a costume contest, and everyone gets to come face-to-face with a special nighttime incarnation of the life-size, lifelike prehistoric creatures of Dinosaurs: Unextinct at the L.A. Zoo. So break out those neon tights and start practicing the Cabbage Patch because the L.A. Zoo is bringing back a blast from the past.

Among the high-profile food trucks at Roaring Nights in September are Baby’s Badass Burgers, Border Grill, Coolhaus, Lobsta Truck, Mandoline Grill, Rice Balls of Fire, The Pudding Truck, Peaches Smokehouse, Paradise Ice Cream , Woody’s Grill, Meat the Greek, Chairman Truck, Bakery Truck, Lobos Truck, Grilled Cheese Truck , Austyn’s, and Ragin Cajun.

RICHARD BLADE, whose energy, personality and commercial sensibility continue to make him an 80’s heartthrob, became a fixture on the American music scene in 1982 when he started as a DJ at KROQ and within a few months became the #1 Arbitron-rated radio personality on the West Coast. He is an on-air personality for Sirius XM Satellite Radio and can be heard daily across the US and Canada. Blade is known for his rad DJ skills of the ’80’s when he worked for outlets including KTLA, CBS, and ABC.

BETAMAXX, formed in 2009, captivates audiences all over Southern California with authentic ’80s live music experiences packed with ultra-high energy. The seven-piece group delivers a non-stop, nostalgia-filled, rock concert that keeps the dance floor rocking from beginning to end. From the pop of Michael Jackson and Madonna to the New Wave of New Order and Depeche Mode to the rock of Def Leppard and Bon Jovi, BETAMAXX’s performances thrill audiences of all ages, creating the ultimate party atmosphere.

The landmark Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens, drawing 1.75 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; 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.

Programming subject to change.

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 are $25 for adults 18 and older and $22 for GLAZA members, available by visiting www.lazoo.org/roaringnights. For additional information, call (323) 644-6001.

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