It’s a KCRW Dance Party at L.A. Zoo Lights

By Phoebe Li

KCRW is a Hit at L.A. Zoo Lights (PHOTO CREDIT: Jamie Pham)
Guests entering the “disco balls” area of L.A. Zoo Lights this season may experience the uncontrollable urge to sing and dance. Why? Blame the accompanying soundtrack expertly curated by KCRW DJ and music librarian Eric J. Lawrence, whose mix of smooth grooves and jolly holiday classics is as eclectic as it is infectious.

“I love to surprise listeners,” says Lawrence, who dug deep into the archives to revive the trumpet-filled gem “Hooray for Santa Claus” by Al Hirt. “I wanted to select some holiday-themed tunes to properly celebrate the season, but also tried to find songs that were off the beaten path.”

Lawrence did just that with the rhythmic beats of crowd-favorite “Double Dutch Bus” by Frankie Smith. The soundtrack even consists of dreamy, zoo-related songs like Belle & Sebastian’s “The Monkeys are Breaking Out of the Zoo” and “Baby Elephant Walk” by Al Caiola.

The result is an added dimension of musical fabulousness to one of the most popular aspects of the L.A. Zoo Lights experience. Thanks to Lawrence and media sponsor KCRW, there’s now some “shimmy” to go with the shimmer.


To learn more about this spectacular holiday event, visit L.A. Zoo Lights.