LA Zoo's ROARING NIGHTS Return 8/21

The final installment of the Los Angeles Zoo's 2015's ROARING NIGHTS summer music series takes guests back to the 1980s for an evening of music, high-profile food trucks and fun "to the max" on Friday, August 21, 2015, 7 to 11 pm, at the L.A. Zoo. Guests, ages 18 and up, are invited to dress for this "blast from the past" featuring tunes by The Pac Men, which performs all-80s hits including dance, rock, pop, new wave, and R&B, and whose motto is "BIG SONGS, BIG HAIR & BIG FUN." Roaring Nights also includes a vintage Game Zone with Pac Man, Ms. Pac Man, Galaga, Space Invaders, Asteroids, Donkey Kong Jr. and Centipede; free "glow" products; an "Animal Artistry Paint Party" adding a touch of pop with neon paint so guests can express their inner Andy Warhol on a small canvas to take home as a souvenir; dancing to tunes courtesy of DJ Johnny Hawkes and D Jay Tempo; and keeper talks comparing "then and now" animal population numbers, what we know about animals, and how Zoo habitats have changed over the years. The fun also includes full-service bars, up-close animal encounters, visits to the Zoo's new jaguar home (along with other animal habitats), and a chance to take guests' 80s looks to a "higher level" with a hair tease, crimp or curl-and-fluff from the experts at Glendale's Fetiche Beauty Lounge. The Roaring Nights series is media-sponsored by KCRW and Pasadena Magazine.

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, The Bakery Truck and The Pudding Truck.

The Pac Men play high-energy hit songs and sketches to rewind back to fabulous 80s decadence. They have performed for Harley Davidson, Google, Universal Studios and Toyota, to name a few. Inland Empire Magazine voted them best cover band, the Press Enterprise awarded them Readers' Choice, Santa Monica Daily Press called them "the hottest live act" and Orange Coast Magazine dubbed them the Best of OC cover band.

DJ Johnny Hawkes, who brings individuality and inspiration to the dance music scene, has been featured in some of Hollywood's most elite nightclubs and is known for his ability to appeal to diverse crowds, skillfully mixing an assortment of genres. An "in-demand" DJ at exclusive events, clubs and fashion shows in Los Angeles, Hawaii, Canada, Thailand, and New Zealand, he has had residencies at the Playboy Mansion, MyHouse, MyStudio, Crimson/Opera and has played at Sundance Film Festival parties, movie premieres and wrap parties.

D Jay Tempo, said to have music running through his veins, has developed a wide selection of music to complement every venue, from classical to world music and more. Since 2003, he has been dee-jaying at clubs and events across Los Angeles county, including top Hollywood clubs such as Avalon, Club Exchange, and Club Sound to name a few.

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 For additional information, call (323) 644-6042.

Photo Credit: Jamie Pham

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