One Last Summer Night: Richard Blade Returns to Roaring Nights

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Shoulder pads might not be the height of fashion these days, but they were all the rage at our Roaring Nights event on June 14, which celebrated music from the “raddest” decade.

Who doesn’t love the ‘80s? Big hair, neon colors, and, of course, the best music. In June, we kicked off our adults-only Roaring Nights summer music series with a celebration of ‘80s music, featuring headliners DJ Richard Blade and cover band Flashback Heart Attack. “The crowd was so fun,” says Blade. “I didn’t stop for four hours.” Between sets spent at his Rubik’s Cube-inspired DJ platform, the affable Blade posed for pictures with a few lucky guests.

Fans who weren’t able to make June’s event and get snaps with Blade can take heart: We’re closing out the 2018 Roaring Nights season with an ‘80s encore on Friday, September 14. With a “silent disco” among towering eucalyptus trees, special animal feedings and keeper talks, and a summer camp-inspired lounge area, it’s a uniquely “L.A. Zoo” experience that’s not to be missed.


Some of L.A.’s most popular food trucks – including Lobsta Truck, Ragin Cajun, The Pudding Truck, Rice Balls of Fire, and Austyn’s Burger – will be serving at Roaring Nights on September 14.


It was “a great night kicking off the L.A. Zoo’s Roaring Nights,” says Richard Blade of the June 29 event. A British native, Blade first shot to fame in Los Angeles in 1982 as a KROQ on-air personality.


At the Watering Hole lounge, guests can enjoy specialty cocktails while perched on log benches and huddled around “campfires” like these. The effect is created without actual flames, of course.


At all Roaring Nights events, guests are able to get up close to compact critters and touchable reptiles at docent-led Animals & You presentations. Trekker the California desert tortoise charmed guests at the June 29 event.


Between visits to food trucks, find out what zoo animals love to munch on at special keeper facilitated feedings throughout the night.