The Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association's (GLAZA) Beastly Ball is set for Saturday, May 20th. This year in celebration of their 50th Anniversary "Zoolabration" the annual fundraiser features a performance by legendary guitarist and noted wildlife advocate Slash in an exclusive live concert backed by Jimmy Vivino and The Basic Cable Band (Conan O’Brien Show), who will perform a mix of blues and R&B, joined by special guests Jack Black, Grace Potter and Bernard Fowler. The Ball honors Wallis Annenberg and The Annenberg Foundation and bestows the Tom Mankiewicz Leadership Award on the National Geographic Society, represented by Gary E. Knell, President and CEO.
For those not able to attend in person, Live Nation, NextVR, and Citi, will exclusively broadcast the entire concert in virtual reality. In addition to the show, fans will also have extraordinary virtual access to “Backstage with Citi” – rare behind the scenes footage as Slash prepares to take the stage. The live VR content will be available on a Google Daydream or Samsung Gear VR headset, along with a compatible smartphone, by downloading the NextVR app from the Oculus store for GearVR or the Google Play store for Daydream. Fans can go to http://www.nextvr.com/livenation for additional details on the concert and are encouraged to make a donation at www.joinslash.lazoo.org
Beastly Ball proceeds support the Zoo's new Species Conservation Action Network (SCAN), including a dedicated Curator of Conservation whose sole focus will be to identify and respond to urgent animal conservation issues around the world. Beastly Ball guests, invited to dress in "safari casual" attire, stroll through the Zoo during a rare after-hours visit observing its inhabitants, watching animal feedings, chatting with keepers, viewing small animals up close, and enjoying entertainment and dining on bountiful fare provided by some of L.A.'s most popular restaurants.
Among the iconic restaurants donating their services for dinner are Antonio’s Pizzeria & Italian Restaurant, Celestino Ristorante, El Cholo - Los Angeles, Delicious Arts, El Coyote Mexican Café, The Federal Bar, Frida Restaurant Americana, Hard Rock Café, Jersey Mike’s Subs, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Little Sister, Malbec Argentinian Cuisine, Red O, Salt's Cure, Simmzy's, Sparkling Treatz, Taix French Restaurant, Tart Bites Bakery, Taste Of The Wild Catering at the Los Angeles Zoo, and Yummy Cupcakes. (Click here to view the food at last years Media preview event)
Also featured are a live auction and an online mobile-bidding silent auction – open to the public -- comprised of hundreds of remarkable items and one-of-a-kind opportunities, plus opportunities to donate a Program Book ad or make other gifts.
Beastly Ball tickets are $1,500 per person, with individual and corporate sponsorship opportunities at higher levels also available. 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. Free parking is available. For Beastly Ball tickets and additional information, call (323) 644-4753. www.lazoo.org/beastlyball