Feast with the Beast

The Houston Zoo sent us this press release about their awesome upcoming event!
TICKET SALES BEGIN SEPTEMBER 3 FOR
FEAST WITH THE BEASTS PRESENTED BY BBVA COMPASS
WITH MUSICAL GUEST SMASH MOUTH
At the Houston Zoo
Friday, November 1, 2013
 
(HOUSTON) August 21, 2013 … Be among the first to reserve your spot for the hottest entertainment event of the year. Ticket sales begin September 3 for the Houston Zoo’s annual Feast with the Beasts Presented by BBVA Compass with Musical Guest Smash Mouth on Friday, November 1, 2013, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
            “Houstonians enjoy this event because they are passionate about sampling international cuisine, supporting nonprofits and listening to great music,” said Rafael Bustillo, who heads up commercial banking at BBVA Compass. “As a member of the Houston Zoo board, I am proud to have BBVA Compass present this exciting event that benefits the Zoo’s animals and its wildlife conservation efforts worldwide. Through BBVA Compass Foundation, our charitable arm, we are pleased to offer educational programs for children that promote conservation.”
Feast with the Beasts is the most anticipated culinary event of the year. Enjoy exotic culinary fare from more than 60 of Houston’s hottest restaurants and special animal presentations all set against the Zoo’s naturally wild backdrop.
Last year’s event was a sellout success and this year’s eight annual event is an evening you won’t want to miss! Feast tickets are $95 for Zoo Members and $105 for non-Members.  Purchase before September 16 and receive $10 off.  VIP tickets are available for $160. You must be at least 21 years of age to attend. Valid form of identification is required for admission. All ticket purchases are non-refundable. Feast with the Beasts will happen rain or shine. For more details, visit http://www.houstonzoo.org/feast.
About Smash Mouth

Collectively, Smash Mouth has sold more than 10 million albums worldwide. Along with their number one hits, Walkin’ on the Sun and All Star, Smash Mouth has consistently impacted radio with other recognizable hits like Then the Morning ComesCan’t Get Enough of You Baby, and a cover of The Monkees classic I’m a Believer, which was featured prominently on the Shrek Forever After soundtrack.

A quick listen to their music and you realize the multi-platinum Smash Mouth is a 60s influenced garage band with a keen pop sensibility that maintains a timeless quality, a style they have created and that is all their own. Having long since established itself as the ultimate true-to-life California party band, the vibe surrounding Smash Mouth is indeed at its core about having fun. “When we play, it’s a nonstop party,” said vocalist Steve Harwell.

About BBVA Compass
BBVA Compass is a Sunbelt-based financial institution that operates more than 688 branches, including 352 in Texas, 90 in Alabama, 78 in Arizona, 64 in California, 45 in Florida, 38 in Colorado and 21 in New Mexico. BBVA Compass ranks among the top 25 largest U.S. commercial banks based on deposit market share and ranks among the largest banks in Alabama (2nd), Texas (4th) and Arizona (5th). BBVA Compass has been recognized as one of the leading Small Business Administration lenders and was recently awarded the 2013 Celent Model Bank Award for its new core banking platform. Additional information about BBVA Compass can be found at www.bbvacompass.com.

About the Houston Zoo

Founded in 1922, the Houston Zoo is an exciting live animal adventure that provides a unique educational and conservation resource serving more than 2 million guests annually.  Set in a 55-acre lush tropical landscape, the Zoo is home to more than 6,000 exotic animals representing more than 800 species.  Visitors can experience the wonders of Africa at The African Forest, the new 6.5 acre, $40 million addition featuring chimps, rhinos, and giraffes.  Travel to Africa.  No Passport Required.
The Houston Zoo is located at 6200 Hermann Park Drive in beautiful Hermann Park.  The Zoo is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. during Central Standard Time (last admission at 5 p.m.) and from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. during Central Daylight Time (last admission at 6 p.m.).  The Zoo is closed Christmas Day.  Regular admission is $14 for adults, $7.50 for seniors, $10 for children ages 2-11 and FREE for children under 2.  Visit the courtesy booth at your neighborhood Fiesta Mart and purchase an adult Zoo admission for $12 and a child Zoo admission for $9.  Zoo memberships start at only $65.  For information on all the great benefits of becoming a Zoo member call (713) 533-6713 or visit our Web site at www.houstonzoo.org.
Ride METRORail to the Houston Zoo from the Fannin South Park and Ride lot.  With frequent service, METRORail is a convenient answer to traffic congestion in the Texas Medical Center/Hermann Park/Museum District corridor.  For METRORail information, visit www.ridemetro.org.
Operated by the not-for-profit Houston Zoo, Inc., the Houston Zoo is dedicated to the conservation of endangered species, the provision of engaging educational opportunities and the creation of stimulating exhibits that broaden the experiences of our guests and encourage their curiosity.

The Houston Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). Look for the AZA logo whenever you visit a zoo or aquarium as your assurance that you are supporting a facility dedicated to providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for you, and a better future for all living things.  With its more than 200 accredited members, AZA is a leader in global wildlife conservation, and your link to helping animals in their native habitats.  For more information visit www.aza.org.