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Video: Meet L.A.'s 61-Year-Old Dancing King and Music Superfan

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By day, he works in a medical laboratory, but at night Woodland Hills' Howard Mordah turns into a nonstop dancing machine.

Mordah has been captured dancing like a maniac at an LCD Soundsystem show at Madison Square Garden, he had a cameo in the recent documentary about the band and Daily Bulletin columnist David Allen and his colleagues ran into him more than a few times at local concerts. Music fans have spotted him at shows for XX, Local Natives and Washed Out.

But until this week when Allen profiled him, most concert-goers who recognized him didn't know the gray-haired superfan's backstory.

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It's pretty simple: Mordah just loves music and he hasn't stop enjoying the thrill of a live performance since his first show: Iron Butterfly at Pasadena's Rose Palace in 1968.

His secret? Taking a power nap when he gets home from work so he can stay out—and get down—until the wee hours of the morning. He goes to five or six shows a week and spends sometimes $1,000 a month just on concerts. This last week his itinerary included Nicki Minaj, Aerosmith and Cheap Trick, Seal and Macy Gray, Of Monsters and Men, Die Antwoord, Jack White, Liza Minnelli and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

"It's amazing I can still move. I'm 61," Mordoh told The Daily Bulletin. "I just never lost that energy inside me."