You may find your groove in one of the many live music venues in Los Angeles, no matter how obscure your musical tastes are. In no particular order, these are our top live music in Los Angeles venues you cannot miss visiting. With that said, let us get started without any further ado.
- Hollywood Bowl: There may not be a more L.A.-centric concert experience than an evening at the Hollywood Bowl. The Bowl has become a gathering place shortly before showtime as attendees flood the grounds for picnicking, whether the evening holds great potential, a major rock group or the Los Angeles Symphony, the Playboy Jazz Festival, or the KCRW World Festival. HollywoodBowl.com, 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood, 323.850.2000
- EL Rey Theatre: The art deco El Rey Theatre, a stone’s throw from Museum Row on the Miracle Mile, is a marvel, from its vintage neon marquee to the enormous chandelier-lit ballroom. El Rey has a penchant for scheduling singers on the verge of becoming global stars, allowing fans to experience performers like Lana Del Rey in a more intimate environment as they go on to larger venues. Once you get free from here, consider attending comedy shows in Los Angeles. 323.936.6400, 5515 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., theelrey.com.
- Vibrato Grill Jazz: Herb Alpert’s Bel Air supper club has the kind of throwback classiness that makes you assume it’s been around for a long time. Tuesday through Sunday, live jazz performances are accompanied by an elegant American buffet of steaks, seafood, and classic sides like creamed spinach. A small cover charge may be required for more well-known artists. 310.474.9400, vibratogrilljazz.com, 2930 Beverly Glen Circle, Bel Air.
- Staples Center: When the likes of Lady Gaga and Justin Beiber perform in Los Angeles, they do it at the Staples Center downtown, one of the city’s largest arenas with 20,000 seats. You won’t be shocked if you purchase a ticket to a performance here if your dream event features fireworks, outfit changes, dancers, and/or earth-shaking volume. Downtown, 1111 S. Figueroa St., 213.742.7326, staplescenter.com.
- The Satellite: When you search “live events near me” The Satellite, once known as Spaceland in Silver Lake, has begun a new life as the Satellite. Despite the title switch, this dive remains a popular hangout for Eastside musicians. (Among others, it helped start the career of Elliott Smith and Beck.) Satellite books, including Magic Wands and Gauntlet Hair, are popular among Pitchfork readers. (Most performances are restricted to those aged 21 and up.) 323.661.4380; thesatellitela.com; 1717 Silverlake Blvd., Silver Lake; 323.661.4380; thesatellitela.com; thesatellitela.com.
- The Wiltern: The Wiltern, named after its cross streets, Wilshire Boulevard and Western Avenue, was designed in the dazzling art deco architecture, and headliners like Wilco and Jack White of the White Stripes have performed here. The balcony seating and numerous levels of the standing room are ideal for vertically challenged concertgoers, allowing them to see the stage even from the back of the auditorium. 213.388.1400, 3790 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., livenation.com.
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