Get Your Groove on at These 5 Live Music Venues in LA

Few cities have a music scene as legendary as Los Angeles. The City of Angels has helped launch iconic careers for world famous musicians and bands, including Cher, Metallica, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jim Morrison, Maroon 5, Etta James, N.W.A., Dr. Dre, Tyrese Gibson, Ne-Yo, Skrillex, The Beach Boys and so many more. From punk rock and trap music to indie and R&B/soul, there’s a concert for everyone in Los Angeles. The best part? You can catch up-and-coming artists or big name musicians at an intimate show. Here are some of the heavy hitters.

A show at the Troubadour (9081 N. Santa Monica Blvd., troubadour.com) feels like you’re watching a concert in someone’s living room — in all the best ways. You can see the stage from anywhere, whether you choose to be up close and personal on the floor or enjoy bench-style seating on the balcony. This small, intimate venue has helped launch careers for artists like Elton John, Bob Dylan and Neil Young. It holds about 500 people and offers general admission tickets, so get there early to snag a great spot for you and your crew. Metered street parking is available on Santa Monica Boulevard or in nearby parking garages.

 

Both intimate and spacious, El Rey Theatre (5515 Wilshire Blvd., 323-936-6400, theelrey.com) was a dance club called Wall Street from the 1980s to early 1990s. Since 1994, it’s been a beloved live music venue where you can catch your favorite musicians right before they play on stages in front of thousands of fans. With a capacity of 771, you can enjoy a show from the mezzanine, side elevated platforms or VIP balcony. El Rey Theatre is located in the Miracle Mile neighborhood of Los Angeles off of Wilshire Boulevard. 

 

Enjoy incredible sound and striking views of the Hollywood Hills, all while catching big name musicians, at the Hollywood Bowl (2301 N. Highland Ave.,  323-850-2000, www.hollywoodbowl.com). Attending a concert at the Hollywood Bowl is unlike  any you’ve experienced before. Come early, find your seats and pop open a picnic to enjoy drinks and snacks as the sun sets over the mountains. Be prepared to dance the night away under the stars when your favorite artist takes the stage. The Hollywood Bowl is also the summer home to the Los Angeles Philharmonic. There are parking lots that charge $20-plus as you approach the Hollywood Bowl so take public transportation if possible.

 

Located inside Griffith Park, the Greek Theatre (2700 N. Vermont Ave, 844-524-7335, www.lagreektheatre.com) outdoor venue is reminiscent of a more intimate Hollywood Bowl. Since the amphitheater is physically located inside the park, you’re surrounded by hills and trees, which might make you forget that you’re in the middle of the city. With terrace seating, there’s always a view of the stage, no matter your perch. You can purchase a parking pass online and park relatively close to the entrance (it costs more to purchase the pass at the event). Or, you can find an offsite parking lot that offers complimentary shuttle from the lot to the venue.

 

While many Angelenos have attended a Cinespia movie screening on the lawn of the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, only the lucky ones have seen a big name artist at the Masonic Lodge (5970 Santa Monica Blvd., 323-469-1181), a venue on the grounds that only holds 150 people. Opened in 1927, it hosts a variety of curated events, including concerts, podcast tapings and literary gatherings. There’s free parking at the cemetery after 6 p.m.

 

Naturally, this is the tip of the iceberg. Check out our blog for more nightlife musts.

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