Six Hot Places in LA for Live Music
From hip hop to punk rock to glam rock, the city of Angels is known for hosting not only some of the hottest names in music, but being the birth place for entire genres and sub genres. The city is known as the place where hair metal started and where Darby Crash forged his unique brand of West Coast punk, let alone the place where of bands like NWA and their raw version of west coast rap started. All of this is possible because the place loves a show and consequently, is the home to dozens of iconic music venues. The following are some of the hot spots that you must visit in LA and love live music.
The El Rey
One of the most noteworthy concert venues in the city is the El Rey otherwise known as the El Rey Theatre. This place was a key venue in the ska revival of the 90’s and the swing movement that started up around the same time, and the overall slick interior of the venue lends itself to that sort of dressed up aesthetic. However, the place still showcases some of the grimiest rock bands you are ever likely to see as the influences of rockers like the dearly departed Limmy from Motorhead has made the city the destination for rockers from around the world. The venue itself is always trying new things and likes to support the community and recently they have made efforts to be environmentally conscious by becoming a sustainable venue to some extent.
One of the relatively new establishments that have made LA a haven for not only live music but independent musicians as well as independent bands is the Satellite. There are plenty of indie bands that started in LA grinding at the clubs and the people at Satellite are striving to keep that spirit alive. The difference is that this venue attracts indie bands from all over the world and give them something as close to the rock star treatment as possible. This also means that patrons are able to enjoy a great sound system and a decently priced bar in this Silver Lake hub of music. Also on Saturday the place caters to the EDM crowd with a Dance Yourself Clean night.
A venue that reaches pretty far back into the history of the city a place where Jazz singers and big bands made LA the place to be is the Mint. Opened in 1937 the Mint is much more than simply a venue and much more of landmark for the city. In the past the place has hosted several icons of music including Willie Dixon, Natalie Cole, Stevie Wonder, Macy Gray, Ray Charles, Ben Harper, and The Wallflowers. Today the hits keep coming and they have built the place into the perfect place to enjoy soulful music with quality food and high-end cocktails at their full bar with beer on tap.
The Bootsy Bellows
Live music in Los Angeles can take many faces. The Bootsy Bellows is one of those venues that challenge conventions while still remaining comfortable and conventional enough for the locals. Place has a theme based on 1960s art deco interior design. Above the dance floor and the stage are sparkling chandeliers, the colors and the lighting create a warm setting and the curvy booths appropriately look like something out a movie. This mirror lined establishment is a hub for celebrities and was in fact founded by respected actor David Arquette. This is the reason why it is popular for holding private events. On the stage you will find an hour and half dinner show on Thursday and on other night’s things like live performances burlesque dancers and even marionettes.
Not many places in Los Angeles have the reputation and the artistic clout of the Echo & Echoplex. This place has become one of the signature destinations for some of the music world’s most ambitious and introspective musical acts. The Echo host several dance nights and brand new touring acts weekly and it has been named one of the most sought after musical destinations in all of the Los Angeles by publications like Filter Magazine. As a twin venue set up there is always a chance to find music that you enjoy here and thanks to the booking policy international acts come from all around including names like Skrillex, Nine Inch Nails, Event, Hanni El Khatib, and War Paint.
The Wiltern is a place that is integral to the face of the city and one of the places that are a dream venue for would be rock stars form around the world. This place has an opulent interior with great acoustic and a list of past shows that reads like the roster of the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame including Nirvana and the Rolling Stones. It’s very different from the modern venues in the area with a much more cultured design but like them it continues to host events put on by Goldenvoice, Concerts West, Avalon Attractions, and Universal Concerts as one of Los Angeles’ largest theaters.