Live Music in L.A.
Collected by Susan Mason, AFAR Local Expert
Los Angeles has a vibrant music scene that includes the historic Sunset Strip rock venues of the 60s and 70s, outdoor amphitheaters tucked into the hills and current crop of indie venues in Silverlake.
2700 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027, USA
The Greek has the sound quality of an indoor space, yet it’s set in the foothills of the Santa Monica mountains. The theater holds close to 6,000 people but still feels small. I think it’s one of the best venues in Los Angeles, which, in my...
2419 North Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90031, USA
For a small, tucked-away Lincoln Heights event, Low End Theory at The Airliner is a cavern and—in support of the experimental south beat record that churns to smoke every time you think you’re finally about to grasp it—has been enjoying a few as...
La Brea, Los Angeles, CA, USA
A neon couch is only the beginning. Step into the Sonos Studios on La Brea Avenue, and you will enter a sonic lounge that will be a feast for your ears. The Studio also hosts a number of unusual private events--you can get invited to check them...
7929 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046, USA
Discover new music in one of L.A.'s most stories venues. This unassuming building on Santa Monica Boulevard opened its doors in 1957 and has welcome rock and roll greats ever since. Bob Dylan made his debut here, so did Elton John, comedian...
111 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012, USA
This bowed silver building stands out among the skyscrapers of Downtown L.A. (though it now has an equally interesting-looking neighbor in the Broad). Those stainless-steel curves have a purpose, though. Architect Frank Gehry designed the...
1822 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026, USA
When it comes to music venues in Los Angeles, there isn't anywhere more sacred to rock and punk fans than the Echo. Located in the now-hipster neighborhood of Echo Park, the concert venue has hosted plenty of legends, including Beck, Green Day,...
200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA 90401, USA
The Santa Monica Pier embodies what Southern California is all about: fun in the sun. Popular with tourists and locals alike, this iconic boardwalk adjacent to the Pacific Ocean—filled with all the amusement rides, midway games, fried food, ice...
52 Windward Ave, Venice, CA 90291, USA
Townhouse dates back to 1915 and their basement live music venue and bar was once a secret speakeasy. Time has not withered the energy level as revelers continue dance the night away down below. The main floor can get crowded and chaotic as well...
5221 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027, USA
Harvard & Stone serves craft cocktails to a hip crowd discretely behind a wood door off Hollywood Blvd, away from the clubs of the Hollywood strip. In theme with the 1930s factory meets laboratory interior is the R&D Bar in the back where rotating...
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