It’s noon and you’re watching reruns of “America’s Next Top Model” or any other show on the couch wondering how long it’s going to take for the sun to drop and the night to begin. But lazy summer days can be just as exhilarating as any night on the town without having to waste all your hard-earned cash. So if you’re without a job this summer or working a low-paying one, here are a few music-infused ways to pass the summer days sunup to sundown without wiping out your bank account.

Amoeba Music

6400 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood;

Not only can you browse through hundreds of cheap CDs, records and posters at Amoeba Music in Hollywood, but the store also boasts of free, all ages in-store concerts. Mark June 14, 7 p.m. for the arrival of the Civil Wars for a performance and CD signing. Pick up the new album and save your receipt for the chance to get your copy personally signed by them. If you’re a goth fan, Peter Murphy visits the store June 16 at 6 p.m. Visit the Web site often for more events and free downloads, and if you find yourself on a road trip any time soon, Amoeba also has stores in Berkeley and San Francisco.


1154 Glendale Blvd., Echo Park;

With $8 valet parking and low cover fees for events, the Echoplex in Echo Park is an ideal location for your dancing and live-show needs. The locale is 18 and over, and for those of you who can’t buy drinks yet, a cherry-including Shirley Temple costs you only $3. Beers run for decent prices as well, and there is even a small food menu to choose from in case all the dancing makes you ravenous.

The Grammy Museum

800 W. Olympic Blvd., Downtown;

So, the idea of a museum probably reminds you of elementary school days where you had to choose a partner and make sure not to get lost. You probably also remember being really bored. But the Grammy Museum in L.A. Live in downtown Los Angeles is far from the stifling place you might see a museum as. With exhibits like the Songwriters Hall of Fame, Revolutions of Recorded Sound, In the Studio and the Special Exhibits Gallery, there is plenty in the museum for the music lover in you.

The museum not only holds artifacts, but also has many exciting displays that you can interact with; In the Studio lets you play with similar technology like that in a recording studio and see what happens when you experiment with sound. The Special Exhibits section lets you see the typewriter, drawings and even eyeglasses of John Lennon and rare items relating to Bob Marley. Tickets are $11.95 if you are 18 and over and take your student ID, and the museum is open Mon-Fri, from 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Sat-Sun, from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Music Center

135 N. Grand Ave., Downtown;

Nothing sounds better than free. And this summer the Music Center in Downtown is offering free dance lessons, sing-a-longs and drum sessions. Until the fall leaves come down in September, you can enjoy lessons in genres like swing, bollywood, disco and samba. Classes go from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

If dance lessons sound intimidating, how about belting out some well-known songs? You get your own live band to back you up, and the Music Center even provides the lyrics (in case of stage fright). Mark your calendar for June 24, July 22 and Aug. 19 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. as the time to sing to your heart’s content.

If you’re thinking, ‘I can sing and dance at home,’ how about free drum lessons? Complete with all the equipment you need, these free lessons take place July 9, Aug. 13 and Sept. 3 starting at 10 a.m. Custom-made for beginners, maybe the lessons will give you a new hobby for the rest of the summer.