Open-minded and not discriminating against any genres, this musical palace books bands to play everything from rock ‘n’ roll to spoken word. And if you pick the right night, you can hear an assortment of lyrical grooves jam-packed into one diversely dope show. November’s line-up includes grassroots artists like Broken Social Scene, My Morning Jacket, Saul Williams and Feist, as well as, more mainstream bands like Switchfoot and MxPx.p> Housing both balcony seating and enough floor space to accommodate the needs of any hardcore rockers addicted to mosh pits, the Box is far from being one of those standing-room only clubs that’s so small you can taste the sweat in the air.
With 25,000 square feet dedicated to beat makers and the fans that love them, there’s room to walk and breathe without the threat of being trampled or catching a whiff of someone’s wicked body odor. Fresh air is available on the rooftop terrace (if you stay away from the smokers taking cigarette breaks in between sets) and all the VIP action goes down in the indoor terrace and lounge area. But don’t stop there. The terraces are also connected to The Blue Palms, the Music Box’s tapa-style café and restaurant serving dinner and cocktails – yes, they actually serve food during showtimes, too.
But although the Music Box is bigger than most of the dive bars on Hollywood Boulevard, it’s still an intimate setting. So here’s a fair warning to the tipsy groupies tempted to take a stroll pass the musicians dressing rooms (located only a few feet below the stage) after hanging out at the bar: Just stay away. Security will be watching you.
Tickets can be purchased through the box office, Ticketmaster and Golden Voice. For a calendar of events and show times, visit www.tmbhollywood.com.