On any given night in Los Angeles finding something to satisfy the eclectic music tastes of its locals is easy. That’s because L.A. has got it all.
Here, in the center of the entertainment industry is a thriving music community,
where countless national and international acts are drawn each day. Some of L.A.s
music venues, which host these acts, are just as legendary and culturally significant
as the acts that have played there.
9081 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood 90069
As one of L.A.s oldest clubs, what sets the Troubadour apart from other
local music venues is how essential it still is today. Music lovers appreciate
the opportunity to catch future megastars before they make the jump to the big
The Troubadour built its reputation around hosting rock bands and singer-songwriter
types. And after the wave of 80s hair metal glam bands it became the breakthrough
venue for acts such as No Doubt and the Killers.
The venue is an all ages club which means it sees crowds of various ages but the
full bar allows those of legal age to feel at ease next to the troubled-youth
9009 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood 90069
The Roxy is that place your parents have fond memories of as a teenager, and its
likely youll share that same sentiment with your children some day as you
reminisce about your first rock show. From the pierced and tattooed to the preppy
and well-dressed, all types of music lovers frequent this club.
Although the Roxy is not best known for its quality sound, the Roxy itself has
become somewhat of the CBGBs of L.A a legendary Hollywood stop for
the whos who of rock music. Even numerous rock n rollers such
as the Ramones, Social Distortion, Bruce Springsteen and Bob Marley have all recorded
and released, live at the Roxy albums.
HENRY FONDA THEATRE
6126 Hollywood Blvd., 90028
When it first opened in 1926, the Henry Fonda Theater frequently was the host
to silver screen legends like Clark Gable. Since then, renovations have gone underway
and today it has returned to its glamorous past
The main floor offers standing room only, which creates a welcoming intimacy.
The upstairs leads to a rooftop patio where you can take a smoke break, and check
out the view of Hollywood Boulevard. The balcony seating offers the premiere views
of the stage and the plasma television sets only add to the concert experience.
THE EL REY THEATRE
5515 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles 90036
Driving down La Brea Avenue, its impossible to miss the El Reys marquee.
In fact, its one of the highlights of the Miracle Mile area.
Walking inside the old movie theater is like taking a step into a time warp. Its
been around since 1936 and by the looks of it, the interior probably hasnt
changed all that much since the place was transformed into a live music venue.
With its rich red décor, cushy couches and cabaret-esque style, the El
Rey gives off a certain charm not found in any other local music venue.
Today, you can catch just about anything here, from rock bands and hip-hop outfits
to the annual Velvet Hammer Burlesque show. Live shows usually go on early, leaving
time for it to fill back up with a dance-club crowd later in the night.
1735 Vine St., Hollywood 90028
Formerly known as the Palace, the Avalon is one of the largest clubs in Hollywood.
The classic Hollywood venue, was once the host to greats such as Lucille Ball
and Louis Armstrong.
As the Palace, it was beginning to look a bit run down, but recent renovations
and additions to the place have brought in a more modern-day style. Today, the
Avalon has its finger on the pulse of the rock scene. Any music fan will find
it a wonderful place to fully take in the concert-going experience.
1717 Silver Lake Blvd., Silver Lake 90026
Spaceland is the place where indie darlings and garage rockers who have yet to
hit the big time, perform. Its most crowded on Mondays, when the monthly
residencies by bands and free admission draw a lot of locals.
Musicians, writers, artists and others with odd haircuts meet to mingle and check
out everything from experimental noise ensembles to rising alt-rock stars. Its
a well-documented fact that Beck played many early shows here.
THE WILTERN LG
3790 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles 90010
For the out of towners, this building is a cultural monument in itself. Its art
deco architecture is still intact from Hollywoods golden age.
Although the Wiltern has been featured in many films over the years, its
best known for hosting concerts. Believe it or not, even the Rolling Stones have
played here long before they were selling out 80,000 capacity stadiums.
The slanting five-tired floor is great for standing room only. And balcony seating
is still available for those who choose not to get down and dirty with the loud
and rowdy rockers.
HOUSE OF BLUES
8430 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood 90069
Although the House of Blues is a nationwide chain, its still a Sunset Strip
favorite. This restaurant, bar and music venue combo is not just for singing the
blues, but a place thats about diverse as California itself.
The House of Blues has great lighting, sound and is just the right size venue.
Its small size gives off an intimacy of a smaller venue, but has the production
value of a larger one.
THE KNITTING FACTORY
7021 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood 90028
While its much newer and not as grungy or as run down as most other staples
in Los Angeles, the Knitting Factory is still a prominent addition to the scene.
Its a place that thrives on bringing in both local and national acts with
varying degrees of success. While it will probably never reach the same status
as the New York original, its still a nice addition.
1623 1/2 N. Cahunga Blvd., Los Angeles 90028
Hotel Café is a bit of a deviation from the standard Los Angeles clubs,
but quickly this place has grown into the ideal place to catch up-and-coming singer-songwriters.
The atmosphere is extremely friendly, honest and intimate. The venue is warm,
comforting, and prides itself on being a place where anyone can come to and feel
right at home.
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By Kym Parsons
Article posted on 12/19/2005
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