Catch a live show at one of the city's best music venues.
Los Angeles is wealthy with hot and rich music history as this exhilarating city is home to an irrefutable music scene. What's so marvelous about it is the diversity upholds a ruthless complexity that caters to all concertgoers, no matter how eclectic your musical preferences may be.
Everybody knows the iconic stature of The Hollywood Bowl, as it's been hosting concerts since the L.A. Philharmonic first played here in 1922. However, the Hollywood Hills staple often takes the cake for being the city's most monumental venue, as it holds space for some of the biggest names in rock, pop, country, and musical theatre.
We're taking this chance to shine a light on our personal Top 5 picks to catch a concert in L.A.
THE ECHO / ECHOPLEX
1822 Sunset Blvd.; 1154 Glendale Blvd., Silver Lake
Considered the one-stop shop in the alluring music scene, Echo Park's twin music venues, The Echo, and its downstairs parallel, Echoplex, continues to book some of the hottest up-and-coming indie bands that are dominating the industry.
Also, when you think of dancing the night away with the hottest D.J.s spinning pop mashups and edgy rock bops, this is where you'll find yourself. While both The Echo and the larger capped Echoplex below share the same passion and vision for who rocks the stages, everybody who walks through those doors is there to share good vibes and is never too good to let the music move them.
EL REY THEATRE
5515 Wilshire Blvd., L.A.
A striking Art Deco staple, the 800-capacity El Rey offers up nostalgia and glamour. A stone's throw away from Museum Row on the Miracle Mile, this venue doesn't just sound good, but it looks damn good too. From the neon signage to the grand chandelier radiating the ballroom, the El Rey is your spot to see your favorite emerging artists before they blow up and hit the mainstream charts.
2700 N. Vermont Ave., Griffith Park
In close quarters with The Hollywood Bowl for being Los Angeles' most whimsical outdoor venue, the Athen's inspired magnificence has show-goers taking a break from the gritty club scene and embracing an outdoor favorite. Known for staging national and local acts with big summer shows, people often leave here saying it's as if they've seen a concert in the woods as they breathe in the open air of this spacious 6,000-seat theatre.
How many people can say they've taken in their favorite band with the help of Griffith Park canyon acoustics?
9081 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood
Angeleno musicians and visitors from afar adore the beloved Troubador. This musical treasure has a lush musical history as Randy Newman started here, and Elton John made his U.S. debut in 1970 as he hit the Troubador stage.
You can tell you're approaching this historic rock n roll society as you drive down Santa Monica Boulevard and take in its monumental sign. Its size is perfect for those intimate shows where you can focus on the ballads of singer-songwriters, but when it's time to wild out – it's big enough for a boisterous rock show. An iconic venue in itself – this hot spot has been around for a while and has no plans of fleeing anytime soon.
3790 Wilshire Blvd., L.A.
What we love about this architectural gem has to be the quality and diversity of the acts performed between the four walls. Named for its cross streets, Wilshire Boulevard and Western Avenue, The Wiltern Vertically holds 2,300 bodies as the balcony seating and multiple levels of the standing room allow concertgoers to view the stage from a myriad of angles. From performers like King Princess, the Growlers, or Trey Anastasio to Madonna, there's no doubt that you're in for quite the experience at one of the most over-the-top artistic detail-oriented venues out there.
When it comes to live music venues, Los Angeles is the place to be. We've got it all when it comes to live shows and if you're lucky enough to catch a show in the Golden State – bask in every moment.