Live music and Los Angeles go together like two peas in a pod. Across the entirety of the United States, there are few places as vibrant as the city as angels and when it comes to music, L.A. takes some serious beating. It should come as no surprise, then, that the Californian city is a hotspot of live music venues, responsible for showcasing some of the very best talent to come out of the music industry from across the world. With so much on show, though, picking a place to visit can be more than a little difficult and with such a glut of great music spots, it can be hard to know where to begin.
Going out to see live music is one of the best ways in which to enjoy the local scene and once you check these venues out, you might just fill up every evening with a new live show.
A live music venue as established as they come, The Viper Room has a long and winding history and is well known on the local scene. Reopened by Johnny Depp in 1993, The Viper Room has hosted some of the most legendary live shows ever to grace Los Angeles’ streets, showcasing a great deal of new talent. One of the most intimate clubs on the Sunset Strip, the venue is a great place for music lovers who are all about the beauty of the art and are in search of something they will never experience elsewhere.
Summers don’t come much better than those spent in Los Angeles and if you’re lucky enough to be in the city during the warmer months, then you should seriously think about heading to The Getty. Renowned for its outdoor summer concerts, the venue often incorporates visual installations in its late night shows, bringing an eclectic crowd together for the night. With onsite food vendors and free entry, The Getty packs a serious musical punch, so don’t be surprised if it’s well populated.
Having hosted some of the biggest names in jazz, blues and folk music since its opening in 1937, The Mint is practically a Californian institution. If musicians like Ray Charles, Nat King Cole and Stevie Wonder aren’t your bag though, don’t worry; the club also regularly hosts funk, psych rock and avant garde nights, serving up Los Angeles’ very best local scene.
Renowned for its golden beaches and azure blue seas, Los Angeles is home to some of the most picturesque spots in America. It should come as little surprise, then, that the city makes good use out of some of its best views, incorporating them into a number of the best live music venues around. One of the most popular is the Santa Monica Pier, which juts out into the ocean. Having hosted acts like Patti Smith, The Zombies and No Age, it’s safe to say that the place is an established part of the local scene and continues to pull in fans from across the world.
One of the most intimate settings in Los Angeles, Amoeba Music isn’t technically classed as a live music venue. Functioning as a record store during the day, the music site is renowned for its one-off free concerts, having attracted the likes of Lana Del Rey and Death Cab For Cutie in its time. If you’re lucky enough to be in the city when a show is happening, get there early; places fill up fast and you need to be quick off the mark.