Free concerts: The best free live music in LA

Free concerts in LA aren't hard to find. Check out our picks for the best live music and performances in the city.

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Looking for free concerts in LA? Well, you're in luck—music (aside from film, possibly) is the city's most abundant form of entertainment. Whether you get your kicks dancing, at the club or along the Sunset Strip, there's always tons of live music options—and surprisingly enough, not all of them will cost you. Free shows are everywhere, especially during the summer months. Read on for our top picks for free concerts in LA.

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Skirball Cultural Center Sunset Concerts

  • Free

The Skirball puts on its seventeenth season of free Summer concerts, highlighting indie, folk and world music from LA and beyond. Guests can arrive early and visit the museum's galleries, dine under the stars and grab a seat for the show in the beautiful courtyard. Attendees are encouraged to sing along, dance in the aisles and gather at the foot of the stage to celebrate with the performers.

  1. Skirball Cultural Center 2701 N Sepulveda Boulevard, at I-405
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Monday night residencies at the Echo

  • Free

It's free music every Monday when up-and-coming local bands call the Echo stage home for a one-month stint, honing their stage presence and giving various opening acts a chance at the spotlight as well. If you're worried a Monday night will fill up to capacity, you can RSVP on the Echo website for VIP entry. When a band is on its third or fourth Monday and killing it, this is a pretty convenient way to make sure you're in on the action.

  1. Echo 1822 W Sunset Blvd
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Jazz at LACMA

  • Critics choice
  • Free

One of LA's best free live music offerings, Jazz at LACMA has featured such legends as Wayne Shorter, John Clayton, Kenny Burrell, Les McCann, Billy Childs, Arturo Sandoval, Cannonball-Coltrane Project and Ernie Watts. Celebrating over twenty years at the museum, the program continues to be one of the museum’s most recognizable programs. It's a celebration of LA’s finest jazz musicians, and more than 42,000 visitors attend the LACMA program annually from April through November, making it a true LA rite of passage.

Twilight Concerts

  • Free

Every Thursday, head to the Santa Monica Pier for free bands on the beach during their Twilight Concert series. Pack a picnic (and arrive early to get a spot on the sand near the speakers) to enjoy as the local talent plays sunset sets with crashing waves in the distance—it's a quintessential LA music experience.

  1. Santa Monica Pier 200 Santa Monica Pier
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Jeff Goldblum and the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Is there a better way to spend your Wednesday evening than listening to Jeff Goldblum play jazz piano, make small talk and stump the crowd with the movie game? We're doubtful. For a mere $20, you can reserve a table at the Rockwell beforehand or take your chances by arriving early to snag a seat at the bar. Goldblum tickles the ivories as well as the audience with some damn good jazz, his winning smile and lots of signature "uh uh uh"s. We're smitten. We kinda always were.

  1. Rockwell Table and Stage 1714 N. Vermont, 90027
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Farmers Market Friday Night Music

  • Free

The Farmers Market at the Grove is host to plenty of fun, family-friendly outdoor events, and its summer music series are some of its best. Take a load off at the end of the work week and stop by the West Patio from 7-9pm to hear live music during or after your shopping trip or dinner alfresco.

  1. Farmers Market 6333 W 3rd Street, at Fairfax Avenue
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Grand Ole Echo

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Stop in at the Echo for a (free!) grand ole time. The weekly event rolls in classic Americana and country/roots tunes with lineups including performances by The Americans, Sutter Zachary, Phoebe Bridges, as well as Whispering Pines, Triple Chicken Foot, and other old timey local favorites. The musicians change every week, and often one band will play inside and another out on the patio, so you'll never get bored. Relax on the back porch and listen to some acoustic music or a DJ on the record player. Dance, mingle, drink and grab a slice of Two Boots pizza or some homemade BBQ. Doors open at 5:30pm and shut at 9pm, so you can get back home in time to wash your face and say your prayers.

  1. Echo 1822 W Sunset Blvd
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David Rudabaugh
David Rudabaugh

SINGER-SONGWRITER JERRY STRULL FREE & All Ages Aug. 3, 2013 @ 7:00 PM IT'S A GRIND - Castaic 29641 The Old Road Castaic, CA 661 702-9636 For a romantic evening of music in a cozy setting (fireplace, overstuffed arm chairs) and FREE come Saturday, Aug. 3. Also FREE- Aug. 24 @Kulak's Woodshed at 7:00 5230 1/2 Laurel Canyon Blvd. North Hollywood 818 766-9913 ALL AGES

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