Music festivals within driving distance of LA
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Free concerts in LA
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Live music in October
It's difficult to think of a modern musician whose has been (rightfully) dragged through the mud as much as R. Kelly. Accusations of alleged sexual crimes have haunted his entire career, and more recent reports by journalists Jim DeRogatis and Jessica Hopper seem to confirm that the so-called "King of R&B" is a monster. That hasn't stopped Kelly from headlining festivals, releasing new albums and generally getting a pass from anyone who enjoys "Ignition (Remix)." Now he's headlining the Microsoft Theater—a good time to consider whether you can truly separate the art from the artist. Book Online
Orange Countys's eclectic Beach Goth fest has turned the corner this year from indie upstart to one of the most legitimately exciting festival lineups in Southern California. Beloved OC natives the Growlers are both headlining and co-presenting the music fest, and the rest of this year's lineup is a doozy: Bon Iver, Justice, Gucci Mane, James Blake, Future Islands, Violent Femmes, TLC, Patti Smith and more.
Bon Iver + Patti Smith
All's been quiet on the Bon Iver front since 2011's doubly self-titled release, Bon Iver, Bon Iver, but Justin Vernon's folk outfit is coming back in a big way. Bon Iver will play its first LA show in five years at the Hollywood Bowl; legendary punk poet Patti Smith and Her Band will open the show, along with folk band Hiss Golden Messenger. Book Online
Circle V: A Music, Activism + Food Event
Listen to good tunes and feast on tasty snacks all in the name of promoting vegan living. Circle V includes performances from Moby, Blaqk Audio, Cold Cave and more, with speaking appearances by Kat Von D, John Salley and others. On the food side, expect selections from Donut Friend, Clover Juice, Sage, Little Pine and more. All proceeds from Circle V benefit Mercy For Animals.
More live music in LA
All of the city's best music is right here in our calendar of upcoming concerts in LA.
Free concerts in LA
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Sound has quickly made a name for itself among serious househeads and music lovers by delivering high profile acts that were doing dance music well before EDM hit the top 40. Sure, the new space has the markings of a typical Hollywood super club scene: 8,000 square feet of playspace with a sunken dance floor and elevated DJ booth, fancy 3D mapping visuals and a custom Funktion One sound system. But where it emerges ahead of other Hollywood clubs is its focus on the music (hence the name)—not by flaunting celebrity patrons or by playing into the hottest bottle service contest. Acts like Stanton Warriors turn out a Monday night crowd at Social—the 17-year-old landmark party has just set down roots at Sound—and burners find a second home at the club’s Friday party, where face painters, neon-clad dancers and green screen booths bring the spirit of La Playa to LaLa Land. The 500-capacity crowd basks in perks such as burlesque dancers, impromptu celebrity visitors and a frequent 4am closing time, all without the overcrowded feeling of a mega-club.
King King descends from a legendary, smoke-filled Chinese restaurant on South La Brea Avenue that used to host everything from acid jazz bands to DJ-driven parties that felt as illicit as they were artistic. It was a place of reprieve from a (then) metal-heavy Hollywood. The red-lit Hollywood reincarnation is larger and more mainstream but is still billed as an intimate, single-room space—complete with backdoor entrance—that retains its Chinese heritage via lucky red and black decor. The King King has become a go-to space for cabaret, theater and live music performances, but we love it most for the DJs and electronic music nights it features. Legendary house music pioneers like Miguel Migs and Mark Farina drop in to play house and Detroit techno sets at stalwart parties like DJ Marques Wyatt’s Deep and West Coast Soul Events. Of course, the music comprises only half of what makes a magical night out: King King has a friendly staff, wallet-friendly covers, and a rare-in-Hollywood, come-one-come-all inclusive door policy (Dude rolling solo? Come on in. Not-so-svelte house music lover in a t-shirt and sneakers? You’re good to go). Hence, the crowd it attracts keeps an old legend energized with packed dance floors and friendly vibes.
By the sheer look of the place, Lure has all the makings of another slick Hollywood club, where bottle service and bodycon dresses spur a sit-and-stare vibe. Consider the pulsating LED walls, galaxy of glowing moonlike orbs that hover above the dance floor, gorgeous honey-lit VIP bar and elevated DJ stage—all framed in a massive open room where everyone and everything can be seen. Then, venture out to the expansive patio, where you’ll find winding, white tufted banquettes in cabanas framed by green, living walls. The hostesses are remarkably attractive, and beautifully lit palm trees and footbridges over ponds also disorient—it feels more like a 5-star resort than a Hollywood club. It almost seems like a trap for big spenders in shiny shirts looking for no more than a little bump and grind. But Lure is also where some of the best DJs and acts are throwing down: beneath its beautiful façade, Lure is all about the beat. No cultural ground is being broken, and it can be expensive, but the casual and sexy LA vibe is certainly in full bloom.
The Sayers Club
Live music fiends used to get their fix by entering the Sayers Club via an unassuming hotdog shop. But SBE has commandeered the former Green Papaya to make for a more grown-up precursor to the Sayers experience: the Front Room. It’s fashioned after a neighborhood bar and lounge—the kind of place where you can order a woodfired pizza or a mean old fashioned. But the gunmetal tin-tile walls, which are punctuated with framed guitars, serve as a not-so-subtle tell: serious music lies just beyond the back wall. The actual club is a place where cozy Turkish rugs are piled atop hardwood floors, and whiskey leather couches, exposed brick walls and industrial touches make for a cozy (and exclusive) man cave away from home—well, if that man cave happened to belong to the most connected music buff in town. In this case, that buff is Jason Scoppa and he rules the musical roost. Scoppa is famous for orchestrating Bardot Sessions, now Sessions at the Sayers Club, in which both up-and-coming and world-famous musicians play cover tunes. Of course, it’s the performances from beloved groups like The Black Keys, impossible-to-see-outside-of-an-arena musicians like Prince and actors like Emmy Rossum that seal the Sayers' fate as the best little room in Hollywood to catch major—and sometimes unexpected—talent.
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