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The best concerts in L.A. this September

Check out our calendar of concerts in L.A. to find out which of your favorite bands and artists are performing here this month

Michael Juliano
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Michael Juliano
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Though September may be the end of summer, it’s not the end of outdoor concert season quite yet in Los Angeles. Whether you’re looking for local bands or arena-caliber acts, these are the best concerts in L.A. this September.

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Concerts in L.A. in September

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  • Classical and opera
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  • Angeles National Forest

Listen to classical and jazz in a dome more than a mile above L.A. during this mountaintop concert series. The Mount Wilson Observatory is hosting monthly concerts this summer (after an abbreviated version of its season last year) inside the dome of its 100-inch Hooker telescope, which was the largest telescope in the world for much of the first half of the 20th century. The schedule includes Beethoven and Mozart on May 22, chamber music on June 19, jazz on July 17, a brass quintet on August 7, more jazz on September 4 and Bach on October 2. In all cases, you’ll find shows at 3 and 5pm. Tickets cost $50 (that also includes access to the exhibit at the observatory) and it’s highly recommended that you buy them in advance since seating is limited. You’ll need to be able to climb 53 steps to reach the dome, and children under 12 aren’t permitted. 

  • Music
  • Rap, hip-hop and R&B
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  • Anaheim

After earning a Pulitzer Prize for his 2017 album, DAMN., Kendrick Lamar has finally filled the five-year break with the release of Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers—and a bunch of SoCal tour dates, too. Lamar will play the Honda Center as well as two nights at the Crypto.com Arena, with support from Baby Keem at both. An unparalleled lyricist and easily hip-hop’s most ambitious heir, the Compton native’s no-frills live shows place the spotlight squarely on his talents on the mic; it’s not a show to be missed. For both shows, presale starts Thursday, May 19 at 10am, with general sale the following day on Friday, May 20 at noon.

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  • Music
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  • Downtown

This epic (and free) outdoor concert series features live performances by artists from around the world at the totally overhauled California Plaza stage in DTLA, where the shallow water separating the stage from the audience has been replaced by a proper event lawn. Don’t miss a diverse and highly intriguing mix of bands, DJ sets and dance parties.

  • Music
  • Latin and world
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  • Downtown

See a free salsa concert every second Friday of the summer during this series at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes. This year’s lineup includes Ricardo Lemvo and Makina Loka, TROMBOR, Echo Park Project, La Obsesión and La Verdad.

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  • Music
  • Music festivals
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  • Orange County

Eddie Vedder’s Ohana Festival once again lands at Doheny State Beach in Dana Point, and the Pearl Jam frontman will once again be on the lineup. Stevie Nicks, Eddie Vedder, Jack White and P!nk top this year’s fest, which goes down September 30 to October 2. The rest of the lineup includes the likes of Khruangbin, St. Vincent, Brittany Howard and more. The fest’s name comes from the Hawaiian concept of family, and as such the beachfront festival will give back to its own community by donating a portion of proceeds to the San Onofre Parks Foundation and the Doheny State Beach Foundation, among others.

  • Music
  • Rap, hip-hop and R&B
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  • Inglewood

When R&B singer Abel Tesfaye released his debut mixtape, House of Balloons, in 2011, he did so hidden behind the Weeknd moniker: faceless and nameless, with no pictures, concerts or interviews. Since then, he’s made the leap from mystery-cloaked DIY buzz magnet to pro-hyped superstar drenched in drugged out psychosexual fantasy with ’80s funk basslines and a glossy pop shimmer.

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  • Music
  • Pop
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  • Echo Park

Well, this ought to be madness—in that sorta edgy but mostly delightfully campy way that has become the Gaga trademark. Ms. Germanotta may not deliver the sort of borrowed dance pop shock and awe that she once built a career on, but she still knows how to put on a show.

  • Music
  • Music festivals
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  • Chinatown

After having to push off its slated 2020 debut, Primavera Sound is—fingers crossed—bound for L.A. again, with a pretty impressive lineup to boast, too. The fest, which originated in Barcelona, will see Arctic Monkeys, Lorde and Nine Inch Nails atop its 2022 lineup. The three-day event, scheduled for September 16 through 18 at L.A. State Historic State Park, also includes the likes of James Blake, Mitski, Clairo, Darkside, Khruangbin, Arca, Stereolab and Kim Gordon. After its initial lineup announcement in December, the fest added a few more names in May, including Giveon, girl in red and Surf Curse. Courtesy Primavera Sound

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  • Music
  • Rap, hip-hop and R&B
  • Inglewood

Going from a grocery store bagger with a SoundCloud account to a featured artist on Cardi B’s smash hit “I Like It” to a Wrestlemania star in just a matter of years, Benito Antonio Martínez Ocasio (a.k.a. Bad Bunny) has become one of the leading voices in the burgeoning Latin trap scene. The Puerto Rican artist with a penchant for shaving intricate patterns into his buzz cut comes to L.A. for a few winter arena shows, followed by a massive fall one at SoFi Stadium.

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  • Westlake

You know it’s summer in L.A. when the live outdoor music starts swelling all over the city, including at MacArthur Park’s Levitt Pavilion. The Westlake concert series returns this summer with free shows every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Expect a genre-spanning mix of local acts that range from cumbia to ska to EDM. Check out the full season lineup below. Courtesy Levitt Pavilion

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