LA Music Havens
BY: ALISA WONG AND DIANA SANGLAB
Famed for live events and concerts, the venues of Los Angeles create an exhilarating day in the city and a high nightlife. From up-and-coming artists to Imagine Dragons, these LA theaters and nightclubs have helped boost and set the stage for many artists and their careers. Here are just a few places to see your favorite or next favorite band, comedian or production.
The Troubadour is a smaller venue in West Hollywood that allows for intimate performances. Since there is no security at the very front of the stage, attendees are allowed to get really close to the artists. However, this also means that there are going to be long lines to see your favorite groups as many people like to get front row viewing. Despite this, the venue is small enough to get a great experience no matter where you are. If you'd like some breathing room, there is very limited seating on the upstairs showroom balcony.
-Opened in 1957
-Comedians Richard “Cheech” Marin and Tommy Chong (Cheech & Chong) were discovered by Lou Adler during Monday Hoot Night.
*Get your tickets now: The Colourist (March 4), The Wild Feathers (March 5), Wild Beasts (March 6), Railroad Earth (March 7), Turin Brakes (March 17), Andrea Gibson (March 24), Delta Rae (March 27)
Offering both sitting and standing opportunities, The Wiltern is one of LA's largest venues. It has a general floor and a loge and mezzanine level in the balcony, and has a capacity of more than 1,800 attendees. The building's architecture is rich with history, though it has undergone some renovations over the years since there has been much damage that was unattended to. It's still a wonderful place that reminds attendees of glamorous Old Hollywood. Parking near the venue can be pretty pricey, but the Wilshire/Western purple line Metro station is a short walking distance away.
-Opened in 1931
-The theater was renamed during the Great Depression after its intersection on Wilshire Boulevard and Western Avenue.
*Get your tickets now: Umphrey’s McGee (March 15), St. Vincent (March 21), Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings (March 25), The Sound of Animals Fighting (March 28), Jennifer Nettles: That Girl Tour 2014 (March 29)
The Forum recently went through renovations and reopened to the public in January. With its new design, the general admission floor now provides seating, allowing for at least 8,000 seated attendees and up to 17,500 depending on the event. If you need to get up from your seat, the concession area and the arena is separated from a tinted glass wall that still allows you to look inside the area. There are also VIP opportunities now, with a revamped Forum Club and the “Chase Lounge.” The changes will surely bring a different vibe and ambiance to upcoming performances.
-Opened in 1967
-Before 1988, the Forum’s exterior was painted Roman red instead of blue.
The Forum is also now red again with its new renovation, and also just installed the biggest vinyl record in celebration of The Eagles being the first act at The Forum since reopening.
*Get your tickets now: TobyMac with Brandon Heath, Mandisa, Matthew West and Matt Maher (March 1), Kings of Leon with Local Natives (March 21)
The Roxy is a slightly bigger venue than the Troubadour, but it still provides a great personal experience, and sets a grungy vibe with its black walls, black floor and black exterior. There's a large general floor area along with some VIP accommodations that allow for table dining right next to the floor. The food there ranges from $5-10, with various options of grilled cheese sandwiches and some appetizers. The Roxy is also home to the first American run of The Rocky Horror Show back in 1974.
-Opened in 1973
-Neil Young opened the first night of the Roxy in 1973.
Get your tickets now: See website for concert dates.
Another historic and grand venue, the Orpheum Theater provides 2,500 seats for various types of events, from concerts to tv show recordings. Just sitting in the theater is a treat on its own, with a grand and elaborately decorated ceiling and decor that makes you want to dress up a bit extravagantly. The building is also home to “American Idol” and “America's Got Talent.”
-Opened in 1926
-Home to the Mighty Wurlitzer, one of the only three original theater organs left in southern California theaters.
*Get your tickets now: Pentatonix (March 1 & 2), The Pink Floyd Experience (March 21)