Where are the best places to hear live music in Los Angeles?

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The heart of the entertainment industry, Los Angeles is a mecca for live music. But at large arenas, the number of jaded music industry execs in attendance can make performances feel like a church choir recital. Two notable exceptions are the Hollywood Bowl and the Greek Theatre, both bowl-shaped amphitheaters under the stars that have an enveloping, intimate feel to them.
Other excellent small venues for live music include Pantages and hipster-music-locale The Wiltern theaters. And you can’t forget rock-and-roll hall of famers: The Roxy Theatre and Troubadour club are two of L.A.’s old-school music forums that still manage to bring in big-name headliners.

The best places to hear live music in Los Angeles are the Montage Lobby Lounge, the Vibrato jazz club, the Hollywood Bowl, and Walt Disney Concert Hall.

Sandy Murphy

Los Angeles is home to a number of music spots, both iconic and up-and-coming — it all depends on what you want to hear. Some of the city’s best gems are the Hollywood Bowl, the L.A. Philharmonic and the Los Angeles Music Center (home to the Walt Disney Concert Hall and Dorothy Chandler Pavilion). Also worth checking out are the Greek Theater (seats 5,700) and the Nokia Theater, adjacent to the stunning Grammy Museum.

James G. Little

The best places to hear live music in Los Angeles include The Hollywood Bowl, The Walt Disney Concert Hall, The Staples Center and Club Nokia.

Christina Xenos

No matter what your musical tastes, you're likely to find the perfect music venue in Los Angeles to fit.

You haven't really lived or visited Los Angeles until you've packed a picnic, a few bottles of wine and spent an evening under the stars at the Hollywood Bowl. The iconic 18,000-seat Hollywood Bowl has consistently been rated the best major outdoor concert venue for the last nine years by the Pollstar Concert Industry Awards. It's no surprise considering that everyone who is anyone in music has made it their mission to grace the stage at The Bowl, in addition to it being the summer home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, KCRW World Festival and other world-class programming.

In the fall the L.A. Phil transitions from its summer home at the Hollywood Bowl to its official season at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Designed by architect Frank Gehry, the concert hall opened its doors in 2003 to the Phil, major popular music acts and orchestras from around the world.

For more intimate shows head to Hollywood's Hotel Cafe, The Troubadour in West Hollywood and infamous Sunset Strip Clubs like the Viper Room, The Whisky and The Roxy.

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