Music Venues

Safari Sam’s

5214 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90027

Aside from Koo’s Art Center in Long Beach and the Smell downtown, few all-ages clubs in L.A. book bands worthy of praise.

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Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral

1324 S. Normandie Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 90006

323-737-2424

Sampling the city’s array of choirs, we sat through enough church services to keep our souls clean until 2025. The sounds emanating from the singers at West Angeles Cathedral Church of God in Christ can inspire the most spiritually bereft…

Website: http://stsophia.org/

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Staples Center

1111 S. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA, 90015

213-742-7100

Adjacent to the Nokia Center and right next to the Los Angeles Convention Center, the 950,000-square-foot Staples Center is home to four professional sports franchises

Website: http://www.staplescenter.com

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Summer Sounds

2301 N. Highland Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 90068

323-850-2000

There’s a reason tickets to the Summer Sounds series at the Hollywood Bowl sell out within days.

Website: http://hollywoodbowl.com

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The Baked Potato

3787 Cahuenga Blvd. West, Los Angeles, CA, 91604

818-980-1615

When we first heard the trio’s name, we weren’t sure what to expect. Country? Spoof? Turns out it’s both and more. Jackshit are top-notch veteran session players letting their hair down…

Website: http://www.thebakedpotato.com

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The El Rey

5515 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90036

323-936-6400

An art deco theater built in 1936, the El Rey stands in the heart of the miracle mile

Website: http://www.theelrey.com

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The Grand Ole Echo

1822 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90026

213-413-8200

Los Angeles may not be known for its country music, but the Grand Ole Echo serves a tasty slice of the Nashville sound.

Website: http://www.thegrandoleecho.com

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The Reverend Martini Presents

900 W. Riverside Dr., Los Angeles, CA, 91506

818-845-2425

Girls with flowers in their hair and cherry tattoos on their calves twirl with gents in zoot suits, a live band wails, and vintage teen delinquent films screen around the room.

Website: http://www.vivacantina.com

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The Smell

247 S. Main St., Los Angeles, CA, 90013

The only place to sit in downtown’s art-punk mecca is in a tattered chunk of stadium seats that once lined Royce Hall

Website: http://www.thesmell.org

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Tony Hartenstein

39 W. Main St., Los Angeles, CA, 91801

626-282-9300

Tony Hartenstein got his first big break as a teenager, when he was chosen to represent the music of Switzerland at the 1939 New York World’s Fair. With war on the horizon, he decided not to return to Europe and traveled the United States performing…

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Troubadour

9081 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90069

323-936-6400

The Troubadour was founded by Douglas Weston in 1957 to be a venue for folk music and singer-songwriters

Website: http://www.troubadour.com

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Vibrato Grill Jazz…Etc.

2930 Beverly Glen Circle, Los Angeles, CA, 90077

310-474-9400

“Where do you put your tongue?” a man behind us asks. We spin around on the bar stool …

Website: http://www.vibratogrilljazz.com/

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