The Black Keys at The Wiltern
The Black Keys at The Wiltern
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By Reuben Brody / October 3, 2019 6:00 am

A decade ago there were few reasons to venture downtown for music. Now, there are at least ten venues worth hitting.

Consider the Belasco and the Mayan, two theaters on Hill Street that in the 1900s were considered “off Broadway” (the Orpheum and the Ace are on Broadway). Now lines have to form in separate directions when they host shows on the same night.

“The Belasco is a really beautiful, ornate theater,” says Todd Miller, Live Nation’s Senior Vice President of Talent and Booking. “The acoustics of the room are amazing, and the sound system is new.”

It’s one of at least 17 different venues where you can catch some live music this fall and beyond. Below is a list of 20 various concerts more than worth the price of admission. Let’s boogie.

Because this Mali funk band has more grooves than an unpaved road

Songhoy Blues at The Moroccan Lounge – 10/4

Because any time day or night is the right time for sexy country music

Nikki Lane at The Roxy – 10/04

Because Todd Miller said that this was the live act he was excited to see again

Angels and Airwaves at The Belasco – 10/9

Brittany Howard
Because her recent soulful solo effort was well worth the wait

Brittany Howard at The Theatre at Ace Hotel – 10/8 & 10/9

Because Flaming Lips. Because Wu-Tang. Because Ween. Because the desert!

Desert Daze Festival – 10/10 – 10/13

Because this atmospheric rock band has a dreamy Rolling Stones feel

Temples at Echoplex – 10/14

Sofi Tukker
Because you want to dance for two hours straight to some joyous vibes

Sofi Tukker at the Shrine – 10/10

Because you want to do a New Orleans second line

Rebirth Brass Band at The Bootleg – 10/19

Eric Burton of Black Pumas
Because this Texas-based band sounds like late-’60s soul

Black Pumas at The Regent – 10/23

Because his new album, Ma, is like an easy-breezy sunny day

Devendra Banhart at The Theatre at Ace Hotel – 10/24

Thom Yorke
Because his “Daily Battles” is a moody, jazzy masterpiece

Thom Yorke at The Greek Theater (stubhub) – 10/29 & 10/30

Because sometimes talent doesn’t skip a generation

Justin Townes Earle (Steve Earle’s boy) at The Troubadour – 10/30

Alex Trimble of Two Door Cinema Club
Because this post-punk, electronica band puts on a big, cinematic performance

Two Door Cinema Club at the Hollywood Palladium – 11/06

Because you want to get down to some soulful tunes an intimate theater

PJ Morton at the Belasco – 11/08

Because you want to dance with hipsters (remember hipsters?) to wry pop electronic music

YACHT at Zebulon – 11/08

Madonna
Because the Queen of Pop is doing an epic run at L.A.’s best indoor venue

Madonna at the Wiltern – 11/12 – 11/24

Because dance music, hip hop and animated hilarity is your bag

Adult Swim Fest at Banc of California Stadium – 11/15 – 11/16

Because their new album Let’s Rock delivers the sort of high octane music its name suggests

The Black Keys at The Forum – 11/19

Ryan Bingham
Because he strums Americana the way it’s supposed to be strummed

Ryan Bingham at the House of Blues Anaheim – 11/22

Because you need a little funky bluegrass

The Dead South at The Belasco – 11/27