The 20 Best Concerts in Los Angeles Between Now and 2020
Thom Yorke! The Black Keys! A festival or two!
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
Because any time day or night is the right time for sexy country music
Because Todd Miller said that this was the live act he was excited to see again
Because her recent soulful solo effort was well worth the wait
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
Because you want to dance for two hours straight to some joyous vibes
Because you want to do a New Orleans second line
Because this Texas-based band sounds like late-’60s soul
Because his new album, Ma, is like an easy-breezy sunny day
Because his “Daily Battles” is a moody, jazzy masterpiece
Because sometimes talent doesn’t skip a generation
Because this post-punk, electronica band puts on a big, cinematic performance
Because you want to get down to some soulful tunes an intimate theater
Because you want to dance with hipsters (remember hipsters?) to wry pop electronic music
Because the Queen of Pop is doing an epic run at L.A.’s best indoor venue
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
Because he strums Americana the way it’s supposed to be strummed
Because you need a little funky bluegrass
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