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Located within the famous Hollywood Forever Cemetery, the Masonic Lodge is considered to be one of the most happening venues in Los Angeles. Host to numerous artists and bands, the venue attracts music enthusiasts in large numbers. Surrounded by the final resting places of Hollywood legends, the Masonic Lodge's uniqueness makes it one of the most coveted music and cultural venues in the city.
Located in beautiful Griffith Park and given to the City of Los Angeles as a gift in 1896, the Greek Theater is an outdoor concert venue you must experience while staying in L.A. Though it can seat more than 6,000 patrons, you may never again enjoy such a truly intimate setting for listening to one of your favorite performers. Surrounded by trees, the space offers outstanding acoustics. Whether you prefer classical music, rock, easy listening or jazz, you'll love this place. Ticket prices vary widely and can often be somewhat expensive. Depending on the time of year, you'll probably want to bring along a sweater or jacket, since you'll be seated outdoors in a city that can get a bit chilly in the evenings. On show nights the box office remains open for 30 minutes before the show.
The Troubadour is a pioneering rock-n-roll venue with a history that would make any music aficionado blush. Founded in 1957, the venue hosted Bob Dylan’s early shows, Buffalo Springfield’s first concert, and the US debuts of Elton John and Gordon Lightfoot. Legend has it that The Eagles met at the club, and that rock manager Herb Cohen discovered Tom Waits at an open mic night. Concerts are standing room only and usually quite intimate.
The Walt Disney Concert Hall is one of the most sophisticated concert halls in the world today. It is acoustically and aesthetically advanced, home to the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and a monument to the Walt Disney family's vision. Walt Disney's family made the initial contribution of USD50 million. The Walt Disney Concert Hall is the fourth addition to the Music Center of Los Angeles County. It has an urban park, expansive public gardens, ornamental landscaping, and water elements designed by Melinda Taylor and Lawrence Reed Moline. With a seating capacity of 2265, the Walt Disney Concert Hall is a prized entertainment avenue for the people of Los Angeles. It is also known for the REDCAT (Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater) located here. Audio Tours are also offered to the public.
Perhaps the best way to spend a summer evening in Los Angeles is at this huge amphitheater, the Hollywood Bowl, that offers jazz, pop and classical concerts for the denizens of Los Angeles. The sound quality is excellent from any point, although binoculars are suggested for the seats in the far back. The summer home of the L.A. Philharmonic since 1922 and the home of its very own Hollywood Bowl Orchestra since 1991, numerous guest stars from Itzhak Perlman to Tony Bennett have performed their selections in this much loved, relaxed concert alternative.
The pride of Elysian Park, Dodger Stadium is one of the most iconic baseball stadiums in North America, home to the illustrious Los Angeles Dodgers. Inaugurated in the year 1962, this is one of the oldest baseball fields in the United States. The arena has a maximum capacity of 56,000 and offers great viewing angles for the spectators in attendance. The stadium has seen the Dodgers win umpteen West Division titles along with several World Series Championships. A multipurpose facility, its angular walls have also hosted non-sporting events such as a mass held by Pope John Paul II in 1987, and concerts by the likes of Michael Jackson, The Beatles, U2, Elton John, and The Bee Gees.
Opened in 1926, the legendary Fonda Theatre is a true witness to the performing arts in Los Angeles. The wide array on its platter includes concerts, film premiers and wrap parties. Catering to different functions, it offers a wide variety of rooms to choose from. Some of its past events include performances by Rilo Kiley and Swank as well as The Lion King Wrap Party. Dine at the stylish Blue Palms Restaurant once you are done with the performance du jour. If you're an art lover, your trip to Los Angeles would be incomplete without a visit to this theater.
This musical cafe is where undiscovered talent can be found. From unknown to international artists, the Hotel Cafe is the place to be for a intimate live music performance. Friendly bartenders whip up drinks made to perfect, while a menu of small plates helps keep the hunger at bay until after the show. Performances by the likes of Ryan White, Leighton Meester and many others have taken place here.
Making its debut one year after the turn of the 21st Century, this venue is an impressive representation of the culture and especially the technology for the new era. The Dolby Theatre has hosted The Academy Awards ceremonies, concerts given by Celine Dion, Prince, Barry Manilow and Elvis Costello, as well as a staging of GREASE with Frankie Avalon, the Dixie Chicks, and the American Idol finals. This major center, with a year-round calendar of entertainment and cultural activities, is a magnet for tourists and locals.
The Staples Center is home to the Los Angeles Lakers, the Kings and the Clippers. At many games, you can catch celebrity fans like Jack Nicholson and Leonardo DiCaprio courtside. It also hosts concerts with the biggest names in the business featured regularly here. The arena boasts a $1.5 million Bose sound system and an eight-sided, high-resolution video scoreboard and public concourses with 1,200 television monitors. It's the perfect place to enjoy a spectacle.
Like the Pantages, this theater was opened as a movie palace in the early years of Hollywood, but has since been transformed to accommodate live performances. Restored in 1985, its art deco design, including a sunburst canopy, which adorns the main entrance, is indicative of the era. In recent years it has become one of the most popular venues for major touring acts.
Before it became a hugely successful concert venue, The Hollywood Palladium was a spot for awards ceremonies like the Grammys and the Emmys. Although it retains traces of its former grandeur, it currently hosts amazing concerts. Bands that have performed here include The Rolling Stones, The Who, David Bowie and The Clash. It also hosts other events such as seminars, conventions and cultural gatherings.