Los Angeles is known for its film studios, but a lot of people do not know that Los Angeles is home to a rich musical history and some of the best places a music lover could visit. It also has a wide selection of places you could visit to experience live music, Indie performers and more. Here are some of the best.
The Sunset Strip
Although it has lost some of its glamour, the Sunset Strip is well known for its rock ‘n’ roll history. The list of rock legends made on this strip is quite long. The Sunset Strip is located along Sunset Boulevard and is a must-visit destination for music lovers.
In the 1960s, this strip was littered with exclusive nightclubs that later became venues and clubs. Famous musicians frequented this strip during that time and some of the famous musicians who played in its venues include Jimmy Page and Davide Bowie. The Roxy and Whiskey a Go-Go, two clubs that were frequented by famous musicians still stand today.
Although some of the more famous clubs, such as Rodney Birgenheimer’s English Disco, are all gone, music lovers can still go back and experience live music at The Troubadour or the Viper Room.
If you love music antiques, Amoeba Music is the one spot you have to visit when in Los Angeles. Amoeba Music is the largest records store in the world and its Hollywood store has two floors full of games, posters, arts, DVDs and more. What makes this destination a lot more interesting is that unscheduled live performances take place here, which is usually a welcome surprise for those in the store at the time.
Discover New Music
Los Angeles is full of bars and music venues where you can experience live bands. Although some of them might be closed right now, the Telegram Ballroom in Westlake, The Satellite in Silver Lake, Hi Hat in Highland Park and the Three clubs are all great places to see Indie bands play. They are also a great place for new artists to find inspiration for new music.
These bars and music venues provide a healthy source of inspiration for musicians who record at various local studios, including Pirate’s LA studio. This Los Angeles rehearsal studio is perfect for bands and solo artists who would like to record music that is firmly rooted in the Los Angeles music scene and history. Their affordable spaces can be booked anytime and they offer the latest recording and rehearsal equipment for both emerging and established artists.
Everyone who visits Hollywood is encouraged to visit its walk of fame where countless musicians, actors and other honorable people have been celebrated. What a lot of people do not know is that there is a special section set aside for rock musicians. This section, the RockWalk can be found on Sunset Boulevard, just outside the Guitar Center.
At this section, officially called the Guitar Center RockWalk, you will find the handprints of famous musicians and bands, including The Cure, Ozzy Osbourne, Nancy Wilson, Dick Dale and many others.
The Grammy Museum
A Grammy Museum was opened in Los Angeles in 2008. This museum has works detailing how music is made as well as its history and a lot of exhibits for you to enjoy. This museum also has a section dedicated to the history of the Grammy Awards.
Although there are a lot of artifacts to see, there are also interactive exhibits that are meant to inspire people to learn about the recording process and different music genres. This museum also has different short-term exhibits that focus on individual artists, so check your itinerary to see which artists are being showcased when you plan to visit.
The museum also houses the Clive Davis Theatre, a 200-seat theater where lectures and other music-related events are held.
The Hollywood Bowl
The Hollywood bowl is another must-see attraction for music lovers. This Los Angeles landmark and amphitheater contains a lot of history within it, which is laid out in a series of exhibits that you can enjoy at the free museum. Some of the famous acts who have performed here include Nine Inch Nails, The Beatles, Lady Gaga and many others. Top acts perform here regularly, so visit the Hollywood Bowl when you are in town.
Capital Studios was started over 60 years ago, and in that time, it has hosted acts such as The Goo Goo Dolls, Green Day, Frank Sinatra, among others. Perhaps the most interesting fact about the Capitol Records building is that it is where the Academy Awards orchestra rehearses and records. In addition, this building has produced some of the biggest tracks and albums in modern history.
Although you might not be able to visit the studio’s interior, the building regularly opens its doors for special paid tours.
Los Angeles is full of music history, and this is why it is a famous destination for music lovers. There is a lot to see and experience, but don’t leave town without an antique to remember your visit to this iconic city.