Los Angeles is highly regarded as one of the music capitals of the world. You can find musicians strumming guitars for dimes on the 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica, pop stars playing to sold out shows at The Staples Center and producers locked up in Jim Henson Studios stitching together the next big hit. Amongst all the talent, we’ve assembled a list of some of the best upcoming musical experiences in Los Angeles.
First Fridays | The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles
6 February 2015
During the first Friday of each month from January until June, the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles, the space that holds hollowed bones and animal fossils, turns into a music hub. The museum’s Concert Hall hosts cutting-edge artists and a DJ Lounge is set up, from which electric dance music is blasted. February’s First Friday will see Robert DeLong, Quitapenas and Tom Vek take the stage in the Concert Hall, while Mr. Pauer and DJ Raul Campos will be compelling you to dance in the DJ Lounge. Twerkers, ballerinas and those without rhythm are all welcome. If you want to add a bit of education to your night before the sets begin, Lila Higgins will be leading a discussion entitled, ‘Finding L.A.’s Hidden Wildlife One Photo at a Time.’
First Fridays, 900 Exposition Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, USA, +1 213 763 3466
Viva! El Léy
25 January 2015
Viva! El Léy is a short music festival taking place at The Well, a hair salon and lifestyle retail company stationed in a converted warehouse. The space has previously featured artists like Mac Miller and Skrillex playing to some of Los Angeles’ most fashion-forward residents. Ariel Beesley, model-turned-singer-songwriter Wilhelmina, psychedelic folk musician Joel Jerome, all-girl punk band Slutever, and many others are set to show off what local Los Angeles musicians have to offer.
Viva! El Léy, 1006 South Olive Street, Los Angeles, CA, USA, +1 213 550 4448
HolyChild Residency | The Echo
Every Monday in January
HolyChild is a Los Angeles-based duo, whose eclectic influences include Fiona Apple, Thelonious Monk and Outkast. Their debut EP Mind Speak addresses the role of women in American culture with a sprightly and electric aesthetic that HolyChild describes as ‘brat pop.’ They have recently been signed by Glassnote Records, the same record label responsible for bringing Pheonix and Mumford and Sons to fame in the United States. We advise you catch them performing before they break into the mainstream (and ticket prices soar). Make sure to wear comfortable shoes because HolyChild and their varied list of special guest performers will have you dancing all night.
Holychild, 1822 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, USA +1 213 413 8200
Lean on Me: A Celebration of Music and Philanthropy
5 February 2015
In anticipation of the Grammy Awards, The Grammy Foundation will host the 17th Annual Legacy Concert. Legends like Melissa Etheridge, John Mellencamp, Cyndi Lauper and Willie Nelson will take the stage alongside Robin Thick of ‘Blurred Lines’ fame, violinist Lindsey Stirling, and singer/songwriters Aloe Blacc and Rozzi Crane. Not only will the concert surely prove a singular experience, but ticket sales will help support the Grammy Foundation’s mission to support music and arts education.
Lean on Me, 4401 West 8th Street, Los Angeles, CA, USA +1 323 939 0126