Los Angeles can easily be called a paradise for music lovers. From intimate jazz clubs and acoustic cafes to the thrilling Sunset Strip, there's something for everyone.
The concentration of hot clubs makes this major route one of the best places to hear top-quality live music in the region. For over 50 years, the Troubadour has attracted great performers such as James Taylor and Elton John; it's a fun place to catch up-and-coming acts as well as big-name stars. Whisky a go go is another venue with a rich musical history, where stars such as the Doors and Janis Joplin have thrilled music lovers in the past.
Another place to catch music along "the Strip" is The roxy Theatre, with a stage fronted by a small dance foor if you want to move (or if you just like to watch people who do), a hip bar and a VIP area that makes it a popular hangout for celebrities. Genghis Cohen is another club that attracts great musicians, with an intimate, cabaretlike room attached to an exceptional Pan-Asian restaurant.
Beyond "The Strip"
For a simple setting that's all about the music, try The Mint. Top musicians come here even though it's not a fancy club, simply a place where you can relax, listen and focus on the terrifc musicians.
If jazz has the beat you like, then head to Catalina Bar & grill, the best place in LA to hear this classic American sound. The club also serves dinner, in a warm and inviting atmosphere.
When it comes to outdoor settings for fantastic music of all kinds, aim to catch an act at the Hollywood Bowl. Top acts such as Coldplay and Stevie Wonder play here and the giant band shell framing the stage is dramatic and amusing.
Finally, one of the newest and most exciting places to see terrifc musical acts is nokia Theatre LA Live, with stars from the worlds of rock, pop, country and more taking the stage throughout the year.