Kat Corbett — host of the influential Locals Only show on the L.A. radio station KROQ — agrees. “We have so many talented upcoming bands it’s hard to keep track sometimes,” she says. “Perhaps it’s because entertainment is part of the DNA of this city. And since L.A. has been rocking for such a long time we are blessed with many legendary venues and new spaces popping up all the time.”
It’s an embarrassment of riches that not only presents a conundrum for live music enthusiasts trying to pick between shows, but also for those responsible for filling up venue calendars.
“I book our shows with an open mind, embracing all of the genres that reflect the city of L.A.,” says Jenn Liu, who books the iconic El Rey Theater. “It’s important that we have and promote diversity in our calendar. There are so many different audiences in L.A. that it only makes sense for our shows to reflect the sprawling range of musical appetites.”
The scene’s prevailing vibe is a result of deep, still-reverberating history rubbing elbows on a nightly basis with a visionary, trailblazing future. Ready to immerse yourself in the L.A. music scene? This guide to some of the essential and up-and-coming live venues can help you get started.