About Los Angeles
Los Angeles is the biggest city on the west coast. You get what you’d expect from the home of Hollywood: top-notch entertainment throughout the year. LA has dozens of great concert venues and is one of the best places in the country for live music of any genre, and many artists from Van Halen to N.W.A. to Katy Perry got their starts here.
One of LA’s premier entertainment complexes is the Staples Center, perhaps best known as the home of the NHL’s Kings and the NBA’s Clippers and Lakers. The Staples Center is the busiest arena in California and can also accommodate large crowds of fans for concerts. It opened in 1999 with shows on four separate days from Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. In 2017, the Staples Center hosted concerts from Red Hot Chili Peppers, Roger Waters, Tim McGraw & Faith Hill, Kendrick Lamar, Ed Sheeran, and Katy Perry. Over the course of her career, Taylor Swift has performed 16 sold-out shows at Staples Center.
The Hollywood Bowl bills itself as “the mecca for summer concerts in Southern California.” It’s hard to argue with that—you can see the famous Hollywood sign off in the distance, and this natural outdoor amphitheater is the largest venue of its kind in the US. The venue dates back to the 1920s, when crowds gathered on wooden benches. Throughout its long history, The Hollywood Bowl has hosted some of the most famous performers in music: The Beatles, The Doors, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Elton John, Genesis, and The Beach Boys. In more recent years, Dolly Parton, Pentatonix, Mariah Carey, and Chance the Rapper played at the Bowl. The Bowl was also the site of Tom Petty’s last concert before his death in October 2017.
The Fonda Theatre was named the city’s best live music venue by LA Weekly. Named for Henry Fonda, the venue opened in 1926 and was restored in 2002. It fits 1200 people, and it’s relatively easy to get close to the stage. You can even have a drink at their rooftop bar. Artists like Radiohead and the Rolling Stones have played at the Fonda in the past, and their concerts for the end of 2017 include Sheryl Crow, Dinosaur Jr, and The Sounds.
What’s the best place to see a concert in LA?
The Fonda Theatre is a popular spot, even with LA locals. According to LA Weekly, it’s the place to go if you want to see “acts on the verge of superstardom.” And its Roaring Twenties aesthetic gives you something besides the music to look forward to.
What concerts are playing in LA this weekend?
Scroll to the “Events this Weekend” section to see listings and tickets for concerts in LA this weekend.
If you don’t want to drive to the show (and who wants to deal with LA traffic?) The Hollywood Bowl runs a shuttle service from a number of different locations including Union Station and the LA Zoo. Tickets for the shuttles cost $6 per person. If you’re going to a show at the Fonda Theatre, the LA Metro stops just a couple of blocks away.
How much will I pay to see a concert in LA?
Los Angeles is one of the top concert destinations in the country, with a wide variety of venues and performances. Fans of all types are able to find a price point they’re comfortable with. For a look at ticket prices for upcoming concerts, scroll to the top of the page and see events today, this weekend, and this week.
What concert should I see while I’m in LA?
You’ll have tons of options. Explore the listings above to see what’s available tonight, this weekend, and further in the future.