5 Places to Get Your Groove on in LA

November 21, 2017
November 21, 2017 Hilary

5 Places to Get Your Groove on in LA

Music plays a large roll in our family’s everyday life; in fact as I write this I can hear my older son practicing his guitar in the other room. Lucky for us we all have similar taste in music. I’m not sure how this happened, but I know we really lucked out, and I’m so grateful! Especially, since the loud noises coming from the other room actually resemble songs I like!

Guitar Player Los Angeles California

Simon has been joining us for live music events since he was six years old (yes, we use earplugs), and now that Elliot is old enough all four of us are going! We’ve been busy these past few months exploring LA’s music scene.

Green Day Concert Rose Bowl Los Angeles California

Here’s the scoop on sound, seating, parking and everything in between at the 5 different venues we’ve recently visited. We’ve even included a few of our favorite songs for your listening pleasure!

5 LA Places to Get Your Groove On:

The Rose Bowl
Band: Green Day

The Rose Bowl is located in Pasadena, about 25 minutes from Downtown Los Angeles. It is of course famous for hosting THE Rose Bowl of football fame, which is held on New Year’s Day, but it also plays host to a monthly flea market. The stadium is open air and seats just under 91,000 people.

Green Day Concert Rose Bowl Los Angeles California

Billy Joe Armstrong puts on a fabulous show.

We all agreed that the sound was great! We had general admission floor tickets for this show, and if possible I would recommend them. The Rose Bowl is quite large and the stage is far from the stands.

Green Day Rose Bowl Los Angeles California

A great show all around!

There were plenty of food and drink options inside the Rose Bowl, however if you have time you might consider grabbing a meal in Old Town, Pasadena, which is a fun place to explore.

Green Day Rose Bowl Los Angeles California

Loved all the confetti!

Parking options: Parking at the Rose Bowl is expensive. There are shuttle options, but we wanted flexibility, so opted to pay the whopping $40 fee to park in the official lot. In the end it was worth it for the convenience, as it turned out we exited the parking lot right near the freeway.

Tip: Purses were not allowed at this show. You’ll want to check the venue’s website prior to your show for any restrictions.

Green Day: She from the album Dookie

Video of “She” from the show:

Forgive the quality of the video, but… dancing!

Dessert fun in Pasadena California

We saw this yummy treat in Old Town when we passed by Stray Cat Poke & Dessert! Funny thing is… we were on our way to dinner.

The Regent Theater
Band(s): Night Riot & The Dreamers

Located in Downtown Los Angeles, The Regent Theater originally opened in 1914, and is the oldest building on the block. The venue is quite small with a capacity of only 1,100 people, which in my mind makes it the perfect place to see a show. We all agreed the sound was good, and because of the intimate size of the theater so was the viewing.

Night Riots The Regent Theater Los Angeles California

NIght Riot

We had a great time at this venue, and will definitely be attending another show here! Its downtown location means you’ll find plenty of both parking and food nearby. We like Little Damage for it’s ice cream, Birdies for it’s chicken and waffles, and Kazu Nori for its hand rolls. Kazu Nori is just across the street!

The Dreamers The Regent Theater Los Angeles California

The Dreamers

The Regent hosts other events as well, one of which is the Rock n’ Roll Flea Market held on the 1st Sunday of the month. I’m looking forward to checking this out soon!

The Dreamers The Regent Theater Los Angeles California

The Dreamers and Night Riot opened for The Maine.

Tip: The Dreamers was an all ages show, but you’ll want to check before purchasing tickets.

Dreamers: Sweet Disaster from the Album This Album Does Not Exist

Night Riots: Contagious from the Album HOWL

Sweet Disaster Video:

Wakling Tour of Downtown Los Angeles #littledamage

Little Damage just happened to be on the way to the car, so of course we had to stop!

The Greek Theater
Band: The Shins

The Greek Theater is located inside Griffith Park and is an outdoor venue. The Theater seats less than 6000, and in my opinion is a great place to see a show. Tim wasn’t as sure, as he is more partial to the northern Greek Theater located in Berkeley, California. We both agreed the sound was only okay, but I loved the setting.

The Shins The Greek Theater Los Angeles California

The Shins

There are concessions including a bar onsite, but as the venue is inside Griffith Park there are no other food options. You might consider grabbing a bite in nearby Silver Lake or Los Feliz.

The Greek Theater Los Angeles California

A rare date night.

Parking options: There is plenty of parking available. We paid $15 and walked a short distance uphill to the Theater. Had we paid online in advance we would have saved $5, or alternatively we could have paid more and parked even closer to the venue’s door.

The Greek Theater Los Angeles California

Tip: Purses were not allowed at this show. You’ll want to check the venue’s website prior to your show for any restrictions.

The Shins:

Wolfdown Restaurants in Silver Lake

The grilled bread was delicious

Prior to the show we grabbed dinner at Wolfdown a fun laidback restaurant in Silver Lake, one of my favorite neighborhoods.

The Hollywood Bowl
Band: Depeche Mode

The Hollywood Bowl is located one mile from the famed corner of Hollywood and Highland in… You guessed it, Hollywood! The Bowl seats 17,500 people and is an open air venue. Getting there can be a challenge, but it’s worth it! I think the sound at the Bowl is great, and so is the service!

Depeche Mode The Hollywood Bowl Los Angeles California

We chose to eat an early dinner on Hollywood Boulevard and walk to the venue, but there are plenty of food options within the venue as well.

Tip: Our seating choice came with the option to order food and beverage directly, which was very convenient. We ordered a bottle of wine right to our seats!

Depeche Mode The Hollywood Bowl Los Angeles California

Parking options: Parking at the Bowl can be challenging and expensive, and once you’ve parked you can’t leave until the show is over.  If you don’t want to drive there are shuttle options. Check the website for more information. We chose to use Lyft, and it worked perfectly for our needs.

Tip: if you must drive, and you don’t want to park onsite, park in the Hollywood & Highland Complex and walk one mile to the Bowl.

Depeche Mode The Hollywood Bowl Los Angeles California

Even with a fancy ticket our seats weren’t that close.

Depeche Mode:  Precious from the album Playing The Angel

Somebody Video:

Street Food Los Angeles California

If you’re hungry after the show look for the danger dog vendors. They can usually be found outside of any major event, and all over the city. I recently had my first one…Delicious!

The Forum
Band: Fall Out Boy

The Forum, located in Inglewood, is the former home of the Los Angeles Lakers, and only about 3 miles from the Los Angeles International airport (LAX). Depending on the event The Forum seats as many as 17,500 people. I thought the sound was only okay, but my son loved it, and these tickets were his 15th birthday present, so in this case that’s all that mattered.

Fall Out Boy The Forum Los Angeles California

Not the best seats, but we had fun!

There are plenty of food and beverage options inside The Forum, including Pink’s Hot Dogs, which I happen to love. There is also a full bar. People were incredibly helpful and overall our experience at this venue was great!

Fall Out Boy The Forum Los Angeles California

Thankful I still get to come along

Parking options: Parking at The Forum ranges from $25 – $40, and traffic getting there is everything bad thing that you’ve ever heard about LA traffic, especially on a Friday night. We chose to take a Lyft, and there is a well marked dedicated area at the venue just for ride sharing services. They even had charging cables and coffee available while you waited for your ride.

Fall Our Boy Merch Los Angeles California

Plenty of merchandise options.

Tip:  If the line for merchandise is too long, there are places to buy inside as well.

Fall Out Boy: Immortals from the move Big Hero Six

Fall Out Boy Video:

Things to eat in LA Pink's Hot Dogs Los Angeles California

Pink’s Chili Cheese Hot Dogs are an LA institution, so of course I had to have one!

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I love to travel & explore the world both near and far! I do my best to make the most out of life each and everyday! I have two boys and they are, at the ages of 13 and 18, world travelers and all around go along guys. There isnt anywhere I cant take them. It is my hope this blog will be a way to share the fun things Ive learned while on our many adventures together!

Comments (25)

  1. Wow, you are spoilt for choice here Hilary – so great you all go to gigs together!! Our son shares our music tastes too and we do the same, it’s so much fun. Love the food suggestions here too…

  2. Lovely article. As someone who plans to have a family in the coming years, it’s nice to see that there are fun activities to enjoy with the whole family. Cheers!

  3. What a fantastic activity to share with the fam! I also absolutely LOVE The Troubadour, The Fonda, The Wiltern, and The Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever… keep your eye out for upcoming shows there, too!

    • Hilary

      Thanks!! We’ve been to Hollywood forever and the Wiltern too! Both great locations! I’ll look into the troubadour!!

  4. These all look like awesome concert venues! I’ve never made it to any of them, but always wanted to check out the Rose Bowl. That’s cool that your son plays the guitar! #CityTripping

    • Hilary

      The Rose Bowl is a great venue and if you like flea markets theirs is pretty awesome!

  5. Love the mix of venues and of course, being a food-fanatic, I am loving your handy recommendations for where to eat too! #farawayfiles

  6. Trish @ Mum's Gone To

    Imagine having all those fantastic venues on your doorstep – fantastic! I love all the treats to eat too.

  7. Clare Thomson

    Love the way you’ve combined trips to the music spots with the best recommendations for food to eat on your way there and back! I did enjoy listening to that bit of Green Day. This is such a useful resource for people wanting to see music in LA. #FarawayFiles

  8. That’s awesome that you have similar taste in music and the food looks fantastic. This post makes me want to look for concert tickets-it’s been way too long since I’ve been to a show! #FarawayFiles

  9. Food and music what a great combination. So many great venues. Whenever I go to see a band I always wonder why I don’t do it more often….. #FarawayFiles

  10. One of my best friends flew to LA from Australia just to see U2! There are so many iconic venues in LA – thanks for all the suggestions for making the most of them #FarawayFiles

  11. Fun post! Love that you can order a bottle of wine directly to your seat at the Hollywood Bowl. I do find it strange that at some of the venues you can’t bring a purse. Am I just really out of the loop?! #farawayfiles

  12. Anisa

    It’s so nice you and your son share a love of music! I would love to see a concert at the Hollywood Bowl. Thanks for sharing on #TheWeeklyPostcard.

  13. So wonderful that you all share a love of music – and similar tastes too. What a great thing to do as a family and what a useful post! I’m totally in the LA know now on its music scene! Thanks for linking #citytripping

  14. I love the Rose Bowl (U2, 2009) and the Hollywood Bowl (Bright Eyes, 2007). I must have seen The Shins just days after you — at the SDSU Open Air amphitheater here down in San Diego. Thanks for the lowdown on the other LA venues! I would love to see a show at The Forum someday especially since the renovation. I love renovating old buildings instead of replacing. The San Diego Sports Arena could take a page out of the LA Forum’s book! #TheWeeklyPostcard

    • Hilary

      Yes! The forum was a great venue! I’ve also seen great shows at The Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Staples, the Whiskey and the Viper Room. Their are so many great options for music around here aren’t there?!

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