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This weekend is one of the best in a while for live music in the Los Angeles area.  Here are some of the best shows happening over the next few days.

Featured Show of the Weekend:

Audra Mae @ Hotel Cafe in Los Angeles, CA.  9:00pm.  Listen>>

Audra Mae is a soulful singer/songwriter with a voice that’s simultaneously powerful and sweet.  She’s performing tonight— 10/27— at the acclaimed Hotel Cafe in Los Angeles.  She’ll be performing with her band, The Almighty Sound.

Thursday, 10/27:

  • Two Spot Gobi @ The Mint in Los Angeles, CA.  8:00pm.  Listen>>

There are a bunch of great concerts taking place in the Los Angeles area this weekend.  Consult the list below for the best shows to attend.

Featured Show of the Weekend:

Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds and Lubriphonic @ The Mint in Los Angeles, CA on Saturday, 10/8.  Doors open @ 9pm.

One of Los Angeles’s most historic night clubs will host two multiple-member soulful groups this Saturday, 10/8.  For a review of Lubriphonic’s 2010 album The Gig is Onclick here. The group is talented and experienced in a live setting so this should be an entertaining show.

Extended drum solos are usually saved for late in a band’s set, but Lubriphonic doesn’t play by the rules.  “Rhino,” the opening track to the group’s 2010 album The Gig Is On begins with a rapid-fire 30 second drum solo before loud horns and ultra-fast funky guitar kick in.  Just about all of the group’s skills are jam-packed into that 4-minute opening song, soulful, James Brown-esque vocals and a soaring guitar solo included.  The group doesn’t waste any time displaying a wide range of style and skill.  And once you hear what the group can do, you don’t want to stop listening.

The good news is that there are plenty of clubs and venues in Los Angeles.  A band with good music and a bit of perseverance should be able to book a gig fairly easily.  The not so good news is that most venues don’t have their own draw and rely on the bands to fill the place with an audience.  Which means the bands have to heavily promote their gigs, otherwise they may end up playing in front of an empty room.

Los Angeles is often regarded as the capital of the music industry.  As such, the city offers dozens, if not hundreds of clubs with live music.  In my career as a drummer and a band leader I’ve performed in a fair amount of clubs in town.  One of my favorite is The Mint.


Los Angeles is a huge, sprawling city, so there are plenty of locations that feature live music on a near-nightly basis.  If you’re looking for a place to catch some live music in the city, here is part two of the Guide To Los Angeles Live Music Venues, organized by area.


Silverlake/Echo Park

El Cid: El Cid is a tapas bar and restaurant as well as a live music theater.  The restaurant has a flamenco dinner every Friday and Saturday night that costs $42 for dinner, desert and a flamenco show.  It also hosts live music most nights of the week, including jazz, hip-hop and rock music.