What to Know Before You Go: The LA County Museum of Art


Looking for a fun and enriching outing with the kids? Look no further than the LA County Museum of Art, the largest art museum in the western United States. Located at 5905 Wilshire Blvd in Los Angeles, the museum has exhibited amazing works of art since 1965.

Before you head out of the house, here are a few things to know about the the LA County Museum of Art…

1. Time your visit for free admission.

Do you have kids under 17? Sign up for a NexGen membership to receive free admission! The museum also admits LA County residents for free after 3 pm Monday through Friday. Fun, enriching, and free? You had no idea what you were missing, did you?

2. Check the schedule for activities.

  • Story Time: Folk tales and age-appropriate children’s stories are presented every Monday and Friday at 2 pm in the Boone Children’s Gallery.
  • NexGen: This is a free youth membership program, which offers free general admission to anyone under 17 with one accompanying adult. Enroll here!
  • Art Classes & Camps: Classes for all ages are taught by artists, in addition to special art camps coinciding with school breaks. Prices vary.
  • Community Art Programs: Children and young adults are invited to attend free artist-led workshops, exhibitions, and more (typically weekdays after school).
  • Self-Guided Activities: Free activities available at the Box Office include an art tote full of objects and activities, an audio tour, and guides for parents to encourage dialogue about art with kids.

3. Consider exploring the art beyond the paint brush.

Going beyond what is expected from the typical art museum, the LA County Museum of Art offers a variety of programs, including:

  • The Film Department: The LA County Museum of Art previews new studio, independent, and foreign films, and also hosts a film series in celebration of cinema worldwide with thematic film series, retrospectives, and tributes.
  • Music Programs: The LA County Museum of Art presents more than 100 concerts annually, including leading international and local jazz, classical, Latin, and new music ensembles. Looking for a free show? Check out the Sundays Live series, featuring a free one-hour concert every Sunday at 6pm in the Leo S. Bing Theater.
  • The Education Department: The Education Department provides opportunities for all ages to explore art, including talks and courses, art and film education, a film lab, art classes, school and community events, teen-focused events, evenings and resources designed just for educators, and more!

4. Get ready for a little retail therapy.

In person and online, the LACMA store offers posters, books, e-books, jewelry, toys, and other novelties and gifts inspired by museum collections and exhibits. Looking for current or out-of-print exhibition catalogs and books on contemporary art? Visit the Art Catalogues Bookstore.

Want to show your support for this awesome venue? Become a LA County Museum of Art member for additional perks, unfettered access, and most importantly, to support and spread the joy of art to children and the community via the museum’s extensive outreach programs. So what are you waiting for? Head out and explore the museum, and get your kids involved in the arts today!

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Live Music in LA: Everything You Need to Know About the Hollywood Bowl

Everything You Need To Know About The Hollywood Bowl In Los AngelesThe Hollywood Bowl is one of the country’s most famous open-air music venues. It’s also the largest natural outdoor amphitheater in the US. As a fixture of the entertainment capital of the world, the Hollywood Bowl has seen big changes from its humble beginnings in the 1920s to its current status as a venue for popular touring acts, as well as the summer home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the year-round home of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra.


This LA institution and Hollywood landmark had humble beginnings, with the first-known performance listed on the Hollywood Bowl schedule being two women performing on a barn door. If you look at that 1920 photo, you may notice a lack of the venue’s most distinct features. The “bowl” in the name refers to the concave shape of the hillside into which the amphitheater is carved.

The famous curved, white band shell came much later, going through a few acoustically excellent revisions built by Frank Lloyd Wright’s son between 1927 and 1928. The look was considered too avant garde, so the next year a new shell was built. With additions by famed architect Frank Gehry, it stood until 2003, but proved difficult for acoustic engineers, becoming “a liability” by 1970.

The current shell, fiercely opposed by conservationists in 2003, incorporates elements of the sonically superior Lloyd Wright designs and achieves much better quality, with some extremely sophisticated digital sound management to make sound not just level from front seats to back benches, but for it to seem as if the music is playing at the same time, rather than delayed by traveling a long distance.


From its inception, the Hollywood Bowl schedule has been packed with notable and diverse artists. Since 1922, the Los Angeles Philharmonic has called The Bowl home, and more recently the venue lent its famous name to an important resident ensemble, the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra.

American jazz legends such as Al Jolson, Billie Holiday, Nat King Cole, and Ella Fitzgerald have all graced the stage. The Beatles came across the pond to perform in 1964 and 1965, recording both dates for a long-awaited live album. Playing at the Hollywood Bowl was a “dream concert” for The Doors, and the LA-bred band finally played there in 1968, recording a live album as well.

The Hollywood Bowl continues to evolve, with jam band Phish playing their first show there in 2011 and Avicii becoming the first EDM act to appear on the Hollywood Bowl schedule as a headliner in 2013.

Finding Shows and Getting Tickets

The first stop for any prospective concert-goers is the venue’s website, where you’ll find the Hollywood Bowl schedule, tickets, fan photos, and more. The most exciting feature, however, is a seating chart that reveals the view from that section when you click on it. This interactive chart has the answer when you want to know if the garden boxes are really worth so much more than the cheap seats.

With its history and glamour, shows by popular musicians often sell out quickly. In those cases, it’s not enough to keep up with the Hollywood Bowl schedule—you really need to join those bands’ mailing lists or follow them on social media. Not every band organizes a completely digital sale tied to IDs to prevent scalping like Nine Inch Nails did on, but artists frequently make pre-sale codes available to their fans.

Songkick and Bandsintown are both useful for finding out about concerts as soon as they’re announced. You just have to list the bands you want to see to get notified about local shows before they go on sale. Both services have apps that can scan your personal music library for artists to simplify the process.

Crowd and Vibe

Because of the relatively high ticket prices, or perhaps just the awareness that a symphony was there the night before, the crowd at the Hollywood Bowl is typically well-behaved no matter who’s playing. While other venues in LA are famous for hard partying antics, The Bowl is not that kind of place.

If you want to get a taste for the crowd, you can always peruse the section of user-uploaded snapshots and selfies on the site.

With its unbroken history of nearly a century and picturesque location (the Hollywood Sign is visible in the hills behind the band shell), the Hollywood Bowl is one of the most unique and celebrated venues in California. The Bowl has kept pace with changing trends and improving acoustic technology, making it a must-visit venue for tourists and locals alike.


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5 Los Angeles Music Studios for Aspiring Musicians

If you’re an advanced music student in Los Angeles County and envision a future in music, you’re in luck, because there are tons of area studios where you can record yourself! Although these music studios in Los Angeles County run the gamut in pricing, acoustics, and equipment, many of the best studios provide comprehensive gear and instruments, top-notch audio engineering, backup vocalists, and additional help with music production.

Regardless of which studio you might be interested in, listen to music made at the studio before you sign any agreements. Make sure the music is similar to the type you perform. For example, if you sing solo, ask to hear a recording of a solo singer. A guitar recording will not give the most accurate comparisons. Also, ask how many clients of your exact category the studio has.

To get you started in your research, here are some of the top music studios for advanced students in Los Angeles County.

1. NRG Recording Studios

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11128 Weddington St.
North Hollywood, CA 91601
(818) 760-7841

In the studio’s words: “High production quality shouldn’t come with an exorbitant price tag. … We accommodate any need a client has and have a history of working with amazing artists and clients.”

About the studios: NRG Recording is owned by award-winning producer and mixer Jay Baumgardner. Although the studio works with superstars all the times (including Linkin Park, Alicia Keys, and Bush), it makes a point of remaining accessible to people just starting out in their music careers. Among its features are two full tracking rooms and one mix/vocal room. Its top-notch gear, including microphones and gear pedals, makes it one of the best music studios in Los Angeles County.

2. 48 Windows 

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1661 N Lincoln Blvd, Ste 220
Santa Monica, CA 90404
(310) 392-9545

In the studio’s words: “Most of all, we strive not only for purity of sound, but for making our clients understand that 48 Windows is their home. Our clients have our cell numbers, and know that day or night, anytime they need us, we will be there to help.”

About the studios: These studios blend vintage with state-of-the-art technology. They seat up to eight people, and have sound-isolated windows, natural light, and gorgeous views of Santa Monica. The staff can help you select microphones and stay with you until the very last step. Staffers will also analyze your audio recordings for various issues.

3. Henson Recording Studios 

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1416 N La Brea Ave
Hollywood, CA 90028
(323) 856-6680

In the studio’s words: “Henson Recording Studios features a seasoned, dedicated staff of technical engineers as well as the ability to draw from a diverse pool of highly qualified engineers.”

About the studios: This studio has gone through several owners, including Charlie Chaplin, and is now in the hands of Jim Henson’s family. The studios offer extensive gear and studio mix equipment, and many of the greatest music industry stars have recorded albums, filmed music videos, and put on performances here, including Van Halen, Michael Jackson, and Lionel Richie.

4. The Village 

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1616 Butler Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 478-8227

In the studio’s words: “In every decade since its founding, The Village has produced the favorite songs of all time. … Music is everywhere, but it sounds better at The Village.”

About the studios: The Village often hosts activities such as Halloween parties and concert series—making it even easier for you to informally check it out. Founder Geordie Hormel, who died in 2006, believed in taking pride in one’s work and that the customer is always right. These philosophies definitely show in the studio, one of the most dynamic music studios in Los Angeles County. It has four mixing rooms, an auditorium, and a ballroom.

5. Ocean Way Recording 

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6050 Sunset Blvd
Hollywood, CA 90028
(323) 467-9375

In the studio’s words: “Generations of music icons…all choose Ocean Way for its phenomenal sounding rooms, customized equipment, impeccable electronic maintenance, and access to the music industry’s most famous collection of vintage tube microphones.”

About the studios: Studios A and B were designed by Bill Putnam and can fit up to 50 musicians. Studio C is a mix/edit room, and Studio D was designed by Allen Sides, the founder of Ocean Way. The studio’s services even include setting up temporary studios in their clients’ homes— a great feature if you’re so inclined.

As you are looking at music studios in Los Angeles and the surrounding areas, do your homework and ensure the studio you select has the right equipment and know-how for you. Need some extra training or guidance before you hit the studio? Don’t forget that TakeLessons can connect you with local teachers for any type of instrument, singing, music recording, and more! Good luck — and have fun!


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How to Find the Best Los Angeles Bands for Hire

How To Find Bands For Hire In The Los Angeles AreaPlanning an event? The Los Angeles music scene is incredibly diverse, which means if you’re looking for live entertainment for your guests, you’ll have an overwhelming number of options!

First, though, you’ll want to consider the type of music you’re looking for. What will your guests enjoy? When planning music for a wedding, the couple’s wishes trump everything else. If you’re hiring a band for a dance or party, you’ll want to take all of the guests’ tastes into account. Next, it’s time to find Los Angeles bands for hire – the following are some ways to start your search:

Check Local News Sources and Classifieds

The local classifieds can be a great place to start your research. The Los Angeles Times classified section lists many local performing artists, including DJs, cover bands, and up-and-coming artists. You can also find lots of bands in the Los Angeles eBay Classifieds, as well as within Craigslist Los Angeles (in the musicians category). When you find bands you’re interested in, check for reviews and ratings and see if they have a nearby show booked so that you can check them out for yourself.

Browse Los Angeles Bands for Hire Online

Many websites exist specifically to help Los Angeles bands for hire find gigs. For example, Gig Masters lists over 1,200 wedding bands looking for gigs. You can also check Gig Salad, which features a generous number of cover bands that perform at weddings, parties, school dances, and other events. The website Thumbtack allows you to select the genre of music you want and the type of event, giving you a list of bands that might be a good fit.

Visit Los Angeles Music Venues

Perhaps the best way to assure that you’ll be satisfied with your choice is to see prospective bands perform in person. There are several excellent places around LA to see newcomers in action and get your chance to book the next musical sensation before they’re too expensive to consider. Hotel Cafe in Hollywood, for example, has a speakeasy vibe and features live jazz musicians nightly. It’s a great place to find a smooth jazz act for a wedding reception or other classy event.

The Troubadour in West Hollywood has featured many big names, like Elton John and Guns N’ Roses, but also books smaller, lesser-known bands that are looking for places to perform. The Echo in Echo Park often has live indie music, and it’s the perfect place to find unusual and innovative acts that are a nice change of pace from your typical cover bands. Bootleg Theater has a lively underground music scene and is another great place to check out more offbeat acts.

There is no shortage of great Los Angeles bands for hire – you just have to do the legwork to find the right fit for your special event. The perfect band is out there waiting for you!


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Exploring the Scene: How to Find Jazz Concerts in Los Angeles

Jazz Concerts In Los AngelesJazz has always been considered one of America’s leading contribution to the world of music. As an art form, jazz is constantly evolving as new artists introduce new musical influences and styles to the genre.

Los Angeles is a hotbed of amazingly talented jazz musicians. As the center of the entertainment industry, Los Angeles boasts a great jazz scene with lots of clubs, concerts, and festivals available to help you get your jazz on!

Jazz on the Radio

Kjazz is a public radio station that broadcasts from California State University, Long Beach.  Offering listeners the entire spectrum of jazz, KKJZ plays everything from bebop to cool jazz, Latin to straight-ahead, and swing to big band styles. This is the station to hear the masters, including Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins, and John Coltrane, as well as the hottest up-and-coming artists like Grace Kelly, Doug Webb, and Brad Mehldau.

Jazz Concerts in Los Angeles

Los Angeles features some of the finest concert halls in the country. Most host jazz concert series throughout the year.

For more than 20 years, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art has hosted jazz concerts in Los Angeles at the Jazz at LACMA series. The series runs from April through November and has featured LA’s finest local jazz musicians along with legends like Wayne Shorter, Kenny Burrell, Les McCann, and Ernie Watts.

A great venue for listening to music, the Broad Stage boasts impeccable acoustics and seats so comfortable, you’ll be hoping for an encore or two! While the jazz series is a bit sparse, you can definitely find some talented jazz musicians.

Designed by architect Frank Gehry, the Walt Disney Concert Hall is an amazing venue to catch a concert. Home of the LA Philharmonic, the Hall also hosts an annual jazz series led by Herbie Hancock. There’s not a bad seat in the house for watching these high-profile jazz acts!

Nothing beats spending a beautiful summer evening under the stars with a picnic and live jazz. Another venue curated by Herbie Hancock, iconic performers come from around the world to play at this amazing venue. The season kicks off with the famous weekend-long Playboy Jazz Festival (more on that later!)

Jazz Festivals in Los Angeles

Along with ongoing jazz concerts in Los Angeles, the city hosts some of the most dynamic jazz festivals in the country.

2014 marks the 36th year of the world famous Playboy Jazz Festival. The two-day festival held at the Hollywood Bowl has featured some of the jazz world’s most luminary figures in years past. 2014 is no exception, with performances scheduled by Al Jarreau, Stanley Clarke, Dianne Reeves, Dave Holland, and the Arturo Sandoval Big Band.

West Coast jazz was born on Central Avenue and this festival is a celebration of community and music. This year marks the 19th annual festival and will feature performances by some of LA’s top up-and-coming artists.

Jazz Clubs in Los Angeles

Los Angeles boasts one of the most dynamic jazz club scenes anywhere! From intimate supper clubs to world-class jazz clubs, LA has something for everyone.

This club was designed by trumpeter, producer, composer, and jazz executive Herb Alpert. It’s a classy joint with great acoustics and live jazz six nights a week.

This intimate Hollywood club is one of the priciest venues in the city, but it’s certainly worth it, as it features an impressive lineup of touring jazz greats and local emerging artists.

Located in an unassuming concrete mall in LA’s Little Tokyo, the Blue Whale is one of the top jazz clubs in LA. This club is both romantic and vivacious, and has its finger on the pulse of the LA jazz scene. CD release nights are common here and the weekly jam nights offer listeners a chance to catch the newest up-and-coming musicians in the city.

Whether you’re searching for jazz concerts in Los Angeles, or an intimate club where you can discover the newest rising stars, the Los Angeles offers tons of opportunities for music lovers. Happy listening!


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5 Iconic Hollywood Music Venues

Hollywood Music Venues It’s no secret that Hollywood is home to some of the most versatile and unique forms of entertainment. With the art of performance and entertainment deeply imbedded in the city’s roots since its early days, the amount of activities and music it has to offer can be somewhat overwhelming at times! If you ever find yourself in “the hills,” here are some of our favorite Hollywood music venues to check out:

The Viper Room

8852 West Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA 90069

This sophisticated yet grungy music venue is perhaps one of the most historical spots for live music that Hollywood has to offer. Despite its subtle look from the outside, history has been made on its neon-lit stage inside. Originally known as The Melody Room in the 1940s, it attracted a wide variety of mobsters with its melodic jazz shows and laid back environment.

It sports a low-key profile, with a maximum capacity of 250 people, so it feels very intimate. Sadly, on the first day of its opening, famed actor River Phoenix died of a drug overdose. Despite the early tragedy, the venue pressed on and has hosted many famed actors such as Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Aniston, Angelina Jolie, Jared Leto, Tom Hanks, Drew Barrymore, and its previous owner, Johnny Depp. Bands and artists such as Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Stone Temple Pilots, Oasis, Iggy Pop, Pearl Jam, and many more have performed at this colorful venue on Sunset Boulevard.


9081 Santa Monica Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA 90069

This historical venue opened in 1957 and helped launch the careers of several famed musical groups, such as Guns N’ Roses and The Eagles. Today, the Troubadour is known for its vast array of music, both local names and famous artists, that it brings forth. From electronic genres to pop and punk rock, this music venue may have just what you are looking for on any given night out in West Hollywood.

House of Blues

8430 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069

The House of Blues tops the list of Hollywood music venues not only because of the artists that it attracts, but because of its impressive three-story layout, as well as 1,000 people capacity. The HOB Los Angeles has hosted many famed hip-hop artists and groups, such as Tupac Shakur, Odd Future, and Mac Miller, along with many famous blues and rock groups. The inside sports a nightclub, bar, restaurant, and of course a stage for its musical entertainment.

The Roxy Theatre

9009 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069

This famous nightclub opened in 1973 and was the original home of the Rocky Horror Show performance in the United States. That one fact alone is enough to attract a wide audience to this unique venue. Bands and artists such as Neil Young, Genesis, Prince, and The Red Hot Chili Peppers have all graced the stage. Frank Zappa even recorded most of his album Roxy and Elsewhere inside the the walls of The Roxy in December of 1973. And to many, The Roxy will forever be known as the place where John Belushi allegedly partied before his tragic overdose in 1982. Because of these events, this venue has one of the most colorful histories in Hollywood, with the energy of past performances still felt every night in this corner on Sunset Boulevard.

Rainbow Bar & Grill

9015 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069

Situated right next to the Roxy Theatre, this venue features two stories packed with a bar, dance floor, and restaurant. Perhaps not many venues on the Strip can quite compete with the sheer history and celebrity attractions this venue has provided over the years. On its opening night in 1972, then known as the Villa Nova restaurant, Elton John hosted a party and the building started accumulating iconic history from then on. It is even said that John Belushi ate his last meal here. Rumor also has it that Marilyn Monroe attended a blind date here with Joe DiMaggio in 1952.

Over the years, the establishment has served as a major hangout for various bands and their groupies, including John Lennon, Led Zeppelin, Alice Cooper, Poison, and even Elvis Presley.


There are so many Hollywood music venues to visit and concerts to check out on any given night. Get out there and start exploring!


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4 Los Angeles Music Schools for Aspiring Musicians

Top Four Music Schools In Los AngelesThe Los Angeles music scene is an epicenter for the entertainment industry. As such, Southern California boasts a number of renowned music schools for students seeking elite training in preparation for the professional music scene. The University of Southern California and UCLA are two of the leading universities in the nation, each with their own highly respected music program. There are also a number of other schools and programs in the area that are worth considering. The Los Angeles music students enrolled at these educational institutions are among the most talented worldwide and are well on their way to becoming the next generation of professional musicians.

University of Southern California

USC is home to the prestigious Thornton School of Music. This school features a world-class faculty of Los Angeles music performers, attracting gifted students from around the world. The school was founded in 1884 and has since become one of the most elite music training programs in the world. Students who graduate from the school earn positions with major orchestras, studios, and industry firms, performing on stages and in studios internationally. The school regularly partners with groups like the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Opera, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, The Recording Academy, and the GRAMMY Foundation.

The Thornton School offers a full range of music degree programs, including instrumental and vocal performance, composition, musicology, music education, jazz studies, music business and industry, motion picture and television scoring, and arts leadership. Both undergraduate and graduate programs are offered.

University of California Los Angeles

Music students enrolled at UCLA study at the Herb Alpert School of Music. The UCLA School of Music has more than 20 ensembles, and performance majors also participate in solo recitals throughout the year. The students at the Herb Alpert School train in one of several degree programs offered, including performance, composition, and music education degrees. One of the most outstanding features of the School of Music at UCLA is its musical academics, centered predominantly on the music programs for Ethnomusicology and Musicology.

The Colburn School

The Colburn School is a relatively young institution in Los Angeles, but it has grown to become a formidable partner among the more established music training schools. Founded in 1950 and originally called the Community School for the Arts, the school was renamed in the 1980s after Richard D. Colburn, a Los Angeles music benefactor. Colburn contributed enormous financial support for the school, transforming it into an independent non-profit.

Every year, more than 300 performances take place, often at no charge to the public, and its considerable outreach programs spread the joy of music and art to children and communities in need. The bulk of the intensive music training is done through the Colburn Conservatory of Music, which was founded in 2003. This program trains elite college musicians through an impressive coterie of internationally respected instructors. Also notable is the school’s dedication to helping its talented students by offering full coverage scholarships. In 2007, the Colburn School underwent a major campus renovation and expansion, resulting in improved classroom, rehearsal, and performance facilities.

University of Redlands

Located roughly one hour inland from Los Angeles is the University of Redlands. The School of Music provides a conservatory-like setting and approach to music training, with undergraduate and graduate degrees in performance, music education, conducting, and composition, as well as an Artist Diploma. Here students enjoy smaller class sizes and more personal, one-on-one teaching from the faculty. Students participate in various performances year-round with the variety of ensembles, including the orchestra, wind ensemble, jazz ensemble, jazz combo, choir, chapel singers, and percussion ensemble.

It should come as no surprise that Los Angeles and the surrounding region are home to an impressive selection of renowned training programs aspiring musicians. From small to large program sizes, classical to popular musical focus, performance to education degrees and beyond, these schools offer an elite education and professional guidance, while allowing you to pursue a career doing something that you love! If you’re serious about becoming a professional musician, look into these Los Angeles music schools, and find the one that suits you best. Good luck!


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Music in LA: 5 Bands from Los Angeles Who Influenced The Scene

Influential Bands Who Hail From Los AngelesLos Angeles has long been the entertainment hub of the United States – and arguably the world. In addition to being the home of Hollywood movie studios, the Los Angeles music scene has launched the careers of some of the biggest names in the history of music. While having a passion for music from a young age puts aspiring musicians at a substantial advantage, being in close proximity to the Los Angeles music industry can be just as important. The following are a few of the most popular and successful bands that came out of the greater Los Angeles area:

The Beach Boys

The Beach Boys are one of the most iconic bands from Los Angeles County (Hawthorne, to be exact). The group formed in 1961 and signed with Capitol Records just one year later. The Beach Boys found their passion for music and worked together to create it while they were still in high school at Hawthorne High. While there, they were able to take advantage of their Southern California lifestyle that helped to shape their successful image and musical style.

Guns N’ Roses

Guns N’ Roses is one of the best-known heavy metal bands of the 1980s and 1990s. The band was originally formed by Axl Rose, Izzy Stradlin, Tracii Guns, Rob Gardner and Ole Beich. The group made waves early on by performing at iconic Hollywood clubs such as The Roxy and The Troubadour, and became a major staple in the Los Angeles music scene, before moving on to gain a national following.

Red Hot Chili Peppers

The Red Hot Chili Peppers are one of the most successful bands in history and have come a long way since their funk-rock roots at Fairfax High School in Los Angeles (Steven Adler and Slash, who later joined Guns N’ Roses, are also fellow alumni). It was during those years that the members of the band met each other and formed the group, thanks in large part to their shared passion for music during their early teenage years. Although the band has seen some roster changes over the years, the Red Hot Chili Peppers remain as popular as ever.

Rage Against the Machine

Rage Against the Machine is the iconic metal band that came to define a new wave of music that began in the early 1990s. Originally formed in 1991 in Los Angeles, Rage Against the Machine got their first taste of publicity as a band when they debuted at a house party in Orange County. Although it took a few years after signing with Epic Records for the band to truly become successful, their self-titled debut album would eventually go on to sell triple platinum.


Metallica originally found its roots in the underground Los Angeles metal scene of the early 1980s. The band formed in 1981 with the help of a “drummer in need of metal musicians” advertisement in the Los Angeles newspaper The Recycler. On March 14th, 1982, Metallica began their journey into history with their debut live performance at Radio City, a now-closed venue in Anaheim. Metallica would eventually become one of the most successful bands from Los Angeles thanks to their fifth album, The Black Album, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 list.

One thing that all of these bands from Los Angeles had in common was a passion for music at a young age, and a willingness to learn from others. Could you be part of the next successful band from Los Angeles? Start working hard now, and you just might be!


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6 Los Angeles Museums to Explore Culture and the Arts

Best Los Angeles Museums For Kids Los Angeles art museums are wonderful places for children to learn about many different areas of arts and culture. While most galleries and museums are designed more for older children and adults, some stand out as venues where youngsters are welcome to learn and explore the world of color and imagination. Here are a few of our favorites:

Getty Center

J. Paul Getty (1892-1976) left his priceless collection of art, sculptures, decorative arts, and furnishings to the public at the free Getty Center, located at 1200 Getty Center Drive. This is one the major Los Angeles museums with spectacular gardens and a view of West Los Angeles.

Children will enjoy the Family Room and its five activity coves, where they can decorate an illuminated manuscript, play with cameras and lenses, and build sculptures from tubes. They’ll also be fascinated with a hall of mirrors and a treasure hunt, which leads them to peepholes where they can get a bird’s eye view of the fine art in the galleries.

The Getty Center is an excellent place to spend an afternoon or a whole day exploring the modern building and its gardens.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art

The LACMA (5905 Wilshire) offers tons of great programs for kids, including the nation’s only free youth membership program, Family Sundays, Story Time each week, art classes for kids and teens, and even a special gallery where kids and family can make art together and learn about Asian brush painting and textile skills.

Zimmer Children’s Museum

This is one of the special Los Angeles museums created especially for children, located at 6505 Wilshire in the Goldsmith Center in the Miracle Mile. Here, kids can participate in story time and sing-alongs, create art projects, and much more. The museum also hosts playtime exclusively for babies every Wednesday morning, where babies and their caregivers can explore in a more relaxed setting.

Kidspace Children’s Museum

Take a trip to nearby Pasadena for the Kidspace Museum at 480 N. Arroyo Blvd. This is another of the Los Angeles art museums that explores science and art with exhibits, classes, and workshops. The Imagination Workshops gives youngsters a chance to create art from tubes, old toys, baskets, and other items. Kids can also drop in to classes to learn about soap making, mosaics, and more.

Children’s Art Studio

Color is everywhere at the Children’s Art Studio at 12401 Wilshire Blvd in the Brentwood area. This is where kids ages two through teens can discover the world of creativity through painting, woodworking, and pottery. Parents are also encouraged to participate alongside the kids, too!

Hammer Museum

The Hammer Museum, maintained by UCLA, is located at 10899 Wilshire Blvd at Westwood. This is another of the Los Angeles art museums that’s great to visit with the family. It’s sponsored by the family foundation of the late Armand Hammer (1898-1990), and houses his collection of classic and contemporary art, along with a variety of special exhibits. This museum also hosts lectures from local artists, and all programs are free to the public.

Art is everywhere around Los Angeles. This is one of the major advantages of living in a large metropolitan area! So next time you’re looking for things for kids to do in Los Angeles, take advantage of the many LA art museum offerings to help your children appreciate art in many forms.


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How to Find Classical Concerts in Los Angeles

Where To Look For Classical Concerts In Los AngelesResearchers and experts have long touted the benefits of learning about and listening to classical music. By being exposed to this art form, you can reap a wide host of benefits – for your health, your brain, your well-being, and more. And, of course, classical music is just a sheer joy to listen to!

However, if you want to start listening to classical music and are not familiar with the particular music scene in Los Angeles, maybe you’re not sure where to start looking. Fortunately, your city is home to a huge variety of opportunities for classical music lovers of all ages and levels. From world-renowned concert halls and prestigious universities to private lesson studios and radio stations, residents of Los Angeles can enjoy a virtually endless array of offerings for the seasoned or burgeoning classical music listener.

Professional Ensembles

Those not in the know will be delighted to learn that Los Angeles is home to one of the world’s elite orchestras. Currently led by international conducting superstar Gustavo Dudamel, the Los Angeles Philharmonic ranks among the most highly lauded musical ensembles in the world. The orchestra was founded in 1919, and every year more than one million listeners enjoy its classical music concerts in Los Angeles. Audiences can enjoy performances by the Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestra in one of two iconic and state-of-the-art concert venues: the Hollywood Bowl and Walt Disney Concert Hall.

Designed by celebrated architect Frank Gehry, the Walt Disney Concert Hall is located at First Street and Grand Avenue and was built in 2003. It is hailed as one of the most acoustically sophisticated performance halls in the world, providing any concertgoer with a feast for the eyes and the ears. View the season calendar for the Walt Disney Concert Hall to experience its pristine acoustics for yourself.

In addition to their regular concert season offerings, the orchestra is highly involved in community outreach, especially in music education for children. One of its most wide-ranging initiatives for classical music education is Youth Orchestra Los Angeles (YOLA). At the core of YOLA is the goal of building community and youth orchestras throughout the Los Angeles region. By doing this, the orchestra aims to extend the reach and beauty of classical music, as well as foster the next generation of classical music lovers.

Another wonderful opportunity for attending live classical music concerts in Los Angeles is the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. This ensemble features elite performers playing a repertoire of classical masterpieces and modern works by contemporary composers. The pieces played by this chamber orchestra are typically from the Baroque and Classical eras, and are ideal for listeners who are interested in listening to more intimate, small-scoped works.


For a preview of the next generation of professional classical musicians, check out the performance calendar for the many universities in Los Angeles. The University of Southern California and UCLA are two of the leading universities in the nation and they also happen to have two highly respected music training programs. The students studying music at these educational institutions are incredibly talented and are well on their way to becoming future professional musicians. As such, the schools offer a full calendar of solo recitals, chamber music performances, and band and orchestra concerts throughout the year. Best of all: these performances are often free to the public!

USC is home to the prestigious Thornton School of Music. This elite training program features a world-class faculty of music performers and researchers, drawing in gifted students from around the world. The school opened in 1884 and is the oldest continuous-operating cultural institution in LA. Music students who graduate from USC have moved on to positions with professional orchestras, ensembles, studios, and industry firms, performing on stages throughout the world. The school frequently partners with professional groups such as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the LA Opera, The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, The Recording Academy, and the GRAMMY Foundation.

Don’t let the fact that they are students dissuade you from attending their concerts! The ensembles perform at an extremely high level and are often on par with professional groups. A calendar of performance events at the Thornton School can be found here.

UCLA is home to the Herb Alpert School of Music. Students training in music at UCLA have a wide array of opportunities for performing throughout the year, allowing residents and visitors to enjoy classical concerts in Los Angeles for little to no cost. Again, these concerts are a very high caliber and every bit a world-class listening experience for the classical music lover. The UCLA School of Music has more than 20 ensembles; in addition, performance majors also present a full schedule of solo recitals year-round. Performances both by students and the renowned faculty take place most often in Schoenberg Auditorium, Jan Popper Theater, and other locations on campus. For a relaxed mid-day musical experience, also check out the Music at the Med Noon Concert Series.

Visiting these music school buildings can open a wealth of additional listening opportunities. As budding professionals, the performance majors in both of these music programs frequently advertise their off-campus performance ventures on fliers and posters around the school, so you can easily find information about additional performances at area churches, coffee shops, bars, and other LA venues.

Radio Stations

Perhaps the most convenient method of listening to classical music in Los Angeles is to tune into the classical music radio stations in the area. There are two stations that offer continuous classical music programming. KUSC 91.5 broadcasts from the campus of USC and is a public radio station featuring art music programming. Be sure to also check out KMZT 105.1 FM for another classical music listening opportunity.

Freelancers and Private Teachers

Last but not least, if you’re looking for opportunities to attend classical music concerts in Los Angeles, those taking private music lessons can attend recitals and performances put on by your instructor. Los Angeles is an epicenter for musicians looking for opportunities to perform, and that means a vast network of freelance musicians, teachers, and their students offering various concerts and recitals throughout the community.

Finding classical concerts in Los Angeles doesn’t have to be difficult, as long as you know where to look! LA is such a hub for musicians, artists, and entertainers from the student level to the highest echelons of professional achievement, and music fans can easily find opportunities to attend performances of all types. Get out there and enjoy some classical concerts in Los Angeles!


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