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Old 01-15-2011, 09:55 PM
Location: Brea, CA.
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I go to school for music and have a job with a newspaper, but both need me to go to concerts. It doesn't matter what type of music or if it's a backyard band to a big name band, it just doesn't matter, but times are ruff. So in that note, if anyone knows where there are free shows please let me know, or if you know web sites that can help me find out where free shows are at than that will be great too!. I already looked on craigslist and LA Weekly but found nothing.

Thank you and keep looking good LA.

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Old 01-15-2011, 11:35 PM
Location: South Bay
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santa monica pier every thursday during the summer
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Old 01-16-2011, 12:02 AM
Location: Sherman Oaks, CA
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Lots of free shows during the summer, at places like Universal City Walk.

As far as regular clubs, there are lots of clubs that will add you to their free guest list as long as you get there early (usually before 10:00 or 10:30).
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Old 01-16-2011, 04:18 AM
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Check laweekly.com and ExperienceLA - Official Cultural Calendar of Events for LA County - What to Do. How to Get There. - Official Cultural Event Calendar of Los Angeles County. Both carry lots of concert listings for both free and not free concerts.
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Old 01-16-2011, 12:35 PM
Location: Mt Washington: NELA
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LACMA is a good bet as well. Mostly jazz or chamber music tho. Latin series starts up in May, 2011.

Programs Music [LACMA: Los Angeles County Museum of Art]

I haven't been there in awhile, but this joint has bands (Little Tokyo):

Matsumoto's 2nd Street Jazz
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Old 01-16-2011, 04:53 PM
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A good bet is Amoeba Records Hollywood's live in-store concerts. There are several free events posted here. You should look up art walks and gallery shows too. Sometimes there are sidewalk bands--just call ahead and find out. Starting in early summer you'll have lots of street fairs with great bands, although Sunset Junction charges now. I think when the L.A. Phil starts its summer season you can still go to free rehearsals during the day on Tuesdays and Thursdays or something like that.

With some research and planning you can probably fill a year's itinerary with free shows every weekend.
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Old 01-17-2011, 11:32 AM
Location: Los Angeles
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Most free shows are during the summer. Santa Monica Pier, Pershing Square, City Walk, MacArthur Park, some park in Pasadena etc, some park in Woodland Hills. I enjoyed the free shows this summer more than the few I went to in the amphitheatres. (The Tubes, Blue Oyster Cult, Fishbone etc).

When racing season opens at Hollywood Park there will be shows included with $8 admission. I saw Devo and Joan Jett & The Blackhearts do full sets.

Otherwise your options are limited - Amoeba Music, Origami Vinyl, Vacation Vinyl. Amoeba can be fun, but they are short sets on a small stage in a brightly lit room where at least half the people in attendance are shopping and annoyed at the instrusion. Not really indicative of a band's true performance potential.

Another idea is to go

showlistLA - A list of events happening in Southern California.

and look for giveaways. I've won 3 times already.

The Echo in Echo Park has free admission on Mondays, one band residency per month in the headline slot. This is also the last month of Spaceland free Mondays, the club is becoming the Satellite under new management/bookers. Not sure if they will continue the policy but from what I can tell, it's always been a success - Mondays are traditionally slow club nights and they bring it a lot of people, presumably spending at the bar. I would recommend hitting an early Monday if possible as if you write a positive review it would have the best impact if it can bring people out to the other nights.

If there is any sort of decent circulation and you have some credits to your name, it's always possible to get put on the guest list. I was able to do that a few times in the early 1990's via my college paper and a free Bam Magazine/Rock City News knockoff that never got off the ground.
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Old 01-18-2011, 01:13 AM
Location: Los Angeles
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Ask the tree people at the Greek Theatre about free concerts...

The Greek Theatre

Not sure if people still get away with this but when I was a kid people would climb up in the trees overlooking the Greek Theatre to catch a free show.
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Old 01-18-2011, 11:32 AM
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You don't usually see the words "Free" and "LA" in the same sentence
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Old 01-18-2011, 01:38 PM
Location: El Segundo/All of South Bay up to Palos Verdes
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There are a couple places in Downtown LA, at the California Plaza heres the link:
Calendar | Grand Performances

You might want to contact them direct to ask about the Schedule (seems blank), but they always have lunctime concerts and early evening concerts too, variety of music/bands.

The other one is is Pershing Square (as someone above stated earlier), link:
Pershing Square // Downtown On Ice // Winter 2010-2011

You might also want to call them, as it appears they haven't updated to spring schedule yet...

Also depends on what city you are at, but almost most city parks in Southern California offer free concerts in the evening or weekends, maybe google it, heres another link, but I would call to confirm it its accurate:


Good luck
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