LA City Spotlight: 10 Union Venues for Great Live Music

By Ross Lenihan

Los Angeles has a reputation as the entertainment capital of the world. With an employment base of 160,000+, entertainment is the third largest industry in all of L.A. County. And while movies sometimes garner the lion’s share of attention, the music industry is also a major economic engine in the region.

Fortunately, many of the best live music venues in L.A. feature union workers, be they stage hands, concessions staff or the musicians themselves. Below is a list of just some of the fantastic venues where you can catch some sweet live music while supporting good, local jobs.

1.  Hollywood Bowl
•    Where: 2301 Highland Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90068
•    About the Venue: “A 1920s amphitheater located in the Hollywood area. The Hollywood Bowl is known for its band shell. The shell is set against the backdrop of the Hollywood Hills and the famous Hollywood Sign to the Northeast.”
•    Union: IATSE; AFM

2.  Greek Theater
•    Where: 2700 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90027
•    About the Venue: “A 5,870-seat music venue located at Griffith Park, Los Angeles, California. It was built in 1929.”
•    Union: IATSE; AFM

3.  Staples Center
•    Where: 1111 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90015
•    About the Venue: “A multi-purpose sports arena in Downtown Los Angeles. Adjacent to the L.A. Live development, it is located next to the Los Angeles Convention Center.”

4.  Forum
•    Where: 3900 W. Manchester Blvd., Inglewood, CA 90305
•    About the Venue: “A recently renovated, multi-purpose indoor arena in Inglewood, California, a city adjacent to Los Angeles.”
•    Union: IATSE

5.  Walt Disney Concert Hall
•    Where: 111 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012
•    About the Venue: “Located in Downtown Los Angeles, the Disney Concert Hall is the fourth hall of the Los Angeles Music Center and was designed by Frank Gehry.”
•    Union: IATSE

6.  Dolby Theater
•    Where: 6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90028
•    About the Venue: “A live-performance auditorium in the Hollywood and Highland Center shopping mall and entertainment complex.”
•    Union: IATSE; AFM

7.  Los Angeles Sports Arena
•    Where: 3939 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90037
•    About the Venue: “A multi-purpose arena at Exposition Park, in the University Park neighborhood.”
•    Union: UNITE HERE

8. Shrine Auditorium and Expo Hall
•    Where: 665 W. Jefferson Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90007
•    About the Venue: “A landmark large event venue. It was designated a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument (No. 139) in 1975.”
•    Union: IATSE; AFM

9.  Hollywood Palladium
•    Where: 6215 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028
•    About the Venue: “A theater located at 6215 Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood. It was built in a Streamline Moderne, Art Deco style and includes an 11,200 square foot dance floor.”
•    Union: IATSE

10.  Microsoft Theater
•    Where: 777 Chick Hearn Ct., Los Angeles, CA 90015
•    About the Venue: “A music and theatre venue in downtown Los Angeles at L.A. Live. The theatre auditorium seats 7,100 and holds one of the largest indoor stages in the United States.”
•    Union: UNITE HERE

As digital music continues to grow in popularity, live music is poised to garner an even larger share of total music revenue (PricewaterhouseCoopers predicts live music will generate nearly 64% of total music industry revenue by 2018). So get out there, rock on, and support good jobs!

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