The Hunt: Our 5 Favorite Live Entertainment Venues
September 13, 2012
Global – Every week, The Purple Passport team goes out in search of a designated item in whatever city our team members happen to be in at that time. Today, it’s all about the lights, the stage, and the drama! We’re in search of our best local live entertainment venues.
The Skinny: This summer, I went for the first time to see a live concert at Levitt Pavilion in MacArthur Park. It was a free performance by one of Colombia’s hottest bands, Bomba Estéreo. What a cool show and even cooler venue! The Pavilion is set amid the trees and grassy slopes of the park, and the vibe is so casual that you can dance right up against the stage. It’s amazing they are able to offer performances by world-class musicians at absolutely no cost to attendees – their high-quality programming has been attracting a lot of praise this summer. Levitt Pavilion is definitely a Los Angeles treasure for live performance–too bad I have to wait until next summer to enjoy it again!
The Black Cat
The Skinny: With three bars and two stages inside, The Black Cat, located near U Street, is the perfect place to catch a favorite band playing. A little on the dark and divey side before the concerts begin, the bar actually has some good drink deals and, conveniently, there is Food For Thought Cafe inside. The atmosphere can change a lot at this place with the crowd, depending on who is playing that night. With that said, it is generally always a good time at The Black Cat. They book some really great concerts and have more of an intimate concert vibe than most DC venues. As a note, the bar only accepts cash, so come prepared, or be willing to spend ATM fees at the on-site machine.
|du Arena, Yas Island
|Jones Beach Theater
Oyster Bay, NY
The Skinny: This outdoor amphitheater is set on the water, giving evening performances a spectacular backdrop when the sun sets. While it is a little bit of a shlep from the city, there’s nothing like sitting outdoors in the salty ocean air, with the sun setting behind your favorite performing artist. It’s a magical way to enjoy live entertainment and one of my personal favorite venues.
|Levity Comedy Coffee Bar
The Skinny: When it opened last winter, my friends and I were some of the first to check out Levity Comedy Club. It’s a fun switch-up from our usual weekend outings and with snacks and drinks from the bar, it’s the perfect launching pad for a night downtown. There are usually a few different acts, with time to order another beer in between. The club is intimate and casual, which is great for audience participation. On Friday and Saturday they host a comedy showcase (book tickets early,) but there is also cheap (or free) entertainment the rest of the week, like open mic music on Tuesday and movie night on Wednesdays. The growing comedy community, cheap tickets, and good laughs make it an fun way to start out Saturday night.