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Best Places To See Tribute & Cover Bands In Los Angeles

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Throughout the great Los Angeles area, there are plenty of opportunities during the year to get out and enjoy some great cover bands. To sing along to your favorite songs from past and present, visit these top venues.

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6101 Reseda Blvd
Tarzana, CA 91335
(818) 342-1563

Offering great shows every night of the week, Paladino's is easily one of the top places to see cover bands in Los Angeles. Open every day at 3pm, this 21+ plus venue plays host to a parade of cover bands with names like Guns N Rosenberg (an 80's hard rock tribute band), The Black Sabbastards (a Black Sabbath tribute band), Holy Dio (a Dio cover band), Deepest Purple (Deep Purple cover band), Bonfire (a tribute to AC/DC) and many more. With a laid back vibe, this dimly lit bar has been the Tarzana watering hole and music venue has been around for years and even offers free parking and wifi!

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The Troubadour
9081 Santa Monica Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(310) 858-8443

When Rolling Stone Magazine names you one of the best rock clubs, you have some serious street credability. While the world famous Troubadour in West Hollywood offers a perfect venue to see bands ranging from The Foo Fighters to up and coming singer/songwriters, it's also a great setting for tribute and cover bands. From a George Strait tribute band, the Ramones tribute band, Badfish (a Sublime tribute band) to Skapeche Mode (a Depech Mode cover band) and many others, it's one venue you have to visit more than once in your life.

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The Mint
6010 West Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90035
(323) 954-9400

The Mint in the Pico/Robertson area of Los Angeles is always a dependable venue venue to see cover bands, comedy shows and more. The 21+ nightclub, located a mere five minutes from Hollywood, has multiple shows during the week, offering a nice mix of music and talent. A local hotspot for some 80 years, The Mint can also be your place for private gatherings, film shoots, wrap parties and more. The Mint is open for business seven days a week from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. Make sure to visit their Calendar for all upcoming events.

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El Rey Theatre
5515 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 936-6400

Another Los Angeles facility that can boast about its history is the El Rey Theatre. Constructed back in 1936, it was once strictly a movie house, but the building eventually became a venue for music about 20 years ago. The El Rey Theatre is the site for numerous shows during the week, offering an all-ages venue setting. The El Rey offers only general admission, so standing is a guarantee here. The El Rey Theatre's doors open at 7 p.m. and close at 2 a.m. seven days a week. Visit for calendar events and more information.

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Piano Bar
6429 Selma Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 466-2750

If you are looking for an enjoyable evening out, look no further than the Piano Bar. This Hollywood spot is one of those venues that has that comfy feeling to it and gives patrons the opportunity to kick back and enjoy some great solo performers and bands. Although it is small in size, the facility is a great place for getting together with friends or making new ones on any given evening. The venue is open 3 p.m. - 2 a.m. seven days a week.

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1154 Glendale Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(213) 413-8200

Another venue offering that small but comfortable feeling for enjoying bands and other entertainers is the famed Echoplex in Echo Park. As a great place to spend a few hours if you are into indie bands, it offers a wide array of musical talents each and every month. You might just see a singer/songwriter or band that will one day rocket to stardom.

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Blue Whale Bar
123 Astronaut E S Onizuka St.
Los Angeles CA 90012
(213) 620-0908

Open for more than six years now, the Blue Whale Bar will wet your appetite for some great music and the opportunity to hang out with current friends and/or make new ones, too. If you are into jazz music, this venue (started by musician Joon Lee) will definitely be to your liking. With a ample room to sit down and listen to music or hang out at the bar, patrons should find just what they are looking for here. Visitors can sit close to the stage, allowing them to feel like a real part of each and every show. The Blue Whale Bar is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Dave Thomas has been covering the sports world since his first job as a sports editor for a weekly newspaper in Pennsylvania back in 1989. He has covered a Super Bowl, college bowl games, MLB, NBA and more. His work can be found on


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