Big acts take stage close to campus: Best concerts to see this spring

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Going to college near the greater Los Angeles area has its perks. It is one of the biggest entertainment hubs in the world, and California Baptist University students get to take advantage of that when big names in the music industry begin touring.

Imagine Dragons’ claim to fame came in September 2012 with their debut album “Night Visions.” With hit singles “Radioactive,” “Demons,” “It’s Time” and “On Top Of The World,” the album skyrocketed onto the Billboard 200 chart, peaking at No. 2. The band has traveled to many states and countries while touring in Europe and North America.

“I would (be) so excited to attend their concert, especially after that collaboration at the Grammys with Kendrick Lamar,” said Diana Lopez Martinez, freshman business administration major. “They are a diverse band with unique and simple lyrics, yet so powerful and catchy.”

Eugene Alexander Brown, fifth-year senior nursing major, said he would most likely attend an Imagine Dragons concert and would look forward to hearing his favorite song, “Demons,” performed.

They will be making a stop at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif., on Feb. 14, with The Naked and Famous as their opening performance. Tickets start at $79.

Baz Luhrmann, the producer of box office hits such as “Romeo + Juliet” and “The Great Gatsby,” will be on stage to show off his musical abilities at the Rockwell in Los Angeles, Feb. 7-9 and Feb. 13.

“I like the songs from [his] movies,” said Natalie O’Toole, junior marketing major. “It would be cool (to see Baz Luhrmann) because it shows that he is well-rounded and could do more than one thing.”

Tickets start at $25.

If anyone is looking for another show to attend on Valentine’s Day, local radio station Power 106 is hosting its Valentine’s Crush Concert, starring Miguel, Jason Derulo, Sean Paul, Big Sean and Ciara at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles. Tickets start at just over $59.

The indie rock band Young the Giant, formally known as The Jakes, was formed in 2004. Their music has been featured on shows such as MTV’s “The Real World: Brooklyn” and A&E’s “The Beast.” The band will be headlining at the Hollywood Palladium, Feb. 7.

Kings of Leon will be rocking out at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif., March 21. Tickets start at $29.50 on Ticketmaster.

“His (lead singer Caleb Followill’s) voice is so awesome,” Martinez said. “It pulls you in and makes you feel the words. They remind me of The Killers with their music, words and powerful voices.”

The theatrical community has a treat in store for all fans of The Beatles and The Rolling Stones.

The British invasion of the ’60s gave the music industry one of the greatest band rivalries.

This rivalry will live on in an on-stage tribute to these two influential bands. “Beatles vs. Stones – A Musical Shoot Out” will be at The Coach in San Juan Capistrano, Feb. 8. Tickets are $18.

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