Inexpensive, local shows entice fans

The Southern California music scene is home to an abundance of affordable, fun concerts for all tastes in music at a variety of venues within driving distance from the main campus of California Baptist University.

From Los Angeles to Santa Ana, there are plenty of venues scattered throughout the region that feature shows almost every night from every genre and subgenre of music.

Some of the best venues, such as the Observatory in Santa Ana and historic Troubadour in West Hollywood, feature up-and-coming bands at $25 or less for a ticket considered a steal compared to the prices charged at larger venues such as the Staples Center.

In the upcoming weeks and months there are a few key bands to look out for if you are a fan of alternative music or just trying to expand your musical horizons with some great live performances.

Best Coast, a lo-fi rock duo from Los Angeles, is in town at the Observatory (Sept. 30) in support of their newest album, “California Nights.” The band is most known for albums “Crazy for You” and “The Only Place,” which featured popular singles “Boyfriend” and “No One Like You,” respectively.

Doors open at 7 p.m. and tickets are $25, but may sell out fast given the growing popularity of Best Coast and diehard female fanbase the band has acquired since their formation in 2009.

Next on the list of shows to see in the area is a lesser-known indie rock band, Deerhunter who is headlining a show at the Glass House in Pomona (Oct. 15.) The self-described “ambient punk” four-piece band from Atlanta have been consistently releasing solid tunes since 2001 when they first fully formed and recorded.

Doors for the concert open at 8 p.m. and opening act Atlas Sound goes on at 9 p.m. Tickets for the Pomona venue start at an inexpensive $23.

Lastly, one of the most memorable bands from the early 2000s, Yellowcard, is playing Nov. 18 at the House of Blues in Anaheim with tickets available closer to the event date. Their single “Ocean Avenue” is easily one of the most recognizable alternative rock songs from the last decade, especially for the current generation at CBU.

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