Ask any venue booker how difficult it is to set up one show and they’ll tell you it can be a huge pain in the ass. Extrapolate that over the course of 30 days in one city across multiple venues, and the task seems downright impossible.
Tuesday, Red Bull Sound Select announced that they’ve managed to do just that with their #30DaysInLA, a series of music-related events that will take place all across Los Angeles in November in mostly intimate venues with extremely affordable ticket prices featuring a number of more than solid acts involved.
Within minutes of the announcement appearing on my Twitter feed, I purchased tickets to see The Preatures (Nov. 3 at Sayer’s Club), Warpaint (Nov. 7 at Echoplex), and Chance the Rapper (Nov. 15 at House of Blues LA). Total damage? Less than $70 combined. You must be a registered member of Red Bull Sound Select — which is free — in order to get tickets to these events.
That you’re able to see acts such as those, along with others like MS MR (Nov. 2 at The Roxy), Bad Religion (Nov. 9 at Mayan Theater), Death From Above 1979 (Nov. 14 at Regent Theatre), and Future Islands (Nov. 20 at The Wiltern) for an average ticket price of less than $20, is more than a steal.
A spokesperson for Red Bull told me at Wednesday’s launch event at an unnamed but swanky bar in Los Angeles that it was a plan to pair some of these bigger names with some up-and-coming acts that they feel will break through and could use some additional exposure.
Along with the concerts, there are a few musically-themed events sprinkled throughout the month, such as a night at SONOS Studio (Nov. 10, SOLD OUT) and K-Town Karaoke Throwdown (Nov. 8, I’ve already RSVP’d). So the diversity isn’t just in the musical acts but also in the type of events being held.
This might be the last opportunity you’ll get to see Chance the Rapper, MS MR, and others for less than $20, particularly at venues that you could call “cozy.” It’s an awesome endeavor that Red Bull Sound Select has undertaken and one we look forward to seeing play out in November.
Words: Mark E. Ortega
VIDEO: Death From Above 1979 – “Trainwreck”
VIDEO: Future Islands: “Seasons (Waiting On You)”