As August draws to a close, signaling the end of summer, why not start September on a high note? You’re probably missing out on something major if you haven’t been to a concert in a long time and haven’t seen the musicians perform live. With ticket prices ranging from $10 up towards the hundos, there’s something for everyone here. The 6 Must-See Concerts in Los Angeles featured below are packed with thrilling performances by The Weeknd, Gaby Moreno, BABERS, Death Bells, and many more!
Aug. 29 – Gaby Moreno and Van Dyke Parks at Zebulon
On Aug. 29 Gaby Moreno will be performing with Van Dyke Parks at Zebulon. Cory Beers Cymbalom band, Joshua Kaufman, acc., clari., Zac Sokolow (violin), Charles de Castro (trumpet), and Eliana Athayde, (Upright bass) will also be a part of this thrilling evening of popular orchestral classics and captivating new music, titled Boleros and Beyond. Gaby Moreno is a Guatemalan singer-songwriter and guitarist. Her music includes blues, jazz, soul, and R&B. Moreno sings in four languages: English, Spanish, French, and Portuguese. She gained popularity in Latin America after releasing “Fuiste T” with Ricardo Arjona in 2011. Moreno and Parks collaborated on the album ¡Spangled!. ¡Spangled! — a ten-song collection that spans more than a century, with a bolero from Panama, a bossa nova from Brazil, a song by Moreno, Trinidadian songwriter David Rudder’s “The Immigrants,” and this elegiac lament from the Southwest United States.
Aug. 30 – BABERS at Goldfish
At Goldfish on Aug. 30 BABERS will be performing alongside Plastic Harpoons, Emma Noren and Thomas Aren. BABERS is a Los Angeles-based indie-rock band led by Dana Cargioli and Lisa Haagen. They tour as a four-piece, building from ambient riffs to percussion jams that give a visual component to their live presentation. The tracks begin with soft-spoken words that develop to reveal the farthest limits of their respective voice ranges. Their live show brings out the brighter side of their dark material; they are both heavy and hopeful. Making It Up, BABERS debut album, is now available on all streaming platforms, as well as their latest song “Phone.”
Aug. 31 – Death Bells at Zebulon
On Aug. 31 catch Death Bells at Zebulon performing their full album Between Here & Everywhere consisting of 10 fantastic tracks. NIIS and Pendant will also be performing to make your evening unforgettable. Will Canning and Remy Veselis are a part of Death Bells, a long-running musical partnership, that begin in 2015. Between Here & Everywhere is an effort that depicts the cross-section of Southern California’s gloomy hidden interzones, outside of the lights and luxury, after taking a collaborative approach to recording their third album. Canning and Veselis’ continued evolution is represented by nine new compositions on the album, which are accompanied by an experienced cast of musicians on keys, strings, piano, and operatic backup vocals.
Sep. 1 – The Moonjacks at The Smell
The Moonjacks alongside Sept and Wayword will be performing on Sept. 1 at The Smell. The Moonjacks are a Clovis, California-based American garage punk band comprised of Gabriel Torres Ureno, Christian “Dank” Miller, and Christian Joel Canales. The band was founded in October of 2018, and the trio started off by performing in the Central California house party scene. The band self-released their debut EP in June of 2019, and the music was well received. Within a few months of its publication, the record piqued the interest of of Pacific Records, a Southern California-based independent label, and the group was quickly signed.
Sep 2& 3 – The Weeknd at SoFi Stadium
On Sep. 2 & 3 catch The Weeknd at SoFi Stadium alongside Kaytranada and Mike Dean. Abel Makkonen Tesfaye is a Canadian singer and songwriter better known as the Weeknd. His music explores escapism, romance, and melancholia, and is typically influenced by personal experiences. He is known for his sonic variety and gloomy poetry. This show will also be a part of his “After Hours Till Dawn” tour that started on Aug. 30. This tour is not to be missed, it’s THE WEEKND!
Sep. 4 – Generación Suicida at Teragram Ballroom
You can catch Generación Suicida at Teragram Ballroom on Sunday, Sept. 4. Tony Abarca and ‘Kiwi’ Martinez, both from South Central Los Angeles, along with guitarist Mario Quezada and bassist Elias Jacobo, make up Generación Suicida, possibly the strongest punk band to come out of Southern California in the previous decade. Tony Abarca and ‘Kiwi’ Martinez have built their own L.A. punk rock genre, as well as their own world. Their latest album REGENERACION was released on May 14, 2022. This album consists of 11 tracks that they will be performing live at the Teragram for the very first time.