Whats not to love about the Greek Theater (unless you happen to live in the Los Feliz hills next to it)? With consistent sound and a multitude of excellent vantage points, this little arena, which underwent a multimillion-dollar revamp last year, is still the under-the-stars space to see your favorite band not to mention to enjoy L.A.s superlative warm summer nights (show season runs from May through October). Ever since we saw our first real concert (Sparks) here back in the mid-80s its been a fave, and when we got older it was the best spot in town to sneak a freebie show if we were willing to endure a slightly strenuous hike through the trees behind the place. We hear the tree people, as theyve been called, are still around and having a grand ol time during James Brown or White Stripes shows, but were much too lazy to join them these days. Even the venues hospitality/VIP area, if youre lucky enough to get into it, has a history and a welcoming consistency: posters of past performers peering from the walls, the ever-present food spread, which hasnt veered from the meatballs/chicken-wings/cheese-plate assortment the place has been serving for years, and the woodsy outdoor bar, the perfect place to relax still-ringing ears and wait out the traffic not that its really necessary. If you can stand the stacked parking, the drive down the hill is painless compared to the usual post-concert caravan jam. 2700 N. Vermont Ave., Los Feliz, (323) 665-1927.
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