Friday Night Sessions at California Plaza

By David Ball

Friday Night Sessions at California Plaza has been postponed indefinitely.

Free concerts at California Plaza in Downtown Los Angeles on the 2nd Friday of every month. The program includes performances by local emerging indie bands.  The concert series is a collaborative effort by the Downtown Music Project, lafreebee, Isgoodmusic, SideCho Records, Dramaturgy Promotions, Casa Downtown and the artists themselves.

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Lafreebee describes the event as an opportunity to see SXSW (South by Southwest) performers with out having to fly to Austin. Catch a show by a future Coachella performer before they make it big.  Recently, local bands like the Airborne Toxic Event and Silversun Pickups went from playing small local venues to sold-out arenas worldwide. Indie music is to Los Angeles today what grunge music was to Seattle in the 90′s.  There’s an abundance of local talent and its thrilling to see these bands evolve and succeed.  Every month, Friday Night Sessions will introduce a new line-up of bands you won’t want to miss.

Flavorpill Describes the event: “If there is such a thing as a formula to LA’s culture of the moment, it might look like this: warm nights + outdoor venues + free tickets + local buzz bands. Friday Night Sessions takes over Downtown’s Cal Plaza once a month and brings you what they like to call “pre-Coachella” next-big-thing lineups, and they’ve got a pretty good track record to back that up.”

Los Angeles Downtown News says: “DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES – If you want to catch a few bands before they get big, check out the free concerts at California Plaza in Downtown Los Angeles”

Other notable mentions include: LA Weekly, LA Times,,,, OC Register, YELP, Metro, Press Telegram and many more.

Playing June 11th:

The New Limb(
Ralpheene (
The Hunting Accident (
Halloween Swim Team(

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Concerts are scheduled through the winter and spring months on the 2nd Friday of the month.  Performances begin at 5:00PM on the Grand Avenue courtyard, adjacent to Casa. The concert moves in-doors to Casa if the weather is uncooperative.  Seating is available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Date:  Friday June 11, 2010 (& every 2nd & Last Friday of the month)

Time:  5:30PM (first two sets) & 10:00PM (last two sets) “happy hour” in-between sets.

Price: FREE

Click Here to RSVP with CASA or RSVP with OPEN TABLE (Mention: “Friday Night Sessions” & enjoy a complimentary drink while supplies last)

Event location:
California Plaza / Casa Cocina & Cantina
350 S Grand Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 621-2249

Valet Parking at CASA is $8 (Cheaper than self-park. Some street parking available)



The New Limb

The New Limb’s EPK from Ashley Eliot on Vimeo.


The Hunting Accident

Halloween Swim Team

Past performances have included:

The French Semester
Arrica Rose
Darlings of the Day
The Monthlies
The Terrapin
Jason Heath and the Greedy Souls
Garland Band
The Ross Sea Party
Facts on File
Under the Asbury
Bright Million
Franklin Music School
Lady Katherine
American Primitive

15 Responses to “Friday Night Sessions at California Plaza”

  1. Abby says:

    california plaza is easily accessible via red line….it\’s fast, cheap and hassle-free

  2. Rolando says:

    Yeah Abby…I’m taking the Metro to the Red line and I think they’ve started their late Holiday Hours now. Concert should be great. Thanks.

  3. steve says:

    sounds great!! good music + free = super good =) see u there

  4. Teriy says:

    I have been highly impressed with The Friday Night Sessions at California Plaza. The bands that have been performing there, such as The Monthlies and Darlings of the Day, have been great! Oh, and the venue….wow! Nothing beats listening to music with a glass of wine under the stars surrounded by downtown buildings…

  5. Cesar says:

    Friday Night Sessions is exposing me to some great local bands. The venue is top notch with the beautiful Downtown skyline all around. I’m so glad this is happening not just once but every month…and for free!

  6. gina says:

    Awesome show! Loved the venue! Keep it coming! :)

  7. Jo. says:

    oh my goodness! went there with about 20 friends to see zap mama- incredible venue for a spectacular band! i surely want to go again. we live in long beach, half of us drove, half of us took the metro- i personally took the metro- easy and cheap yes!

  8. Christina says:

    This was a great idea, great venue, AMAZING views! Something different and fun on a Friday night!

  9. Jon says:

    Rolando, thanks for hooking up so many great bands from the isgoodmusic network. Everyone has been reporting back a really positive experience and we’re proud to be associated!


  10. Elizabeth says:

    Hi there. what are the start & end dates of this series? Thanks!

  11. cynthia melendez says:

    Can someone tell me what line and stop it is to get to the plaza? Thank you! (:

  12. Lauren says:


    The easiest way to get to the Plaza is to take the Red Line to Pershing Square. Exit on 4th/Hill. Walk north on Hill and take Angels Flight up to the Plaza.

  13. Val says:

    Are dates and band info for upcoming dates available/posted/

  14. leslie says:

    Do I have to RSVP with Casa or Opentable or can i just walk up to the concert?

  15. Casas says:

    Free concerts at California Plaza, good!!

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