The Holiday Season is ON!

Still recovering from the long Thanksgiving weekend?  Looking to brighten up your “back-to-work-Monday?”  We’ve got just the thing!

Tree Lighting

Tonight is the annual LA County Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, which takes place every year right on our plaza.  If you’re in the DTLA hood this evening, be sure to swing by –  we’ll have performances of holiday favorites from chamber music ensemble Brass Pacifica and the Valencia High School Chamber Choir.  Plus, free hot chocolate for everyone!

The festivities get going at 5pm, but in the meantime, here’s a few fun facts about our fabulous tree…

Holiday Tree

Our beautiful 55 foot Christmas Tree is a White Fir. It grows native to the high mountains of northern California and southern Oregon, and is a staple of the northern California logging industry. This particular tree came from an area by Lake Almanor, approximately 50 miles east of Mount Lassen and 40 miles west of Susanville, CA.  It was growing at an altitude of about 5,500 feet, weighing 5,000 lbs. and is approximately 25 years old.

The tree is a fast growing tree in comparison to a Noble Fir that would be approximately 20 feet in height at the same age. This tree had become expendable, due to a development project and was secured by our Vendor, Ambius, through a partnership with Oliver Holt Sons and Daughters Christmas Trees. The tree is adorned with approximately 40, 000 LED , multi colored lights with a bright star atop, and its silver ornaments sparkle in the daylight as well as when lit.   After its removal, the grand tree will recycled as garden mulch.

Hope to see you tonight at the tree lighting!  

We fell hard for ‘The Art of Falling’

If you were among the lucky folks who saw one of Hubbard Street Dance + The Second City’s three performance of their new collaboration “The Art of Falling,”  you know what were talking about.  This show was beyond charming.  It was clever, original, funny, poignant and perfect.  We wish we could have another week of performances because it was just that good!

Here’s a look back at a few of the shenanigans from our week with these two incredible companies….

AOF Backstage AOF Backstage AOF BackstageBackstage bits, bobs and bikes!

The Second City Arriving The Second city actors arriving at the artists’ entrance of our Ahmanson Theatre.

Hubbard Street company classHubbard Street Company Class on stage.

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AOF ladies backstage

Photo via @cinderisa

During the performances, the actors were having almost as much fun backstage as onstage!

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Jack McBrayer

photo via @adrlipson

t8Tcy1xMcYTvSz87s6zG05oe43wec57Or6OzxiVkd_Y And we had some Second City Alumni stop by too – Catherine O’Hara and Jack McBrayer!

As you can see, it was quite the week!  Thank you to everyone who came out to see this remarkable show.  We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!  And a special thank you to Hubbard Street + The Second City for bringing this delightful show to The Music Center!

We miss you already!


Your Sleepless Survival Kit

Sleepless at The Music Center

Hello Night Crawlers!

Our second Sleepless event with Dublab is coming up this Friday night (tomorrow) and we wanted to give you a few tips and tricks to make sure you have the best possible time in The Music Center After Hours!

Cut the Line

Sick of waiting in our standby line? Make a DONATION to Sleepless and enjoy the following perks:

Donate $20 – Skip the regular line, check-in at the Sleepless Supporters table and enjoy a free pillowcase. Supplies limited.

Donate $30 – Receive all of the above plus a drink voucher valid for one Sleepless beverage of your choice.

Only credit card donations can be made during the night of the event at the Sleepless Supporters table.


Know the Set Times

Here it is, your full list of sets in all our spectacular locations around The Music Center.  As Brad Hamilton would say:  “Learn it. Know it. Live it…. ”

Sleepless Schedule


Order yourself a special Sleepless cocktail

Exclusively in the Founder’s Room, we’ll be serving special Sleepless beverages to toast the night!



Elevator Access

When making your way up to the 5th Floor to see the amazing Daniel Lanois, Rocco DeLuca and Adam CK Vollick make sure you head to the elevators on the Grand Ave side of the building.  They will be the only ones allowing access to our Ambient/Electro Experience on the 5th Floor.

Sleepless at The Music Center

Bring your Own Pillowcase

If you’re looking to get one of Hit+Run’s cool silk-screened designs, you can bring your own pillow case and they’ll give it an instant Sleepless makeover.  Even if you don’t bring your own, pillowcases and tote bags will be available for purchase at the silk-screening station in the lobby.

See you tomorrow Night Crawlers!