There is never a shortage of great events in Los Angeles, and 2015 is shaping up to be one of the most action-packed years in recent memory. From Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull to a Star Wars Celebration/Convention to Coachella, be sure to get yourself to at least a few of these noteworthy concerts, expos, and festivals – or better yet, let Prestige Limousine take you there! – and experience the best music, art, comedy, and conventions Southern California has to offer in the new year.
January 11. Louie C.K. @ The Los Angeles Forum in Inglewood. 8:00 p.m. $25-$45. The hilarious standup comedian Louie C.K. makes the second-to-last stop on his national tour in Inglewood before returning to New York City to begin filming the 5th season of his Emmy Award-winning FX Network show Louie. Fans of Woody Allen, George Carlin, and Jerry Seinfeld should not miss Louie’s intelligent/raunchy rants on contemporary society, culture, relationships, and parenting.
January 16-18. Riot LA Comedy Festival @ DTLA. Billed as “Los Angeles’ Alternative Comedy Festival,” Riot L.A. comedy festival is held at seven locations – participating bars include Downtown Independent, The Lexington, and Five Star Bar, among others – on Main Street in Downtown L.A. About 100 performers will participate in more than 30 shows throughout the event, including comic giants like Norm Macdonald, Maria Bamford, Bill Burr, and Al Madrigal. Ticket prices vary depending on the show, but comedy fans may purchase festival passes for either $90 or $500.
January 23. Styx @ The Saban Theater in Beverly Hills. 8:00 p.m. $69-$91. Though lead singer Dennis DeYoung left the band for good in 1999, founding members Chuck Panozzo and James “J.Y.” Young can still rock hits like “Come Sail Away,” “Lady,” and “Mr. Roboto” as hard as ever. Come see this historic band in a historic theater for a performance that transcends genres and bridges generations.
February 4. Willie Nelson & Family @ The Majestic Ventura Theater in Ventura. 8:00 p.m. $49.50 – $129.00. Touring to support the release of his newest studio album Heroes (which features a mix of new songs and country classics), the Texas folk icon shows no sign of slowing down, even at 81 years old. With dozens of recognizable ditties pulled from over 60 studio albums recorded over his six-decade career, fans of this Country Music Hall of Famer should not miss this opportunity to see a living legend (and his guitar “Trigger”) at least one last time.
February 13. Enrique Iglesias & Pitbull @ The Staples Center in DTLA. 7:30 p.m. $29.50-$179.50. After selling out The Staples Center last October, the kings of Latin pop return to the City of Angels with a flurry of chart-topping hits (“Bailando,” “I’m A Freak,” “I Like It,” and “Don’t Stop The Party,” to name a few) and a second-to-none technical stage show that promises to be one of the most entertaining events in Los Angeles this year. Look like a VIP by rolling up in one of Prestige Limousine Service’s impressive private town cars!
February 13. Valentine’s Day Crush Concert with John Legend, Ne-Yo, Big Sean + More @ The Los Angeles Forum in Inglewood. 7:30 p.m. Though Big Sean’s well-known breakup anthem “IDFWU” might not be ideal for inspiring romance, we’re willing to bet that John Legend and Neo’s soulful crooning will put the love right back in your sweetheart’s eyes. The show is presented by L.A. radio station Power 106.
February 19-22. U.S. Coffee Championships @ Long Beach Arena in Long Beach. 9:00 a.m-6:00 p.m. daily. $10 Day Pass, $15 Event Pass. Attention all java-junkies, this event is for you! Hosted by the Specialty Coffee Association of America and the Barista Guild of America, the U.S.C.C. pits baristas, brewers, latte artists, and roasters against each other for four days of caffeine-infused competition.
February 21-22. Shaun White’s Air + Style Event @ The Rose Bowl in Pasadena. 12:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m. Saturday, 12:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. Sunday. $139. Started in Innsbruck, Austria over two decades ago, the Air + Style event was the first of its kind, combining world-class snowboarders, skiiers, BMX riders, and skateboarders with international musicians, artists, and fashion designers within massive stadiums. In February, the event will couple the world’s best extreme athletes with performances from 18 bands and artists – including Kendrick Lamar, Steve Aoki, Diplo, and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros – in sunny SoCal.
February 22. The 87th Annual Academy Awards @ The Dolby Theater in Hollywood. Every year, the mother of all awards shows brings together Hollywood’s best and brightest together for one night of laughter, tears, and meandering acceptance speeches. This year, avoid the traffic to and around the Dolby Theater by reserving a town car or SUV to the Academy Awards ceremony.
March 15. Los Angeles Marathon @ Dodger Stadium in Elysian Park. 7:00 a.m. (approx). $180 for participants (U.S. residents), $free for spectators. As the tagline “From the Stadium to the Sea” suggests, the Los Angeles Marathon begins at Dodger Stadium and continues for 26.2 miles to the ocean in Santa Monica, weaving through DTLA, SilverLake, Hollywood, and Beverly Hills along the way. Though runners should expect a fairly easy course, the same may not be said for commuters; because the race will close portions of Sunset, Hollywood, Santa Monica, and San Vicente (along with countless other thoroughfares), officials suggest taking other forms of transportation during race day.
March 26. The NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament West Regionals @ The Staples Center in DTLA. $200-$300. Though no one can possibly predict what teams will be playing at the Staples Center in March, the NCAA Basketball Tournament is a great opportunity to see some of the nation’s most talented athletes on display. Hosted by Pepperdine University, these Regional Semifinal and Final games (known to college basketball fans as the “Sweet Sixteen” and the “Elite Eight”) serve as the last step before the remaining four teams meet in Indianapolis, Indiana for the Final Four.
April 8. Ariana Grande with Special Guest Rixton @ The Los Angeles Forum in Inglewood. 7:30 p.m. $43-$1,790. Since storming the pop music scene in 2013 with her debut album Yours Truly, Ms. Grande has become a mainstay at the top of Billboard Music charts, and her vocal talent has garnered comparisons to Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston. This young lady is sure to be around for many years to come; don’t miss your opportunity to say, “I knew her when…” [Attention Fans: If for some reason you can’t catch Ariana on April 8th, the velvet-voiced diva is playing an encore show two nights later (on April 10th) at The Honda Center in Anaheim.]
April 10. Fleetwood Mac @ The Los Angeles Forum in Inglewood. 8:00 p.m. $118-$1,350. “Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow” was obviously the phrase on the minds of 70’s Brit-rockers Fleetwood Mac; after a 16-year absence, singer and keyboardist Christine McVie will reunite with bandmates Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Lindsey Buckingham, and Stevie Nicks for their On With The Show Tour. For Boomers that want to relive the band’s glory days, this concert should not be missed!
April 10-12 & April 17-19. Coachella Music Festival @ the Empire Polo Club in Indigo. $varies, but probably over $400 for a weekend pass. This is the Big One, festival-goers!—Coachella! Since its humble beginnings in 1999 (purists claims that the actual foundation of the festival was laid in 1993, when Pearl Jam played at the Empire Polo Club to protests price-gouging practices by Ticketmaster), the world-famous festival held in the Colorado Desert has grown to epic proportions; in 2014, over 500,000 people enjoyed 184 artists over two separate weekends! If you’d like to see AC/DC, Jack White, Drake, and the multitude of other artists playing Coachella this year, you’d best hurry – last year tickets sold out in less than a week! (And don’t forget to reserve a safe and reliable ride out to Indigo as well!)
April 16-19. Star Wars Celebration @ The Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim. 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m every day. $140 for a 4-day Adult Pass or $60 for 4-day Child Pass, $60-$75 for a single Adult Day Pass or $35 for a single Child Day Pass. The force will be strong at this year’s Star Wars Celebration, which will include exhibits, panels, art shows, premiers, vendors, and lots of fans dressed in ridiculously awesome Star Wars Cosplay (think Comic Con, but solely Jedi-focused) in anticipation for the opening of “Star Wars: Episode VII” in December.
April 21. Iggy Azalea with special guests Nick Jonas, Tinashe and DJ Wizz Kidd @ The Staples Center in DTLA. 7:30 p.m. $39.50-$69.50. Since rising to fame after her YouTube videos went viral in 2011, Iggy Azalea has conquered the Billboard charts and amassed a huge following thanks to her controversial lyrics and edgy style. The much anticipated Great Escape Tour will be the 24-year-old Australian rapper’s first headlining tour, though her current position as one of today’s leading hip-hop artists guarantees that it won’t be her last.
April 25. AutoCon Los Angeles @ The Fairplex in Pomona. 1:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. $10-$15. The most awaited car show in Southern California comes, once again, to East L.A. with a plethora of custom rides and new products. Whether you’re a shop owner or simply a lover of the “Fast and Furious” films, this gear-head event promises to feature only the best in the automotive industry.
May 26, 27, 30, 31. U2 @ The Los Angeles Forum in Inglewood. 7:30 p.m. $87.50-$1,580. For the first time in a decade, timeless Irish rockers U2 will fill indoor arenas (the band’s 2009-2011 “360 Degrees Tour” was held in outdoor stadiums and ballparks) for the iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE Tour. The tour follows the release of U2’s latest studio album, Songs Of Innocence (which was released digitally on iTunes for free), and will likely feature a highlight reel of hits from the group’s 30+ year career along with singles from their newest work.
May 18. Lana Del Rey @ Hollywood Bowl in Hollywood. 7:30 p.m. $101-$1,050. The Endless Summer Tour, a 17-show nationwide tour supporting of her third studio album, Ultraviolence, will feature the New York”s soulful crooner on some of the country’s biggest stages – Hollywood Bowl being no exception. Fans of powerful female front-women may be in for a surprise as well; rumors abound that Courtney Love (formerly of the band Hole) will join Lana for the first eight dates of the tour, which, luckily, includes Los Angeles!
May 19. Neil Diamond @ Hollywood Bowl in Hollywood. 8:00 p.m. $57-$1,653. Neil Diamond is 73 years old, but that won’t stop him from embarking on 57-show World Tour that begins in Allentown, Pennsylvania on February 27th and ends in Sydney, Australia on November 9th. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer will undoubtedly play a handful of songs from his new album, Melody Road, but expect the majority of the concert to feature sing-along classics from his 57 year career.
May 30. Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett @ Hollywood Bowl in Hollywood. 7:30 p.m. $41.55-$4,499. Though both legends in their respective genres, the pairing of Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett for the 2014 Jazz-pop record Cheek To Cheek seemed strange at the time. The album was well-received by critics and audiences alike, however, and in May the icons will reunite on stage to perform contemporary takes on jazz classics like “Anything Goes” and “It Don’t Mean A Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing).”
June 12-14. Hello Kitty Supercute Friendship Festival @ The Los Angeles Forum in Inglewood. $52-$291. The adorable Japanese kitten-character’s first-ever live North American tour, Hello Kitty’s Supercute Friendship Festival, is scheduled to include performances from Hello Kitty (along with her friends Dear Daniel, My Melody, and Pompom Purin), as well as DJ dance shows, interactive exhibits, Hello Kitty-inspired art, fashion shows, and more pink Hello Kitty merchandise than any person should ever own! Let the cuteness commence!
June 14. The Annual Gay Pride Parade @ The Corner of Santa Monica Blvd. and Crescent Heights Blvd in West Hollywood. 11:00 a.m. $free. Regardless of your sexual orientation, show your support for equality and civil rights at L.A.’s Gay Pride Parade (part of the larger Pride Week) this June. Attendees, be forewarned: though the California Penal Code forbids a person from exposing his or herself in public to gratify, shock, or offend, expect the boundaries of this law to be pushed during the Gay Pride Parade. (Don’t say we didn’t prepare you…!)
July 9-12. Comic-Con 2015 San Diego @ The San Diego Convention Center in San Diego. $17-$50 per day. Known as a Mecca for lovers of comic books and superhero movies, as well as a place where superfans can dress up in insanely intricate costumes – some fans spend thousands of dollars to look like/pay homage to their favorite heroes, villains, sidekicks, and babes – Comic-Con is one of Southern California’s most sought-after tickets.
July 25-August 2. Special Olympics World Games @ Various Locations in Los Angeles. After 16 years, the United States is excited to once again host the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in the City of Angels. An estimated 7,000 athletes representing 177 countries will compete in front of over 500,000 spectators during these games, with the opening ceremony taking place on July 25 at USC’s Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
July 25. Kenny Chesney and Jason Aldean @ The Rose Bowl in Pasadena. 5:00 p.m. $35 – $250. While country music juggernauts Chesney and Aldean could easily fill the seats for tours of their own, fans of the genre will be thrilled to see both performers on the same ticket. The tour will promote songs from Aldean and Chesney’s new albums, Old Boots, New Dirt and The Big Revival, respectively, but don’t be surprised to hear old hits and show-stopping duets as well. Opening acts to be announced at a later date.
August 24-26. Taylor Swift @ The Staples Center in DTLA. 7:30 p.m. $39.50-$159.50. It’s been quite a ride for the Pennsylvania-born country-turned-pop star; Swift most recently watched her 5th studio album, 1984, become the best-selling album of 2014 and set a record for fastest record to reach one million copies sold. In promotion of this career-defining album, Swift will begin her 1989 World Tour in Tokyo, Japan on May 5th, and play three dates in Los Angeles along the way.
July 28. John Mellencamp with special guest Carlene Carter @ The Nokia Theater in DTLA. 7:30 p.m. $49.50-$129.50. The heartland singer/songwirter who gave the world “Jack and Diane” and “Small Town,” John “Cougar” returns to Los Angeles on the Plain Spoken Tour to promote his new album of the same name. The tour, which will stretch through 80 dates and last for nearly 7 months, is one of the longest of Mellencamp’s 33+ year active career.
September 21. The Who @ The Staples Center in DTLA. 7:30 p.m. $49.50-$154.50. In announcing the band’s upcoming “The Who Hits 50!” Tour, guitarist Pete Townshend described the show as “Hits, Picks, Mixes and Misses” – knowing The Who, though, we believe the setlist will likely include more “hits” than anything else. Special guests Joan Jett & The Blackhearts are scheduled to open for the septuagenarian brit-rockers in what should be one heck of a show.