Seeing live music can be a transcendent mind-body experience, akin to getting a tattoo underwater, or making out during an eclipse. Transcend boredom with today's Groupon: for $8, you get admission to see live music and more at The Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena. This Groupon is not valid for sold-out performances, which are currently scheduled for November 20 and December 11.
The Coffee Gallery Backstage is the intimate, 49-seat performance space attached to The Coffee Gallery, a locally owned caffeinery. Genre-spanning acts grace the Gallery stage almost nightly, and other than an admission charge (usually between $15 and $20) there is no food or drink minimum. Performances include everything from vaudeville to country, and the open-minded staff welcomes talented, undiscovered niche acts that combine disparate styles, such as jazz-rock, salsa-pop, rock-rock, and pop-pop. Upcoming events include Druha Trava—an acclaimed Czech bluegrass band that will bring its tradition-melding sounds to the Gallery on September 29—and Border Radio, an acoustic band featuring the intricate fiddle work of Mark Indicator and scheduled to perform on October 2. Spectator spots fill up fast, so reservations are strongly encouraged.
- You would never know it was there if you weren't looking for it--it's a tiny, cozy nook in the back of the shop that seats 50 and has an excellent light/sound stage set up for an intimate concert. My mother and grandmother insisted I see a local Irish music band this week with them, and I was confused to be led into the back room of a coffee shop (it seemed like the sketchiest speakeasy ever). But the Backstage is lovingly maintained and intricately detailed---you can tell the owner took time and patience and money in creating the intimate space, and it pays off. – Teej J., Yelp
2029 Lake Ave.
Altadena, California 91001Get Directions