So I went to a lot of shows in 2016…

What a year! In 2016, I went to a lot of shows and events. I saw some of my favorites several times and somehow looking at the list and memories, I’m taken aback at how incredible it was. There were also many shows I wanted to go to, but for one reason or another, I wasn’t able to. Hopefully I’ll be able to enjoy more shows and experiences in 2017.

I’ve got pics & videos for most of these shows on Instagram… check them out! 

Some of the highlights for me included:

  • Adele at STAPLES Center… I mean, it’s Adele! I first saw her at Hotel Cafe in 2008, before “19” was released and it was amazing seeing her again. She also acknowledged me during the set, which was awesome!
  • Alicia Keys at The Troubadour… yes, Alicia Keys in the intimate Troubadour. It was a secret show where she previewed songs from her album “Here,” which was months away from being released. Best part of the show was that no cell phones were allowed, I was able to enjoy the night without trying to capture it. Here’s my full review!
  • Britney Spears! I was basically front row (for work) during Britney’s set at the iHeartRadio Music Festival, and it was awesome seeing her perform her medley of hits. G-Eazy also showed up, which is always a win. (G-Eazy also reposted my pic from the set, which is extra cool).
  • Bastille! Bastille! Bastille! Bastille! – I was super lucky to see the guys play 3 times, and even attended a screening of “Help Me Chase Those Seconds” at the GRAMMY Museum. Best of all, I was able to see them soundcheck at Kimmel, surprisingly, I kept my cool and didn’t fanboy as the band walked right past me. Work perk for sure!
  • Panic! At The Disco – I saw them twice this year, once at Kimmel and again at the taping of their “Artists Den” episode. At Kimmel, I got to see them do “Thong Song” with Sisqo.. I mean, “Thong Song” and Sisqo! I missed them at the iHeartRadio Village – I wouldn’t make it back to the venue for work, I was bummed. But sharing a flight back to LA with the guys was awesome, and an even better story.
  • Jack Garratt! His live show is ridonkulous. I was all up in my feels the two times I saw him.. I was at the front of the pit and it was a life-changing moment. Seriously, if you haven’t seen him live, you’re failing at life.
  • twenty one pilots – These guys are one of the best LIVE bands around. I’ve seen them several times and was able to see the twice this year. The stunned the crowd at the iHeartRadio Festival, and they did it without their signature “Trees” closing stunt! I wish they had done it to show the audience what they’re truly capable of. I also saw them play to a soldout crowd at The Forum, where they were on planks a few times, and Tyler disappeared into the audience several times, and even ran over us in a hamster-ball. Always an amazing show. I left the pit drenched in sweat… most of which was not mine. I call that a success. It was also great meeting the guys again before the show – I really dig Tyler and Josh, and stoked for all their success this year! Check out my full review + pics/vids!
  • Aurora – she’s another artists that I discovered this year and was able to experience her live show three times. She’s simply otherworldly and you NEED to see her when she’s in a city near you.
  • OneRepublic – I love these dudes. I got to see them three times – never a full-headlining show, but they’re always amazing. At all three shows, Ryan played “Apologize” with an incredible piano intro and I lost my shit each time. True story.
  • Sia! She’s incredible! I was floored by her set at the iHeartRadio Music Festival, and then I saw her at Hollywood Bowl and it was beyond incredible. Her voice just gets to me. And she sang “Breathe Me,” and I nearly sobbed.
  • Years & Years rocked The Fonda this year, and I went alone and just sang and danced the night away. I had such a great time and really enjoy their show, especially in a more intimate venue. And Olly’s got some killer dance moves – I want him to be my spirit animal.

And a few more… cuz seeing live music is simply the best.

  • Calum Scott – I’m so excited for 2017 and Calum Scott. I saw him at The Troubadour, and was BLOWN AWAY. I mean, his voice is stellar. His lyrics and songs are next level goodness. I was stuck trying to enjoy the moment and also record all of it so I can replay it while I wait for him to drop his album. Seriously, some of the songs/lyrics moved me immensely.
  • morgxn – I saw morgxn twice last year and can’t wait to hear more from him in 2017. I was OBSESSED with his songs, and since they were electro-synth pop songs, I wasn’t sure if he’d be good live.. but man, I was wrong. His voice is ace! He does a cover of The Cure’s “Boy’s Don’t Cry” that is a show-stopper and nearly made me cry. So good.
  • Troye Sivan! I kept missing him and I was able to see him at the iHeartRadio Village, and really really need to see a full show from him.
  • Wrabel – I’ve never seen an opening act get a standing ovation at The Greek until I saw Wrabel open for Andy Grammer & Gavin DeGraw this summer. It was a much deserved standing ovation and he’s one to watch in 2017 for sure!

And here’s the full-ish list…


Date Artist Venue/Event
12/14/16 Metallica Jimmy Kimmel Live!
12/12/16 morgxn It’s a School Night
11/27/16 Aurora The Fonda Theatre
11/26/16 Aurora The Fonda Theatre
11/21/16 Gavin James Troubadour
11/21/16 Green Day Jimmy Kimmel Live!
11/16/16 Garth Brooks Jimmy Kimmel Live!
11/16/16 Lapsley The Mayan
11/16/16 Phillip Phillips Ford EcoSport Event
11/15/16 Atlas Genius Ford EcoSport Event
11/15/16 Echosmith Ford EcoSport Event
11/14/16 DJ Khaled Ford EcoSport Event
11/01/16 Calum Scott Troubadour
10/31/16 Alice Cooper Jimmy Kimmel Live!
10/26/16 Emeli Sande Long Live The Angels Album Preview
10/22/16 Ariana Grande Hollywood Bowl
10/22/16 Backstreet Boys Hollywood Bowl
10/22/16 Bruno Mars Hollywood Bowl
10/22/16 Charlie Puth Hollywood Bowl
10/22/16 G-Eazy Hollywood Bowl
10/22/16 Meghan Trainor Hollywood Bowl
10/22/16 OneRepublic Hollywood Bowl
10/22/16 Pitbull Hollywood Bowl
10/18/16 X-Ambassadors Jimmy Kimmel Live!
10/17/16 The 1975 Jimmy Kimmel Live!
10/14/16 Green Day iHeartRadio Theater
10/12/16 Bastille GRAMMY Museum
10/10/16 Bastille Troubadour
10/08/16 AlunaGeorge Hollywood Bowl
10/08/16 Miguel Hollywood Bowl
10/08/16 Sia Hollywood Bowl
10/05/16 BORNS Hollywood Bowl
10/05/16 The Lumineers Hollywood Bowl
10/03/16 CHVRCHES Hollywood Forever
09/30/16 Backstreet Boys iHeartRadio Theater
09/28/16 Bear’s Den The Echo
09/24/16 Sting iHeartRadio Music Festival
09/24/16 Usher iHeartRadio Music Festival
09/24/16 Britney Spears iHeartRadio Music Festival
09/24/16 Backstreet Boys iHeartRadio Music Festival
09/24/16 Pitbull iHeartRadio Music Festival
09/24/16 Ariana Grande iHeartRadio Music Festival
09/24/16 Florida Georgia Line iHeartRadio Music Festival
09/24/16 Zedd iHeartRadio Music Festival
09/24/16 Tears for Fears iHeartRadio Music Festival
09/24/16 Cage The Elephant iHeartRadio Music Festival
09/24/16 Lissie iHeartRadio Music Festival
09/24/16 Troye Sivan iHeartRadio Music Festival
09/23/16 U2 iHeartRadio Music Festival
09/23/16 Drake iHeartRadio Music Festival
09/23/16 Sia iHeartRadio Music Festival
09/23/16 Billy Idol iHeartRadio Music Festival
09/23/16 twenty one pilots iHeartRadio Music Festival
09/23/16 Sam Hunt iHeartRadio Music Festival
09/23/16 OneRepublic iHeartRadio Music Festival
09/23/16 Los 5 iHeartRadio Music Festival
09/22/16 Catfish and the Bottlemen Wiltern
09/20/16 Jack Garratt The Belasco
09/15/16 Andy Grammer Greek Theater
09/15/16 Gavin DeGraw Greek Theater
09/15/16 Wrabel Greek Theater
09/13/16 Tame Impala Jimmy Kimmel Live!
09/12/16 OneRepublic Jimmy Kimmel Live!
09/08/16 Kaleo Jimmy Kimmel Live!
09/07/16 Bastille Jimmy Kimmel Live!
09/06/16 Bastille iHeartRadio Theater
08/31/16 YG Jimmy Kimmel Live!
08/30/16 Glass Animals Jimmy Kimmel Live!
08/23/16 Broods The Novo
08/21/16 Adele STAPLES Center
08/18/16 morgxn Bootleg Theater
08/10/16 Lindsey Stirling OC Fair
08/04/16 Young The Giant Jimmy Kimmel Live!
08/03/16 Nathaniel Rateliff Jimmy Kimmel Live!
08/01/16 Kelsea Ballerini Jimmy Kimmel Live!
07/28/16 School Boy Q Jimmy Kimmel Live!
07/27/16 The Go Gos Jimmy Kimmel Live!
07/26/16 Bonnie Raitt Jimmy Kimmel Live!
07/23/16 twenty one pilots The Forum
07/21/16 Prophets of Rage Jimmy Kimmel Live!
07/20/16 Alicia Keys Troubadour
07/19/16 Phoebe Ryan Troubadour
06/29/16 Melanie Martinez Jimmy Kimmel Live!
06/28/16 Culture Club Jimmy Kimmel Live!
06/27/16 Maxwell Jimmy Kimmel Live!
06/24/16 Birdy The Fonda
06/21/16 Eliot Sumner Troubadour
06/21/16 The Head and the Heart Jimmy Kimmel Live!
06/15/16 Meghan Trainor Jimmy Kimmel Live!
06/13/16 AlunaGeorge Jimmy Kimmel Live!
06/09/16 AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to John Williams The Dolby Theatre
06/08/16 Post Malone Jimmy Kimmel Live!
06/07/16 Fitz and the Tantrums Jimmy Kimmel Live!
06/06/16 Fifth Harmony iHeartRadio Theater
06/06/16 G-Eazy The Forum
06/06/16 Logic The Forum
06/02/16 Rationale Bootleg Theater
05/25/16 Greg Holden Hotel Cafe
05/25/16 Matt Wertz Hotel Cafe
05/20/16 Gorgon City Shrine
05/20/16 Rudimental Shrine
05/19/16 Garbage Jimmy Kimmel Live!
05/18/16 Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Jimmy Kimmel Live!
05/12/16 Ariana Grande Jimmy Kimmel Live!
05/10/16 Dead and Company Jimmy Kimmel Live!
05/04/16 Jamie Lawson Troubadour
05/03/16 DNCE Jimmy Kimmel Live!
05/02/16 Florida Georgia Line Jimmy Kimmel Live!
04/30/16 Radio Disney Music Awards Microsoft Theater
04/28/16 Nick Jonas Jimmy Kimmel Live!
04/28/16 Tove Lo Jimmy Kimmel Live!
04/27/16 The Avett Brothers Jimmy Kimmel Live!
04/26/16 James Bay Jimmy Kimmel Live!
04/25/16 Years and Years The Fonda Theatre
04/21/16 Lapsley El Rey Theatre
04/18/16 Goo Goo Dolls Jimmy Kimmel Live!
04/13/16 Mayer Hawthorne Jimmy Kimmel Live!
04/12/16 Deftones Jimmy Kimmel Live!
04/06/16 Alexis Arnold Hotel Cafe
04/05/16 Aurora Troubadour
04/03/16 iHeartRadio Music Awards The Forum
03/29/16 Conrad Sewell IHeartRadio Theater
03/29/16 Grace iHeartRadio Theater
03/28/16 Lukas Graham Troubadour
03/24/16 Fifth Harmony Jimmy Kimmel Live!
03/17/16 Flogging Molly Jimmy Kimmel Live!
03/15/16 Jake Bugg Jimmy Kimmel Live!
03/13/16 Panic! At The Disco The Mayan
03/11/16 Jack Garratt The Fonda Theatre
02/16/16 Gwen Stefani Jimmy Kimmel Live!
02/10/16 Mana Jimmy Kimmel Live!
01/25/16 Panic! At The Disco Jimmy Kimmel Live!
01/19/16 Weezer Jimmy Kimmel Live!
01/18/16 Elton John Jimmy Kimmel Live!

All photos owned by Miro Sarkissian.

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