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Benjamin Millepied
Live music as a theme of downtown L.A.'s revival
Live music as a theme of downtown L.A.'s revival

The crowd that waited under the neon red glow of the Ace Hotel's "Jesus Saves" sign came to see the experimental rock band Spiritualized. But as they filed into the Theatre at Ace, they became part of a different sort of resurrection. Nestled in the 1920s-era building on Broadway that once housed Gene Scott's televangelism empire, the Theatre at Ace's Friday night opening was part of a rebirth for downtown Los Angeles' music scene. Live music was once a focal point of the area's revival. Staples Center's arrival in 1999, Walt Disney Concert Hall's 2003 opening and the restoration of the Orpheum Theatre in 2001 were among the first signs that...

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