Best Venue for Live Music Orange County 2013 - The Observatory
The Galaxy Concert Theater was an infamously run-down venue; remember that brief moment when it was supposed to be a club that changed themes every couple of months? We don't, either. Then Jon Reiser, former co-owner and talent booker at the Detroit Bar (where Foster the People had a residency during his tenure), bought it and made it amazing with the help of business partner Courtney Michaelis and a silent co-owner. They revamped the website into something clean and simple, split the venue into two rooms with their own stages, and renamed the place, christening the bigger venue the Observatory, and the more intimate stage the Constellation Room. Now, it's a must-stop for all up-and-coming bands and DJs making their way through Southern California, from remix artists and indie poppers to Compton rappers and Sub Pop dream musicians. Just look at the lineup for the next few months: Toro Y Moi, Youth Lagoon, Flux Pavilion, GWAR, Phantogram, Tyga, RAC, Misfits—damn.