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123 astronaut E S Onizuka St. Suite 301
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Tel: 213-620-0908

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monday through saturday  |  Doors open at 8:00 pm.
Music starts around 9:00 pm.
open on some sundays

21 + over with ID

ATTENTION: Unfortunately, due to a recent inquiry with the Alcoholic Beverage Control of LA County,
we can NO LONGER ALLOW MINORS inside Blue Whale.  This is without exception and regardless of the accompaniment of a parent or guardian.  We thank all the amazing young fans of Jazz who have helped build blue whale and we welcome them back when they are of legal age.  Thanks to all for understanding in this matter and continue to help Blue Whale thrive!

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  1. Do you guys have a cover? Does it change night by night?

    1. cover charge changes with the act but usually $10. : )

    2. Can you tell me what time the show starts tongiht, 6/20? I can’t find the info up on the site.
      Thank you, Fredell

      1. tonight is a combo art reception and Nine Winds Music night.
        Art reception is free admission, open to the public and starts at 5pm.
        The music program starts at 9pm with a $10 cover.

  2. What is the ticket situation for David Binney? do you take reservations? i want a seat close to the stage, what should i do?

    1. Hi Chuck,
      Sorry about getting to this just now.
      I’m sure you’ve already found out that the venue is free seating and no reservations needed.
      Hope you enjoyed the show and come back again !

  3. how early would you recommend arriving on a sat. night for good seating?

    1. the seating is free moving and is not set. come when you can and find a spot that you like.
      our doors open at 7:30pm.

  4. Are tickets available for The Necks, Sept 22nd?

    1. yes, this is the link to purchase tickets.

      1. are tics available for steve coleman on 9/21?

      2. please call our line 213-620-0908

  5. depends on the night and the performer but usually from $5 or $10 and if there’s a notable act could cost at least $25.
    cash is preferred but we do take credit cards.

  6. An older responsible relative or friend is preferred.

  7. This is the link to purchase Kneebody tickets for any of the 3 night performances at BlueWhale.

  8. bluewhale tickets are usually available on the night of the show. as long as you’re accompanying her responsibly, then yes.

  9. no tables at the Whale. all free movable seats. come early to grab that comfortable place in the audience.

  10. I and my friends just arrived from Japan today. We are a party of 4 that would like to attend your New Years Eve show. Do you still have tickets available? If so, how can we purchase the tickets. We are keeping our fingers crossed. I would appreciate it if you would reply to me on this message board as well as to my personal e-mail:

    1. Hope you’ve enjoyed the New Years’ Eve show! 🙂

  11. Hey guys! George Harris here from Just posted the Souza review on the site. Hope you like it. Take care, George

  12. for saturday, jan 7, what is the cover and do i need to reserve if i have about 8 people?

    1. there is no reservation at the Whale. please show up early to guarantee your entry.
      cover is usually $10 but could fluctuate to the performer’s specs.

  13. Is there a jam session anymore? Thanks

    1. there will be jam sessions but not on a regular schedule as before. please check the calendar for updates.

  14. George Harris here from Just posted Ovespian’s great gig. Will try to cover another one this month. Love the music and vibe there. Reminds me of the original and first incarnation of the Bakery

  15. Hi there

    Great venue!

    Please send me posters to put up in our store to spread the word of your shows to the shoppers here.
    Amoeba Music 6400 Sunset Blvd Hollywood CA 90028 Attn: Ricky Fry.


  16. Is it possible to buy tickets for the show on feb 28 ahead of time? Can I buy online?

    1. Here’s the ticket purchase link to the show tonight.

  17. can you get adv tix for kneebody?

    1. advance tickets are available here.

  18. Is it possible to buy tickets to this Sat. cd release ahead of time?



    1. no presale for this show. please arrive early to purchase tickets.

  19. Is it possible to buy presale tickets for march 24th?

    1. we will have presale features available soon but not soon enough for the 24th. please arrive early and purchase at the door.

  20. I was wondering how much of admission for Thursday may 23.

    1. $10

  21. we have a group of 10 celebrating a bday, and want to check out blue whale this sat 5/19. is there cover and if so, how much? who’s playing? and what time do doors open/show begins? thanks!

  22. we have a group of 10 celebrating a bday this Sat 5/19, and want to check out Blue Whale. any cover/how much? who’s playing? what time do doors open/show begins? thanks!

    1. we got a great band this saturday > Charles Altura Quintet.[Charles Altura (guitar) Quintet with Daniel Rosenboom (trumpet) + Ruslan Sirota (piano) + Hamilton Price (bass) + Gavin Salmon (drums)] cover is $10. doors open at 8pm. first set starts around 9pm.

      1. thank you!! can’t wait!

  23. lookin forward to tonight, there’ll be 4 of us ….what time should we arrive to make sure and get seats? ….also, a bit confused, tried your phone and it says disconnected!?

    1. come early. our doors open at 8pm and it’s all general admission, first come first serve. we will look into the phone as well.
      thanks !

  24. I would like to insure tix for this Thursday night, June 7. Will there be presale tix or purchase night of? Also, what will show time be? And lastly, when is it best to get a hold of someone there? Each time I have called there hasn’t been an answer. Thanks!

    1. sorry no presale for this show. please arrive early. doors will open at 8pm.

  25. Dear Sir,

    I represent some Brazilian and Cuban musicians and we are planning a tour through EUA.

    May we talk about a gig at your club?

    Best regards,

    Leticia Janiszewski

  26. Is there any presale for the Erskine show? What is the ticket cost?

    1. it’s set at $10

      1. Xx Sent from my Verizon Wireless Phone

  27. Did the parking situation change there recently? I thought parking was free to BW patrons? Thanks

    1. sadly not anymore. parking rates have risen and we cannot provide that service.

  28. Would like to book the Afro Cuban Jazz Project, and Grafitti (Dennis Chambers) artists at Blue Whale. Who is the contact for this, and where do I send epks? Thank you. PJ Oliva

  29. Please add me to your email list.

  30. June…great meeting you and John, a fantastic night of jazz with Christian Scott. It’s nice to discover places like Blue Whale, my son and his friend had a blast. Take care, Glenn

  31. Do you know yet if there will be a special show on Friday, Feb 8? I was thinking of taking my boyfriend there for his birthday. Thanks!

    1. we have this on the 8th…anthony crawford – virgil donati – dennis hamm – katisse buckingham – shemika secrest ($10)

  32. Have tickets gone on sale for the Sara Gazarek show on Feb 26?

    1. no presale for this show. door admission only.
      see you there!

  33. Just posted a review on for Julian Lage’s HOT show from 03.14.13. George Harris

  34. Will there be pre sale of the Larry Goldings 5/22 show? I’m a little nervous about scheduling the trip (airfare+hotel) unless I feel I am going to make the show.

    1. no presale as of now… sorry but most of our shows are door admission

  35. We have a group of 6 or more coming in to see Larry Golding on the 22nd, what’s the best way to ensure all of us can get in?

    1. please come early when door opens. thank you 🙂

      1. so, doors for LG on the 22nd are 8pm? I’m assuming I should get there at 7 to get in line for a ticket?

      2. arrive early to secure your seating!

  36. Any pre-sale tickets for the Miguel Atwood Ferguson show on 5/4/13? Will there be tickets at the door?

  37. Joon – Thank you for letting me video record The Cat Pack on 5/12. I know this performance was very important for these four lovely ladies, and now, thanks to your kind heart and flexibility on the set-up, they have a video recording of their show that they can enjoy for many days.

  38. Is Jeff Parker there only tonight?

    1. yes only tonight!

  39. Hi Joon-
    My name is Clark Sommers and David Roitstein recommended I contact you about booking my group at the Blue Whale.
    I play bass with Kurt Elling and will be performing at the Brubeck Institute on November 6th and 7th with my group Ba(SH). It is a dynamic trio that consists of Dana Hall(www.danahallmusic) on drums and Geof Bradfield( on saxes. I am inquiring about the possibility of booking the group at the Blue Whale on Sunday, November 10th. We will be playing at Cal Arts the following day. The group has a new cd coming out on Origin Records in September and we are in the process of booking a tour around the release. For more information about myself, the group and to hear sound clips please visit my website…
    Thanks in advance for your time.
    My Best-

  40. How can I see your August Schedule?

  41. can i buy Gretchen P. ticketz ahead of time?

    1. there are no presales for Gretchen’s show. come early!

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