Clive Davis Theater At The Grammy Museum
Clive Davis has guided some of the most beloved musical artists to heights of artistic and popular success, while his golden ears, creative support, and exceptional business sense have brought us some of the world’s most memorable recordings. Just like the man for whom it is named, the Clive Davis Theater welcomes legendary artists to come and share their artistry with the public, while inspiring and nurturing the next generation of greats. Housed on the second floor of The GRAMMY Museum at L.A. LIVE, this 200-seat, state of the art theater hosts thousands of museum visitors as they learn, explore, and feel the power of music. The heartbeat of museum activities, The Clive Davis Theater hosts visiting school groups in the mornings, screens the capstone film “The Making of a GRAMMY Moment” during the day, and hosts award-winning and cutting-edge artists in the evenings.
The Museum offers an eclectic mix of unique, intimate evening programs. Audiences are thrilled to see performances by legendary artists, hear candid interviews with industry heavyweights, or catch an up-and-coming band from Los Angeles.
>An Evening With
Our flagship program series, An Evening With, features legendary, contemporary and award-winning musicians. Artists are interviewed onstage and reveal insightful stories of their career path as well as current projects. The evening progresses with an audience Q&A session and culminates with a brief live performance. Past programs in this series have featured artists such as Brian Wilson, Annie Lennox, Damian Marley, Nas, Tom Morello, My Chemical Romance, Yoko Ono, Hans Zimmer, Dave Matthews, Harry Connick Jr., Ringo Starr, Herbie Hancock, Seal and David Foster, Jerry Lee Lewis, Mavis Staples and more. View all past programs.
The newest series on the block, Homegrown, features local, LA-based musicians. The artists share stories about how they started making music, their first tour, and recording their debut album. The program structure features a brief interview introducing the band followed by a 45 minute set of original material. Andy Grammer, The Airborne Toxic Event and Miguel have all taken the stage in support of the Homegrown series. View all past programs.
Our program series The Drop features individual artists or bands who have a new album release. Program dates generally occur the day of or soon after the album’s drop date. The artist plays selected tracks or performs the songs live and elaborates on the songs’ creation, how they were recorded, their experience in the studio and more. After the interview, fans have the opportunity for questions. Past “Drops” have included John Legend and the Roots, Don Was, The Court Yard Hounds, Robert Randolph, Raphael Saadiq, Los Lonely Boys, Jakob Dylan, Shooter Jennings and Mandy Moore. View all past programs.
Reel to Reel
Reel to Reel is our series that covers music-related documentary films. The program begins with a screening of the film, followed by a panel discussion with the filmmakers and other special guests. Reel to Reel’s past lineup has included Soundtrack for a Revolution with Executive Producer Danny Glover, It Might Get Loud with award-winning filmmaker Davis Guggenheim, and The Greatest Ears In Town: The Arif Mardin Story with panelists Quincy Jones and Chaka Khan. View all past programs.
Great Guitars focuses on artists who are, among their many musical talents, great guitarists. The artist engages in an informal conversation about their background and career path, along with demonstrations of guitar techniques with insights into their style or sound. The evening culminates with a short performance and Q&A opportunity for the audience. Past programs of this series have included Warren Haynes, John Jorgenson, Lee Ritenour, Jonny Lang, George Thorogood, and Richard Thompson. View all past programs.
Icons of the Music Industry
This series includes lectures and talks with music industry veterans including record label heads, producers and engineers — all of whom contributed in making the music that is celebrated inside the GRAMMY Museum. Clive Davis, Rob Cavallo and Russell Simmons have all joined us for this series. View all past programs.