EL REY THEATRE, MIRACLE MILE
This is where Sebastian plays keyboards for the Messengers, a pop-jazz group fronted by his old acquaintance Keith (John Legend). It’s the first big sign that his music career is taking off. Opened in 1936, graceful, art deco El Rey was a cinema and a dance club before becoming a music venue in the 1990s (5515 Wilshire Blvd, theelrey.com). With a capacity of 770, it has hosted myriad indie bands, including Yo La Tengo, as well as Bob Dylan and former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr. Rock agent Tom Windish reportedly called El Rey one of ‘the best mid-sized venues in LA’.