Go Metro to live music: Fun.

Fun – “Some Nights”

Go Metro to see one of the summer’s hottest bands, Fun., performing live at the historic Wiltern Theatre on three consecutive nights beginning Friday, August 17th! It’s the perfect event to use Metro — the Wiltern is across the street from the Wilshire/Western Purple Line station and adjacent to the Metro Rapid 720 stop.

Fun. was relatively unheard of less than a year ago, even though frontman Nate Reuss has been going at it since at least 2001. His former band, The Format, achieved limited commercial success despite being fairly well-known in alt-indie scenes. In 2009, after The Format went on hiatus, Reuss started Fun. with two of his former tour-mates.

The group’s first album “Aim and Ignite” was released in 2009 to relatively little fanfare in what amounted to be a transitional effort. Skip ahead three years, add a new label, some shameless auto-tune, and a much bigger sound, and you have the band’s second album, “Some Nights,” that was released earlier this year. If you turned on a radio or television in the past six months there’s a 99.9% chance you’ve heard at least one of the two singles off the album (“Some Nights” and “We Are Young“).

Given the band’s very recent success, it’s not surprising tickets were sold out not long after the shows were announced. However, as of the date of this post, the ticket reseller StubHub has tickets for sale starting around $35 and all three nights (08/17, 08/18 & 08/19) are still available.

Transit Directions:

From Westwood/Wilshire (UCLA) on southeast corner take Metro Rapid 720 bus to Commerce Center. Exit Wilshire/Western stop. The bus will drop you off in front of the venue. [map] For your return trip, Metro Local 20 and the Metro Rapid 720 run along Wilshire toward Santa Monica every half-hour to an hour throughout the evening. [map]

From North Hollywood take the Red Line and exit Wilshire / Vermont. Take the escalator to lower platform to connect to Purple Line train to Wilshire / Western. Exit Wilshire / Western. The Wiltern will be across the street from the station. [map] The last Purple Line train connecting to North Hollywood-bound Red Line train departs Wilshire / Western at 2:01 am.  [map]

Note: maps are for Friday night service only. As always, please confirm your arrival/departure times prior to your trip.