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Orange County is known for being on the sleepy side where nightlife is concerned which only means that communities and businesses are becoming more creative to entice residents out. They are combining art walks with live music, cheese and wine tastings with open mic night and providing public transportation to larger public performances.
Orange County's live music scene is growing as more venues, many of them intimate and reasonably priced, are opening up with the support of locals. Santa Ana and Costa Mesa have seen huge growth in the number of cafes and coffee shops that have live performances on certain nights of the week. While Yard House doesn't have live performances, the hip music played in the restaurant keeps the bar busy all night long.
In southern Orange County, at Mozambique in Laguna Beach and Iva Lee's in San Clemente, musicians play alongside the late-night dinner crowd. At the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano it's business as usual with several concerts booked every week. When clubs like The Observatory open up and showcase area LA up-and-coming bands, residents realize that they don't need to drive to Los Angeles to hear quality live music and look in their own backyards for live music venues.