Yes, it is possible to hear a good performance of high caliber music and musicians for cheap.
This coming Wednesday, June 22 at 8 p.m., you can hear a solidly full program of new and recent music at the illustrious Royal/T Café in Culver City. It is part of the $2 Shows recently instated New Music Series, and as advertised, the admission is indeed only TWO DOLLARS (i.e. practically free) and a donation of any item which can be used by the Harmony Project (more info on the facebook event page below).
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