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What's a troubadour?

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October 23, 2008 10:32AM

trou·ba·dour (trū'bə-dôr', -dōr', -dʊr')

n. # One of a class of 12th-century and 13th-century lyric poets in Southern France, northern Italy, and northern Spain, who composed songs in langue d'oc often about courtly love. # A strolling minstrel.

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Since opening in 1957, the legendary Troubadour club in West Hollywood has helped launch some of contemporary music's most talented performers. Greats such as Elton John, James Taylor and Tom Waits performed there early in their careers, and it continues to be a destination for cutting-edge acts from around the world.

The Troubadour also remains a popular venue among serious music fans who enjoy listening to live music in an intimate and historically rich setting.