From Jazz to Acoustic Guitar, these venues feature the best local talent! Scroll below to find the best live music in Walnut Creek, Berkeley, San Francisco, & more!
"Here we bring together sounds from eras gone by and combine them with beats that many are unfamiliar with. We focus on all forms of jazz and jazz influenced music that roll over into Blues, Latin, Swing, R&B, Progressive, Straight-Ahead, Smooth and more. All of which have a base of jazz. You won't be bored here because we mix it up all the time." Cover $18.
1501 N Broadway Suite 138 in Walnut Creek
"The Walnut Creek Farmers’ Market is a thriving and wonderful community gathering place with friendly farmers and artisan purveyors offering an array of locally sourced food. Enjoy live music from local musicians while you shop the bustling market."
Every Sunday on Locust Street in Walnut Creek
"Rocco's Ristorante Pizzeria brings you some of the best in local live music every Thursday night at 8:00 and Saturday night at 8:00."
2909 Ygnacio Valley Rd in Walnut Creek
"When you step inside Maria Maria, you will be transported through sight, sound and smell to the Pacific Coast of Mexico. The adventurous menu showcases the complexity of Mexico’s diverse regions, balancing innovation and tradition, spice and sweetness – and the freshest, highest quality ingredients. Much of the heart and inspiration comes from local legends, Chef Roberto Santibanez and Carlos Santana, who brilliantly combine cuisine with melody that stay true to our cultivated roots and enriched ambiance."
1470 N Broadway in Walnut Creek
Flamenco night every Monday! 6-9pm "Telefèric Barcelona is a purveyor of authentic Spanish tapas and pintxos served dim sum style."
1500 Mount Diablo Blvd in Walnut Creek
"McGah’s Pub & Pianos is the living legacy of one of the Bay Area’s most prominent families. Equal parts sports bar and dining destination, McGah’s is home to devoted sports fans and foodies alike. Catch the game day action while feasting on an expansive menu of delicious American classics, and enjoy an unforgettable night out with our weekly live entertainment."
148 E Prospect Ave, Danville
"Rewind your mind to the glorious days of America’s Golden Age, when the movies were musicals, the bands were big, and the dance floors were swinging to the rhythm of a new and vibrant generation of the blues and jazz."
321 Hartz Ave in Danville
"American mains, cocktails & housemade beers served in chill industrial-edged brewpub with a patio."
2 Orinda Theatre Square #134 in Orinda
"Wine bar serving cheese & desserts in cozy quarters outfitted with movie memorabilia."
2 Orinda Theatre Square #103 in Orinda
"The Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse is a nonprofit community arts organization dedicated to promoting public awareness and understanding of traditional music —music that is rooted in and expressive of the great variety of regional, ethnic, and social cultures of peoples throughout the world."
2020 Addison Street in Berkeley
"Irish standby for pints, pub grub & entertainment like open-mike nights, Celtic music jams & more."
3101 Shattuck Ave in Berkeley
"Expansive, multi-faceted beer hall & American kitchen with live music, ping pong & outdoor seating."
2367 Shattuck Ave in Berkeley
"On April 16, 2016, local musician Sam Rudin opened a new music venue in downtown Berkeley called The Back Room, which honored his vision to recreate the cozy ambience of the original Freight & Salvage, a beloved Berkeley music venue dedicated to acoustic music. "
1984 Bonita Ave in Berkeley
"The California Jazz Conservatory, formerly known as the Jazzschool, is a privately owned non-profit music school for jazz students in Berkeley, California."
2087 Addison Street in Berkeley
"Built in 1928, the Fox Theater is an architectural masterpiece and former movie house that underwent a $75 million renovation to reopen its doors in February of 2009 under the direction of Another Planet Entertainment."
1807 Telegraph Ave in Oakland
"Many patrons take advantage of the full Yoshi's experience by enjoying dinner in the dining room before attending a performance."
510 Embarcadero West in Oakland
"Oakland's independent live event concert venue bringing shows to the bay area for many years. Bringing acts such as The Sonics and Inspectors."
1743 San Pablo Ave in Oakland
"Home of Bay Area Jazz and Arts, Inc. BAJA is a nonprofit organization that nurtures music, art, and creative ventures through live performance and educational programs. "
2147 Broadway in Oakland
"Enduring family-run store selling new & used acoustic & digital pianos, plus in-store concerts."
1728 San Pablo Ave in Oakland
"The Fillmore is a historic music venue in San Francisco, California, made famous originally by rock promoter Chet Helms who introduced Bill Graham to the venue they both shared in the mid 60's."
1805 Geary Blvd, San Francisco
"Converted ex-chapel featuring a 40-ft. arched ceiling, bar & a wide variety of live-music acts."
777 Valencia Street in San Francisco
"The Great American Music Hall is a concert hall in San Francisco, California. It is located on O'Farrell Street in the Tenderloin neighborhood on the same block as the Mitchell Brothers O'Farrell Theatre."
859 O'Farrell St in San Francisco
"The SFJAZZ Center is a music venue in the Hayes Valley neighborhood of San Francisco, California, that opened in January 2013. It is considered the "first free-standing building in America built for jazz performance and education."
201 Franklin Street in San Francisco
"Intimate, no-frills music venue with a full bar that features indie & emerging acts."
628 Divisadero Street in San Francisco
"Swedish American Hall is an historic landmark in San Francisco comprised of two music venues, SAH and Cafe Du Nord and Aaxte on the street level."
2174 Market Street in San Francisco
"Mid-century modern space built in 1958 that hosts notable music acts in an auditorium with balcony."
1111 California Street in San Francisco
"Intimate, dimly lit setting for live blues music paired with down-home Southern fare."
401 Mason Street in San Francisco
"Founded by Grateful Dead member Phil Lesh, this restaurant & music venue offers farm-to-table fare."
100 Yacht Club Drive in San Rafael
"Intimate venue for roots, folk & rock music, plus an attached cafe, in the historical Masonic Lodge."
19 Corte Madera Ave in Mill Valley
❤️ Special thanks to Aaron Dennis, as well as Tifanie Mikalis, Emily Muro, Nancy Hall Doane, Nicole Reader, Claudia Durbin, Wendy Meckes, Carolyn Sands, Susan Cole, Siv Canedy Ricketts, and Tara Harju! They inspired us to write this blog post with their recommendations for their favorite live music spots! Thank you so much!
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