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Local San Francisco Music Scene


The San Francisco Bay Area has been a major talent pool during cycles of musical revolutions throughout its history. In the 60s it was center of peace-driven rock music with arists such as Jefferson Airplane, Santana and Grateful Dead. In the 70s it was home of fun-spirited rock bands like Steve Miller Band, The Doobie Brothers, Tower of Power and Journey. In the 80s the Bay was rocked by Huey Lewis & The News. Since the 80s the Bay has produced several hip hop artists with national hits such as Tupac Shakur, MC Hammer, Too Short, E-40, Baby Bash and Casual.

Some of the many notable Bay Area artists include Big Brother & The Holding Company, Country Joe & The Fish, Counting Crows, Third Eye Blind, 4 Non Blondes, Faith No More, Dead Kennedys, Sly & The Family Stone, It's a Beautiful Day, Lindsey Buckingham, Beau Brummels, Graham Central Station, Jellyfish, Pablo Cruise, Quicksilver Messenger Service, The Call, The Dave Brubeck Quartet, The Other Ones, The Tubes and Train. Metallica started in the Bay and then relocated to Los Angeles.

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San Francisco Headline Acts

Grateful Dead - rock
Santana - rock
Doobie Brothers - rock
Steve Miller Band - rock
Green Day - alternative, rock
Counting Crows - alternative, rock
Train - alternative
Social Distortion - alternative, rock

San Francisco Music Acts

A Nice Vibe * Adrian West * Aquamarines * Aoede * Bassnectar * beats antique * Conscious Souls * Corinne West * Crown City Rockers * Delaney Simpson * Divasonic * DriftingSand * Ebby Divine * Eotomusic * Holly Saucy * Jackie Greene * Jonah Matranga * Kenya * Lindy Lafontaine * Monica DuPont * Morrisson * Neurosis * 90s Baby * Ranidu * Roosevelt Radio * Sherlock Tones * Tommy Castro * Weather Pending * Will Derryberry * Zaharrah Sati

Local Scene Venues


Amnesia * Bimbo's * Bottom of the Hill * Broadway Studios * DNA Lounge * Hemlock Tavern * Hotel Utah Saloon * Liquid Nightclub * Mezzanine * Palace of Fine Arts * Rick Shaw Stop * Rockit Room * Slim's * The Independent * The Plough and the Stars * Yoshi's

Big Venues


Great American Music Hall * Greek Theatre in Berkeley * Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View * The Fillmore * The Warfield Theatre

Local Highlights

Ruby Skye will remain open as a dance club at Union Square through the end of 2017. The space will then convert to a new live music venue run by Nate Valentine. He also runs Harper & Rye, Tipsy Pig, Mamacita and Padrecito. Slide will become a three-lane bowling alley with a cocktail bar. The building that houses Ruby Skye was originally built in 1890 as an auditorium and meeting hall. In the 1940s it was a non-profit club called Stage Door. In 1958 it became the Stage Door Theater and began showing movies. The name changed to Regency III Movie Theater in the early 1980s then reverted back to Stage Door Theater in 1989. In the 2000s it was rebuilt and became Ruby Skye.

Tricycle Records released it sixth San Francisco area local artist compilation CD called Friends of Tricycle Records Compilation Vol. 6 in December 2016. The album includes 17 tracks by Bay Area artists such as Rich Girls, Perhapsy, GES, Great Apes, Trash Vampires, Film School and Meet Me In Orbit. The label was founded as a non-profit organization in 2006 by Julie Schuchard and Don Joslin for local DIY artists.

SF Station is a website that provides links to local band sites. Some of the bands listed on the site include Anaura, The Countless Others, Estereo, Brian Glaze, The Jack Rubys, The Lovemakers, The Morning Benders, The Provisionals, Skygreen Leopards and Vortex Tribe. The site allows users to add bands. The provides news stories, events and things to do in the Bay Area.

The 14th annual San Francisco Electronic Music Festival was held at Brava Theater Center September 12-15, 2013. The show is presented in partnership with the California Academy of Sciences. The festival is run by artists who launched the series in 2000. Since then the music for the festival has spanned the electronic spectrum. The festival has a lengthy advisory board. The event is held every September and is archived on SFEMF.org.

Rasputen Records closed its store at 69 Powell Street in San Francisco suddenly in January 2016. The company started in Berkeley in 1971, led by Ken Sarachan, who help on to his location in San Francisco's Upper Haight area. The chain grew to become the Bay Area's largest record store group. Another well known local record store, Streetlight Records on Market Street, closed in the summer of 2015 after being in business for 35 years.









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