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Old 08-06-2018, 09:19 PM
 
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Hey all,

Just something I forgot to ask about last time I posted in the SFO forum - how is the general state of the greater Bay Area's music scene these days?

I'm well aware that historically speaking, The Bay has been home to many significant popular music movements over a good number of decades, and that many world famous artists are from there (or their careers took off from there), but I'm more curious about the general state of how the music scene is faring these days on a local level?

My own research thus far has lead to quite mixed opinions - from some people saying it's as exciting and vibrant as ever, and others saying it's basically dead - that a lot of small venues/dive bars that host music have had to close up, and many local musicians have fled the area due to the skyrocketing/sky high rents that have resulted from the tech industry boom/real estate shortage (to be fair, most of the stories I've read of venues closing have been about places in SF proper, where I'd imagine the effects of rent spikes would be even more significant than some of the outlying areas).

Like most things, I'd like to think the truth is somewhere in the middle - but I seek the perspective of locals on which side it teeters closer to. Are there still a good number of small/medium sized places in the area to watch live bands/artists most nights of the week? How easy (or difficult) is it to find other musicians to play with? And is there anything else about if that you feel is worth sharing about?

Thanks in advance!
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Old 08-07-2018, 10:55 AM
 
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What music scene?
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Old 08-07-2018, 12:51 PM
 
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It is much easier to find people to play with in the East Bay than in SF or the peninsula. It seems that people in Sf and the Peninsula are more career focussed types in general.

I think the scene is pretty decent in the East Bay, mostly around Oakland/Berkeley.

For going to see bands SF is pretty decent. There are several large venues for larger national bands (Warfield, Fillmore, etc.), and a variety of smaller venues (Bottom of the Hill, The Chapel, Brick and Mortar, etc.), and then quite a few smaller venues that tend to cater to jazz and more acoustic styles (Red Poppy, Club Deluxe, Bird and Beckett, etc., etc.).
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Old 08-07-2018, 01:34 PM
 
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San Francisco city proper has a good variety of small, medium, and large venues to see live performances. Oakland also has a number of venues, although not nearly as many overall. The Bay Area is a stop on most tours, both big and small, which is great if you are a music lover. There are only a handful of venues in the South Bay and North Bay.

SF does have musicians, but you will have better luck in the East Bay. SF is too expensive even for tech bros these days, so culture there is pretty much dead. Head to Oakland (and even Berkeley) if you want to connect with other musicians.
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Old 08-08-2018, 07:53 AM
 
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Try the Chit Chat Café in Pacifica.
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Old 08-08-2018, 09:03 AM
 
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Old 08-08-2018, 11:22 PM
 
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Be prepared to pay an arm and a leg for concert tickets out here.
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Old 08-09-2018, 07:59 AM
 
Location: San Francisco
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Chit Chat is strictly voluntary donations.
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Old 08-11-2018, 02:22 PM
 
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Thanks for the input from everyone! It has helped give me a good idea of what to expect next time in the area (as a vistor or otherwise).

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Originally Posted by davdaven View Post
San Francisco city proper has a good variety of small, medium, and large venues to see live performances. Oakland also has a number of venues, although not nearly as many overall. The Bay Area is a stop on most tours, both big and small, which is great if you are a music lover. There are only a handful of venues in the South Bay and North Bay.

SF does have musicians, but you will have better luck in the East Bay. SF is too expensive even for tech bros these days, so culture there is pretty much dead. Head to Oakland (and even Berkeley) if you want to connect with other musicians.
This is kind of what I was expecting to hear - a similar, if less pronounced dynamic has played out here in the Seattle area (a good number of musicians have been priced out of Seattle itself from the tech boom/rent spikes, and pushed out to the 'burbs and north/south sound cities of Everett and Tacoma. Several cherished venues have also closed their doors).

I'm not a full-time musician, but I'm a recent university grad (after going back) that may have better/more opportunities with my major and interests in cities other than Seattle, and the Bay Area is a potential relocation choice for me (More than likely living in the East Bay and working in SF if I made the move). Still, music is very important to me, so a plethora of live music venues and a relatively good number of other people to play with is a must for me wherever I am.
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Old 08-14-2018, 09:07 AM
 
Location: San Francisco
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If this weekend follows the usual pattern, the Plastic Onion Band will perform Beatles songs and some hits from the British Invasion in the 60s on Friday night, beginning at 7_15 p.m.-ish. Vintage Rewind will perform their great pop-rock and r&b covers on Saturday night, beginning at 7:30 p.m. The usual Mimosa Sunday morning folks will perform and you'll have to reference a previous newsletter for the details
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