Live Music in SF – Calendar

COOL EVENTS coming December 2023

Music events in San Francisco have resumed.  Indoor seating is possible but outside the air is clean and true. Stop by for a bite. It is a fine thing to do. Always remember to tip the band!

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The LOCAL SF Scene
Last Update: December 4, 2023


Live music can be heard all over town in taverns, bars and bookstores. It is always good to see who’s playing at Bird and Beckett Books in Glen Park, an easy ride on the BART.  There are many music venues up and down Valencia and Mission Streets. Bands are playing in bars again. Blondies, Amados,  Arcana SF, Ivory and Vine, Radio Havana and a new Big Baobab at 2243 Mission Street, a much larger place then his old spot. Excellent Senegalese food. Lots of unusually local live music featuring local legends.

In any event, if you want to check out the scene in San Francisco, you could do worse than just hitting some spots in the Mission all within about a five block distance.

If you are in town on a Thursday night, I would recommend Oli Dudek and his Jazz Odyssey – always great players, often local legends and always fresh tunes.

Oli Dudek  plays Thursday nights at Local Edition in the Hearst Building 691 Market St, (cross street is 3rd) and parking can be found on side streets as this part of town is pretty empty at this time of night. Very cool place as it is like a speakeasy with a lot of history.

For another outstanding jazz a good spot in North Beach is Keys Bistro 498 Broadway. Excellent food at the venue and many excellent restaurants nearby.

Sunday nights at the Madrone Art Bar is the spot. Starting out at 8:30 pm is trumpeter Mike Almos leading a trio.  Get there early and listen to some outstanding straight ahead jazz before the place fills up and they open it up for a jam. Many times some heavy cats roll trough the door.


The Page Bar

298 Divisadero @ Page St.
San Francisco, Calif.
Music seven nights a week with some of the best players in San Francisco. Not easy to figure out who is playing on a giving night but this place is cozy and has a lot of soul. Mondays from 5-7pm happy hour often has some pretty amazing musicians working the gig.

Bay Area Jazz Mobile

Pier 23,
Washington Square.
Great straight ahead players.
Other cool spots around San Francisco and the Bay Area.
Free concerts for the people with ears.
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