From the live performances of Jefferson Airplane and The Grateful Dead in the 1960s and 1970s, to today’s current electronic era epitomised by Bassnectar and The M Machine, San Francisco has been a prime destination for live music for decades. While various venues have come and gone due to the shifting of the times, the city still has plenty of great spots in which to check out a live show. Here are six of the best venues in the city.
The Great American Music Hall (GAMH), located in the heart of the Tenderloin on O’Farrell Street, has stood the test of time. Since its opening in 1907 during the the infamous Barbary Coast period of San Francisco, the building has been a popular destination for live music and entertainment. It wasn’t until 1972 that the current GAMH was established. Since then, the venue has hosted acts such as Van Morrison, the Grateful Dead, and Arcade Fire. Its attraction is in part due to the preserved interior decor that has been protected and saved from demolition throughout its history. Expect primarily rock, big band, and funk music, although the venue caters to many genres.
By Patton Christofides with photography by Juan Romero Corral
Patton is an avid home brewer and enjoys drinking a cold beer with friends on a warm San Francisco day.
Juan can be seen all over the city with a camera in his hands. You can check out his work on his website by clicking here.