Serving the San Francisco Bay Area New Music Community

VENUES

A list of Venues featuring improvised music. Select a venue name for details.

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Actual Cafe
actual cafe is a neighborhood-minded cafe located in the Golden Gate neighborhood of North Oakland.
Adobe Books
Bookstore in the mission
Artists' Television Access
screening venue for independent film and video
Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
The visual arts center of the University of California
Berkeley Arts
concerts with some of the most creative people in Berkeley and the Bay Area
Bird & Beckett Books and Records
Book and record store with live music shows
Bottom of the Hill
Rock club in Portrero district
California Jazz Conservatory
The California Jazz Conservatory offers a comprehensive program of educational music classes and workshops in addition to a diverse weekend concert series
Canessa Gallery
Art gallery and home of Meridian Music: Composers in Performance
CCRMA
Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics - Stanford University
Center for New Music
A community center for participants of new music in San Francisco
CNMAT
Center for New Music and Audio Technologies
Community Music Center
Mission District Music Center
Doc's Lab
Doc’s Lab is a versatile subterranean performance venue.
El Rio
A neighborhood Bar, Community Space and Garden in the Mission
Episcopal Church of the Incarnation
Venue of the Sunset Music | Arts concert series
Finnish Kaleva Hall
A center for community and culture in Berkeley
Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture
a nonprofit operating within a Historic Landmark District along the northern waterfront of the San Francisco Bay
Freight & Salvage
Coffehouse/theater for mostly folk and bluegrass music
Gold Lion Arts
Culture, Music and Arts space in Sacramento, CA
Gray Area Art And Technology
Our mission is to apply art and technology to create positive social impact through education, civic engagement, and public programs.
Great American Music Hall
Classic music hall venue in SF
Hemlock Tavern
Adventurous Rock Club on Polk Street
Herbst Theatre
Classical music theatre
Hertz Hall
Concert hall on the UC Berkeley campus
Hotel Utah
Fine drinks, tasty food, and hot music
Intersection for the Arts
Intersection for the Arts is a leading-edge arts and community development organization.
Ivy Room
A true neighborhood bar.
Jewish Community Center SF Kanbar Hall
Kanbar Hall is located within the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco, which is the oldest Jewish center on the West Coast
Jupiter
Bar with lots of microbrews and once in a while some adventurous music
Luggage Store Creative Music Series
Outsound Presents the longest running weekly Thursday night music series in Northern California
Make-Out Room
Bar in the Mission
Maybeck Studio for the Performing Arts
a small performance space located in a private home in the Berkeley hills, built in 1914 by Bernard Maybeck.
Meridian Gallery
Non profit exhibition and performance space
Mills College Littlefield Concert Hall
The Mills College Music Department and the Center for Contemporary Music
NOHSpace
Community arts center
Noisebridge Hackerspace
a hackerspace for technical-creative projects, doocratically run by our members.
Octopus Literary Salon
The Octopus is a literary salon, re-interpreted in the 21st Century to engage and entertain readers, writers, musicians, artists of all ages.
ODC Dance Theatre
Mostly dance, with some New Music
Old First Concerts
Old First Concerts presents an astonishing array of programs performed by outstanding musicians from the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond.
Omni Oakland Commons
A collective space to share and commune in Oakland, California
Pacific Film Archive
Film screenings and music
Peralta Station
Studio + Gallery
PianoFight
a full service restaurant and bar with a cabaret stage and two intimate theaters
Presidio Officer's Club
Presidio Sessions: Free Friday night performances that invite you to move and mingle.
Radius Gallery
Radius Gallery is a professional art and music venue and gallery
Resource Center for Nonviolence
A peace and justice organization promoting the practice of nonviolent social change.
Revolution Cafe
French style beer & wine cafe that hosts great live music
SAFEhouse Arts
Saving Art From Extinction
Second Act
a neighborhood public space
SFEMF
San Francisco Electronic Music Festival
SFJAZZ Center
Home of the SF Jazz Festival
SIMM Series @ The Musicians Union Hall
Outsound Presents...A creative Music Series for improvisation and original composition alternate Sundays
SoundBox
An experimental performance space
Starline Social Club
Bar, restaurant, and performance space
Starry Plough
Irish bar with an occasional Creative Music show
Stork Club
Mostly rock, with some Creative Music
Studio Grand
a nonprofit multidisciplinary arts venue for education, workshops, and events.
Temescal Arts Center
experimental performing arts in Oakland
The Emerald Tablet
A Creativity Salon
The Lab
The Lab is a catalyst for artistic experimentation.
THE MILK BAR at The Biscuit Factory
series featuring music, theater, dance and film
The Nunnery
Monthly series hosted by Tom Nunn
The Red Poppy Art House
A working artists’ studio, gallery, classroom, and performance space
The Ridge Space
A place for performance, installation, and experimental music.
The ROOM Series (at Royce Gallery)
an avant chamber music series featuring a variety of virtuosic, solo artists and chamber groups hosted and curated by Pamela Z
The Royale
craft cocktails, local beers, and quality live entertainment
Tom's Place
Contemporary Art Music in an Intimate Setting
Turquoise Yantra Grotto
House-concert venue near Glen Park in San Francisco
Uptown Nightclub
Nightclub with live music
VAMP music • art • consignment
Record Store specializing in vintage funk, soul, jazz & more
Viracocha
Viracocha is a community-operated retail space
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
Contemporary Classical and Other Music
Yoshi's Oakland
Nightclub for mostly mainstream jazz
Z Space
A hub for artists and audiences to revel in the creation, development, and production of outstanding new work
Zellerbach Hall
Music venue on US Berkeley campus