Serving the San Francisco Bay Area New Music Community


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

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Adobe Books
Bookstore in the mission
Artists' Television Access
screening venue for independent film and video
A Theatre of Sound-Sculpted Space
Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
The visual arts center of the University of California
Berkeley Finnish Hall
A center for community and culture in Berkeley
Bird & Beckett Books and Records
A bookshop/performance venue in San Francisco's Glen Park neighborhood
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
Cato's Ale House
Bar with lots of microbrews on tap
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
Chez Hanny
A Sunday afternoon jazz salon
Center for New Music and Audio Technologies
Community Music Center
Mission District Music Center
David Brower Center
A home for the environmental movement
Dresher Ensemble Studio
Performance space in Oakland
Restaurant, bar, bodega, and music space
El Rio
A neighborhood Bar, Community Space and Garden in the Mission
Elbo Room Jack London Square
Bar and music venue
Episcopal Church of the Incarnation
Venue of the Sunset Music | Arts concert series
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
Herbst Theatre
Classical music theatre
Hertz Hall
Concert hall on the UC Berkeley campus
Hotel Utah
Fine drinks, tasty food, and hot music
Indexical is a site for radical and experimental work.
Internet Streaming
Use for putting streaming events on the calendar
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
Bar with lots of microbrews and once in a while some adventurous music
KFJC 89.7 FM
Radio that's weirder than you, but not by much.
Little Hill Lounge
Bar with live music in El Cerrito
Luggage Store Creative Music Series
Outsound Presents the longest running 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.
Medicine for Nightmares
Bookstore and Gallery, with live music
Mills College Littlefield Concert Hall
The Mills College Music Department and the Center for Contemporary Music
Mitchell Park Community Center
Community Center in Palo Alto
Mr Tipple's
Restaurant, Bar and Jazz Club
Community arts center
Noisebridge Hackerspace
a hackerspace for technical-creative projects, doocratically run by our members.
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
Palo Alto Art Center Auditorium
A place to see and make art, activate your creativity, and expand your community
Peacock Lounge
Private club in The Haight
a full service restaurant and bar with a cabaret stage and two intimate theaters
Piedmont Piano Company
Piano store with occasional concerts
Presidio Officer's Club
Presidio Sessions: Free Thursday night performances that invite you to move and mingle.
Pro Arts
Nonprofit Organization in Oakland, California
Radius Gallery
Radius Gallery is a professional art and music venue and gallery
San Francisco's independent source for electronic musicians
SAFEhouse Arts
Saving Art From Extinction
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Modern Art Museum in San Francisco
Home of the SF Jazz Festival
Shapeshifters Cinema
experimental microcinema
SIMM Series @ The Musicians Union Hall
Outsound Presents...A creative Music Series for improvisation and original composition alternate Sundays
Sound & Savor
Vegan dinner and music series in West Oakland
Sound Wheels - KZSU
A slice of sound crafted to tease your ears and surprise your mind. 4:00pm - 6:00pm on Tuesdays
An experimental performance space
Spruce Street Concerts
Series of house concerts featuring the art of spontaneous composition.
Starline Social Club
Bar, restaurant, and performance space
Starry Plough
Irish bar with an occasional Creative Music show
Taube Atrium Theater
high-tech, modular 299-seat theater
Temescal Arts Center
experimental performing arts in Oakland
The Back Room
An intimate place for music
The Chapel
Night club in the Mission
The Contemporary Jewish Museum
The CJM makes the diversity of the Jewish experience relevant for a twenty-first century audience.
The Lab
The Lab is a catalyst for artistic experimentation.
The Laundry SF
The Laundry is an experiential space fostering creativity, connection, and community.
THE MILK BAR at The Biscuit Factory
series featuring music, theater, dance and film
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
Thee Stork Club
Mostly rock, with some Creative Music
Tom's Place
Contemporary Music in an Intimate Setting
West Oakland Sound Series
a weekly new music and experimental sound series presented by sfSound
Woods Bar and Brewery
Bar, Brewery and Music Venue in Oakland
Wyldflowr Arts
Music and Arts 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 UC Berkeley campus