2010 will mark 10 years since I first moved to San Francisco. One of my favorite pastimes has been going to live shows. I’ve see big shows, small shows, quiet shows, loud shows, good, bad, memorable, forgettable and life changing shows. I’ve enjoyed rock in many forms: metal, acoustic, electric, world, performed by musicians ranging from close friends to the world famous…Here is a list of some of my favorite things about seeing shows in SF and some of my favorite shows in and around SF this decade:
There are so many amazing venues here to see just about any type of music you might be seeking. The Fillmore
and The Warfield
are classic venues that can pack in a lot of people to check out some big
names, like The White Stripes, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Willie Nelson, Patti Smith
and many, many more. Bottom of the Hill, the Independent,
and Café du Nord
are smaller and more intimate, and offer a wide variety of local and traveling bands the chance to be seen.
The Great American Music Hall
is my favorite venue in the city. It was designed and built after the 1906 earthquake, was called Blanco’s back then and served as a bordello up until prohibition. After that, it was a dance hall called the Music Box, and then a jazz club, until it was re-opened in 1972 as The Great American Music Hall. I’ve seen some of my favorite shows there, including Ben Kweller, The Mars Volta, Earth, Boris, Neurosis, The Dirtbombs, Grinderman, Shellac, Melvins,
and High on Fire
, oh, but to name a few…If you haven’t yet, I highly recommend checking out a show there!
But through all the venues and all the shows, here I have listed some of the most memorable ones I’ve seen during the 2000s, mostly rock and metal…I’ve tried to find a video to accompany these shows, although some videos aren’t from the show or even tour where I saw these bands.