Nov 18, Sat 6:30 PM - City Hall Rotunda
About San Francisco
The San Francisco area encompasses Western California’s three major cities: San Francisco, Oakland, and San Jose. With that many big cities relatively close to each other, you’ll have plenty of options if you’re looking for some live music.
The original Fillmore is a San Francisco staple. The “San Francisco Sound” blossomed at the Fillmore throughout the 1960s, as artists like the Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, and Jefferson Airplane played famous shows at the venue. Over time, the Fillmore became known for psychedelic shows (including a multimedia show from Andy Warhol) and played a major role in the growth of San Francisco’s counterculture. The modern-day Fillmore holds concerts on most days of the week and fits just under 2000 people. Some of the artists who have performed there recently or will perform at the Fillmore in the near future include Spiritualized, Hoodie Allen, Ok Go, and Ron Pope.
Across the San Francisco-Oakland Bay bridge is the Oracle Arena, home to the NBA’s powerhouse Golden State Warriors. The arena has been in operation since 1966 and was extensively renovated in the 1990s to fit more than 19,000 fans. The Oracle Arena was the Grateful Dead’s favorite venue: they played 66 concerts there, more than they played at any other location. The Warriors will move to the still-under-construction Chase Center for the 2019-2020 NBA season, and the new arena figures to be a major player in the local concert scene as well. Until then, though, Oracle Arena will host a number of high-profile artists, including Guns N’ Roses, Fall Out Boy, Arcade Fire, Pink, and Jay-Z.
About an hour south in San Jose is the SAP Center, home to the NHL’s San Jose Sharks. SAP Center was built in 1993 and hosts concerts throughout the year when the Sharks and their minor league affiliate, the Barracuda, aren’t in town. Ariana Grande and Twenty One Pilots have played at SAP Center in 2017.