While San Francisco is a great place to immerse yourself in music history, it’s also a hot spot for seeing live shows. In the 1950s and ’60s, blues and jazz reigned supreme, with icons like Miles Davis and Thelonious Monk recording seminal albums in local clubs. To honor this legacy, the award-winning SFJAZZ Center opened in Hayes Valley in 2013, showcasing the best of the Bay Area’s local jazz scene, as well as the biggest names in international music.
The baroque Great American Music Hall was once graced by jazz greats like Count Basie, Duke Ellington and Dizzy Gillespie. Nowadays, you can see artists like Suzanne Vega and David Crosby there.
Perhaps the city’s most well-known venue is The Fillmore, opened by concert promoter Bill Graham in 1968. This intimate theater is where many famous rockers got their start, including Creedence Clearwater Revival and Santana. It’s still going strong, regularly hosting many of today’s hottest acts. The Chapel in the Mission neighborhood is one of the city’s most unique places to catch a show. Originally built in 1914 as a mortuary, it’s been transformed into a hip space for live music. The vaulted ceilings make for a jaw-dropping concert setting no matter who’s playing.