Live Acoustic Music Near Albany, California

If you've never experienced hearing talented musicians perform in a small, intimate environment, you are in for a treat.

House concerts are a growing trend across the country, where people invite friends and neighbors into their homes for an up-close concert experience. And there are many house concerts being held in and around the Albany area that you can check out - you just need to contact the host and ask to be invited.

Churches and non-profit community groups around Albany host occasional coffeehouses that feature traditional folk musicians and other acoustic artists as a way of bringing the community together.

In addition, live acoustic music can be heard in several listening rooms and small theaters in and around the Albany area. Local vineyards and restaurants and cafes in the area sometimes host nationally touring musicians as well.

Below you can find a listing of upcoming shows in these smaller venues by nationally and internationally touring artists.

Upcoming Acoustic Shows

February 5
Hotel Utah (Bar/Nightclub)
San Francisco, CA
February 8
Hopmonk Tavern Novato (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Novato, CA
February 9
Cafe Du Nord (Bar/Nightclub)
San Francisco, CA
February 9
Freight and Salvage (Small Theater)
Berkeley, CA
February 9
Sweetwater Music Hall (Listening Room)
Mill Valley, CA
February 10
Apple Jacks Inn (Bar/Nightclub)
La Honda, CA
February 11
Hannah Nicole Vineyards (Vineyard)
Brentwood, CA
February 11
The Backroom (Listening Room)
Berkeley, CA
February 11
Hopmonk Tavern Novato (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Novato, CA
February 16
Starling Bar (Bar/Nightclub)
Sonoma, CA
February 16
Sweetwater Music Hall (Listening Room)
Mill Valley, CA
February 17
CD RELEASE SHOW for LIFELINE, Laura's 6th full-length CD or original songs.
Devil's Mountain Coffee House (Folk Music Coffeehouse)
Walnut Creek, CA
February 17
Hopmonk Tavern Novato (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Novato, CA
February 17
JaM Cellars (Vineyard)
Napa, CA
February 18
Cafe Du Nord (Bar/Nightclub)
San Francisco, CA
February 18
"Alice's music has that great combination of earthiness and groove that keeps it funky from the inside out. She's for real." Bonnie Raitt. "...sublime songwriting and breathtaking vocals...a singer of remarkable quality." MusicNews.com
The Backroom (Listening Room)
Berkeley, CA
February 18
Hopmonk Tavern Novato (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Novato, CA
February 19
McGrail Vineyards and Winery (Vineyard)
Livermore, CA
February 19
Kathy Kallick’s exceptional career includes winning a Grammy and two IBMA Awards, receiving a Lifetime Membership from the California Bluegrass Association, co-founding the internationally-acclaimed Good Ol’ Persons, and collaborating with the countr
Freight and Salvage (Small Theater)
Berkeley, CA
February 22
SIlicon Valley House Concerts (House Concert)
Mountain View, CA
February 23
Adobe Road Winery (Vineyard)
Petaluma, CA
February 23
Blue Note Napa (Listening Room)
Napa, CA
February 24
Freight and Salvage (Small Theater)
Berkeley, CA
February 24
Almost Famous Wine (Listening Room)
Livermore, CA
February 25
Hopmonk Tavern Novato (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Novato, CA
February 25
The Bistro (Bar/Nightclub)
Hayward, CA
February 28
McNear's Mystic Theatre (Small Theater)
Petaluma, CA
March 2
International Folk Music Awards 2017 Artist of the Year Ordinary Elephant captivates audiences with their emotionally powerful and vulnerable songs, letting the listener know that they are not alone i
The Lost Church (Listening Room)
San Francisco, CA
March 2
David and Bob create a musical conversation between intense slide guitar and virtuosic harmonica; together they weave left-coast stories of the blues. The show moves from blues, to delicate balladry, and then swings back to swampy rock and roll.
Hopmonk Tavern Novato (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Novato, CA
March 2
S.R. cut his teeth as a songwriter in Austin, Texas. The “live music capitol of the world”. You can find him performing all over California solo and with his band The Heartsleeves. His new release “A.M. Sessions” is available at his live shows
Hotel Utah (Bar/Nightclub)
San Francisco, CA
March 3
Freight and Salvage (Small Theater)
Berkeley, CA
March 3
Sweetwater Music Hall (Listening Room)
Mill Valley, CA
March 4
Amy’s songs are timeless. With lyrics about the experience of being human, her music has a way of connecting with anyone on a deeply personal level. Her sometimes soulful, sometimes pure and haunting voice lends itself to comparisons to Joni Mitchell,
The Lost Church (Listening Room)
San Francisco, CA
March 4
Rancho Nicasio (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Nicasio, CA
March 5
Rancho Nicasio (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Nicasio, CA
March 6
Sweetwater Music Hall (Listening Room)
Mill Valley, CA
March 9
JaM Cellars (Vineyard)
Napa, CA
March 10
Bankhead Theater (Small Theater)
Livermore, CA
March 12
Starling Bar (Bar/Nightclub)
Sonoma, CA
March 12
The Sound Room (Listening Room)
Oakland, CA
March 17
Slim's and The Great American Music Hall (Small Theater)
San Francisco, CA
March 18
Slim's and The Great American Music Hall (Small Theater)
San Francisco, CA
March 18
Freight and Salvage (Small Theater)
March 18
Sweetwater Music Hall (Listening Room)
Mill Valley, CA
March 18
The Bistro (Bar/Nightclub)
Hayward, CA
March 19
Sweetwater Music Hall (Listening Room)
Mill Valley, CA
March 19
Winters Tavern (Bar/Nightclub)
Pacifica, CA
March 21
The Chapel (Bar/Nightclub)
San Francisco, CA
March 26
Singer-Songwriters In The Round - Songs and stories for a sunday afternoon.
The Backroom (Listening Room)
Berkeley, CA
March 26
Hopmonk Tavern Novato (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Novato, CA
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Places to see live acoustic music in and around Albany, California

House Concerts

KC Turner Presents (San Francisco)
Like Hearted House Concerts (Walnut Creek)
Live on Amaranta (Palo Alto)
Rose Avenue Acoustic Delights (Oakland)
SIlicon Valley House Concerts (Mountain View)
SYLA Presents House Concerts (Oakland)
The Monkey House (Berkeley)
Wine Country Concerts Uncorked (Napa)

Listening Rooms

Almost Famous Wine (Livermore)
Bird and Beckett Books and Records (San Francisco)
Blue Note Napa (Napa)
Clarion Performing Arts Center (San Francisco)
Club Fox (Redwood City)
Half Moon Bay Odd Fellows (Half Moon Bay)
Old St. Hilary's Landmark (Tiburon)
Sweetwater Music Hall (Mill Valley)
The Backroom (Berkeley)
The Lost Church (San Francisco)
The Marker Hotel (San Francisco)
The Sound Room (Oakland)
Timbre Folk and Baroque (Berkeley)
Yoshi's (Oakland)

Folk Music Coffeehouses

Devil's Mountain Coffee House (Walnut Creek)

Vineyards & Breweries

Adobe Road Winery (Petaluma)
Concannon Vineyard (Livermore)
Gargiulo Vineyards (Napa)
Gundlach Bundschu Winery (Sonoma)
Hannah Nicole Vineyards (Brentwood)
JaM Cellars (Napa)
McGrail Vineyards and Winery (Livermore)
Viansa Sonoma - Summer Concert Series (Sonoma)
Vino Godfather Winery (Vallejo)
Wood Family Vineyards (Livermore)

Cafes, Restaurants & Coffee Shops

Andaz Napa (Napa)
Bazaar Cafe (San Francisco)
Cellar Door (Pleasanton)
Hopmonk Tavern Novato (Novato)
Monicas, Livermore (Livermore)
Rancho Nicasio (Nicasio)
San Gregorio General Store (San Gregorio)
Simple Pleasures Cafe (San Francisco)
The Preacher's Daughter (Alameda)

Small Theaters

Art House Gallery and Cultural Center (Berkeley)
Bankhead Theater (Livermore)
Campbell Theater (Martinez)
Freight and Salvage (Berkeley)
Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center (Livermore)
McNear's Mystic Theatre (Petaluma)
Sebastiani Theatre (Sonoma)
Slim's and The Great American Music Hall (San Francisco)
The Guild Theatre Menlo Park (Menlo Park)
Uptown Theatre Napa (Napa)

Outdoor Music Series

Dala's Nest House Concerts (Menlo Park)
SOMO Concerts (Rohnert Park)

Bars & Nightclubs

Amado's (San Francisco)
Apple Jacks Inn (La Honda)
Bistro 880 (Newark)
Bottom Of the Hill (San Francisco)
Brick and Mortar Music Hall (San Francisco)
Cafe Du Nord (San Francisco)
Hotel Utah (San Francisco)
Ivy Room (Albany)
Lucca Bar and Grill (Benicia)
Monica's Riverview (Antioch)
No Name Bar (Sausalito)
Starline Social Club Ballroom (Oakland)
Starling Bar (Sonoma)
The Big Easy (Petaluma)
The Bistro (Hayward)
The Chapel (San Francisco)
The Plough & Stars Irish Pub (San Francisco)
The Riptide (San Francisco)
Winters Tavern (Pacifica)