Live Acoustic Music Near Oakland, 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 Oakland area that you can check out - you just need to contact the host and ask to be invited.

In addition, live acoustic music can be heard in several listening rooms and small theaters in and around the Oakland 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

June 16
Winters Tavern (Bar/Nightclub)
Pacifica, CA
June 16
Cafe Du Nord (Bar/Nightclub)
San Francisco, CA
June 16
Rancho Nicasio (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Nicasio, CA
June 17
The Lost Church (Listening Room)
San Francisco, CA
June 18
Singer/songwriter Rocky Michaels will perform a mix of popular cover tunes as well as some originals. Come on by and say hi!
The Bistro (Bar/Nightclub)
Hayward, CA
June 19
Slim's and The Great American Music Hall (Small Theater)
San Francisco, CA
June 21
An acoustic folk-jazz duo of traveling singer-songwriters with upright bass, guitar, and tight vocal harmonies.
Blue Barn Novato (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Novato, CA
June 21
Hopmonk Tavern Novato (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Novato, CA
June 22
Bazaar Cafe (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
San Francisco, CA
June 22
Hopmonk Tavern Novato (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Novato, CA
June 23
Ivy Room (Bar/Nightclub)
Albany, CA
June 23
Dala's Nest House Concerts (House Concert)
Menlo Park, CA
June 23
Red Rock Coffee (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Mountain View, CA
June 28
Freight and Salvage (Small Theater)
Berkeley, CA
June 28
Hopmonk Tavern Novato (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Novato, CA
June 28
Bankhead Theater (Small Theater)
Livermore, CA
June 29
Freight and Salvage (Small Theater)
Berkeley, CA
June 29
The Bistro (Bar/Nightclub)
Hayward, CA
June 29
Fifth Street Farms (House Concert)
Berkeley, CA
June 30
Hopmonk Tavern Novato (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Novato, CA
June 30
Rancho Nicasio (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Nicasio, CA
June 30
Hotel Utah (Bar/Nightclub)
San Francisco, CA
July 4
JaM Cellars (Vineyard)
Napa, CA
July 5
Freight and Salvage (Small Theater)
Berkeley, CA
July 6
Rancho Nicasio (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Nicasio, CA
July 7
Rancho Nicasio (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Nicasio, CA
July 11
Freight and Salvage (Small Theater)
Berkeley, CA
July 12
Rancho Nicasio (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Nicasio, CA
July 13
Rancho Nicasio (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Nicasio, CA
July 13
Husband-wife team: Virtuoso solo guitar and dueling harmonies
San Gregorio General Store (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
San Gregorio, CA
July 14
Rancho Nicasio (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Nicasio, CA
July 16
The Bistro (Bar/Nightclub)
Hayward, CA
July 17
Winters Tavern (Bar/Nightclub)
Pacifica, CA
July 17
Antlers Tavern (Bar/Nightclub)
Pinole, CA
July 18
The Chapel (Bar/Nightclub)
San Francisco, CA
July 18
Minor Gold are an award winning Australian duo weaving masterful harmonies around stripped back, organic arrangements that draw on the classic songwriting of 70’s West Coast pop, the daydream haze of 60's folk to the ballad romance of the 80's.
The Backroom (Listening Room)
Berkeley, CA
July 18
Sweetwater Music Hall (Listening Room)
Mill Valley, CA
July 19
Sound Union (Listening Room)
Redwood City, CA
July 19
Jon has shared stages with Jackson Browne, John Hiatt, and Keb Mo. Winner of the 2019 Int'l Blues Challenge, Jon is a fine picker, and Americana songwriter. Often tours with FJ Ventre on upright bass.
The Backroom (Listening Room)
Berkeley, CA
July 20
Bottom Of the Hill (Bar/Nightclub)
San Francisco, CA
July 20
Blue Note Napa (Listening Room)
Napa, CA
July 21
"Prodigious players with songwriting that sets them apart," this Canadian-American duo combine emotive, soaring violin, diverse guitar styles, and unique vocal chemistry for a “match made in heaven.”
Dala's Nest House Concerts (House Concert)
Menlo Park, CA
July 21
Slim's and The Great American Music Hall (Small Theater)
San Francisco, CA
July 21
Freight and Salvage (Small Theater)
Berkeley, CA
July 21
Blue Note Napa (Listening Room)
Napa, CA
July 21
Bottom Of the Hill (Bar/Nightclub)
San Francisco, CA
July 22
Simple Pleasures Cafe (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
San Francisco, CA
July 27
Hotel Utah (Bar/Nightclub)
San Francisco, CA
July 27
The Bistro (Bar/Nightclub)
Hayward, CA
July 27
Rancho Nicasio (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Nicasio, CA
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Places to see live acoustic music in and around Oakland, California

House Concerts

Dala's Nest House Concerts (Menlo Park)
Fifth Street Farms (Berkeley)
Fog House Concerts (San Francisco)
KC Turner Presents (San Francisco)
Poplar Playhouse (Berkeley)
Rose Avenue Acoustic Delights (Oakland)
The Monkey House (Berkeley)

Listening Rooms

Almost Famous Wine (Livermore)
Art Boutiki Music Hall (San Jose)
Blue Note Napa (Napa)
Clarion Performing Arts Center (San Francisco)
Club Fox (Redwood City)
Half Moon Bay Odd Fellows (Half Moon Bay)
Sound Union (Redwood City)
Sweetwater Music Hall (Mill Valley)
The Backroom (Berkeley)
The Lost Church (San Francisco)
The Sound Room (Oakland)

Vineyards & Breweries

Adobe Road Winery (Petaluma)
JaM Cellars (Napa)
Lagunitas Taproom (Petaluma)
Las Positas Vineyards (Livermore)
McGrail Vineyards and Winery (Livermore)

Cafes, Restaurants & Coffee Shops

Andaz Napa (Napa)
Bazaar Cafe (San Francisco)
Blue Barn Novato (Novato)
Hopmonk Tavern Novato (Novato)
Rancho Nicasio (Nicasio)
Red Rock Coffee (Mountain View)
Riggers Loft Wine Company (Richmond)
San Gregorio General Store (San Gregorio)
Simple Pleasures Cafe (San Francisco)
The Barnyard Epicurean Wine Bar (Danville)
The Preacher's Daughter (Alameda)

Small Theaters

Bankhead Theater (Livermore)
Campbell Theater (Martinez)
Empress Theatre (Vallejo)
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

USS Potomac (Oakland)

Bars & Nightclubs

Amado's (San Francisco)
Antlers Tavern (Pinole)
Apple Jacks Inn (La Honda)
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)
Neck of the Woods (San Francisco)
No Name Bar (Sausalito)
Starling Bar (Sonoma)
The Big Easy (Petaluma)
The Bistro (Hayward)
The Chapel (San Francisco)
The Make Out Room (San Francisco)
The Riptide (San Francisco)
Winters Tavern (Pacifica)