You no longer have to sit in your house bored, waiting for nightfall. Why not get out, have some fun at a spot playing live music, sip your favorite drink, and chase the night away? The bay area has some of the best relaxing spots to listen to live music. Let’s look at the top 10 live music venues around Oakland, CA, below:
The Sound Room
The Sound Room; is a non-profit dedicated to promoting jazz music. As its name suggests, its focus is on the music or sound. It’s an all-ages listening room that takes performance quite seriously and does everything to promote jazz. In addition to the great music, the venue serves excellent beer, wine, and a collection of inventive non-alcoholic drinks. Donations are welcome to keep jazz alive at the Sound Room.
- Location: 3022 Broadway, Oakland, CA, 94611
- Time: Friday to Saturday 7-11 p.m., Sunday 4 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The Fox Theatre
The Fox Theatre was built in 1928 and still attracts a large crowd daily. It features a state-of-the-art Meyer sound system and seats up to 2,800 guests. It is an excellent theatre for some fun live music and offers unique architecture, providing a one-of-a-kind experience. The theatre has consistently been voted a favorite among fans and touring artists. Many concertgoers have also recommended it for its grilled cheese.
- Location: 1807 Telegraph Ave. (between 8th St. and 19th St.) Oakland, CA, 94612.
- Time: Sunday through Tuesday 7-10 p.m., Wednesday 7-11 p.m., Thursday through Saturday 6-11 p.m.
The New Parish
If you’re looking for an excellent music venue in the East Bay, head to the New Parish. It offers an intimate space with a diverse lineup of artists. The music runs the whole gamut, including hip-hop, reggae, brass bands, and funk dancehall. A restaurant next door serves an excellent array of Southern cuisine.
- Location: 1743 San Pablo Ave. (at 18th St.) Oakland, CA, 94612.
The Paramount Theatre was listed as a National Historic Landmark in 1977 and remains one of the last “Art Deco” movie places. The theatre holds public tours every first and third Saturday of the month at a $5 admission fee per person. The tours last 60 to 75 minutes.
The theatre holds regular live events that feature popular music. You can also enjoy your favorite movie thanks to its box office program. Also, music lovers can catch their favorite American composers and the sensational playing of the Oakland Symphony in the Paramount Theatre.
- Location: 2025 Broadway (between 20th St. and 21st St.) Oakland, CA, 94612.
Yoshi’s Jazz Club
Yoshi’s began as a small sushi bar owned by its founder Yoshie Akiba. It built itself into one of the world’s most respected jazz venues, earning a reputation as a premier location in the Bay Area for excellent jazz music and Japanese cuisine.
Yoshi’s boasts a 31-seat live performance venue with a state-of-the-art sound system and design. It also includes a broader music genre suitable to various musical tastes.
- Location: 510 Embarcadero W., Jack London Square, Oakland, CA, 94607.
- Time: Sunday through Saturday, 5:30 p.m. to midnight.
Café Van Kleef
The Café Van Kleef is an excellent place to take in live performances as you enjoy a specialty greyhound. The café serves a variety of greyhounds, including blue hound, dirty dog, bulldog, salty dog, and greyhound classics. Guests can look forward to Karaoke Tuesday, a live DJ every Friday, and cold Sol every third Saturday of the month. All these events start at 9 p.m. with no additional cover charges.
- Location: 1621 Telegraph Ave., Oakland, CA, 94612.
Cato’s Ale House
Opened in 1994, Cato’s Ale House is the place to be whenever you want to sip on a craft beer as you enjoy live music. It serves 23 lines of top-shelf craft beers, salads, homemade burgers, sandwiches, pizzas, and other daily specials. It’s a good joint for family and friends to hang out. It plays live music Wednesdays from 6 p.m. and Sundays from 5:30 p.m. and karaoke every first Saturday of the month from 8:30 p.m.
- Location: 3891 Piedmont Ave., Oakland, CA, 94611.
Experience a calm and cozy atmosphere away from the busy streets of Oakland at the Kona Club. The bar features HDTVs where you can catch the action of your favorite team or watch retro Hawaiian movies. Music lovers can treat their ears to electrifying music from the club’s jukebox. Live music is also available.
- Location: 4401 Piedmont Ave., Oakland, CA, 94611
- Time: Sunday through Saturday, 2 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Starline Social Club
The Starline Social Club is a three-story historic Victorian built in 1893. It houses a restaurant, bar, and several venues. It serves as a multi-purpose space that hosts musicians, artists, activists, and local entrepreneurs in the exhibition of music, culture, and other community performances. Several events are lined up for the remainder of the year, so make a reservation for any of them.
- Location: 2236 Martin Luther King Way, Oakland, CA, 94612.
- Time: Tuesday through Saturday, 4 p.m. to 12 a.m.
The Oakland Arena is famous for hosting a variety of events both in the entertainment and sports categories, including concerts, ice shows, and circuses. The arena has attracted over 100 million people over the years. Several music tours and shows are scheduled in the coming months.
- Location: 7000 Joe Morgan Way, Oakland, CA, 96621.
De Castroverde Personal Injury & Accident Lawyers have listed some places where you can enjoy live music. Most have upcoming events planned for the rest of the year, so try to make reservations now. Also, if you know of any spots we have left out, let us know, and we’ll try to add them to the list. You can contact us if you or your family members have a personal injury or accident case. We are expert lawyers in that field and would happily offer you legal help to ensure you get the proper compensation.