Shake the blues! – Bay Area Music

by alex on October 14, 2010

If you see something interesting to do…but you don’t have anyone to do it with…let the group know.  Most of us are looking for fun things to do too and I’m sure that someone would LOVE to go with you…or go in a mob.

Here are some of the resources we’ve found useful for finding events to participate in.

Goldstar Events

Register to become a Goldstar member. Choose San Francisco to see what is available in the Bay Area. I use Goldstar to buy tickets in New York and Los Angeles as well. Their services are available in many metropolitan areas. Almost all events, from theater to concerts to opera to day spas (massages, facial, pedicures…hello ladies!), are half price.  They even have weekly free tickets to events – usually Comedy Clubs. Note: Everything has a $3 or $4 service fee.  I always buy my tickets to West Bay Opera here, plus tickets to Rrazz Room at the Hotel Nikko in S.F. for Jazz.  Lots of theater available, plus other fun live events.

Playa Cofi Jukebox

Download free oldies music – top 100 hits 1950 – 1980.  Choose from Top Country, Classical, Folk, Caribbean, Salsa, Jazz, Rock Anthems, Gospel…Everything!!!

Pandora Internet Radio

Open the Pandora Box!  I love this site.  Enter the name of any artist (singer) you like, and it automatically creates a “radio station” for you with your favorite singer and similar singers and songs. You can make as many different radio stations as you wish – and it’s free. the site gives you information on the singer and has a button for each to let you purchase any song.

Palo Alto Online

Palo Alto Weekly, The Almanac, Mountain View Voice
Embarcadero Media provides these Peninsula newspapers and a portal to local resources. Check the Palo Alto Weekly.  It’s always lots of fun and you can find listings of events and concerts and many of them are free or inexpensive. You can also find listings from Stanford and neighboring cities. Menlo Park, Palo Alto, Mountain View and Redwood City all have free music concerts at various times of the year.  These local papers list restaurants with live jazz, etc. – go to the bar, nurse a coke and enjoy.  You don’t have to spend much and you always meet interesting people.

Stanford University

We are very lucky that we have access to many concerts, lectures, sports and other events at Stanford University. Many are open to the community for free or a nominal price. Check the Event Calendar to see what offerings suit your fancy. Many departments publish their own event calendars. For instance, the Department of Music lists many wonderful free or low cost concerts. If you prefer visual arts, the Canter Museum and Arts Center is fabulous and free.  Hang out in the Rodin sculpture garden or visit the Cool Café or the bookstore.  Blend in with the students by sitting down and drawing a sketch.  I double dare you!!

More freebies. The last time I donated blood at the Stanford blood center they gave me two free tickets to a Stanford football game.

Other Bay Area Music

  • The few remaining record stores sometimes have free in-store concerts. San Jose’s Streetlight Records often plays host to live band. Berkeley’s Amoeba Music posts videos of their Live In-Stores if you can’t make it to the store.
  • The Steinway Society of the Bay Area presents free chamber music concerts for the community and other musical events.
  • The San Francisco Chamber Orchestra performs free concerts at several Bay Area venues and various times of day.
  • If there are particular places you like to go be sure to sign up for their mailing lists or e-mail newsletters. Many, like Yoshi’s, often send 2 for 1 deals to web subscribers and keep you posted on their activities and special offers. If you act fast, you can get in to really great stuff gratis.

Share the Joy

Many of us have similar tastes. Let people know if you like a particular CD or artist and you’ll find many of us would be happy to burn you a disk or share a musical outing We’re all here to help each other!

Recommended Resources

Goldstar Events San Franciso
Event announcements and discount tickets
Playa Cofi Jukebox
Free “golden oldies” music downloading
Pandora Internet Radio
Create your own radio station
Palo Alto Online
Portal to three local newspapers and local resources
Stanford University
Stanford University community events