Live Acoustic Music Near Novato, 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 Novato 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 Novato 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 Novato 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

May 26
Ivy Room (Bar/Nightclub)
Albany, CA
May 27
Blue Note Napa (Listening Room)
Napa, CA
May 28
Freight and Salvage (Small Theater)
Berkeley, CA
May 31
Freight and Salvage (Small Theater)
Berkeley, CA
June 2
American Songwriter describes Eilen Jewell as “one of America’s most intriguing, creative and idiosyncratic voices.”
Hopmonk Tavern Sebastopol (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Sebastopol, CA
June 2
JaM Cellars (Vineyard)
Napa, CA
June 2
Bottom Of the Hill (Bar/Nightclub)
San Francisco, CA
June 3
From China to Iceland, and all over the U.S., Dirty Cello brings the world a high energy and unique spin on blues and bluegrass.
Rancho Nicasio (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Nicasio, CA
June 3
American Songwriter describes Eilen Jewell as “one of America’s most intriguing, creative and idiosyncratic voices.”
Freight and Salvage (Small Theater)
Berkeley, CA
June 3
Winters Tavern (Bar/Nightclub)
Pacifica, CA
June 4
The ability to write songs that are both modern and ancient is a rare thing. The product of an arcane art of weaving in traditional influences so thoroughly that they become the warp and weft of fresh
Lost Church Santa Rosa (Bar/Nightclub)
Santa Rosa, CA
June 6
Sebastiani Theatre (Small Theater)
Sonoma, CA
June 10
Gundlach Bundschu Winery (Vineyard)
Sonoma, CA
June 10
Junkyard Folk - "like your favorite bourbon come to life"
Bottom Of the Hill (Bar/Nightclub)
San Francisco, CA
June 11
The Quitters specialize in a wide range of Americana music, both acoustic and electric, ranging from acoustic fingerpicking to Chicago-style electric blues.
Harker's Back Forty House Concerts (House Concert)
San Mateo, CA
June 11
The Musers foot-stomping, high energy performances are punctuated by laughter and infectious grooves. Their soaring harmonies, multi-instrumental arrangements, and sassy covers span a variety of acoustic styles, all served up with verve and heart.
Lost Church Santa Rosa (Bar/Nightclub)
Santa Rosa, CA
June 15
Bottom Of the Hill (Bar/Nightclub)
San Francisco, CA
June 16
Sweetwater Music Hall (Listening Room)
Mill Valley, CA
June 17
Like Hearted House Concerts (House Concert)
Walnut Creek, CA
June 17
Lucca Bar and Grill (Bar/Nightclub)
Benicia, CA
June 17
Freight and Salvage (Small Theater)
Berkeley, CA
June 18
Sweetwater Music Hall (Listening Room)
Mill Valley, CA
June 19
A guitar duo of right-side up finger picking (Stevie Coyle) and upside down flat picking (Glenn Houston). The Quitters deliver a performance spiced with humor and serendipity.
Occidental Center for the Arts (Listening Room)
Occidental, CA
June 21
Hopmonk Tavern Novato (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Novato, CA
June 24
Blue Note Napa (Listening Room)
Napa, CA
June 25
Hopmonk Tavern Novato (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Novato, CA
June 25
Gold Coast Coffee & Bakery (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Duncans Mills, CA
June 25
Blue Note Napa (Listening Room)
Napa, CA
June 26
Gold Coast Coffee & Bakery (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Duncans Mills, CA
June 26
Rancho Nicasio (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Nicasio, CA
June 26
Hopmonk Tavern Novato (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Novato, CA
June 28
The Chapel (Bar/Nightclub)
San Francisco, CA
June 28
Hopmonk Tavern Novato (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Novato, CA
June 29
Bottom Of the Hill (Bar/Nightclub)
San Francisco, CA
June 29
Freight and Salvage (Small Theater)
Berkeley, CA
June 30
Sweetwater Music Hall (Listening Room)
Mill Valley, CA
July 1
Join Skye Alexander and Elise and Steve for an evening of memorable, original folk music! July 1, 2022, 7:30 p.m. start!
The Monkey House (House Concert)
Berkeley, CA
July 3
Hopmonk Tavern Sebastopol (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Sebastopol, CA
July 8
Sweetwater Music Hall (Listening Room)
Mill Valley, CA
July 10
Sean Charles Watkins is a member of the contemporary folk band Nickel Creek, the duo Fiction Family and the supergroup Works Progress Administration.
Hopmonk Tavern Novato (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Novato, CA
July 10
Rancho Nicasio (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Nicasio, CA
July 10
Lucca Bar and Grill (Bar/Nightclub)
Benicia, CA
July 16
Freight and Salvage (Small Theater)
Berkeley, CA
July 16
Hopmonk Tavern Novato (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Novato, CA
July 17
Rancho Nicasio (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Nicasio, CA
July 20
Hopmonk Tavern Sebastopol (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Sebastopol, CA
July 22
SOMO Concerts (Outdoor Music Series)
Rohnert Park, CA
July 23
Jaeger & Reid are Judi Jaeger and Bob Reid, a singer-songwriter duo with beautiful harmony and folk roots. Original songs and a contemporary interpretation of some cherished songs written by others.
Rose Avenue Acoustic Delights (House Concert)
Oakland, CA
July 27
Sweetwater Music Hall (Listening Room)
Mill Valley, CA
July 28
Sweetwater Music Hall (Listening Room)
Mill Valley, CA
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Places to see live acoustic music in and around Novato, California

House Concerts

Harker's Back Forty House Concerts (San Mateo)
KC Turner Presents (San Francisco)
Like Hearted House Concerts (Walnut Creek)
Rose Avenue Acoustic Delights (Oakland)
The Monkey House (Berkeley)
Wine Country Concerts Uncorked (Napa)

Listening Rooms

Blue Note Napa (Napa)
Clarion Performing Arts Center (San Francisco)
Occidental Center for the Arts (Occidental)
Old St. Hilary's Landmark (Tiburon)
Sweetwater Music Hall (Mill Valley)
The Backroom (Berkeley)
The Lost Church (San Francisco)
Timbre Folk and Baroque (Berkeley)
Yoshi's (Oakland)

Folk Music Coffeehouses

Devil's Mountain Coffee House (Walnut Creek)

Vineyards & Breweries

Adobe Road Winery (Petaluma)
Gundlach Bundschu Winery (Sonoma)
JaM Cellars (Napa)
Vino Godfather Winery (Vallejo)

Cafes, Restaurants & Coffee Shops

Andaz Napa (Napa)
Cafe Aquatica (Jenner)
Gold Coast Coffee & Bakery (Duncans Mills)
Hopmonk Tavern Novato (Novato)
Hopmonk Tavern Sebastopol (Sebastopol)
Rancho Nicasio (Nicasio)

Small Theaters

Freight and Salvage (Berkeley)
McNear's Mystic Theatre (Petaluma)
Sebastiani Theatre (Sonoma)
Slim's and The Great American Music Hall (San Francisco)

Outdoor Music Series

SOMO Concerts (Rohnert Park)

Bars & Nightclubs

Amado's (San Francisco)
Bottom Of the Hill (San Francisco)
Brick and Mortar Music Hall (San Francisco)
Ivy Room (Albany)
Lost Church Santa Rosa (Santa Rosa)
Lucca Bar and Grill (Benicia)
Starline Social Club Ballroom (Oakland)
The Chapel (San Francisco)
The Plough & Stars Irish Pub (San Francisco)
Winters Tavern (Pacifica)