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.

Churches and non-profit community groups around Oakland 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 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

May 21
Hopmonk Tavern Novato (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Novato, CA
May 21
Ross Newell can usually be seen and heard as the lead singer and songwriter in The Mulligan Brothers.
Wine Country Concerts Uncorked (House Concert)
Napa, CA
May 22
Sweetwater Music Hall (Listening Room)
Mill Valley, CA
May 22
“A breathtaking acoustic fusion of blues, jazz, folk, classical and Spanish guitar from a stunning guitar virtuoso…”Altadena News, USA”
Old St. Hilary's Landmark (Listening Room)
Tiburon, CA
May 22
Starline Social Club Ballroom (Bar/Nightclub)
Oakland, CA
May 22
Ross Newell can usually be seen and heard as the lead singer and songwriter in The Mulligan Brothers.
Like Hearted House Concerts (House Concert)
Walnut Creek, CA
May 22
The Quitters specialize in a wide range of Americana music, both acoustic and electric, ranging from acoustic fingerpicking to Chicago-style electric blues.
San Gregorio General Store (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
San Gregorio, CA
May 26
Ivy Room (Bar/Nightclub)
Albany, CA
May 26
Monica's Riverview (Bar/Nightclub)
Antioch, CA
May 27
Blue Note Napa (Listening Room)
Napa, CA
May 27
Singer-songwriter. Hot country band
Monicas, Livermore (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Livermore, CA
May 28
Freight and Salvage (Small Theater)
Berkeley, CA
May 28
A $15 ticket gets you into the fest and onto The Zoom with us + we donate 25% of ticket sales to Bay Area Cancer Connections! Tickets -> https://bit.ly/mayqptickets
QuaranPalooza (Online Concert Stream)
May 28
The Bistro (Vineyard)
Hayward, CA
May 31
Freight and Salvage (Small Theater)
Berkeley, CA
June 2
Bottom Of the Hill (Bar/Nightclub)
San Francisco, CA
June 2
JaM Cellars (Vineyard)
Napa, CA
June 3
Winters Tavern (Bar/Nightclub)
Pacifica, 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
Almost Famous Wine (Listening Room)
Livermore, CA
June 6
Sebastiani Theatre (Small Theater)
Sonoma, CA
June 10
Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center (Small Theater)
Livermore, CA
June 10
Junkyard Folk - "like your favorite bourbon come to life"
Bottom Of the Hill (Bar/Nightclub)
San Francisco, CA
June 10
Gundlach Bundschu Winery (Vineyard)
Sonoma, 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 12
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.
Dala's Nest House Concerts (House Concert)
Menlo Park, CA
June 15
Bottom Of the Hill (Bar/Nightclub)
San Francisco, CA
June 16
Sweetwater Music Hall (Listening Room)
Mill Valley, CA
June 17
Freight and Salvage (Small Theater)
Berkeley, CA
June 17
Lucca Bar and Grill (Bar/Nightclub)
Benicia, CA
June 17
Like Hearted House Concerts (House Concert)
Walnut Creek, CA
June 18
Sweetwater Music Hall (Listening Room)
Mill Valley, CA
June 21
Hopmonk Tavern Novato (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Novato, CA
June 24
Blue Note Napa (Listening Room)
Napa, CA
June 25
Blue Note Napa (Listening Room)
Napa, CA
June 25
Hopmonk Tavern Novato (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Novato, CA
June 25
Singer-songwriter. Hot country band
Monica's Riverview (Bar/Nightclub)
Antioch, CA
June 26
Hopmonk Tavern Novato (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Novato, CA
June 28
Hopmonk Tavern Novato (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Novato, CA
June 28
The Chapel (Bar/Nightclub)
San Francisco, CA
June 29
Freight and Salvage (Small Theater)
Berkeley, CA
June 29
Bottom Of the Hill (Bar/Nightclub)
San Francisco, 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 8
Sweetwater Music Hall (Listening Room)
Mill Valley, CA
July 9
Club Fox (Listening Room)
Redwood City, 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
Lucca Bar and Grill (Bar/Nightclub)
Benicia, CA
July 14
Concannon Vineyard (Vineyard)
Livermore, CA
July 16
Freight and Salvage (Small Theater)
Berkeley, 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)
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

Almost Famous Wine (Livermore)
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)
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)
Gundlach Bundschu Winery (Sonoma)
JaM Cellars (Napa)
McGrail Vineyards and Winery (Livermore)
The Bistro (Hayward)
Vino Godfather Winery (Vallejo)
Wood Family Vineyards (Livermore)

Cafes, Restaurants & Coffee Shops

Andaz Napa (Napa)
Cellar Door (Pleasanton)
Hopmonk Tavern Novato (Novato)
Monicas, Livermore (Livermore)
Pinstripes San Mateo (San Mateo)
San Gregorio General Store (San Gregorio)

Small Theaters

Bankhead Theater (Livermore)
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)

Bars & Nightclubs

Amado's (San Francisco)
Bistro 880 (Newark)
Bottom Of the Hill (San Francisco)
Brick and Mortar Music Hall (San Francisco)
Ivy Room (Albany)
Lucca Bar and Grill (Benicia)
Monica's Riverview (Antioch)
Starline Social Club Ballroom (Oakland)
The Chapel (San Francisco)
The Plough & Stars Irish Pub (San Francisco)
Winters Tavern (Pacifica)