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September 17th, 2018

Upcoming Bay Area Music to Check Out

Summer music festivals go with the season, but the Bay Area keeps the good tunes playing year-round. See the last of this year’s fests and shows while the weather is still warm. Here’s a round-up of what to look forward to. 

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass

Oct 5-7

Held in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, this three-day, totally free music festival is one of the best of the year. Last year’s fest saw 90 acts spread across seven stages, playing reggae beats to guitar fingerpicking bluegrass. Hardly Strictly always has a great lineup and attendance numbers are upwards of 500,000. Read about how Hardly Strictly came to be and check this year’s lineup – it’s a doozy.

Jeff Tweedy at The Fillmore

Oct. 5

The revered frontman of Wilco, Jeff Tweedy’s fall tour makes its second-to-last stop at The Fillmore in San Francisco. As expected, tickets have already sold out, but good news – plenty are available through Ticketmaster verified resale.

Treasure Island Music Festival

Oct. 13-14

The 2-day fest formerly held on the small island on San Francisco Bay was on hiatus last year, but returns with a killer lineup and new venue. Tame Impala and A$AP Rocky headline the bill. Other acts include the innovative Santigold, Pond (which has a knack for putting on wacky and wild shows), LA’s fresh voice Aminé, and a whole lot more. The new venue is the Middle Harbor Shoreline Park in Oakland, with views of the SF skyline and the port’s colorful containers. Get your tickets now! 

Rufus Wainwright at The Masonic

Nov. 10

There’s no one quite like vocalist, songwriter, musician and composer Rufus Wainwright, and the acoustics at The Masonic in Nob Hill are sure to make Wainwright’s 20th anniversary tour impeccable. Just 14 shows are slated for this special tour that celebrates 20 years since the release of Wainwright’s self-titled debut album. Best of all, The Masonic is just steps from Stanford Court Hotel. Enjoy a day in Nob Hill using our neighborhood guide and top off the day with a concert from one of this generation’s most hailed songwriters. 

Thievery Corporation at The Masonic

Dec. 30-31

This electronic duo has been around since 1995 because of their ever-changing sounds influenced by the best worldwide beats. Ring in the new year with a little bit of funk, dub, bossa nova, and electronic tunes at The Masonic. Buy tickets.

If none of these quite fall in line with your travel plans, good tunes are still within reach. Check out our favorite vinyl record stores in SF, and make sure to stop by our dedicated music room at Stanford Court Hotel for a listening session. Switch up your routine and spin a vinyl after a day of exploring the city.


Stanford Court is a boutique hotel located in Nob Hill. Close to Chinatown, Union Square, and North Beach, Stanford Court Hotel offers free bike rentals to guests, making every part of San Francisco accessible. Our fitness center and eco-friendly amenities set us apart from the rest in a city focused on moving toward the future. Ready to book with us? Check out our online specials here.


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