What we're about

Meet other local fans of jazz, blues, and world music while enjoying live performances by top-notch musicians.

The San Francisco Bay Area is home to an amazing live music scene, with an assortment of venues that provide an intimate and affordable way to experience music as it's meant to be: spontaneous, inventive, and alive.

There's so much music happening in the Bay Area, there is something available every weekend for every taste and budget.

So join us, and use this Meetup group to connect with other music fans. We're mainly about listening to live jazz, but we also post blues shows, as well as tango, flamenco, world music, and cross-genre. In addition, we occasionally post theater events and films that have a music-related plotline or other "hook."

If you know about a show you'd like to see listed, feel free to suggest the event to Meetup organizers for hosting, or you can post the show on the "Discussions" page and invite your fellow Meetup members to attend with you.

Hope to see you at an upcoming show!

Paula M. - Lead Organizer, Live Jazz (& Blues) Meetup Group

Upcoming events (4+)

Afro-Cuban Music Traditions: 10-Piece Band

Bird & Beckett Books & Records

In the midst of my recent laments regarding a seeming shortage of appealing concert listings for February, lo and behold, up pops this intriguing offering! This show features a TEN-piece band, Grupo Okan Toye, a folkloric troupe dedicated to learning, preserving, and performing the Afro-Cuban musical traditions of Matanzas, Cuba. I'm not familiar with most of the members of this band, but I've really liked the ones whom I have heard perform with other bands at prior concerts.

EVENT COST: $1 donation to the Meetup organizer (that's me!), plus the cover charge for the show, collected upon entry to the bookstore (no advance ticket sales). CASH only for the cover charge.

IMPORTANT: Note that, in contrast to the bookstore's usual system for concerts, advance reservations will NOT be accepted for this show. Also, while the bookstore website's stated cover charge for this event is on a sliding scale of $10 to $40, the lower-priced cover charge is really aimed at young musicians who may be attending. Given that this is a large, 10-piece band, I think Meetup members should aim to pay a minimum of between $30 and $40.

SEATING is general-admission, on folding chairs with cushions. (The musicians are on a slightly raised stage.) Seating is limited to 30 people.

Note: You may BYOB, but no food is allowed inside the store.

WHEN/WHERE TO MEET: Meet outside the bookstore by 7:00 p.m. in case there's a line. (The store's doors reopen at 7:15 p.m., and the show starts at 7:30 p.m.) Please allow extra time for transit or parking, since latecomers risk forfeiting their seats to other people in line.

HOW TO FIND ME: See my photo with my Meetup profile. (I'm WF, 5 feet tall, in my 60s, now with short, salt-and-pepper hair and usually with glasses.) I'll send my cellphone number to RSVPers before the show.

TRANSIT/PARKING: The bookstore is located less than two blocks from the Glen Park BART station and Muni bus lines (and about one block from two ATMs) in an attractive commercial/residential neighborhood. Parking is on the street.

COVID PROTOCOLS: Please be in good health when attending Meetup events. This is an indoor show, but dress warmly due to windows or doors possibly being open to provide extra ventilation. (Bring ID and proof of vaccination, in case it's requested.)


Juke Joint at Riggers Loft

Riggers Loft Wine Company-R&B Cellars

We've seen Juke Joint before but now they've improved their horn section. Riggers Loft is our monthly hangout by the edge of the Bay, on their patio with 180° views. Great place to sit or dance, eat and drink. We usually group and line dance.
Riggers Loft is a wine distributor with fine wines and limited menu. If you don't care for wine and dancing this meetup is not for you.

Press release: Juke Joint is a fantastic 6-piece horn band, playing tribute to the classic Soul and R&B music of the 1960s and 1970s. Performances include tunes by such legendary performers as Otis Redding, James Brown, Wilson Pickett...some of the greatest dancing (and listening) music ever written! https://jukejointband.com/demos.htm

Lloyd Willhite - lead vocals
Roger Bergen - lead guitar and vocals
John Bergen - bass
Barbara Speed - sax, flute and vocals
Cayce Carnahan - trumpet, flugelhorn
Ben Laufer - drummer

Tickets: I have a reservation for 8 on 1 table. If more are interested I could get 2nd table if available. There is a $5 cover charge that I've pre-paid for. You need to reimburse me, 1st, rsvp to get on the Wait List, 2nd get on PayPal to pay me the $5, then I'll move you to the Attendee List. Members in good standing have priority.

The setting by the Bay is awesome. In general, our members are avid jazz fans, middle age and up, enjoy socializing with food and drink, and we show-up on time. Please have good intentions when you rsvp; and update your status if it changes. 'No-Shows' are no good.

Riggers Loft has a fine wine selection and limited menu. It has a strict virus protocol, so make sure you're in good health and wearing your mask. It is an outdoor venue but if it rains they'll move indoors. Please bring cash to tip the musicians.

Autonomous Region Jazz Band: Jazz and lunch in Chinatown

Clarion Performing Arts Center

Jazz and Dim Sum in Chinatown on a Saturday afternoon!? A perfect combination of a short but engaging 1-hr. music performance and lunch of small tasty dishes, a Chinese cuisine specialty. We saw this band last year and were pleasantly surprised by how the band can swing from first to last note.

Press release: The Autonomous Region performs both classic standards and modern arrangements of jazz favorites. Led by vocalist Caroline Cabading, this tradition-rooted ensemble also presents original compositions that fuse jazz with kulintang, a pre-colonial music of the Philippines.

Caroline Cabading on vocals,
Raymond Bambao on Bass,
Chris Planas on Guitar,
Harold Ohashi on Drums and
Vince Khoeon Keyboard.

Tickets: Because this event might sellout, pre-pay $10 fee PayPal to me to reserve your place for the concert. Rsvp first, then PayPal fee to me to get on Attendee list. You'll also be on the lunch list but limited to first 9. Can get another table if another 8 pre-pay. Also, bring cash to tip the musicians.

If you don't care for community theater venue and sharing ethnic food, this meetup is not for you. In general, our members are avid jazz fans, middle age and up, enjoy socializing with food and drink, and we show-up on time. Please have good intentions when you rsvp; and update your status if it changes. 'No-Shows' or 'Place-holders' are no good.

Scott O'Day Trio: Contemporary Tango

Red Poppy Art House

The Scott O'Day Tango Trio presents original arrangements of contemporary tango for guitar, piano, and double bass. Meetup members saw two excellent musicians from this group in another tango ensemble at the Red Poppy a few months ago (Elyse Weakley on piano and Daniel Fabricant on bass). For this show, the trio will be joined by guest vocalist Verónica Freidkes from Argentina.

EVENT COST: If you buy in advance, the tickets are $20 for seniors or students, or $25 for others (plus about $3 in online service fees). Tickets at the door are higher-priced. I ask for $1.00 donation from attendees to offset the $180.00 per year that Meetup charges me as lead organizer.

TICKETS/SEATING: Buy your own tickets. General admission seating, mainly on folding chairs.

NOTE: This is a small venue; this show could sell out in advance!


WHEN/WHERE TO MEET: Meet out front of the Red Poppy no later than 6:50 p.m. so we can get in line for good seats together. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. The show starts at 7:30 p.m, .and I expect it to go to 9:00 p.m.

HOW TO FIND ME: I'm WF, 5 feet tall, in my 60s, with short wavy salt-and-pepper hair and usually wearing glasses. I'll send my mobile number to RSVPers prior to the show.

OPTIONAL DINNER BEFORE THE SHOW: Somewhere within easy walking distance of the show. Still TBD; stay tuned! Likely limited to six people.

TRANSIT/LOCATION: Located within an easy walk of 24th Street BART and assorted Muni bus lines. If you're driving, allow extra time for street parking!


Past events (842)

Jackie Ryan Quintet

The Sound Room