Suggested Music Groups near California
Sac Area Live Music & More
This group is for anyone interested in live music events in the Sacramento area, who love dancing, socializing and meeting new people. Other events will feature - fairs and festivals, wine tasting, happy hours, brunch, lunch and dinners, and hiking and biking meet ups. Also, some of our events will team up with other Meetup groups for Meetup mixers.
If you want an event added to our calendar and you are willing to Host the event, let us know by PM (private message). If there are no conflicts, we will post it for you.
We are requesting a first name and at least the first initial of your last name. We also need a fairly CLOSE UP PHOTO OF YOUR FACE. This is how the host recognizes you at an event, along with security reasons. We appreciate your understanding. Thanks!
South Bay House Concerts - SF2SJ music connect
Los Altos, CA
If you build it they will come…a South Bay network of house concert and small live music venues, and all us fans who love the up close and personal music experience. This site is for music lovers of all genres to check out what's happening on the San Francisco peninsula down to San Jose. The artist talent pool is amazing. Let's build the audience!
Never been to a house concert? You're in for a treat! Defined as "true listening environments", they are typically small gatherings in the privacy of a home or small stage. Usually 30-50 people. Occasionally, like if someone has a super cool back yard, it's easy to fit in more. Every host runs things a bit different. Typically, seating is provided. But you may be asked to bring a chair or a blanket. Typically it's BYOWhatever. But, there might be social time and/or a potluck.
Guests are asked to be very respectful of the house. Stick to the concert area, be clean and no smoking.
The artist reflects the flavor of the host, from classical to singer songwriter. Don't' worry if there are just a couple rsvp's. Most experienced hosts have cultivated a mailing list. This site is an adjunct to that and to help new house concert providers get started by establishing a shared pool of fans. The more house concert venues, the more fans, the more artists who get to share their amazing talents.
Want to become a host? It really is easy. But please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. Here are a couple resources: http://www.americansongwriter.com/2014/02/songwriter-u-make-real-money-donation-based-house-concerts/ http://www.concertsinyourhome.com/CIYH_HouseConcertGuidex.pdf
PLEASE NOTE!!!! Seating is limited. You are not allowed to rsvp yes and then not show. No shows are a big deal. Attendance is taken. The reputation of this meet up will be one of dependability, as if you paid for your ticket in advance.
Live Jazz (& Blues) Meetup Group
San Francisco, CA
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
Baby Boomers Couples
This is a Couples Meetup Group that invites couples in the Baby Boomer age, to explore the Sacramento area and Beyond. You need to be married or coupled to join. We are looking to make quality friendships.
We will be exploring the Sacramento and surrounding areas for fun, interesting events to attend for fun and to broaden our horizons through experiences and interests. We will try to diversify the events we attend and WELCOME YOU TO SUGGEST and help post events. We appreciate your participation in keeping this group active and fun.
We want to get to know each and every person, and start new, quality, lasting friendships. Thanks for becoming a member of this group of couples friends. We can't wait to meet you.
Please note: Baby Boomer Couples Meetup is not responsible in anyway, for any injury, illness, or other health issue when participating in an event. You are participating at your own risk when attending any event.
Vallejo Song Club
Like book club, but for music. Each week we'll pick 2 songs to work on to play the next week. Jam to follow. Join us on the deck with your acoustic instrument or electric and a small amp. Bring an instrument and a device to view tabs from ultimate-guitar.
All levels welcome! We're not pros. Cody (bass, guitar, uke, vocals) Lili (bass, vocals, beginner piano).
HARMONY WERKS Presents: The San Jose Pop Up Choir
San Jose, CA
Welcome, thanks for checking in.
Hello all, you can read below about who we are and what we have done in the past, but during this crisis we are all struggling to keep the music going and most importantly to find safe ways to do it. Things are very different and as singing is known to be a significant spreader of the CoronaVirus, we will only plan things that keep us all safe, from singing in your own car, virtual events and special outdoor session when available.
These are not normal times and while we all share a deep love of music, we need to find ways to keep our community active and most importantly safe.
Stay well, stay healthy and keep the music alive.
First off, this IS NOT a traditional choir, but to help answer questions you might have - check out our FAQ page for answers to some general questions.
So no auditions to join, no expectation that you need to read music or can actually carry a tune. In many ways this is a social group with music. A way to express yourself with a song.
This group is for those among us that like to sing, in the shower, on the road, in line at the store and in their own head during meetings. If you ever hummed or sang long to Lion King, The Greatest Showman, Newsies, Schoolhouse Rock, Hamilton, the theme to the Beverly Hillbillies or quite frankly any music that touches you, then this might be the perfect place for you.
NO, you do not have to sing well. YES, you do have to enjoy singing.
Just about any kind of song will work, but here is the kicker, it would be nice if you were also interested in the possibility of performing in public. From spontaneous concerts in downtown San Jose, to caroling during the holidays and more. We will start with practice, individual songs to karaoke tracks and acapella group sing, to solos, duos and themed sing for special projects.
Be great to hear your voice, come join in the fun.
On the other hand, you may not want to sing, just yet. Perhaps you are a great audience and interested in hearing music from every conceivable genre sung, and you are only interested in humming along or tapping your toes - yes, you are most welcomed as well.
Sometime, someday, we hope you might be encouraged to sing along.
OUR CODE OF CONDUCT
The San Jose Pop Up Choir is dedicated to providing a harassment-free community for everyone. As such, we are committed to providing a friendly, safe and welcoming environment for all, regardless of gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, disability, ethnicity, preferred taste in music, physical appearance, body size, race, nationality, or religious beliefs. While we are primarily a group for adults, there are instances where minors (with parental permission) will be allowed to participate on a limited basis, as such, they too will be subject to our code of conduct.
We do not tolerate harassment within the Pop Up Choir and those we interact with (including but not limited to venues, patrons and audiences that support us) in any form. Participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the community at the discretion of the organizers.
Making Noise with Style
San Leandro, CA
Most of our events are drum circles, where dancing, singing, and playing other acoustical instruments are strongly encouraged. No musical experience is necessary, and you don't need a drum or any other instrument. If you can clap your hands, hum, or tap your feet, you can play with us. The goal is to join together and have fun making noise with style.
San Francisco Ukulele Rebellion!
San Francisco, CA
The Ukulele Rebellion has begun! Join us at our various monthly meetings (and other events).
We are an educational group, seeking to teach beginners and beyond to play the ukulele. Our primary songbooks are The Daily Ukulele (the Yellow Book) and The Daily Ukulele Leap Year Edition (the Blue Book) published by Flea Market Music.
We also play some songs from chord/lyric sheets that can be downloaded (see below).
We ask for a $5 donation per meeting to pay for Meetup.com site maintenance and other expenses.
If you can print out your own copies of the "alternate" songs from the Files section of the group (Under "More" above), that would be fabulous! The songs for each meetup that have been requested (both new and old) are in a file with the meetup's date. The whole book is under "Rebellious Songbook." The Xmas songs are under "Rebellious Xmas Songs."
Thanks, and we hope to see you strumming along with us.
Bay Area Showcase Chorus
San Jose, CA
We are a chapter of Sweet Adelines International, and are comprised of more than 100 women of all ages, backgrounds, vocal ranges, and musical abilities.
Our music varies from traditional barbershop favorites to arrangements of contemporary songs, all in 4-part harmony, sung a cappella (without accompaniment).
These days we are meeting in person every other Thursday in a local park and making plans to return to in-person rehearsals (carefully following guidelines and protocols). On Thursdays that we don't meet in person, we meet via Zoom. All rehearsals, including the in-person rehearsals, are broadcast via Zoom in case you can't join in person.
We'd love to have you join us any time!
South Bay Acoustic Music Group
San Jose, CA
A group for casual players, singers and music fans who enjoy acoustic-oriented music: rock, blues, folk, jazz and classical. A place where those with similar interests will be able to connect and get together in various types of gatherings to share some music and spirit.
The group focus is all about having fun with friends in a relaxed informal manner, not with any band or performance aspirations. Others may be more serious and this can be a place for them to meet up also. We will will also post events for live shows to meet up and see with other members.
Hindi Acoustic Music
San Francisco, CA
This group would be about doing Hindi/Bollywood music in Bay Area . Pretty strange right but we have a lot of people here who love and miss Hindi music here
We want to bring that vibe and enjoy the music here
Please join us with your instruments, vocals or just clap along and enjoy
Tri Valley Strings and Vocals
San Ramon, CA
A chance to get together in a friendly environment to play music and sing. All skill levels are welcome. Meetings will normally be on the second Thursday of every month from 7 to 9 pm. Bring four copies of sheet music or chord tab for anything you would like the group to play. A collection of songs from past sessions can be found at this link: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1Xtrf1GCI-teE9-dpAQSSWQT590qOQBHz?usp=sharing
If something sounds really good, we can do a multi-track recording of the song to mix and share.
Note that this will be an indoors, no-mask session. We will assume everyone has been vaccinated.
Bay Area Blues Lovers
For anyone that wants to go out and hear live blues with a fun group of people in a wide range of venues across the Bay Area. Occasionally other music genres such as Rockabilly and New Orleans music will be posted.
Our events are combo of non-hosted and hosted events which is explained below:
Non-Hosted Events - Non-hosted events events can range from just FYIs to members about upcoming national touring headliner blues artists, special events (San Jose Jazz Festival for example) to weekly ongoing jams or gigs our Meetup members might be interested in that our meeting organizers can't attend all the time.
Meetup members can attend non-hosted events with other blues Meetup members and/or volunteer to be the main "meeter and greeter" for a non-hosted event.
Hosted Events - Meetup organizers will be there to meet and greet the Meetup members. Generally a sign or a flag will placed on a table/tables to help identify our Meetup group.
Minimums for Hosted Meetups
At times there are minimums for a hosted Meetup and this information will be posted.
More about our Meetup Group - Tips
Seating at Venues
Depending on the size of venue, the draw of the band or artist playing that evening and when you arrive can make it challenging to save or find seating together. If you choose to arrive after the suggested time at meetup - meetup organizers can't always guarantee there will be enough tables for everyone. We hope you understand.
Notes about small venues or places that fill up quickly are always noted in the Meetup description for a good reason --> seating *really* can run out/be limited (Little Lou's BBQ or the tables downstairs near the stage of Club Fox are good examples!)
Type of Blues Music
Everyone's tastes in blues music varies. To determine if an artist or group is someone you'd enjoy, visit related links such as YouTube (or Google the artist name) to get a sense of the music before you sign up or attend the particular Meetup. This will help you "find" the right Meetup to attend with our group.
Artists Choice of Music at Their Gigs
Please note the meeting organizers have no control over the music the group or artist plays at their gigs. If a blues group or blues artist at a Meetup chooses to throw some latin, jazz, funk, pop or instrumental tunes in the set they are playing that night -- that's the way it is! Live music - is just that --> it's live and subject to the moment.
Anyone that is a member can suggest a Meetup - feel free to do so and host a meeting yourself! This is a collaborative group effort!
There is NO CHARGE to belong to this Meetup. We always note cost/cover charge of an event / venue when possible.
For example -- if there was a Meetup scheduled at a venue that is charging $5 cover on Friday night. You need pay the $5 to the venue when you arrive. The information on cost to get into the venue would be stated in the Meetup invite posted to the group.
There are also times when it is necessary for you to purchase a ticket for the event directly from the venue before the Meet-up (such as Yoshi's or SF Jazz Center). In those cases, information will be provided to you within the event announcement itself.
Blues bands who want to list gigs
Blues Bands are welcome to post gigs as Meetup events.
Meetup organizers will post your event in the DISCUSSIONS page under NON-HOSTED events with a link to your website.
We do ask that bands at least announce the Meetup at their gig and announce a welcome to the Meetup members so they can find each other/sit with each other to enjoy your show.
Any band or musician just posting gigs and not mentioning the Meetup at all or abusing the Meetup group in any way will be banned/their information removed from this group.
Thanks! We look forward to enjoying some great times and blues music with YOU!
SF & Bay Area Fun Events
San Jose, CA
Do you enjoy going out?
Do you love to dance?
Do you like meeting new people?
If you answered YES to any of these questions, you'll love this group!!
We will greet you, and introduce you to other members of the group. We have markers such as a balloon, to find us at the club or concert. At the bigger events, we meet at a pre-selected location at a certain time, to ensure all members are accounted for.
This group is a unique way to meet new people, network, socialize, listen to great bands, dance, and have FUN with no-pressure for the attendee.
If you are single feel free to show up alone. We will make you feel like family! Couples invited too. Everyone is welcome!
I hope to MEETUP with YOU soon!
Out to the Symphony--Bay Area Lesbian Classical Music Lovers
San Francisco, CA
Calling all lesbian classical music lovers from all over the Zoom universe!
The live concert hall world as we know it has come to a halt. Temporarily, I hope. Until we are vaccinated against all the COVID mutations, Out to the Symphony -- San Francisco Bay Area Classical Music Lovers has moved online.
As we patiently wait behind the glow of screens, we gather every other Monday 5-8 pm PST/PDT (if not local, please calculate the time difference), unless we depend on a public live streamed event Together, we watch films around classical music themes and attend virtual concerts. We aim to focus on feminist, lesbian, and queer composers, conductors, and performers. But of course, we cannot exclude Bach, Beethoven, and Bartok.
Long to share your passion for classical music with other lesbians sheltering in place? Perfect, me too. Originally, I started this meet-up so we could attend concerts at the Davis Symphony Hall together. Alas, no one can be certain when we'll gather as an in-person group again.
Until then, my fellow lesbian and queer classical music lovers, kindly escape your domestic bliss and engage in celestial meet-ups of harmonious pleasure (the dissonants of modern classical repertoire included). Via Zoom, of course. Now more than ever it is crucial to cherish what little we possibly can. Come on and escape the COVID stress with three hours of lively music and conversations.
Here is a new group for adults interested in learning to play guitar, having fun, and meeting new people.
This is a FREE group for beginners.
Check out this video and please share it with your friends if you know someone locally who is interested in learning to play guitar.
Meetups will include a beginner song lesson (Mostly from You Tube or other social media) and other activities.
As much as possible we would like to learn songs the group is interested in learning, so message me with any song request.
Interested members can also take turns leading the group an teaching them songs and tips they have learned.
This is a brand new group, so if you have any tips or ideas to make this group better please message them to me.
B.Y.O.G Bring Your Own Guitar
San Francisco Kirtan Connection
San Francisco, CA
2021 IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: PLEASE READ.
Due to the spread of Covid-19 virus. Many counties have social distancing guidelines in effect.
Check the latest CDC information here:
Check California gov guidelines
you can find many more kirtan events below:
Some kirtan events are now in person and some are indoors August 1st 2021
Contact the hosts and venues and check their covid guidelines for your own safety.
Please practice social distancing wear masks and be safe.
People who enjoy or are curious about kirtan and South Asian spritual music are all welcome.
Singers and musicians who help enhance kirtans and South Asian Spritual music experience are also welcome to post their events here. Please message me related events and I will post them in event section.
Kirtan or qawwali to me are types of sound meditation. Members participating and experiencing kirtan or qawwali events is our goal.
Our focus is personal spritual experience and non-religious.
If you would like to read about Bhakti movement's origin and development in South Asia please read:
Sacramento Irish/Scottish Learning Session
We are a learning session for beginning to intermediate players of various traditional and non-traditional instruments to learn and develop our ability to play new and familiar Irish and Scottish traditional tunes, and learn the etiquette and various techniques needed to participate in a traditional Irish session.
We are all learning together and welcome everyone, but intermediate/advanced players who have a great deal of experience with Irish sessions, or who are experts with their instruments should bring their patience and be willing to support new players.
Participants should bring their own instruments, a music stand and have some familiarity with their instruments and either know how to read music, or to play by ear. Participants should also be prepared to learn about traditional Irish/Scottish music specifically. Some familiarity with Irish/Scottish music will be helpful, since the session isn't "free form" but is a learning session designed to help participants prepare for Irish traditional music sessions. We are developing a tune list, and place links to our tunes in the discussion forum (for now).
Once we have developed a crew of people with a strong grasp of a good repertoire of tunes, we can create a more traditional Irish session. More advanced players who wish to create a more traditional session right away may contact to help organize such a group as well.
Anyone is welcome to join, but I am checking in with people personally before providing location information, because these events occur in a private home. People who join and don't reply to messages will be removed. I know that joining groups and not participating is kind of a "thing" on meetup, which is fine, since most events are casual, join-as-you-like kind of events, but learning music together requires a great deal of coordination on everyone's part, so we need to develop a different vibe for this group. So, nothing personal if you are removed. You can re-apply when you are ready to participate, no worries!
San Francisco Classical Guitar Society
San Francisco, CA
We're a group of guitarists and luthiers, professionals as well as amateurs, of all ages and levels, who enjoy getting together, playing for one another informally, meeting for open mics and occasionally going to concerts together. We welcome acoustic guitarists who play any music in fingerpicking style. (Image by Made Underground, from flickr)