Concert goers at The Fox Theater in Oakland (credit: Kimberly White/Getty Images)
While we are in full swing for football season and getting ready for Thanksgiving holiday and Christmas shopping frenzy, November in the San Francisco Bay Area brings some great concerts to the area for all diversified tastes. Spanning across either side of the Bay Bridge, we take a look at some of the best shows of the month. Whether you are looking to rock out, mellow out or dance the night away, we’ve got something for everyone.
Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
99 Grove St.
San Francisco, CA 94102
Date: November 13-14, 2015 at 8:00 p.m.
Get ready to dance the night away with DJ Hardwell. The Netherland-born Robert van De Corput is not only a dance and house music master but a self-made producer who has gained worldwide recognition for his work with various artists throughout the DJ industry. In 2013, at the age of 25, he was crowned as the number one DJ in the world, and became the youngest to be given the honor. Hardwell will perform at the Bill Graham Civic for two nights, and this will be his only appearance in California.
982 Market St.
San Francisco, CA 94102
Date: November 17, 2015 at 8:00 p.m.
Giant rock powerhouse The Cult are touring the country and will be making their stop at the world-famous Warfield in San Francisco mid-month. With hits “Fire Woman” and “Love Removal Machine,” The Cult are sure to bring all your high school nostalgia back to you. Along with songs from chart-toppers Electric, Sonic Temple, Born Into This and their critically-acclaimed 2012 release Choice of Weapon, the band could possibly debut new songs from their upcoming album.
628 Divisadero St.
San Francisco, CA 94117
Date: November 18, 2015 at 8:00 p.m.
If the lesser-known, break-out-stars-of-tomorrow are more your scene, the band Broncho is the perfect choice. With hits featured on HBO (Girls) and in television commercials, the indie rockers wowed the Bay Area back in February opening for Billy Idol, and are now back headlining at the intimate San Francisco venue The Independent. The critically-acclaimed trio from Oklahoma also bring The Shelters, who recently played the Independent with Atlas Genius, and singer-songwriter Pearl Charles as openers.
1807 Telegraph Ave.
Oakland, CA 94612
Date: November 25, 2015 at 8:00 p.m.
Swedish punk outfit Refused will make a stop in Oakland during their latest tour, bringing their politically charged music supporting their latest album Freedom. Their sound is of crunching guitars resonating the sounds of bands they’ve influenced, notably Rage Against The Machine, with a mixture of Muse-like melodic verses, all wrapped into one. The legendary band is not one to be missed.
Date: November 27, 2015 at 8:00 p.m.
After your Thanksgiving feast, sit back and enjoy local favorite Jackie Greene as he celebrates his birthday and brings his down-home rock and blues to the Fox Theater in Oakland. Greene has toured with several bands, including Black Crowes before their demise in 2013, and is still part of the ensemble of Grateful Dead’s Phil Lesh and Friends. Greene plays dozens of shows throughout the Bay Area all year long, which has created a huge following over the past few years, with fans praising his outstanding live performances. Greene’s birthday show usually has some surprise guests, with musicians like Bob Weir and Jason Crosby sitting in with him in the past.
Andrew Wilson started a music webzine to photograph and write about his favorite artists. He quickly notoriety as both a writer and photographer, and has since been published to a variety of national news sites. Andrew resides in the San Francisco Bay Area and is pursuing a degree in landscape photography.