15 of the Best Live Music Venues in the Sacramento Area
Sacramento has a thriving music scene, as the city is passionate about the arts and expressing creativity in the form of music. There are several bands that got their start in Sacramento, and some even play at local venues from time to time.
The city and its surrounding communities host a number of live music venues, from cozy bars featuring local artists to massive arenas attracting the world’s best musicians. Take a look at these lively venues in the area, check their event schedule, and make plans for an evening of live music.
The Sacramento Memorial Auditorium is one of the most recognizable and beloved buildings in the region, and is even listed on the National Historic Register. Since the auditorium opened in 1927, it has housed a variety of events, from the Beach Boys and Rolling Stones to Death Cab for Cutie and The Killers. Take a look at the Sacramento Memorial Auditorium’s list of upcoming events so you can experience this historic theater for yourself.
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Ace of Spades is a premier destination in Northern California for live music and world-class entertainment since the venue opened its doors in 2011. Located in the heart of the hip and historic R Street Corridor downtown, this lively spot is surrounded by nationally recognized bars and restaurants. Experience the intimate setting at Ace of Spades, where you will be positioned no further than 100 feet from the stage. Take a look at their upcoming shows to be a part of the excitement at Ace of Spades!
There is always a party going on at Powerhouse Pub in Folsom, featuring live music, the area’s best DJs, and exotic cocktails in a comfortable setting. Those 21 and over can experience a range of music throughout the week — including blues music on Sundays, karaoke with a live band on Tuesdays, rock and roll on Wednesdays, country music on Thursdays, and a variety of live music on Fridays and Saturdays.
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Shine is a local and independent cafe and live music venue, serving specialty coffee, food and a variety of drinks. Stop by as early as 6:30 a.m. on weekdays for your coffee and breakfast fix, and stay as late as 11 p.m. for their various events, open mic nights and live music performances throughout the week. Shine serves local craft beers and hard cider — or some coffee if you need some extra energy during the show!
El Dorado Saloon & Grill provides the perfect atmosphere for relaxing with family and friends over a meal — especially with their new outdoor patio. Make the experience even more magical with their weekly entertainment lineup, featuring music each Friday and Saturday night from 9:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.
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The Club Car is a cozy restaurant and lounge in Old Town Auburn hosting a plethora of live music events each weekend. Stay informed about The Club Car’s next live music nights by following them on Facebook!
Placerville Public House is situated in the heart of historic Placerville, serving a rotating selection of craft beer, local wines and fresh bites. They are also known for their weekly social events, including Game Night on Taco Tuesday, Pint & Flight Nights on Thursdays, and live music on Friday and Saturday evenings in addition to Sunday afternoons. Hear a variety of music styles amidst the comfortable pub atmosphere of Placerville Public House.
Some of the biggest names in the music industry make a stop at Golden 1 Center on their national or international tours, making this one of the most well-known music venues in the city. Explore their list of events to see if your favorite band or musician is coming to the Golden 1 Center in the near future! You might just get tickets for an upcoming Kings game while you’re at it.
This 1920s-era speakeasy is the perfect place to unwind with a cocktail, beer, or a bite to eat — amidst their eclectic and inviting atmosphere. In addition to their exceptional menu, The Shady Lady Saloon features live music five nights a week, including both local and touring artists. The lineup includes a variety of styles, including Jazz Sacramento, blues and country.
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This restored historic theater in the heart of downtown is the site of many community events, concerts, and foreign and independent film exhibitions. While Crest certainly shows a number of films on a weekly basis, the theater hosts a variety of musical performances as well. Check out their calendar to see what’s in store! Make sure you stop by Empress Tavern, a full-service restaurant and bar, located in the basement of Crest Theater.
Sacramento Community Center Theater is perfectly situated in the middle of downtown, directly across from Capitol Park and near hotels, restaurants, bars and shops. This 2,398-seat theater is a popular venue for audiences and presenters alike. Check out their list of upcoming events — featuring incredible musicians, comedians, Broadway musicals and more.
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Venture to The Boardwalk in Orangevale for a one-of-a-kind live music experience. This restored venue features delicious food, great service, fun events and friendly employees — all in a vibrant and exciting space. Take a look at their upcoming events schedule to book your next concert!
The Mondavi Center is a renowned performing arts venue located on the campus of UC Davis. This is a popular concert venue for UC Davis students, residents of Davis, and those throughout the Sacramento region. Take a look at the Mondavi Center’s upcoming events, featuring music, dance, theater and other artistic performances.
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Fox & Goose is a historic pub housed in a gorgeous brick building that what was once the Fuller Paint and Glass Company. Choose from their tantalizing selection of draught beers, fine wines, wide selection of liquors, and a full menu — and don’t miss their infamous live music events five nights a week.
House of Oliver is an upscale wine bar with cheese and charcuterie boards, pairing plates, an excellent selection of wine, and handcrafted cocktails. Don’t miss their happy hour from 3–6 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, and stick around for live music every Friday and Saturday evening from 7–11 p.m. on their outdoor patio. In the event of bad weather, the live music will be moved indoors. Follow House of Oliver on Facebook to stay up-to-date on their live music events!
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