DROP IN ON ONE of these or other neighborhood clubs (see sidebar) and you
are just as likely to catch a jam by locals Carlos Santana, Tom Waits or Sammy
Hagar as you are to hear your neighbor performing at an open mic. The challenge
is choosing which of the county’s multiple music shows to attend. Local acts to
watch for include Matt Jaffe & the Distractions, whose award-winning single
“Backs of Our Eyelids” was a finalist in the 2013 International Song writing
Competition, and the funk-revival Monophonics, with mind-melting music
evoking ’70s blaxploitation flicks. There’s also Fairfax’s Beso Negro, whose dark
and infectious Gypsy swing moves even those with two left feet to dance till they
drop, and Soul Pie, with hard-edged contemporary-rock guitar riffs Jimmy Page
would adore. For pointers in the right direction, check out localmusicvibe.com,
a list of shows and venues developed by locals Dave and Shelley Champine. Then
go hear some music — it’s all happening right here in Marin.
More Music Venues
Harmonia (formerly The Plant Studios), 2200
Bridgeway, Sausalito, 415.596.6870. Reggae, roots,
Americana, pop, rock and country. harmoniamarin.com
No Name Bar, 757 Bridgeway, Sausalito, 415.332.1392.
Jazz, blues, rock, roots and open mic.
Seahorse, 305 Harbor Drive, Sausalito, 415.331.2899.
Salsa, tango, jazz, funk and blues. sausalitoseahorse.com
MILL VALLE Y
142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton, Mill
Valley. Jazz, big band, jam, roots, choral, classical and
Fourth Street Tavern, 711 Fourth Street, San Rafael,
415.454.4044. Rock, blues, alternative, country, roots,
Gypsy and Americana.
George’s, 842 Fourth Street, San Rafael. Dance, rock,
pop, jazz, swing and disco. georgesnightclub.com
Panama Hotel, 4 Bayview Street, San Rafael,
415.457.3993. Jazz, blues and swing. panamahotel.com
Finnegan’s Marin, 877 Grant Avenue, Novato,
415.899.1516. Rock, Americana, country, acoustic,
singer/songwriter, open mic and karaoke.
19 Broadway, 17 Broadway, Fairfax, 415.459.1091.
Reggae, hip-hop, alternative, funk, soul, beat and rock.
Peri’s Bar, 29 Broadway, Fairfax, 415.459.9910. Rock,
soul, blues, jam, open mic and writer meetups.
The Sleeping Lady, 23 Broadway, Fairfax, 415.485.1182.
Blues, rock, roots, Irish night, ukulele jams and open
Rancho Nicasio, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio,
415.662.2219. Rock, country, Americana, blues, singer/
songwriter, old-timey and international.
Smiley’s Schooner Saloon, 41 Wharf Road, Bolinas.
Rock, funk, country, Gypsy, jam, jazz, open mic
Old Western Saloon, 11201 State Route 1, Point Reyes
Station, 415.663.1661. Blues, country, rockabilly,
Americana, roots and singer/songwriter.