Welcome to our Sober & Empty series. Explore your favorite venue, or maybe a new one, like you’ve never seen them before: sober and, well, empty.
Great American Music Hall is known as a San Francisco classic. It’s been around more or less continuously since its 1907 opening. The 5,000 square foot, 600 person capacity nightclub was voted the #6 venue in America by Rolling Stone in 2013 and has been known for its wide range of bookings, from burlesque shows to folk concerts.
The past of the venue has been a rocky one – it originally opened as Blanco’s, known as an entertainment hot spot up until the Great Depression. It closed temporarily, reopened as the Music Box, and was flooded with guests once again. There was a brief stint where it closed yet again, reopened as a jazz club, and transitioned ownership multiple times. Great American Music Hall, as we know it, opened in 1972 with a wide range of talent on the bookings.
Great American Music Hall has been the home to many recordings, ranging from Grateful Dead’s album One from the Vault to Herbie Mann’s All Blues/Forest Rain to Robin Williams’ HBO special “An Evening with Robin Williams”. The venue recently had the honor of hosting Prince’s after party last year after his final Bay Area performance.
As for the actual venue space, Great American Music Hall has a state of the art sound system and lighting. It is equipped with two full service bars, one on each floor, and a fully operational kitchen that serves balcony seated tables for reserved seating shows.
Be sure to check out the venue for yourself, to experience the grandeur of the 1900s with a modern twist. Its historical references seem to add something unique to performances. Until then, you can see our run through below, sober and empty.
Great American Music Hall is located at 859 O’Farrell St, San Francisco, CA 94109.
Now that you’ve seen it empty, be sure to check it out this weekend for a show.
May 26, 2017 | Sleepy Sun with Golden Void, Matt Baldwin | tickets
May 27, 2017 | Fleetwood Mask | tickets
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