As if 365 days wasn’t enough, the universe decided to give us an extra day this year. Sure, February 29 falls on a Monday—damn you, universe!—but don’t let an extra work day get you down. Instead, get jumpin’ with these Leap Day shows, parties and stand-up.
From “lo-fi surf-wop” to “electronic art-pop,” you can always count on L.A. to deliver 24/7/366—and on the cheap, too!
Sad Girl, Walter, Clean Spill – Resident; Los Angeles ($5+)
Bright Missiles, Jubilo Drive, Bedbugs, Ghosts In Pocket – Silverlake Lounge; Los Angeles (Free)
David Bowie Tribute Show – The Echo; Los Angeles ($5+)
Wild Wild Horses – Echoplex; Los Angeles (Free)
The Controversy and Pom Poms – The Satellite; Los Angeles (Free)
The Gromble, Partybaby, Work Friend – The Wayfarer; Costa Mesa (Free)
Valentine’s Day is coming. You know what that means: roses, chocolates, candlelight dinners, and Cannibal Corpse. Oh, death metal isn’t your idea of romance? We’ve got plenty of other options, from concerts and dance parties to comedy and burlesque shows. This V-Day weekend, skip the overpriced restaurants, grab your shorty—or find one there—and get serenaded by some sweet sounds at one of these ‘fly events near you.
San Francisco / Bay Area
Before you drop the needle on that Marvin Gaye record, get it on at one of these funk, acid house, Latin jazz or ‘80s parties.
2.12: Dam-Funk with Egyptian Lover – The Ritz; San Jose ($25+)
2.12: Con Brio with Water Strider – The Independent; SF ($25)
2.12: Pete Tong, Lauren Lane and Torro – Public Works; SF ($15+)
2.13: Midi Matilda with Meet Me In Orbit and Talkie – Neck of the Woods; SF ($7+)
2.13: Love Junkie: A Fundraiser for George Mahal – Public Works; SF ($15+)
2.13: Love & Bossa with Masha Campagne & Voz da Lapa – Doc’s Lab; SF ($12+)
2.13: Tainted Love with Lef Deppard – Bimbo’s 365 Club; SF ($25+)
2.13: The English Beat – The Ritz; San Jose ($20+)
2.14: A Special Valentine’s Day Show with Sophie B. Hawkins – The Chapel; SF ($22+)
2.14: Lance Desardi – Monarch; SF ($5+)
2.14: Mass Gothic with MAZED and Screature – Rickshaw Stop; SF ($10+)
2.14: Pete Escovedo Latin Jazz Orchestra – Yoshi’s Oakland; Oakland ($45+)
2.14: Electric Squeezebox Orchestra – Doc’s Lab; SF ($10+)
2.15: The Skiffle Players feat Cass McCombs, Farmer Dave Scher, Neal Casal, Dan Horne & Aaron Sperske – Sweetwater Music Hall; Mill Valley ($22+)
2.16: SIRENS, Octazooka and Jonah Sunn – Hotel Utah; SF ($8+)
2.16: Radiation City and Deep Sea Diver – Rickshaw Stop; SF ($12+)
Take on Super Bowl 50 for the win. Laces out, party down!
Finally! The big game has arrived. It’s time to party in the name of Super Bowl 50. Who knew on that fateful day back in 1967 that a humble game would turn into a worldwide spectacle. Will Peyton get one more win before a potential retirement, or will Cam bring home the first Super Bowl title for the Panthers? Will the real MVP be Coldplay? Your guess is as good as ours. Either way, we lined up the best shows, the best viewing parties (read: free), and the best events happening in both team’s hometowns, right here. Since the game is happening in our backyard, we made sure to cover the Bay Area, too. Game on.
We’ve got a lot to celebrate as we look back on 2015. There was that whole joining forces with Pandora thing(!!!), a kick-ass festival season and the addition of dozens of new partners to our #FlyFam. That said, 2015 is old news and we can’t wait for all the exciting new opportunities that 2016 holds. To celebrate, our partners across the country are closing out the year with everything from classic ballroom events and throwback dance parties to EDM ragers and soul shakedowns. Don’t drop the ball and miss these fly New Year’s Eve events taking place at a concert hall/ice rink/tent/bowling alley near you.
San Francisco Bay Area
- 12.31: Party like it’s 1988 with R&B and pop icon Jody Watley and Shalamar Reloaded, featuring new members Nate Allen Smith and dancer/vocalist Rosero McCoy. The trio is known for dazzling performances that combine both throwback hits and songs from Watley’s retro-futuristic new album, Paradise. Hey, it’s a new year. Why not start by “Looking For a new Love”? – Yoshi’s Oakland, Oakland ($69+)
- 12.31: Wanna get funky? Look no further than the NYE Funk/Soul/Disco Party with Afrolicious. The San Francisco institution has been rockin’ nine years strong as one of the premiere productions for global funk. To ring in 2016, they’re bringing their friends Zeb Early’s Smoked Out Soul and Will Magid, in addition to a performance by the eight-piece Afrolicious band and DJ sets from the crew’s Pleasuremaker and Ozgood. – Rickshaw Stop, SF ($30+)
- 12.31: Stay classy with Tainted Love, Quinn Deveaux and the Blue Beat Review, and the Cottontails. That’s 80s covers, modern soul and “American musical styles from the 1920s to the 1980s,” respectively. Need anything else? Fine. There’ll be a champagne toast, ball drop and a special appearance by the girl in the fishbowl! Good? Good. – Bimbo’s 365 Club, SF ($60+)
- 12.31: The thought of putting on a black tie or cocktail dress got you feeling nauseous? Forget the formalities and just dance to famed UK electronic duo Simian Mobile Disco. Tech-house pioneer Jay Tripwire and local boy Matt Hubert get the party started. – Public Works, SF ($20+)
- 12.31: It’s chilly out. Warm up with a room full of burly beards at Bearracuda’s NYE bash and dance until 4 a.m. at one of the most prolific gay dance parties in the country. – BeatBox, SF ($20+)
- 12.31: Mayer Hawthorne closes 2015 with his infectious retro soul and bouncy funk with a performance at The Independent. He’s had a pretty good year, we’d say. Tuxedo, his project with producer Jake One, released their debut in March—and it’s still in heavy rotation. He’s joined by the man who set his career in motion, Stones Throw Records founder Peanut Butter Wolf. Can’t swallow all that awesomeness? The open bar should help. – The Independent, SF ($135+)
- 12.31: Party with spirit as the funky SF-based ensemble Con Brio welcomes 2016. The band will be joined by Planet Booty, which is not a sci-fi porno but a hilarious electro-funk outfit. With song titles such as “Das Booty” and “Freak Inside,” we’d suggest bringing your twerking shoes. – The Chapel, SF ($45+)
- 12.31: Solid Gold Jacuzzi’s New Year’s Eve party features a monster lineup anchored by headlining duo Thugfucker. The name’s a little villainous, but it also sounds like vigilante heroes who take out bad guys by … nevermind. What we do know is that the tag team spins everything from house to minimal to chillout. Sleight of Hands, Mozhgan, Navid Izadi and Benjamin K round out the party. – Monarch, SF ($20+)
- 12.31: Let Phutureprimitive’s blissful electronic beats possess you during the Juke Joint 2015 New Year’s Eve party in Sebastopol. There will also be a silent disco, so you can really get lost in the music. – HopMonk Taver, Sebastopol ($20+)
- 12.31: Love roots rock? The Weight’s NYE Celebration is “the real deal.” The Weight features members of The Band, Levon Helm Band and other legendary acts. Helping close out the year is Moonalice, another supergroup of veteran performers. – Sweetwater Music Hall, Mill Valley ($75+)
- 1.1: Start the new year with a well-balanced meal of house, funk, hip-hop, electro, breakbeats and more at the Space Cowboy DJs’ Breakfast of Champions 2016. The party starts at 6 a.m. and doesn’t stop until 6 p.m. We highly recommend a power nap between the NYE ball drop and the Breakfast bass drop. – The Midway, SF ($25+)
It feels like just last week we were congratulating our local partners selected as “the Best of San Francisco 2013” by SF Weekly, but the 2014 awards are out. Congratulations to all our partners and friends who made the cut this time around (including Another Planet Entertainment for the hat trick: the Independent, Outside Lands, and the Bill Graham Civic)! These venues and promoters deserve a serious round of applause for keeping the pulse of the Bay upbeat and winning the love of many.
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The Bay Area is spoiled with great cuisine; there are fantastic restaurants and hidden gems everywhere. It’s foodie paradise, and living here will turn you into a certified food snob (but hey– we love it). That’s why we’re eagerly awaiting SF Chefs, San Francisco’s premier food, wine, and spirits festival coming July 28th thru August 4th.
The best chefs in the world will be escaping their kitchens and migrating to downtown SF for gourmet tastings, parties, dinners, lessons, and tons of fun events. Everyone from celebrity chefs like Joanne Weir, to renowned restauranteurs like Gary Danko are going to be there.
San Francisco IS the leader in conscious living and sustainable farming/fishing/ranching, so it goes without a doubt that this festival is environmentally-friendly and supports a handful of charities. A generous portion of the proceeds will be given to the Center for Education About Sustainable Agriculture (CUESA), Meals On Wheels of San Francisco, the San Francisco and Marin Food Banks, La Cocina, and the Golden Gate Restaurant Association Scholarship Foundation, among others.
Without further adieu, here’s the 2013 schedule and recap video from last year’s festival: