Thanksgiving Throwdowns

Thanksgiving Throwdown

No matter how 2016 has treated you, there’s plenty to be thankful for, like these Thanksgiving weekend shows near you. The events below have been handpicked by our expert in-house curators, who know how to shake some serious turkey leg. So go out there and give it up to the live entertainment gods!


11.25: Minnesota – The Independent, SF ($21+)

11.25: Trus’me, Chvck., Petko Nikolov – Monarch, SF ($10+)

11.25: Vienna Teng – Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, Berkeley ($38+)

11.25: Rising Appalachia – The Catalyst, Santa Cruz ($23+)

11.25: The Spinners – Yoshi’s, Oakland ($39+)

11.26: Booka Shade – The Midway ($30+)

11.26: Borgore – The UC Theatre Taube Family Music Hall, Berkeley ($30+)

11.26: Eliza Skinner – Doc’s Lab, SF ($15+)

11.27: A San Francisco Tribute to Leonard Cohen feat. Conspiracy of Beards – The Chapel, SF ($14+)



11.25: Greg Proops is the Smartest Man in the World – The Bell House, Brooklyn ($15+)

11.25: Anthony da Costa – Rockwood Music Hall, NYC ($12+)

11.25: Robert Randolph and the Family Band present Funksgivin’ Jam – Brooklyn Bowl, Brooklyn ($25+)

11.26: Homeshake – Baby’s All Right, Brooklyn ($12+)

11.26: Chucho Valdes, Joe Lovano Quintet – Birdland, NYC ($50+)

11.26: NY Night Train Soul Clap & Dance Off – The Bowery Ballroom, NYC ($14+)

11.27: Ween – The Capitol Theatre, Port Chester

11.27: Mike Brown & Griffin Newman – Union Hall, Brooklyn ($10+)

11.27: Hard Femme ft. Mr Twin Sister, Sateen, Neocamp, Sandflower – Mercury Lounge, NYC ($10+)



11.25: Dream Panther – The Hi Hat ($7+)

11.25: Booka Shade – Exchange LA ($10+)

11.26: No Man – iO West Theater ($10+)

11.26: Bootie LA: Dranksgiving! – Echoplex ($5+)

11.27: Neil Hamburger LIVE – The Satellite ($8+)

11.27: Rachel Mason and the Starseeds – Bootleg Theater ($7+)



11.25: CFM – The Hideout ($10+)

11.26: Wax – Subterranean ($15+)

11.26: Jim James – Riviera Theatre ($35+)

11.26: Natalia LaFourcade – The Portage Theater ($35+)

11.26: Farris Wheel Thanksgiving | Gene Farris – Spybar (Free before midnight, $10+ after)

11.27: Ulcerate – Reggies Rock Club ($15+)

If You’re Going to San Francisco… It’s Probably to a Ticketfly Show

Ticketfly is now the number one ticketing provider in San Francisco, powering ticketing and marketing for more live music venues than any of our competitorsAnd we’re just getting started; the San Francisco Business Times recently named Ticketfly the fastest-growing technology company in the Bay Area. If you want to find tickets to SF shows or learn more about Ticketfly, click here.

Some prominent new clients in SF include Public Works, Mezzanine, and The Chapel, a new venue in San Francisco’s Mission District which opened with Hardly Strictly Bluegrass after shows featuring Elvis Costello and Steve Earle. Other new venues and promoters include Parish Entertainment Group (San Francisco’s Brick & Mortar Music Hall and The New Parish and Rock Steady in Oakland), Voice Media Group (including SF Weekly), The Catalyst in Santa Cruz, Abstract Entertainment and SBL Entertainment in Sacramento, and Trannyshack San Francisco.

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Help Keep San Francisco’s Iconic Brown Twins Together

If you’ve ever lived in or visited San Francisco, you might have been charmed enough to have the infamous Brown twins cross your path. With head-to-toe matching outfits, flawlessly plucked eyebrows, leopard print coats and a positive spirit that embodies the San Francisco way of life, Marian and Vivian Brown have always been as much of a monument to the city as two 5 foot, 98 lb women could ever be. Over the past few months, the city has witnessed the very rare and heartbreaking site of Marian Brown roaming the city streets alone, even polishing off the whole piece of chocolate cake she and her sister used to share for lunch in an effort to stave off some of her sadness.

As her sister Vivian lay in a hospital bed at California Pacific Medical Center, the inseparable twins’ future together hangs in the balance. The onset of Alzheimer’s and a couple of bad falls have left Vivian unable to care for herself and the twins are unsure if the looming medical expenses will be manageable, or if they’ll ever be able to live together again. Continue reading

Tag, You’re It! A Great Idea For Facebook Fan Engagement

by Amy Miller, Community Manager

Hey promoters! Courtesy of the Icelandic pop band Of Monsters and Men, here’s an awesome idea for getting your fans to interact with your Facebook page post-show. And it seems to be working. They have over 100K Facebook friends and over 13K fans talking about them this week alone.

Snap a photo of the crowd during a show and create a post the following day encouraging people to tag their own happy faces. It will get your Page more fans as they share the photo and it makes them feel like you care that they showed up! Love it. I guess all those Omega-3s are good for creativity. This was an attempt at a fish joke. Sorry, Iceland, it’s Friday.

Client Success Stories: Parish Entertainment Group in the Bay Area

Venue Background
Parish Entertainment Group is a production company and trio of independent arts and entertainment venues that has some of the Bay Area’s most diverse music events, as well as food and upscale cocktails. The group is comprised of three venues: the New Parish, a 450-capacity space in Oakland, CA; Brick & Mortar, a 250-capacity music hall in San Francisco; and the Rock Steady in Oakland, a 100-capacity DJ club. The venues host a variety of artists almost every evening, from Estelle to Shellac, Pinback and the Bay’s own Too $hort. Parish has made significant contributions to the revitalization of the independent music scene in both Oakland’s downtown and San Francisco’s Mission District.

Parish Entertainment Group venues focus on live music. The venues needed a way to streamline their ticketing process and sell more advance tickets. If Parish could rely less on walk-up sales, they would be able to better manage staffing, security and marketing. Staff had previously spent hours publishing events, and had few measurement tools to correlate ticket sales with marketing efforts. Management understood the potential for growing revenue and saving time once the right ticketing system was put into place.

The New Parish, Brick and Mortar and Rock Steady each host hundreds of shows a year. Management integrated Ticketfly in the latter half of 2011, including Ticketfly’s branded websites, and began training staff with the help of Ticketfly’s client support team. Parish Entertainment Group began using Ticketfly’s Backstage content management system to build landing pages for shows and Ticketfly’s automated social marketing allowed people to share and RSVP to events, exposing more of their friends to shows and spreading the word. Ticketfly’s email marketing tools saved staff hours of time, enabled greater personalization for subscribers, and helped to regularly sell out shows in advance.

A comprehensive ticketing system that served all three venues helped staff easily manage marketing efforts, and streamlined the ticketing infrastructure for future venues. Rock Steady, the group’s third venue, opened in early 2012 and marketing and events staff were able to easily incorporate the new venue into existing the existing system. Buzz surrounding Brick & Mortar as a popular venue for indie bands generated interest from a prominent blog promoting their New Year’s Eve party, which sold out the event weeks in advance.

Parish Entertainment Group venues were the first to use the Ticketfly Facebook App as a beta partner, and this new application had a direct impact on Parish’s bottom line. In the first month, Parish’s three venues generated 25 percent of advance ticket sales on Facebook.

Parish saw advance ticket sales increase more than 500% during the first six months of the Ticketfly integration, and started selling branded sponsorships that further leveraged website and social marketing visibility. Parish Entertainment Group was named Rookie of the Year during Ticketfly’s 2012 Client Summit and the Ticketfly staff regularly hangs out in their awesome venues. Follow New Parish and Brick and Mortar and you can too!

Video From Our First Annual Client Summit

Last month, some Ticketfly clients came to San Francisco to spend a couple of days with us talking about the past, planning for the future, looking at marketing best practices, giving us some very valuable feedback. Over those two days, we got some great footage that we wanted to share. Check it out below!

If you’d like to learn more about working with Ticketfly and attending next year’s marketing summit, head over to

SF Hackers: Come Chop Up our API and Make Some Cool Stuff With Us!

by Amy Miller, Community Manager

This weekend in San Francisco is the music hacker nerd party of the year, and we’ll be there, along with a handful of other innovative music tech companies – including Spotify, Soundcloud, Rdio, Rootmusic, The Echo Nest and more. Music Hack Day is a great way for our engineers and others to frankenstein the publicly available Ticketfly API and come up with innovative music integrations. The event gathers some of the most talented developers in the music industry to shape the future of music.

The developers who come up with the most innovative concepts during the weekend will win two NoisePop badges. OOohhh!!

This year’s Noise Pop line-up includes:
The Flaming Lips (what?!)
The Dodos
Die Antwoord
Wye Oak
Archers of Loaf
….and many many more.

(Not to worry. Nerds from out of town will be able to choose a Ticketfly event in their own city.) Secondary prizes available for our other favorite ideas!

Should be a grand time!

Follow us @ticketfly and watch #musichackday on Twitter to learn more.

A Benefit for SF Giants Fan Bryan Stow this Saturday!

On opening day in 2011, San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stowe was brutally attacked outside of Dodger Stadium and has sustained life-threatening injuries. After almost 5 months in the hospital, Bryan has finally been moved to a long-term rehabilitation unit. As you can imagine, his medical costs are a tremendous burden for his family to bear. The Giants community and the people of San Francisco continue to show support. This Saturday at The Uptown Theatre in Napa, Giants 3rd base coach Tim Flannery and his Irish folk band The Lunatic Fringe are holding a benefit for Bryan. Bob Weir will be a special guest. And Giants fans are guaranteed to see some special guests from the baseball world! It’s not often that we tell ya to go to show that we aren’t selling tickets for, so you KNOW it’s a good cause! And what’s good for the San Francisco community, live music, and a fellow fan in need…is good for us.

Get tickets over on the Uptown site or click the poster!

The 2012 Ticketfly Marketing Summit Rocked Our World!

by Amy Miller, Ticketfly Community Manager

This week, Ticketfly had the great pleasure of bringing over 100 of our clients out to San Francisco for the first annual #TicketflySummit. Held at Union Square’s Parc 55 Hotel, the Summit was equal parts learning, testimonials, music, parties, bonding and workshopping. Partners in attendance included The Troubadour, Congress Theatre, IMP Presents, Sunset Promotions, Danny Zelisko, Monqui Presents, Austin City Limits, R5 Productions, Knitting Factory Entertainment and many many more. As a young company, this was the first time we’ve really been able to get so many of our valued clients in one room and be able to share our experience and knowledge while getting their feedback. It was magic!

Here were some highlights!


We kicked things off with a party at 111 Minna. DJ Aaron Axelsen provided the soundtrack and Peter Solmssen provided some of the scenery. It was incredible to see so many of the country’s most influential live music promoters getting drunk in one room. If a bomb had hit, the touring industry would have taken a real dive. Too morbid? Probably. During the party, we also got some live interviews with Ticketfly clients. In response to the question “Why Ticketfly?,” we tended to hear the same things over and over- Product, Support, Social features and a team that “gets it.” Almost everyone we interviewed said that Ticketfly has saved them tons of time since they switched. We’re glad we could free up some partying time for you guys!


The first full day of our conference started out with some opening remarks from CEO Andrew Dreskin and CTO Sean Porter about Ticketfly’s goals for 2012 and where we stand in the industry. The term “Death Star” may or may not have been thrown around. Perhaps the highlight of the day for some of the newer promoters in the room was the war stories-trading panel between industry pioneers Danny Zelisko and Seth Hurwitz. On the post-merger switch to Ticketfly, Seth commented: “I just couldn’t have my competition selling my tickets.” The day rolled along with in-depth panels from Facebook, The Roxy and Ticketfly’s Community Manager. And of course, it wouldn’t be a Ticketfly event without another party. We took the crew to dinner and drinks until the wee hours. It didn’t feel that awesome the next day.


Our final day of festivities was probably the most lively. The topics of the day were branding your venue, and promoters working together, which is always a taboo topic in the promotions world. The conference panel held the likes of IMP Presents, Austin City Limits, PopGun Booking and Johnny Brenda’s. The Satellite’s post-Summit newsletter puts it best:

“My big takeaway was that venues need to stick together – because at the end of the day, the more that people are going to shows (at any club), the better off we all are. With all the great bands out there, why compete when we can instead strengthen our music communities and our neighborhoods (even if at the expense of our livers)?” Amen, Satellite!

To close things out, The Fly Awards recognized some of our most stellar partners. A few lucky winners:

R5 Productions- Best All-Around Use of Social Media
DAYGLOW, LLC- Best Facebook Sales
Knitting Factory Entertainment- Best All-Around Use of Ticketfly’s Tools

I wish we could give everyone an award! It’s difficult to put into words how beneficial this week has been for both us and our partners, and how amazing our clients are. We are looking forward to a productive and successful 2012 for Ticketfly and the live events industry. It’s exciting to be on a disruptive team and have some of the country’s top promoters joining in the fun. And with the immediately post-conference Facebook announcement we’re certainly not showing any signs that we are slowing!

How did we end the final afternoon of our Summit? Well, yeah obviously. #hairofthedog

If you’d like more info on becoming a Ticketfly partner, check us out at!

Red Devil Lounge, SF Joins Ticketfly for The New Year and Has a Gift for YOU!

Two holiday seasons ago, the Ticketfly team had our annual staff party at Red Devil Lounge. A lot of the night is pretty foggy but one thing we knew for sure- this is a beautiful venue in the heart of San Francisco’s Polk St district that really knows how to throw a party. We see shows there frequently and a few of our favorite artists seem pretty partial to Red Devil as well, including KRS-One and English Beat. As all you artists and venue owners know, if the artists are treated right then you’re gonna get a better show. It’s a San Francisco venue that can’t be missed and we’re happy to say that now you can get tickets for all Red Devil shows on Ticketfly!

In honor of the New Year, Red Devil’s Sweet 16, and other new beginnings, the RDL guys want to reward their loyal customers with a Half Off Sale! Check out this message from the horse’s mouth and then go get some tickets tomorrow!

RED DEVIL LOUNGE: SWEET 16 / HALF OFF SALE! This Wed 1/11/12 at 10:00am

“The Red Devil Lounge is turning 16 this year, and to mark our coming of age, we plan on celebrating all year long. We kick things off by offering half-off tickets for all of our shows. This kick ass deal is exclusively through our ticketing partner Ticketfly. You can buy tickets to any show at the Red Devil Lounge for 50% of the normal fee this Wednesday, January 11 between 10:00am and 2:00pm. This includes shows from Nikka Costa, The Fixx and Tom Tom Club, Storm Large, The Aggrolites, The Toasters, Hugh Cornwell of the Stranglers, Glen Matlock of the Sex Pistols and everything else on the calendar.  All you need to do is go to the Red Devil Lounge website, pick your favorite shows, and when prompted, use the access code.

Get the access code and RSVP to the sale over on Facebook!

Head over to and pick your poison!


This promotion is on a first come, first served basis, and a limited amount of tickets are available. You can purchase a maximum of 2 tickets per shows. As always, you must be 21 or over with a valid ID.”

Don’t forget!

Like Red Devil on Facebook

Follow Red Devil on Twitter

Check out their brand new Ticketfly-powered website!