The 10 Most Beautiful Music Venues in California


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California has arguably born and bred more legendary musicians -- and been the subject of more recognizable tunes -- than just about anywhere in the world. From monumental festivals featuring golden-voiced idols, to suburban garages housing the next rock virtuosos, the west is bursting with musical prowess.

Thankfully, California has no shortage of stunning venues to showcase them, including outdoor amphitheaters, former speakeasies, grandiose theaters and brilliantly designed halls that are a treat for both the ears and the eyes.

Great American Music Hall in San Francisco 

The Great American Music Hall opened its doors in 1907 at a time of recovery and renewal for the city of San Francisco. This spectacular hall of marble columns, rich aged wood, embellished frescoes and grand balconies now houses professional-grade sound equipment and a contemporary kitchen, making it an ideal venue for a variety of performances and private events.

The Sweetwater Music Hall in Mill Valley 

Although intimate and considered a "neighborhood nightclub" by local patrons, the Sweetwater Music Hall is a world-class entertainment venue with the talent and design typical of its more opulent brethren. The renovated retro-chic bar and French-inspired interior, state-of-the-art recording equipment and down-home ambiance give The Sweetwater a unique aesthetic of warmth and welcome.

The Fox Theater in Oakland

Nearly fifty years ago, the original Fox Theater sadly closed its doors to the public, only to be completely renovated, remastered, and reopened in 2009. With seemingly miles of striking gold paneling offset by stained-glass light fixtures and opulent cabaret-style seating, the Fox brings more than just a touch of class to Oakland’s Uptown District. And, it’s not merely another dazzling venue -- the surrounding building is home to the tuition-free Oakland School for the Arts.

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