Arts and CultureColumnsComedyEat & DrinkMusicSan Francisco

Get Loud! This Week’s Concerts, Parties, and More

The Bay's best newsletter for underground events & news

Every Tuesday our subscribers get this awesome roundup in their inboxes. You should sign up right here to make sure you never miss a thing.

This week has it all – rock n’ roll, poetry, parties… and of course PLENTY of leather! Here’s what we’re most excited about for the week of 9/21/21…

This Week’s Giveaways


We Wanna Send You to See The California Honeydrops!

This Week’s Events

Tuesday, 9/21

Cowgirl Clue

7:00 pm | DNA Lounge, 375 11th Street | $15-25

Cowgirl Clue is changing pop. Each song is doused in glittering light and diffused through a genie lamp – her music is some of the most sanguine, sunshine-wrapped ever made. In bleak times, it’s obviously okay to wallow, but Cowgirl Clue gives us hope that there is happiness right around the corner. Get down to the DNA tonight and add a little sparkle to your life!



Plague Vendor + Lowlives + Decent Criminal

9:00 pm | Ivy Room, 860 San Pablo Avenue, Albany | $15

A fearless, our-way-is-the-hard-way work ethic and famously physical live shows have won Plague Vendor a ferocious fan base. They found their own way between the powerful-but-too-polished sound of right now and the engaging-but-aging reinterpretations of classic punk/rock albums of the 60s and 70s. See them tonight in concert with the Lowlives and Decent Criminal!


Wednesday, 9/22


7:00 pm | The Castro Theatre, 429 Castro Street | $35

Y’all know that I have to give a shoutout to my own hometown heroes – Birmingham, Alabama- based Waxahatchee (aka Katie Crutchfield) is coming to the Castro Theatre and you need to be there! Spinning golden lyrics that tell stories spanning from the American South to New York, Barcelona, and beyond, Waxahatchee’s style of pop-folk with an unmistakable country tinge is a surefire crowd pleaser.


The Princess Bride with Live Orchestra

9/22 and 9/23, 7:30 pm | Davies Symphony Hall, corner of Van Ness Avenue and Grove Street | $75-129

What do you mean you haven’t got your tickets to see Rob Reiner’s comedy classic film The Princess Bride with live soundtrack accompaniment by the SF Symphony? INCONCEIVABLE!!! (And mark your calendars for Friday and Saturday – they’ll be showing Apollo 13 with a live soundtrack too!)


Comedians at Law

8:00 pm | Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Avenue | $22

Because of their passion for comedy and their desperate desire not to practice law, the Comedians at Law joined together to travel the country, deliver their diverse and intelligent brand of humor, and entertain audiences at law schools, bar associations, law firms, comedy clubs and anyone else willing to cut a check that can be used to pay down their student loans. Hold court with them tonight, and get ready to laugh so hard it should be illegal!


Thursday, 9/23

Molecular Whiskey Pairing Outdoor Dinner

6:00 pm | The Midway, 900 Marin Street | $125 +

Four courses + eight whiskies = one damn good dinner experience. The Whisky Education Foundation presents an exclusive evening hosted by Scotch whisky expert Ewan ‘Hendo’ Henderson from Scotland. You’ll be guided through each course, which is expertly paired at a molecular level. Expect a live & interactive show with memorable multi-sensory elements and mouth-watering flavor interactions where fine whiskies and gastronomy combine.


Yours Cruelly, Elvira: An Evening Celebrating the Mistress of the Dark

6:00 pm | Virtual Event | $32

Join Green Apple Books for an unforgettable evening with the Queen of Camp, Elvira herself, the one and only Cassandra Peterson! Celebrating the publication of her memoir Yours Cruelly, Elvira, this virtual discussion with SF’s own Peaches Christ has limited tickets – don’t sleep on it!

Tab Benoit’s Swampland Jam

7:30 pm | Cornerstone, 2367 Shattuck Avenue | $39-44

Laissez les bon temps rouler! Get ready for a mini Mardi Gras! Join Tab Benoit, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, Johnny Sansone, and Waylon Thibodeaux for a Swampland Jam that’ll have you stomping your boots and throwing your hat.

Friday, 9/24

2nd Annual Fisher Bay Area Block Party

2:00 pm | Lake Merritt – entrance at the corner of Franklin Street and 21st Street | $55-100

You know we love a day party – and Australian house music star Fisher knows how to deliver. Prepare to party like never before with Vintage Culture, Blond:ish, Felix Da Housecat, and DJ Minx!


Couch Concerts: Series 1

6:30 pm | Virtual Event | Free 

Produced by the Mission Cultural Center for Latinx Arts and hosted by musician Miguel Martinez, Couch Concerts is an intimate space to get to know the stories of great musicians in the bay area. Featuring stories and music for the whole family, the first part of the series will feature Edgardo Cambon, longtime leader of the Bay Area’s favorite Salsa/Latin Jazz band, Candela.


So Stoked: Down the Rabbit Hole

7:00 pm | DNA Lounge, 375 11th Street | $10-30

Travel down the rabbit hole and discover a rave wonderland… Adventures from beyond the looking-glass await at this techno-funk dance party – chase the white rabbit and get your tickets now!


Analog Soul + DJ M3 + Rodney + Steamy Windows

9:00 pm | Monarch, 101 6th Street | $10-20

Analog Soul, the Brooklyn-based, twin-sister DJ collective known for their diversity in sound, aim to create soundscapes that explore a deeper, groovier side of house, Detroit techno, acid, electro and electronica. Get down to Monarch tonight and explore that soundscape with them, along with three other amazing DJs.


Saturday, 9/25

Red Light Lit

7:00 pm | Make-Out Room, 3225 22nd Street | $15

Join Red Light Lit for an intimate evening of live poetry, storytelling, and song. Featuring a diverse lineup of writers, as well as musical guest Future Twin, this multi-artist showcase promises both laughter and resonating emotional themes.


9:00 pm | The Independent, 628 Divisadero Street | $30

Need something nasty in your life (the good kind of nasty, of course)? Well you’re in luck, cuz DUMPSTAHPUNK is in town! This New Orleans-based outfit is loud, soulful, jazzy, and funky as hell. Wear comfy shoes – you won’t be able to keep from dancing!


The Amy Winehouse Experience

9:00 pm | Brick and Mortar Music Hall, 1610 Mission Street | $22-35

Join the band Lioness for a tribute to a musical flower that was plucked too soon. Made up of musicians carefully selected to maintain the accuracy to the original performances, this crafted show focuses on the vocal talent and soul of Amy, and respectfully recreates the experience of seeing her perform live, at her best.


Sunday, 9/26

Art Bash Live: Fall Fun

10:00 am Virtual Event | Free

Celebrate fall with The CJM’s ArtBash Live! Pick up a free ArtKit (available on Thursday, 9/23 from 2pm to 5pm) filled with exciting supplies; then, on Sunday, join in on Zoom to celebrate the Jewish fall holidays of Sukkot and Simchat Torah through creative fun. People of all ages and backgrounds are invited to join in the fun and make art, so tell a friend!


Park Chalet Oktoberfest

12:00 pm | Park Chalet Garden Restaurant, 1000 Great Highway | Full Dinner and A La Carte Menus

Get out the dirndls and lederhosen – it’s Oktoberfest time! Enjoy live music by Alpine Sound while you stuff yourself full of German fare and a fantastic selection of house-brewed beers. Reserve a private table so you and your friends can get the most out of the experience!


Megahood 2021

11:00 am – 6:00 pm | Centered at the intersection of Folsom Street and 12th Street | Suggested donation: $10

Time for a history lesson: did you know that the first Folsom Street Fair in 1984 was called MEGAHOOD? The event was a stand against gentrification, an insistence on a place for us all, an event that was all about community. Tighten your harness and get your vaxxed-and-masked self into the streets, and celebrate the indomitable spirit and utter hedonistic joy of the SF Leather Community.


Monday, 9/27

Lucy Dacus

8:00 pm | The Fillmore, 1805 Geary Boulevard | $48

Hailed as one of rock’s most promising new voices after her 2016 debut, Lucy Dacus is back with another album and plenty of yearbook-quote-worthy lyrics. Catch her on her North American tour and revel in the rock!

Mark Your Calendar for Next Week

Thursday, 9/30 – Japanese Breakfast with Luna Li

Friday, 10/1 through Sunday, 10/3 – Come What May: Hardly Strictly Everywhere 2021

Saturday, 10/9 – Dead Rabbits Valhalla

Rad Ongoing Events


Every 4th Sunday – Salsa Sundays

Every 3rd Monday – Queer Bowling Night

Through 2024 – Ellen Reid: SOUNDWALK

And don’t forget to check out our Big Bad List of Rad Ongoing Events right here!

Like this article? Make sure to sign up for our mailing list so you never miss a goddamn thing!
Previous post

Second Sky Music Festival Attendees Were Too Tired For This Years Festival Season!

Next post

Veteran Protester Gets Hauled Out of Bush Speech After Calling Him a Liar, War Criminal

Lizzie Locker - Events Editor

Lizzie Locker - Events Editor

Lizzie Locker has been an artist, entertainer, and “glamour girl” since birth. Since 2017, Lizzie has been writing professionally for small businesses, as well as creatively. She has published essays in VIE Magazine, and has written website and social media content for pole dance studios, afterschool programs, and reference sites. At the same time, Lizzie has also continued to develop her performance career at queer nightlife events across the Bay Area. She can be found both onstage and off, reading her stories aloud in bars, emceeing drag and burlesque shows, and producing arts events that defy genre and expectation.