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Best Bay Area Events 2/20-2/26

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Eureka Sound

by Vanessa Gil, Arts & Events Editor

 My brother’s in town! His band, Eureka Sound, is playing in Pacifica on Friday at Longboard Margarita Bar. They’ll be alongside Nick Sefakis, opening up for Blvk H3ro. I haven’t seen him in five months and am glad for a mini reunion. Besides that, here’s what else I’m most excited about for the week of 2/20…


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Our Partner’s Events

Chinese New Year Treasure Hunt
2/24 | Telegraph Hill Neighborhood Center | 555 Chestnut St, SF | 2 p.m. Meet | $15-$65, All ages

The Chinese New Year Treasure Hunt is back on February 24 for the first time since 2020. This urban adventure game is played by hundreds of participants on the colorful streets of Chinatown and North Beach with the annual Chinese New Year Parade as a backdrop. It’s a scavenger hunt for information:  teams collaboratively solve clues leading to off-the-beaten-track locations connected with local history, art and culture.



This Week’s Events

Tuesday, 2/20

Ty Segall
2/20-2/21 | Great American Music Hall | 859 O’Farrell St, SF | 8 p.m | $32-$35

Ty Garrett Segall is a multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter and record producer. music has been described as garage rock, garage rock revival, lo-fi, indie rock and psychedelic rock.



Big Business
2/20 | Bottom of the Hill | 1233 17th St, SF | 7:30 p.m. | $20-$25

Big Business is a band. They play heavy rock. On that, we can all agree. Things get tricky when you try to classify exactly where on the musical spectrum the dynamic duo’s racket falls. Says drummer Coady Willis, “A lot of our songs are fast, and it’s not like we’re playing a half-assed Black Sabbath riff over and over again. We’re a band that doesn’t really fit into what everyone else is doing.”



Wednesday, 2/21

Damian + Stephen Marley: Traffic Jam Tour 2024
2/21 | The Masonic | 1111 California St, SF | 8 p.m. | $45.50-$61

Grammy award-winning brothers Damian “Jr Gong” Marley and Stephen “Ragga” Marley will launch their exclusive Traffic Jam Tour across North America. This marks the inaugural occasion in history when the brothers have jointly presented a curated set, offering a unique showcase to their fans.



TALK: Lord of the Flies & Birds & Bees Tour
2/21 | The Independent | 628 Divisadero St, SF | 8 p.m. | $20-$25, 18+

This singer-songwriter is a mass of positive energy, colour and enthusiasm, bringing a smile to the face of everyone he connects with.



Red Envelope: Lunar New Year Pop-Up
Now-3/3 | Viridian | 2216 Broadway, Oakland | Price varies on orders

Red Envelope is a Lunar New Year Celebration and Pop up From the Folks Behind Acclaimed Bay Area Asian-American Cocktail Bar and Restaurant, Viridian.



Thursday, 2/22

Save Ferris Ft. The Aquadolls
2/22 | Cornerstone | 2367 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley | 8 p.m. | $26-$31

Led by the energetic and dominant stage presence of Monique Powell, Third Wave Ska heroes Save Ferris continue to make new fans with their Ska Punk sound.



NightLife Noise Pop Festival Kick Off w/ Bodysync (Ryan Hemsworth + Giraffage)
2/22 | California Academy of Sciences | 55 Music Concourse Dr, SF | 6 p.m. | $22, 21+

We’ve got live music down to a science. Noise Pop Music and Arts Festival returns with a special set from electronic dance duo Bodysync — aka Ryan Hemsworth and Giraffage!



Magic City Hippies
2/22 | The Regency Ballroom | 1300 Van Ness Ave, SF | 8 p.m. | $25-$39.50

Whether this sunshine funk is all up inside your alley, or even if pink neon signs flashing the words SENSUAL AUDIBLE MASSAGE just have you curious, Magic City Hippies deliver a rare blend of musical talent and touring tenacity, with an uniquely cool and pastel fashion sense offering up funky sweaty smiles aplenty.



Matisyahu: Hold the Fire Tour 2024
2/22 | The UC Theatre | 2036 University Ave, Berkeley | 8 p.m. | $41-$136

Known for his skill in blending a shapeshifting collision of reggae, hip-hop, alt rock and boldly inventive pop – all while paying homage to his spirituality and roots in Judaism – Matisyahu’s live shows consistently provide audiences with a dynamic and energetic performance full of life and illumination.



Friday, 2/23

San Francisco Ballet Presents: Swan Lake
2/23-3/3 | War Memorial Opera House | 301 Van Ness Ave, SF | 8 p.m. | $29-$465

Ballet’s greatest love story returns. Deeply moving and visually stunning, Swan Lake is the quintessential classical ballet, steeped in themes of temptation, jealousy, deception, and drama. Set against Tchaikovsky’s iconic score, Tomasson’s strikingly modern production updates this story of love and betrayal and features sleek and elevated designs by Tony Award–winning Jonathan Fensom.



Blvk H3ro and Nick Sefakis (w/ Eureka Sound)
2/23 | Longboard Margarita Bar | 180 Eureka Dr, Pacifica | 9 p.m. | $25-$250

My brother’s band, Eureka Sound, is in town! They’re opening up the show and then backing up Nick Sefakis. And Blvk H3ro is headlinging the night of reggae music and good vibes.



Michael Rapaport
2/23-2/24 | Cobb’s Comedy Club | 915 Columbus Ave, SF | 7:30 p.m. | $30.25-$45.25

Michael Rapaport is an American actor and comedian. He has appeared in over sixty films since the early 1990s, and starred on the sitcom The War at Home. He also appeared in Boston Public, Friends, Prison Break, Justified, and Atypical.



Cory Wong ft. Monica Martin, w/ special guest LA LOM
2/23 | Fox Theater | 1807 Telegraph Ave, Oakland | 7 p.m. Doors | $35-$149.50

As much as he treasures his roles as a guitarist, composer, and producer, Cory Wong fashions himself “a hype man,” first and foremost. Living up to this classification, he slings a Stratocaster and hurls “dad jokes” from the stage with the same panache, poise, and power.



The Budos Band
2/23 | The Fillmore | 1805 Geary Blvd, SF | 8 p.m. | $48

Whether this is your first rodeo with The Budos Band or you’ve been following them throughout their two-decade run, Frontier’s Edge contains their musical universe — Afrobeat, Ethiopian music, proto-metal, any number of other streams — in microcosm.



Saturday, 2/24

Chinese New Year Parade w/ Awkwafina
2/24 | Market & 2nd St to Kearny St & Columbus Ave, SF | 5:15 p.m. | Free, All ages

The San Francisco Chinese New Year Festival & Parade is thrilled to announce, Awkwafina as this year’s Parade Grand Marshal. Join us on Saturday, February 24 as we usher in the Year of the Dragon.



Fun & Slutty w/ Jonathan Van Ness
2/24 | Fox Theater | 1807 Telegraph Ave, Oakland | 7 p.m. Doors | $49.50-$239.50

Jonathan Van Ness is an Emmy-nominated television personality, 2x New York Times best-selling author, podcaster, comedian and hairstylist to the stars. He is the host and executive producer of the Netflix series “Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness,” based on Jonathan’s popular podcast of the same name.



Suzanne Ciani
2/24 | Grace Cathedral | 1100 California St, SF | 7 p.m. Doors | $64.38, All ages

Suzanne Ciani is a five-time Grammy award-nominated composer, electronic music pioneer, and neo-classical recording artist.



Josh Wolf: Brings Your Kids to Work Tour
2/24 | Palace of Fine Arts | 3301 Lyon St, SF | 7 p.m | $29.50-$49.50

Josh Wolf is an American comedian, actor, and writer. He has written for a number of sitcoms, including All of Us and Cuts. He is best known for his regular appearances on the round table of E!’s late-night talk show Chelsea Lately.



Bong-o Bingo
2/24 | Mission Cannabis Club | 2441 Mission St, SF | 6 p.m. | $15, 21+

Join your stoner hosts DJ Dank, Thee Pristine Condition and Brandelicious for a night of drag performances, mocktails, bingo, and cannabis prizes.



Sunday, 2/25

Van Morrison
2/25-2/26 | Bimbo’s 365 Club | 1025 Columbus Ave, SF | 8 p.m. | $119.50-$350

“It’s a marvelous night for a moon dance”! Van Morrison is a Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, author, poet and multi-instrumentalist, who is widely considered one of the most influential artists in the history of music.



Mitch Rowland
2/25 | The Fillmore | 1805 Geary Blvd, SF | 8 p.m. | $35.25

Mitch Rowland, a singer-songwriter, discovered his passion for guitar music as a young child, inspired by the enchanting sounds of a vintage jukebox. Growing up in Columbus, Ohio, he immersed himself in bands like The Black Crowes and Aerosmith, learning to play drums and guitar on his own.



The Box Shop February Open House
2/25 | The Box Shop | 951 Hudson Ave, SF | 12 p.m. | Free, All ages

Come by and show some love for San Francisco’s last remaining industrial art space. Learn about the artists, their studios, and how they collaborate in metal and industrial arts to build a thriving community. Live Music! Make your own art!



Monday, 2/26

WAJIH’S ART SHOW – The Lapis Collection
2/26 | Oasis | 298 11th St, SF | 5:30 p.m. | Free

Join us at Oasis for a especial Art show hosted by Artist Wajih Sobh. Prepare to be captivated by the mesmerizing world of Abstract Art and the delightful strokes of watercolor paintings.



Black Belt Eagle Scout
2/26 | Rickshaw Stop | 155 Fell St, SF | 7 p.m. | $20-$23

When you stand on ancestral lands it is impossible to be alone. You feel the arms and hands that hold you up, unwilling to let you fall into sorrow or abandonment. In her songs, Katherine Paul has channeled that feeling of being held. In every note she has written a love letter to indigenous strength and healing.



Rad Upcoming Events

2/29 | The UC Theatre | Collie Buddz

3/1 | SF Curran | Bone Thugs-N-Harmony

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

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