The Independent, San Francisco, CA

Over 10 Years and 2500+ shows later! While producing over 2,500 shows and events with over one million tickets sold in its first 10 years, The Independent has become a premiere venue not only in San Francisco, but the entire world. The venue has presented a varied and diverse format that spans all genres, from indie rock and comedy to hip-hop and EDM and everything in between. Locally owned and internationally renowned, The Independent has become a favorite venue of artists on tour as well as for the local community. Noted for its robust sound and lights, perfect sightlines and a professional, courteous staff, the venue has become a staple for musicians, touring professionals and fans alike. Rostam Batmangli of Vampire Weekend states, "The Independent was a venue where we could connect with each person who came to see us. We played there a few times as we were coming up and each time that connection grew stronger." Many of today's hottest artists began playing shows in San Francisco at The Independent including Vampire Weekend, LCD Soundsystem, Fun., Bon Iver, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Foster the People, Miguel, Disclosure, M.I.A., The xx, Zedd, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Pretty Lights and The National. Legends like Levon Helm, Erasure, Phil Lesh, Jimmy Cliff, The Original Meters, Gregg Allman, Taj Mahal and Dr. John have also graced the venue's stage over the years. Superstar acts such as Green Day, The Black Eyed Peas, Phoenix, John Legend, Sonic Youth, Arctic Monkeys, Dave Chappelle and Beck have performed underplays at the intimate 500-capacity club. The Independent has also been instrumental in developing the careers of San Francisco Bay Area's most talented musicians including Nicki Bluhm and The Gramblers, Thee Oh Sees, Tycho, Lyrics Born, Sean Hayes, Geographer, Tea Leaf Green, The Devil Makes Three, ALO, Zion-I, The Stone Foxes, Brett Dennen, Rogue Wave, The Dodos, and Ty Segall. Scott Hansen (Tycho) said, "The Independent is not only my favorite venue to see live music, it has also been instrumental in shaping our own live show. From seeing my first shows in San Francisco there to playing on its stage myself, The Indy is a very special place for me." Over the past decade The Independent has been a catalyst for the resurgence and burgeoning growth of the NOPA district, which has transformed into one of San Francisco's hottest neighborhoods with great restaurants, bars and boutiques. Owner of NOPA restaurant Allyson Jossel remarks, "The Independent is a cornerstone of the neighborhood. They bring culture, diversity through music and a great sense of community to our street. The relationship between NOPA and The Indy is one of mutual respect and intertwined goals. We are both committed to pleasing people whether it's with food or entertainment." Pollstar Magazine ranked The Independent #30 in the world in 2013 for tickets sold in music venues under 3,000-capacity, of which The Independent is the smallest to be included in the Top 100. With a continuous schedule of emerging and varied performers on stage, The Independent plays a vital role in San Francisco's storied live music past, present and future and is proud to serve as the foundation of a continuously evolving NOPA district.


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