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Super fun venue - decent beer selection, cool decor, great bands. What more could you ask for?!
I've seen a handful of shows here and have always been pleased with not having a huge wait to get in or the usual cluster that can come with some concerts. My most memorable experience was Capital Cities which was such a great show and they even did an additional DJ set immediately after the finished. It was such a great time and the venue provided lots of space to be able to dance and enjoy yourself!
Great acoustic and can see the show fine from just about anywhere. Haven't been there in ages. Last shows Bo Didley and Diamanda Galas. Fortunate to catch it in the very old days. Saw Cream back to back weekends and they were second bill both times for Paul Butterfield Blues Band and The Electric Flag(Michael Bloomfield's band just after breaking up with Paul. What an Exceptional Place!
The Fillmore is totally legendary. When you go to a concert there you immediately understand why they have been such an iconic venue and hosted the high caliber of acts that they have. The show floor is intimate and there literally isn't a bad spot in the house. I imagine that The Fillmore would make even a mediocre band excellent live. I might even consider going to see Keller Williams again if he were playing there.
Cool and classic SF concert venue. General admission only, so if it's a band you really care about being up close with (and you can get CLOSE if you want), be sure to get there early. If you don't care about the band, get there whenever and go upstairs to have a drink and watch from the balcony.
I went to see Jamie Cullum yesterday night. The space is great and it seems to be taking a trip back in the past. The bouncers check your IDs in a separate line and stamp you so you can drink inside without having to show your ID again, which is smart and efficient. There are two giant water dispensers at the end of the bar and very small cups. The bathrooms seemed clean but I went at the very beginning of the show so I hope they stayed the same throughout.
Extremely cool venue that attracts some great acts despite its small size. Fox Theatre and associated arenas are too big for my taste so whenever a decent band comes here I jump on the opportunity. There's no bad seat.
I am the catering director for Mad Anthony Brewing Co./Shigs In Pit BBQ. My position has me visiting and working with many different venues in the local area. I would highly suggest The Philmore for wedding receptions and corporate events. Love the character and charm this place possesses. Unique, cool, and beautiful! The staff is very helpful and courteous to work with.
This place is great. Went to see Three Days Grace at this venue and the show was amazing. It is not a huge place so the feel is a little more personal, which is great. You are basically right at the stage. Very good sound, not overpriced, cool ambiance. Everything was even better than expected.
Yes, amazing venue.
So much to look at. Apples?
Father John Misty.
The Greatest, and most Awesome! Place to be...
Fantastic place for a concert. The experience here never disappoints. The Fillmore is historic in San Francisco. If you have the opportunity to watch a concert there, make sure to grab an apple. If the concert sold out, they print out specialized posters too. Going there is always an experience you will never forget. The concert floor is standing room only. There is a bar in the poster room at the venue. Posters from past concerts are a lot of fun to see.
I had a great time seeing Youth Lagoon at the Fillmore! The sound was fantastic and the bars were easily accessible, which I appreciated. The drinks are way overpriced, though, which is why I gave it four stars. $9 for a Lagunitas IPA is too expensive in my opinion, even for SF!
Epic show venue. Always a good time to be had here. Pre-party before you go though, as drink prices have gone up in recent times.
Legendary venue for smaller shows. The hall is mostly GA, but its great for that up close feel.
Came here for Geographer. Doors open 7pm, 1st opener started 8pm, 2nd opener started 9pm, and Geographer started 10:20pm, ending around 11:30pm.
-servers constantly walking through crowd to deliver drinks, blocking my view
-hardwood floor sticky before show started
-music too loud, especially bass
Easy to get to. Nice intimate show. Free apples!
One of the best venues in SF - I've seen a few shows here and it's definitely one of the top venues. Beautiful inside and excellent sound. Bar is close and accessible, prices are expensive but reasonable.
Great sound, historic venue. Buy your tickets at the box office on Sundays to avoid the fees, and check out the sideshow upstairs before the main event.
Pretty venue with decent sound -gets a bit mushy when driven hard. Beer selection is pedestrian and expect to get hotboxed. If you're actually allergic to smoke/pot smoke, sorry, their clientele apparently can't imagine people who don't want their lungs filled with with smoke and the staff doesn't do anything to manage it. It sure would be nice if the smokestack stoners would at least clump together affording more space to not breathe direct exhaust.
Really liked this venue. Interesting posters from historic shows on the wall are a great way to kill time between sets and give you a sense of the history of the place. Generally good sound and sightless. Good place for a gig.
Incredible historic venue. Great acoustics, ambiance and staff. The bartenders are fast and helpful. The walls are covered with pictures of incredible acts they've served in the past. We saw Yeasayer and were blown away.
They take handicapped access seriously and run a tight ship so make sure you don't block off walkways or sit in handicapped seats. They get quite upset!
Make sure to get a free apple on the way out. They are actually tasty!
This place is timeless. Every concert I've been to here has been awesome. If you don't mind standing, then this venue is a must-visit at least once in your lifetime.
Good venue. I'm not an audiophile and sound here is quite fine for me. This place is quite large inside and seats a lot of people. Bar in the show hall has a good selection of beers.
Pretty cool venue. Also very large. You have multiple bars with you, downstairs and upstairs. Free red apples. Food upstairs plus a bar/sitting area for those who needs to sit. There are also balcony viewing areas upstairs but I think that's first come, first serve. If you get there early, view the bajillions of posters they have upstairs. There are enough bathroom stalls that the line is constantly moving. Parking may be a little hard though. If you get there too early, the closest parking garage would have a "FULL" sign even if you see multiple cars exiting. Come prepared to find parking.
Great warm room for a show in SF. Beautiful large chandeliers line the main room while a matrix of concert poster art lines the upstairs lounge. A mid sized venue that sounds great under the right production crew.
Beautiful venue with personality and lots of history. Not very large, so any show you see you will feel pretty close to the artist or band.
I'm 50 years old and finally made it to the Fillmore last night. Going inside that place takes you back in time. The crowd was a great mix of ages and styles and the staff was very cool! The Struts rocked the joint! I felt like I was in The Cow Palace!
This place just 'Explodes' with personality! It has that vibe and feel (maybe more cleaned up) that you might expect an iconic venue of this sort to have.
I've never been there before and most certainly was not disappointed! We saw Night Ranger: they were awesome, and the sound was amazing!
An obvious staple of the Fillmore area. Upstairs are is pretty cool and hidden away. Free apples. In terms of audio quality there's some better venues in the city, but not as many with the lineage. Worth a visit.
Beautiful venue, filled with history. It's so fun to walk around and look at all the old posters. Performers are always so excited to be playing here as well.
It's a really small venue and was great for seeing Chevelle. The staff were nice enough. There is a parking garage nearby and I recommend using it. Good luck with street parking.
Love the red delicious apples and the picture of Jerry. The poster room has a lot of documentation of music history made there. Truly Iconic established (despite being owned by Live Nation or Clear Channel or something)
Favorite venue of all time. Great sound, plenty of space upstairs if the floor gets too packed, historic show bills lining the walls, and many many big acts coming through the city stop off and play here.
Great show. The place is so San Francisco. The walls are awesome, I got a poster at the end of the show that was beautifully designed.
Good sound, great bands play here. Gets packed for some shows, but there's usually some place to stand.
Good music venue, not too big a place so you can still see the band from the back. The food upstairs is pretty good and tasty and the place is good to hangout until the show starts. No seating downstairs on the floor, standing only. Sticky floors when people spill drinks on the floor. Bars upstairs and downstairs. Restrooms are pretty clean the 4 times I've been there in 2 years. Street parking and garage parking in Japantown Kabuki center.
Great venue in which I've seen many fantastic bands perform. The sound system is pretty hefty so it can get loud. The bar upstairs gets A LOT less crowded, with the trip up the stairs.
Sound was good. The upstairs is awesome. Air conditioning and ventilation was pretty good too. I would go see another show here
Great venue for seeing your favourite bands. We happened to see Biffy Clyro, and even from a little ways back you still felt close to the band. The sound here was good, nice acoustics. The decoration inside seems to hold on to its history, which we appreciated! The staff were friendly, and free apples, water and a poster were provided which is always welcome!
Great venue for a concert. One of my favorite places. Small enough for it to still feel like a real experience, but large enough for a good crowd. Usually general admission so get there early. Also sells good food. Highly recommend if a band you like is playing there.
Great bands, bad venue. I came to see Seether, a great band, but the sound system was bad. Could only hear the instruments, especially the bass and drums, barely the vocals. Indoor so the sounds were deafening. I know heavy rock must be loud but deafening? People smoked dope inside giving me a headache.
Great, historic place to see a show. A security guy was way too into himself when I accidentally stepped into a line...can you at least say please and thank you? I say this being in security myself. Still, great place.
Go here to see my favorite band all the time, of Montreal. Love it here. Have seen many other bands over the years. The staff is super nice and brings drinks quickly too.
This is one of my favorite venues in SF to see shows. It is a good area, the parking is good overall and a lot of good restaurants in the area. My only complaint over the years going to the Fillmore is that they no longer carry Anchor Steam on tap - if you are a local SF place that serves alcohol it is completely wrong to stop carrying the SF brew.
The Fillmore is one of the iconic concert venues in San Francisco, and if you haven't seen a show here, I highly recommend it. The biggest downsides to the venue are the wide open ballroom floor has a number of columns supporting the roof that if you are in a packed show and get jammed behind one, you won't be able to see anything that's happening on stage. The venue has 3 bars, one upstairs, one in the back of the ballroom, and one off to the side, and the bartenders there have always been efficient at serving you even in a busy show. Cost of tickets is usually very reasonable, and parking has not been a terrible issue. I definitely will see a show here again.
The Fillmore Center is not a great place based on management. I would give the building and amenities closer to 3 or 4 stars but there a lot of additional expenses for parking and if you misplace a key. The management also takes a large amount of the security deposit without explaining why they did it. Newer amenities are definitely a nice attribute but many flaws in the overall area
Perfect sized venue. Plenty access to the bars. Amazing staff and security. Ambiance is second to none with the chandeliers and soft furnishings.
Historic venue that really transports you back to the old-school theatre experience down the the chandeliers and decor. And, although this is a key part of the experience, what stood out to me most both times I was there was the staff! This is the friendliest venue staff I've ever encountered. I was treated with respect by all of the staff throughout the night. I was greeted at the door with a friendly and mellow pat down, walked into "Welcome! I love your dress!" A friendly and efficient bartender (and not to mention a nice stiff drink...Worth the $9 for once!) A friendly informing that we couldn't smoke a tobacco vaporizer inside (under the impression the outside staff had said it was okay), and last but definitely not least, yes, we were those people that were lagging to get out of there after the show was over. We had a friendly gentleman come up and ask us if we had checked any coats just to let us know they would be closing down the coat check soon. I don't know who is in charge here and really knows how to treat their staff, and/or, they just hire really cool people, but I've never felt so welcome and respected by venue staff before!
I've literally lost count of how many great shows I've seen here, and how many to be big bands got there start here. The venue is the perfect size and shows are always a blast!
Enjoy a free apple on the venue (their signature trade) and leave wanting to come back again and again!
So glad I finally had the opportunity to check out this legendary cathedral of rock! You can almost feel the spirit of Bill Graham drifting through the place.
While not much to look at from the outside, the interior is another story. The walls are covered with photos of the various acts that have performed there over the years, and the bar upstairs features dozens of old concert posters. You could spend a good hour or more just looking around.
The sound system is very good and it's almost always general admission, so you can squeeze in as close to the stage as you'd like. In accordance with tradition, a basket of complementary red delicious apples greets concertgoers as they enter. A great place to see a show!
One of the better large concert venues. Inside the main stage, there are ample amounts of air conditioning! I didn't get sweaty at all during the Aminé concert in general admission.
Even as a short person, I was easily able to see the stage from the back. Everything about this place is great! (Unlike Bill Graham)
We went to see Johnnyswim and its an awesome place to go for a concert. Its small and intimate with outstanding sound. Only drawback is parking. Its in S.F. so parking near the place can be a problem;arrive early and prepare to pay for parking. Great experience overall.
Beautiful venue but one bouncer (white male, 40s, bald-ish head and a hat) was unusually aggressive. He grabbed a girlfriend unprovoked and after asking him to remove his hands we were kicked out of a show that we paid for. The guy was eager to pick a fight and saw 3 women as easy targets. Other staff refused to listen when we complained. Goes without saying but I won’t be returning or recommending this venue in the future.
You get a poster after every show. They take security checks seriously. Don't try to sneak in alcohol, they will probably catch you. It gets really crowded for big shows and they are quite strict about leaving a clear aisle specifically on the right hand side of the venue when facing the stage. The bar upstairs is cool and their poster collection is phenomenal. Once the show is over, they do kick you out, but that's how it goes with most places like these. They do have several bars but the back bar is the best. There are also tables you can reserve both upstairs and downstairs or you can use if not taken, they tend to be super nice about you sitting on them if it's not reserved. :)
My daughter & I attended a concert by the musical group Cherry Glazerr, they were completely amazing, as, always. It was fun to see them in on a big stage in the good old Fillmore. I haven't there in a couple years, it was great to be back there. The place is a national treasure.
Great intimate venue with endless history. Wonderful/welcoming staff from the door checkers to the bar staff. Love the fact it's GA only. It allows you to get as close to the artist as you'd like. There are benches along one of the walls in case you need to rest your legs. Will definitely be back!!
Staff was helpful and friendly. Bar had good food and drinks and the venue was awesome. However, the parking situation wasn't great and the entrance was a little hard to find. My overall experience here was wonderful though and I'd definitely recommend.
Great venue for concerts. Parking usually isn't so bad that you can't find a spot within a few minutes with a few blocks. Attending a concert is more about the artist than the venue but there's a vibe to the atmosphere here that makes it special.
This is truly one of my favourite music venues. Simply iconic. My first show here was the Breeders on their 'Last Splash' anniversary tour & it was fantastic! Beautifully adorned with chandeliers & historic wall art. They sometimes give free posters if the show sells out. Located next to J-town-which gives plenty of options for dining & drinks.
Saw the Wombats here - the show was great, and the venue was comfortable.
Update: saw Judah and the Lion here. This venue is my new favourite. Apples at the door on the way in, posters at the door on the way out.
If you’re in front, they also have waitstaff who will take orders and bring them to you, so you don’t have to lose your place to get a drink.
Good sound. I like the chandeliers. Some folks are little uptight. But, I guess that's the way it is. FREE apples. 😀
I was at the Fillmore for a Stone Temple Pilots show. It was amazing. The walls inside the Fillmore are covered in a mosaic of posters for shows held there going back to the '60's. A veritable historical wallpaper coats the interior and there is ample standing room to enjoy the show. They have some balcony seating and a very eclectic atmosphere. It is a great place to take in your favorite band, or one you've never heard of before. If you get the chance, definitely add this place to your list if you are anywhere near San Francisco. Ciao.
Great intimate venue with friendly, helpful staff. We saw Andy Grammer tonight, playing to a sold-out audience. The Fillmore is ~1000 person capacity and it was still reasonably easy to get drinks at the bar, and they had staff serving drinks to the floor regularly. There were a good amount of kids, 9 to 12 in the audience, and it was really nice to see the security offering them free bottles of Crystal Springs water. The historic building is very charming and well-kept and the posters and photos make you want to just wander around like a museum. We parked conveniently across the street at the well-kept Japan Center parking complex for less than $20.
Love the Fillmore! It's a really intimate venue. No seats, it's all general admission. The staff are extremely friendly. They hand out free apples and posters at the end of the show. If you go early, you wait in line by the flag pole outside of the post office. There's a separate line around back if you are trying to buy tickets on the day of the show and it's sold out. I arrived at 5:00 PM to be in the front. No Fillmore specific parking, I would recommend parking a few streets up on Sutter where it's free.
The Fillmore is a no frills music venue whose mood and atmosphere focused on the basics. Easy to get a drink, socialize, and watch the stage. It's not fancy and doesn't try to be. The people who come here are genuine, friendly, and approachable.
Awesome venue, just big enough to fit a good size crowd and small enough to still be an intimate setting. it's got tons of history obviously, some of the best artists of all time have performed there for decades, and all the posters you'll see on every wall will be a walk through all the great performances you wish you hadn't missed. They also served complimentary fresh fruit when I was there(which my inner fat kid was extatic about).
Beautiful venue, definitely worth checking out if for nothing else to see the practically floor to ceiling photos and posters from musicians that have performed there over the years. Recently saw They Might Be Giants at The Fillmore while in San Francisco while on holiday (live in Chicago) and I'm sure I'll be back again. Easily accessible via SF bus lines, not overly expensive alcohol, clean and definitely historic.
A friend came to visit from the East Coast and suggest we go here to see a live band. Turned out to be a great experience. It is very intimate with great acoustics. The interior design is amazing. Makes you feel like you are thrown back a few decades in the past.
Super fun. Great venue. Great music. Interesting history. Everyone whom works here is super cool. Some of the patrons kind of suck. But that's not the Fillmore's fault.. keep rocking xoxo
So I went to The Fillmore for Jack & Jack... When we got there I got butterflies, all in all the best concert I’ve been to. The Fillmore gives you a feeling as to where everyone in the place is all there for the one reason and it’s so up close and personal, I think in the very moment of the concert, for once I had one thing in common with so many people and it was crazy. It’s old and historical and definitely somewhere I would go back. ❤️
Pretty venue. Ran well and efficiency. The food was actually really good. Acoustics are nice.
The floor was a little to sticky,..as in made it difficult to dance.
I had a great time though.
Great little venue to see a concert. Very easy to get in and out and the staff was friendly. It is close by japantown for food options before a show and convenient place to meet up. There is a bar on the left side of the main floor for beer, wine, and cocktails.
One of my favorite concert venues in the City, if not the entire Bay Area. The neighborhood it's in has plenty of great places to eat; the food at the Fillmore is ok at best, but very pricey. I strongly recommend getting to the venue early so you can get a good spot. I prefer the balcony since it gives you an excellent view of the stage and has seating.
I recently was at a show at the legendary Fillmore, I saw Toots and the maytals. Have a grand time, the music off the hook, the venue awesome, and the staff oh my God what a great group people they have working at the Fillmore from the very top to the very bottom they are beautiful people. What a blast. One love the hopper
With a capacity of only 1300, the Fillmore is one of the most intimate and awesome venues in San Francisco. I'd have a hard time remembering all the shows I've seen here. Most recently, it was Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite. Entrance and exit is typical for the small venues in SF; through a single door and up a flight of stairs. This is one of a few remaining venues that has the most talented cocktail waitresses battling the crowd on the (standing room only) floor. When you're dying of thirst and don't want to lose your spot 4 rows back, those awesome women are a godsend; tip them well. If you get in line early, you might be able to grab one of the few cocktail tables and bar stools on the first floor and second floor balconies that surround the main floor. The bar is silly expensive, but the tenders are always great and know how much bourbon equates a "double." If it starts warming up inside, don't worry, they have massive fans over the main floor they turn on once the crowd heats up. Go see a show here. The small SF music venues are all killer to experience.
I can't believe I didn't think to go here until just now! Excellent music or anything venue. Absolutely beautiful and decadent interior that is brimming with history and electric energy. The staff were extremely pleasant and the venue was very clean and we'll kept. Nothing to complain about for the show itself just wish it went longer.
Great location, not too busy and good range of equipment. Zach is an outstanding personal trainer. Knowledgeable, conscientious, detail oriented and courteous. Cannot recommend highly enough!!
Lake Street Dive with Rachel Price: Incredible! Friendly helpful staff. An usher notice my cane and led us to #9 of 12 tables.Highest recommendation.
Maybe it was just the way that Passenger and Ken Yates performed, but the sound system inside The Fillmore was incredible, plus the lighting was totally on point!! I was standing in the front row right next to the speakers too and it wasn't deafening to listen to, unlike other concert sound systems. I loved every minute of the concert 🤘❤️💙💚💛🧡💜
I love The Fillmore, such a iconic venues with so many memories. I can spend hours just enjoying all those posters on the wall. This venue have no bad spot...every part of the place have great view to see the stage. I miss the Bill Graham poster and live recording. I have seen so many shows here and collected so many posters growing up...I wish they will continue to pass out poster in the future.
The Fillmore is an excellent venue to check out bands. Most often they also give you a poster of the show, but not all the time. It's convenient to jump of the 38 if you take the bus there, otherwise, there is parking around the neighborhood. You can purchase food there too or pick up something from Japantown. Good sized place, but small enough to see the stage. It's standing room only.
One of my favorite music venues! There's so much history in that one building.
The space is classic and intimate, there's really no bad place to stand in the house.
The staff are also very sweet, they'll try to help in any way they can and the bartenders are all great.
What a cool venue. Yes, I know I'm about 40 years late, but I saw a concert at the Filmore tonight for the first time. Acoustics we're good. Had drinks and a hamburger (one of the real ones) and the food and drink we're bordering on Excellent! The staff were professional if not friendly. All in all, a lb enjoyable night out improved by the venue. The historical posters for Cream, Traffic, Jefferson Airplane/Starship didn't hurt either.
A good place to held an event. they have a huge dance floor and a bar counter if you wanna grab some drink. Casual wear fits to this place. visited here to watch the live band Goo Goo Dolls.
Still a great music venue, not terrible snack and drink options, great place to see a show. Little to no seating though, if that's what you need you will be disappointed. Small enough to feel intimate big enough to feel like a real show!!
Cool venue. Small enough to feel intimate, but at a sold out show it was a little tight for dancing if you really want to get down. Staff was awesome and the epic posters of decades of shows lining the walls really gives the venue historical importance.
For a 1300-capacity venue, it doesn't get much better than this. Good view, good sound, great atmosphere, and friendly staff. Pricey drinks unfortunately goes with the territory, too.
My first time at this venue to see "The Revolution" Prince's former band. The experience was magical. It rained we stood in line for 2 and a half hours and everyone there staff included were so nice. The inside was beautiful. There is very limited seating but, if you call a head it is there. The sound was fantastic I just have nothing but great memories and warm feelings. There was a 3rd floor with poster's from the year's of people who have performed their over the years. I truly felt that this was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Just amazing! I didn't get great picture too excited about the show. You have to be there yourself to know. 5 Stars!
Went for the first time and saw The Revolution which was great!! Venue is legendary, the floor inside not so much- your feet feel like they are stepping in a sea of glue on the carpet downstairs. Thank goodness you cant see how bad it is in the dark! Other than that, great show and sound in a packed house. The upstairs VIP area is sweet with lots of past show posters hanging on the walls.
Iconic music hall in San Francisco. Great venue to hear live music. Be prepared to stand for hours. There is a bench along one wall for those who have mobility issues but you need to arrange that before you get to the venue.
Grab an apple when you enter! Security was super nice. They took my pepper spray, but let me check it and grab it on the way out. Venue is great. Easy to see the stage from anywhere and great sound.
Great venue. Just small enough to feel intimate, large enough to get larger acts. Bar is good, usual concert prices apply. Poster Room is fun. Great history throughout the place.
Legendary. There's not much more to say about this place. It's just simply special. It's sacred. And if you give this place anything less than 5 stars, Google should revoke your right to review places.
Visited The Fillmore for a concert during the spring. Although it's San Francisco and always cold, it was nice. The inside of the building was so pretty to me, it was my first time going in. They had nice art on the walls and beautiful chandeliers.
Awesome venue. Haven’t been here is a very long time and we enjoyed seeing Ben Rector so much! Makes us want to check the schedule for more shows!
We see lots of concerts and love the small venues. This one seems to have great sound.
Crowd was fun and everyone was friendly. Can’t wait to see another show!
This is one of my favorite venues...
intimate, cool crowds, consistently features the best artists in a cool ambiance; lighting, sound...
And then get some insanely creative poster signed by your favorite band!
The venue it's self is very nice but the people that work there are absolutely creepy, rude, and irritating. I would never go back due to employees, especially one particular senior citizen working there. Pretty sure she's been knocked out a time or two for being a vile human and if not, well.... it's definitely coming from someone sometime soon. Overall would not recommend unless you want to go to jail for domestic assault on their moronic workers.
Loved this historic venue. Superior sounds m. Get in line early to be up front. Bar service at the stage!!!! Don't miss the posters. Sold out gigs get a custom poster! We saw Alison Moyet here for The Other Tour and she sold the place OUT!
I've been coming here for many years and this is pretty much the best place to see a concert. There's a bar quick to hand from just about anywhere in the place. Not a bad seat in the house, and the cafeteria has one of the best cheeseburgers in town. Last one I saw here was Robin Trower!
This is a iconic music venue with so much history and memorbilia. If the walls could talk....but they are filled with the posters of all the musicians and bands that have played at this one of a kind music venue. Be sure to get a copy of the artist posters available for purchase at any show you have the chance to see and experience at this epic venue.
Really enjoy seeing shows at The Fillmore. Great view from any place in the house, up or downstairs. Go early if you want to sit at a table and chairs upstairs. You can feel the music history thru all the iconic posters on the wall. But the chill room in the back is a hidden gem if you need a different scene in between shows.
I've been going to this place since the 70's. It's just a bar that has a stage that attracts big name artists. Last night it was Robin Trower. The show was like having a party at home and one of the greatest guitar players ever just pops by to play for an hour and 15 minutes in your living room. At 74 years old he still has the exact same sound timing and feel to every not he plays or stretches. If you haven't had the pleasure of watching one of the best to ever pick up a six string you owe it to yourself. How many are still playing with the passion and talent at his age? Buddy Guy is the first to come to mind who is and I see him every time he gets close.
Love this venue. Historic vibes abound. The chandeliers, the floor surrounded by bars, the balconies and the Poster Room. It's just too cool and I can't wait to go back. We saw Lukas Nelson and The Promise of the Real. Super awesome and they played really late. Oh yeah the neighborhood is cool too. We had sushi one place and beer at another, all within a block. Yeah, I was impressed. Go.
We stood in line for 2 hours and was around 15 people from the front of the line. Literally ran up the stairs to get a seat in the balcony. We wanted to sit down, we are in our 60s. The 4 tiny spots to sit and actually see were already taken by the few that were ahead of us. So unless we wanted to stand the entire concert we were out of luck. So we sat upstairs and listened and stared at the walls. Not a good night. I tried to get pictures but had to ask if I could lean over the lucky few. Meanwhile getting dirty looks for taking to long. Thank God I didn't want to record any of it, that probably would have started a fight. I could have just listened to his music on YouTube and saved myself some money.
Saw They Might Be Giants for the second time here last night. Great venue, great vibe. Pictures and posters of past acts line the walls, free, tasty red...read this and 1105 more