Santa Barbara, with its eclectic and unique music scene, offers a diverse range of venues that cater to almost every musical taste and preference. From soul-stirring jazz to electrifying rock, or the soulful tunes of local artists, this place has something for you. Join us as we uncover the best spots to immerse yourself in this world of live music, where every chord played and every lyric sung becomes a memorable part of your Santa Barbara journey. Get ready to tap your feet, sway to the tunes, and let the music guide you through the soulful streets of our beloved coastal paradise.
As one of the most iconic venues in the area, the Santa Barbara Bowl is a can’t-miss for any music lover visiting the area. Seating over 4,000 this outdoor amphitheater offers a unique setting as the backdrop for some of the most famous performers. From historic concerts featuring Bob Marley, Radiohead, Jack Johnson, Van Morrison, Steely Dan, and more you can usually find almost 30 events during a given year on their calendar.
The area also abounds with historic local theaters and centers for performing arts, where you can always find upcoming live music acts, in addition to their shows. Check the calendars of The Granada Theatre, The Lobero Theatre, and The Arlington Theatre any time of year for their slate of talent.
If you’re looking for a place with a local flair that’s perfect for soaking up some sounds while you enjoy a cocktail or draft, then Figueroa Mountain Brewing is the place! A Funk Zone favorite, and one of the fastest growing craft brewers in the country, they are also huge fans of the live music scene. They offer live music from great local names every Friday and Saturday, and also feature a Songwriter’s Showcase every Wednesday.
Our West Beach Villas are the perfect home base that allow you to walk to some of the best State Street and Funk Zone venues. With 6 different vacation rental properties that can be rented in multiple combinations, you have the ideal option for huge family groups or even just a quick, romantic couples getaway.
For an unforgettable experience, take an evening and visit The Red Piano. With live music every night and a unique atmosphere, it’s one of those places you’ll tell your friends about. This State Street venue has a broad and diverse musical lineup, and some great food and drinks as well! The music typically starts at 5pm during the week, and a bit earlier on the weekends.
The SOhO Restaurant and Music Club is an eclectic nighttime music venue that hosts local acts and performers nightly, and is in a great location on State Street. From swing to Jimi Hendrix vibes, you’ll find a wide variety of musical styles and genres.
*Travel Hint: For a property with a great location close to all that State Street has to offer, check out Casa Playa. This 3bed/3bath is in a perfect location on West Beach and close to all the fun and activities.
While you’re cruising State Street, be sure and stop in at The Sandbar midweek for rock and reggae groups. Then step across the street to The James Joyce, Santa Barbara’s legendary Irish bar. They serve up live music 6 days a week, along with great drink and dinner specials and a fun atmosphere.
Dial the energy up a bit and drop in at the Backstage Dueling Piano Bar, where you’ll find three levels of entertainment! The Dueling Pianos every Thu-Sat are a featured attraction!
If you’re looking for some tunes to go along with the vino, consider Corks ‘n Crowns. They have a great selection of fine wines and craft beers, and feature live music weekly.
And for a complete list of nearly all of the small venues hosting live music, the Live Notes SB website is a great resource!
Whether you’re a local seeking new tunes or a traveler discovering the soulful sounds of Santa Barbara, the stages we’ve unveiled are just a glimpse into the city’s musical soul. So, keep your ears tuned and your senses alive because in Santa Barbara, the next melodic adventure is always just a step away. When you’re ready to plan that next great getaway to the coast, let us help. The local Haller Coastal Homes team is well versed in offering great advice and guidance in which of our unique properties is best suited for each musical venue. We’ll make sure you get a chance to experience the best of the live music scene on your getaway.