Fall concerts, comedy and nightclub entertainment
With the reopening of the state, the Bay Area’s cabaret, rock and concert halls are once again filling their halls with music and laughter. Here are some of the events you may attend in the coming months. Please note that some events may be canceled. Check with each site about their security protocols.
San Francisco’s most popular queer nightclub has plenty of shows for the fall season. On September 9 at 7 p.m., Oasis will present extraordinary drag queen Sherry vine in his new show I love to be a whore. Sherry will feature new, deliciously dirty versions of Journey, Laura Brannigan, Lady Gaga and more, as well as classic covers of her hits since 1991. $ 20-30.
From September 16 to 24, Baloney SF returns to the Oasis just in time for the return of the Folsom Street Fair. This is Baloney’s first live show in 2021 and features some of his most popular content as well as some dirty new stuff. The moving performance evening is part theater, part dance, part striptease and almost entirely male. 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. $ 35-70.
For five nights starting September 28, join Varla Jean Merman to Oasis in his new show, Small sting. Join the non-essential poolside twerker where she will vaccinate audiences with a double dose of new songs and viral videos. The shows start at 7 p.m. $ 25-50.
And from October 7 to 31, Oasis will present, in collaboration with Ray of Light Theater, their live and immersive production of The Rocky Horror Show. With D’Arcy Drollinger as Frank. N. Furter, with Snaxx as Columbia, there will be three timed entries for each show, so be sure to note the time you purchase. Oasis will not be able to accommodate latecomers. Tickets start at $ 30.
And forward a little, November 7 at 7 p.m., elegant singer Vanessa Bousay returns to Oasis with Nightingale, a 1970s tribute to Carole King and Karen Carpenter. Vanessa will be joined by Tom Shaw on piano, Roberta Drake on drums and special guest singer Steven Satyricon. $ 25.
Feinstein at Nikko
San Francisco’s premier cabaret came back in full force after the lockdown. September 9-10 at 8 p.m. Tony and Grammy winner John Lloyd Young will take the stage in the club’s magnificent new Nikko Presents showroom. Best known for his portrayal of Frankie Valli in the hit Broadway musical Jersey Boys, a role he reprized in the 2014 film version, Young will provide an evening of classic hits and new favorites. The show starts at 8 p.m. every night. $ 85. www.feinsteinssf.com
The field of war
On October 1 at 8 p.m., the Market Street Theater known for featuring touring rock bands will present the incomparable Bianca Del Río in his new show, Not disinfected. Del Rio is once again bringing its unique brand of pickup comedy to the San Francisco scene. Tickets start at $ 42.50.
And on December 3, an even more rowdy comedy will be at the rendezvous when Nikki glaser tickle your funny bone at Warfield. $ 39.75-49.75
On December 11, kick off your vacation with Trevor Noah at the Chase Center on its Back to Abnormal to visit. Noah will offer his own unique brand of politically conscious comedy. $ 39-149. On September 29, have an intimate evening where the adorable male singer Michel Bublé appears in concert at the Chase Center. www.chasecenter.com
Fancy some queer comedy? Then meet at the Masonic Auditorium on October 22 at 8 p.m. for the hilarious lesbian comic book antics. Wanda sykes. The comedy just keeps getting weirder when Randy Rainbow, the master of musical parody, brings his Pink glasses tour at the Masonic for two shows on November 20, at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. And return to the Masonic on December 28 at 8 p.m. and enjoy 80s rock ‘n roll with Go-Go. www.livenation.com/
Two legends from the world of queer music come to the Bay Area. First, September 12 at 7:30 p.m. Rufus wainwright will perform at Mountain Winery in Saratoga in support of his new album. Wainwright will be accompanied by his special guest, Aimee Mann (Till Tuesday). $ 39.50-89.50 www.mountainwinery.com
Then, on October 1 at 7:30 p.m., Bob mold brings his unique brand of rock and roll to August Hall in a concert that promises to deliver the punk sound he became famous for in the ’80s and’ 90s. $ 28.50 www.augusthallsf.com
It’s hard to believe that legendary musician Todd Rundgren is 73 years old. The venerable rocker has been making music for decades, and on November 16 and 17 he will bring his unique sound to the stage at The Fillmore at 8 p.m. ET. $ 50-199. www.livenation.com
Fancy some cool jazz? Then meet the Bay Area music maker Goapele, who will be doing two shows per night at Yoshi’s in Oakland from November 11-14. Then, you can swing to the sound of the big band of the Count Basie Orchestra on November 15 at 8 p.m. And from December 6 to 8, let yourself be carried away by the intense violin sounds of Damien Escobar. Note: Escobar will be giving two shows on December 8th. www.yoshis.com
Large American Music Hall
Kick off your Christmas season a little earlier when the legendary filmmaker “trash” John Waters returns to Great American Music Hall with A John Waters Christmas: It’s a Christmas massacre. This ho-ho-homo will ask the questions: Was Joseph a virgin too? Is Santa Claus now an incel? Is Rudolph a bossy ass? And is Prancer a top without fat and no woman? Everything is in the name of good and dirty pleasure and it takes place on November 29 at 8 p.m. It’s still selling out, so get your tickets now. $ 65-130. www.gamh.com
In addition to the music offerings, there will also be some great, frenzied comedy this fall. On September 2, you can join Lisa Geduldig and his funny friends for Comedy Al Fresco, his first in-person show since the start of the pandemic. The laughs will take place on the patio of El Rio, a safe outdoor setting. In addition to Geduldig, you can enjoy the comedic styles of Judi Leff, Arjun Banerjee, Karinda Dobbins, and Bob McIntyre. Masks are mandatory. The show will also be broadcast live. $ 10-25. www.cityboxoffice.com
Geduldig and his 90 year old hilarious mom Arline will continue to feature Lockdown Comedy, a monthly Zoom comedy series that emerged in the wake of the pandemic. Geduldig will host and perform with new guest artists each month, including his mother, who became an unexpected Lockdown Comedy surprise hit earlier this year.
Lockdown Comedy hits your computer screens on the 3rd Thursday of every month, with the exception of September which is the 4th Thursday, September 23. Other performance dates to come on October 21 and November 25. The shows start at 6 p.m., except on September 23 which will start at 7 p.m. The cost is $ 10-20 (whatever you want to pay). www.koshercomedy.com
And be sure to join Geduldig and his company for his 29th annual Kung Pao Kosher Comedy from December 24-26. This is Geduldig’s big extravagant party. It’s kosher comedy in a Chinese restaurant for Christmas, because what can Jews do at Christmas other than go out for Chinese food! This year’s kosher comedy guests are TBD and will be posted on the website once the lineup is finalized.
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