What are the best concert venues in San Francisco?

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Maria Hunt

The San Francisco area has a vibrant music scene, and whether you like to enjoy live music in a space that’s intimate or one that’s thrilingly expansive, you’ll find it here. For decades, jazz fans have flocked to Yoshi’s in San Francisco’s Fillmore and near Jack London Square in Oakland. San Francisco Symphony Hall’s posh environs may inspire you to dress up to hear a concert starring Janelle Monae, Tchaikovsky or diva Jessye Norman. The Bill Graham Civic Auditorium – named for the legendary concert promoter – is a historic mid-sized arena in San Francisco that draws acts like Macklemore and Ryan Lewis to Lady Gaga. The Fox Theater in Oakland’s trendy Uptown District is a beautifully restored Spanish-Moorish showplace that's hosted Lenny Kravitz; just a couple blocks away the Paramount Theatre offers a stunning Art Deco palace that hosts  symphony concerts, classic movies and the Nutcracker ballet at Christmas. And for mega-concerts with acts like Phoenix or Justin Timberlake, head to the HP Pavilion in San Jose.

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