The Independent

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INFO The Independent, located in the NOPA (North of the Panhandle) ‘hood of San Francisco is only the latest incarnation of live music at 628 Divisadero; Kennel Club, Justice League, The Half Note, and Vis Club have all shared... ... read more

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Meshell Ndegeocello & Friends "Purple Rain" (San Francisco - March 13, 2011)
Meshell Ndegeocello & Friends "Purple Rain" (San Francisco - March 13, 2011)
Midnite 'True King' The Independent San Francisco January 25, 2011
Liz Phair-Mesmerizing-Live at The Independent-San Francisco CA-10-10-10
Arctic Monkeys Live @ The Independent , SF - Aug 12, 2011
Dr. Dog - "Fat Dog" Pizza Party in San Francisco
TV on the Radio, Young Liars, Independent, San Francisco, California, 05-9-11
Midnite 'Roll Call' part one The Independent San Francisco California January 25, 2011

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The Independent - Concert Venue in San Francisco.

The Independent, located in the NOPA (North of the Panhandle) ‘hood of San Francisco is only the latest incarnation of live music at 628 Divisadero; Kennel Club, Justice League, The Half Note, and Vis Club have all shared the same address.

The Independent opened its eclectic gates in February of 2004 and has since had more than 1,200 shows. It offers everything from reggae and electronica to indie rock with a general admission, standing-room-only situation; there are a few seats, but it’s first-come first-served.

The ticket window is open Monday through Friday from 11am to 6pm, and on all show nights an hour before the doors open until around 9:30pm. Cash and credit card (Mastercard/Visa/Discover) will do the trick for tickets and for the full bar inside.

If you’ve got wheels, you’ve got two options other than on-street parking: ABC Parking at 425 Divisadero, at the Laundromat off of Oak, has a $12 parking lot with an attendant from 7pm to 10pm, but you can leave your car there till 3am, and you can also check out 400 Divisadero in the Shell parking lot on the corner of Oak.

Some famous concerts at the Independent have included Beck, Black Eyed Peas, M.I.A., The National, Toots and the Maytals, Regina Spector, Cake, Collective Soul, Dirty Projectors, and Dr. Dog.

The Independent User Reviews

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The Most Underrated Venue
Bethany V. Jun 6, 2013
I have never left a concert feeling so mesmerized. This past January I saw Augustana perform at the Independent. I do not think a better venue could have been chosen. Although I arrived late, the lights were dimmed, and the opening act had already taken the stage, I could tell the venue was somewhat spacious, big enough for a rock band, yet intimate enough for a soft, mellow band such as Augustana. Overall though, it is definitely one of the smallest venues I have been to. I especially liked that it had benches around the perimeter of the venue. I always welcome convenient seating at concerts. Arrive early to sit on these though, as I assume they are the first to go. (I just lucky and a friend who arrived earlier snagged one for us.) The benches were somehow dimly lit from beneath, which made it easy enough to find a bathroom or get a drink. For a small venue, the sound system was crystal clear. If you are seeing a lesser-known band they often set up their equipment themselves and at venues like the Independent that allows some interaction between fans and performers. Parking was somewhat easy. The Independent is located near residential homes and I spent a good ten minutes circling for a spot on the street. Once I found one walking there was easy enough; there were a lot of hills on that walk, however, so I would not suggest heels. Summary: intimate feel, some seating, okay parking, perfect for your favorite Indie band. I consider the Independent to be one of San Francisco's small hidden treasures, and one of most underrated music venues in the entire city.
Great sound, intimate venue, perfect for me.
Lucie D. May 21, 2013
I love the Indie. Not just for the sound- the technicians know what they are doing and take time to do real soundchecks (which can occasionally delay the doors, but I sure don't mind). Not just for the lineup- a super varied mix of small local and bigger names and a reason to check out something new. Not just for the staff- I hear that this is one of the best venues to work in the city , and you can tell. But because you can have a big show feel in a smaller space, which means interacting with the sweat and grimaces of the performers, and possibly rubbing elbows afterwards. The Independent is the smallest of the San Francisco powerhouse music venue triumvirate that includes Slim's and the Great American Music Hall. Both of those are also to be checked out, but if you want it smaller and up close and personal, the Indie is it. As far as parking goes, parking is horrible all over the city, always plan ahead or take public transit. Nopa is pretty well serviced on that front. Go to the Indie. Listen to live music the way it should be heard.
Waiting for a Sign
Jimmy F. May 16, 2013
Everyone has an opinion on the best type of venue for live music. If you have more of an Indie/Punk aesthetic, you probably prefer smaller, more intimate shows. Look no further because the Independent provides the perfect atmosphere to experience your favorite band. I have seen a number of shows at the Independent and while the bands have sometimes disappointed, the venue has not. Unlike the Fillmore or Regency, the Independent does not separate the audience from the stage with a metal gate and security. The audience stands mere feet from the bands and, occasionally, band members will break the third wall and step into the crowd. Eddie Argos, singer of the English Indie group Art Brut did this at a show in 2012 and wandered around the dance floor as he sang, giving the crowd a very personal experience. Many of the acts will wander out onto the dance floor after the show and interact with the audience, thanking them for coming and sometimes taking pictures with them. The Independent also offers a full bar and the prices for drinks are not overly expensive. A jameson on the rocks costs about $7, which is at least a dollar cheaper than most other venues and the pours are generous. The sound system at the Independent is substantial enough to rock your socks off but, for some reason, I have never been left with that annoying ringing in my ears that you experience in larger venues. I think the sound technicians have managed to achieve the perfect balance of noise and concern for our long-term hearing. Located only a few blocks off of Haight Street on Masonic, the Independent is easily accessible by bus, which is great because parking in the area is atrocious! I once missed a show because my friend that was driving refused to look for parking for more than 10 minutes. Needless to say, this was the last time that I ever drove to the independent. With a great selection of bands, comedians, and free movie nights, the Independent is one of the best venues in the city, hands down!
The best small music club in San Francisco
roman g. Mar 29, 2013
A music hall has been located at the site for many years, with ownership - and club name - changing once a decade or so. But right now, it's hard to beat the acts that constantly come through the Independent. It can be a local group such as Rupa and the April Fishes one night, or French rockers Phoenix, celebrating an an album release. Don't be surprised if Dave Chappelle performs a last-minute stand-up comedy set here. The independent for him is what Bimbo's is to Robin Williams. Be prepared to come early if you're driving. Parking is notoriously hard to come by in the Alamo Square area. Public transportation is best if you're running late. The club has a simple set-up with a small bar at the back, a few benches for those who prefer to sit and an upstairs VIP area that's best for those closest to the stage. Drinks are a bit pricy, with cocktails in the $10-$15 range. There's not much to look at inside, which doesn't matter if you come for the music.
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