You might be wondering what to do on an otherwise dull Monday night. Not to fear! San Francisco will provide. My favorite place to be is in the Mission for the weekly FREE music shows just a few of blocks apart.
Classical Revolution at the Revolution Cafe:
The Classical Revolution music movement started here in 2006 and has since spread worldwide, from Houston to Berlin. It's classical music for the people, for ALL the people, not just rich white socialites in symphony halls. I can't really describe how delightful it is, sitting at a grungy table outside listening to a bunch of brilliant musicians jam with everything from piano concertos to interpretations of hip hop involving french horns and violins. There's a couple of down-and-out folks closing their eyes, smiling, and bobbing their heads next to skinny-jean hipsters next to a quartet of old bearded professor types and a woman with the most beautiful afro-mohawk I've ever seen. And unlike at most classical concerts, you can DRINK and you can TALK (quietly, sure). So even if you are not usually a fan of classical music, please give it a try. Especially if you are just traveling through; it is a quintessential San Francisco event. Regulars won't get bored either, because every Monday the crew changes; tonight features an electro-acoustic cello, while next week WindSync is on tour playing Beethoven and the Beach Boys.
learn more at: http://www.classicalrevolution.org/ and http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Revolution-Cafe/398859449697
3248 22nd Street, San Francisco, CA 94110 415 642 0474 9-11ish
Bluegrass Mondays at Amnesia:
One of the sweetest, sweatiest, swingingest little bars in the Mission hosts a weekly bluegrass night on Monday from 9-whenever (11:30). Tonight happens to be Belle Monroe and Her Brew Glass Boys, and while I'm not familiar with them, I've yet to see Amnesia host a bad band. Keep in mind that the bar gets more bustling as the night goes on, so what may start as a relaxing banjo ballad will end, by midnight, in a drunken honky-tonk extravaganza (they don't serve liquor, but there is a good selection of reasonably priced beers on tap). This place gets crowded and humid, but on a Monday night when you are craving that sort of squeeze and noise, there is nothing better than cozy red lights and standing room only...