The last month of the year can be a mad rush of office parties, family commitments, ugly sweaters, shopping and general holiday mania. Take some time to treat yourself with the gift of music at one of these December concerts in San Francisco and the Bay Area.


December 7th: Ramada Live @ Cafe du Nord

Jonny Ramada was born in the back of a 1967 Deora in Bolinas, or so his bio states, and his legend has grown at a feverish pace ever since he settled in San Francisco with his band. His live show carries enough electric rock ’n’ roll satire swagger to power you through the holiday season and into the new year.


December 8th: Wonderfull SF @ Mezzanine

Stevie Wonder does wonders for the soul, and outside of one of his concerts, this is the best place to celebrate his culture-shifting legacy. New York’s DJ Spinna is back in the booth for the 15th anniversary of the event that made its debut in San Francisco back in 2003. Look out for a full-fledged dance party featuring Steve Wonder rarities, covers, remixes and more. Motown on Monday’s Gordon Cabeza supports.


December 12th: Kurt Vile @ Fox Theater

If nothing else, the perpetually-chill Kurt Vile will help you hit the reset button before you close out the year. His new album Bottle It In follows the same trajectory of his two most recent Matador releases, b’ileve I’m goin down and Walking on a Pretty Daze. There’s just the right amount of acoustic and electric guitar work, smirk-inducing wordplay, and a healthy dose of banjo (his first instrument) to keep things interesting.


December 14th: Willie Nelson @ Fox Theater

Willie Nelson is a bonafide living legend whose legacy will outlast his more than 60 years on the road. There’s no better time than now to celebrate the 85-year-old’s contribution to American music. He’s worked with everyone from Snoop Dogg to his fellow outlaw countrymen Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard and Waylon Jennings. His December 13th show is already sold out, but tickets for the 14th were still available at the time of writing.


December 17th: George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic @ The Independent

Ain’t no party like a P-Funk party. George Clinton, another old-timer that shows no sign of slowing down any time soon, has summoned the Mothership with intergalactic funk jams since the 1970s. If you want to see the original spacecraft, you’ll have to visit the Smithsonian in D.C. But your best bet is to get knee deep in the funk for an intimate show at the Independent.


December 28th: Erykah Badu @ The Warfield

Erykah Badu is an enigma. As fans continuously demand more from artists, she clearly operates at her own pace. Badu has only released one mixtape since her last album dropped in 2010. Yet her live show continues to draw a full house at concert halls around the world, thanks in part to support from one of the best R&B bands in the business. She’s worth revisiting in the lull between Christmas and New Year’s.



December 31st: New Year’s Eve

And, of course, there’s one of the biggest live music and party nights of the year. Pick your flavor – dance music, psych rock, future R&B? – and count down to 2019 with your crew at one of these events: SF Station New Year’s Eve Guide.