FROM NORTH OF SF (via 101)
- Take 101 South over the Golden Gate Bridge ($6 toll)
- Follow signs to Lombard Street
- Turn right on Divisadero Street heading south
- Follow Divisadero, cross Geary, continue on Divisadero
- Club is on the left between Grove and Hayes
FROM SOUTH OF SF (via 101 or 280)
- Drive north on 101
- Follow 101 into San Francisco
- Take the Mission ST. exit towards the Octavia / Fell ST. offramp
- Continue over Market Street
- Go Left on Fell Street
- Right on Divisadero heading north
- Club is on the right between Hayes and Grove
FROM THE EAST BAY / OAKLAND (via 80)
- Drive west on I-80
- Take 80 over the Oakland Bay Bridge ($4 toll)
- Follow signs to 101 North/Golden Gate Bridge
- Exit at Octavia Boulevard/Fell St
- Continue over Market Street
- Turn Left on Fell Street
- Turn Right on Divisadero heading north
- Club is on the right between Hayes and Grove
If you have good karma then free parking is plentiful around The Independent. On most nights however it’s difficult to find street parking so we suggest either walking, biking, taking public transportation or paying for parking at the following lots:
Panhandle Parking on Baker between Fell & Oak – 3 blocks from The Independent (Website)
Shell Gas Station on corner of Oak & Divisadero - 2 blocks from The Independent
Behind Laundromat on corner of Oak & Divisadero - 2 blocks from The Independent
Additional lots and street parking in the area are available through the SpotOn Parking iPhone app. Download the "SpotOn Park" app to your iPhone. Find a spot, check in, and pay on your phone. Check out when you leave.
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Over 10 Years and 2500+ shows later!
While producing over 2,500 shows and events with over one million tickets sold in its first 10 years, The Independent has become a premiere venue not only in San Francisco, but the entire world. The venue has presented a varied and diverse format that spans all genres, from indie rock and comedy to hip-hop and EDM and everything in between. Locally owned and internationally renowned, The Independent has become a favorite venue of artists on tour as well as for the local community. Noted for its robust sound and lights, perfect sightlines and a professional, courteous staff, the venue has become a staple for musicians, touring professionals and fans alike. Rostam Batmangli of Vampire Weekend states, "The Independent was a venue where we could connect with each person who came to see us. We played there a few times as we were coming up and each time that connection grew stronger."
Many of today's hottest artists began playing shows in San Francisco at The Independent including Vampire Weekend, LCD Soundsystem, Fun., Bon Iver, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Foster the People, Miguel, Disclosure, M.I.A., The xx, Zedd, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Pretty Lights and The National. Legends like Levon Helm, Erasure, Phil Lesh, Jimmy Cliff, The Original Meters, Gregg Allman, Taj Mahal and Dr. John have also graced the venue's stage over the years. Superstar acts such as Green Day, The Black Eyed Peas, Phoenix, John Legend, Sonic Youth, Arctic Monkeys, Dave Chappelle and Beck have performed underplays at the intimate 500-capacity club.
The Independent has also been instrumental in developing the careers of San Francisco Bay Area's most talented musicians including Nicki Bluhm and The Gramblers, Thee Oh Sees, Tycho, Lyrics Born, Sean Hayes, Geographer, Tea Leaf Green, The Devil Makes Three, ALO, Zion-I, The Stone Foxes, Brett Dennen, Rogue Wave, The Dodos, and Ty Segall. Scott Hansen (Tycho) said, "The Independent is not only my favorite venue to see live music, it has also been instrumental in shaping our own live show. From seeing my first shows in San Francisco there to playing on its stage myself, The Indy is a very special place for me."
Over the past decade The Independent has been a catalyst for the resurgence and burgeoning growth of the NOPA district, which has transformed into one of San Francisco's hottest neighborhoods with great restaurants, bars and boutiques. Owner of NOPA restaurant Allyson Jossel remarks, "The Independent is a cornerstone of the neighborhood. They bring culture, diversity through music and a great sense of community to our street. The relationship between NOPA and The Indy is one of mutual respect and intertwined goals. We are both committed to pleasing people whether it's with food or entertainment."
Pollstar Magazine ranked The Independent #30 in the world in 2013 for tickets sold in music venues under 3,000-capacity, of which The Independent is the smallest to be included in the Top 100. With a continuous schedule of emerging and varied performers on stage, The Independent plays a vital role in San Francisco's storied live music past, present and future and is proud to serve as the foundation of a continuously evolving NOPA district.
- Amon Tobin
- Angelique Kidjo
- Band of Horses
- Ben Harper & the Relentless7
- Bettye LaVette
- Black Angels
- Black Eyed Peas
- Black Mountain
- Blitzen Trapper
- Blonde Redhead
- Bob Schneider
- Bon Iver
- Booker T.
- Brett Dennen
- Brian Jonestown Massacre
- Bryan Adams
- Chris Robinson
- Citizen Cope
- Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
- Collective Soul
- Comedians of Comedy
- Crystal Castles
- Cut Chemist
- Damian Jr. Gong Marley
- David Grisman
- De La Soul
- Dengue Fever
- Derek Trucks Band
- Devendra Banhart
- Devil Makes Three
- Dickey Betts
- Digable Planets
- Dirty Projectors
- Donavon Frankenreiter
- Dr. Dog
- Felice Brothers
- Fleet Foxes
- Frightened Rabbit
- Fruit Bats
- Gavin DeGraw
- Girl Talk
- Grace Potter & the Nocturnals
- Green Day
- Gregg Allman
- Greyboy Allstars
- Heartless Bastards
- Hot Buttered Rum
- Hot Chip
- Israel Vibration
- Jackie Greene
- Jimmy Cliff
- John Butler Trio
- John Legend
- John Scofield
- Julieta Venegas
- Kaki King
- Kid Koala
- King Sunny Ade
- LCD Soundsystem
- Leela James
- Leon Russell
- Les Claypool
- Little Boots
- Little Feat
- Los Amigos Invisibles
- Lykke Li
- Lyrics Born
- Mates of State
- Michael Franti
- Mike Doughty
- Missy Higgins
- Mos Def
- Mountain Goats
- Mutual Admiration Society
- Nellie McKay
- Nikka Costa
- North Mississippi Allstars
- Old 97's
- Os Mutantes
- Phil Lesh & Friends
- Pretty Lights
- Railroad Earth
- Rebirth Brass Band
- Regina Spektor
- Reverend Horton Heat
- Rodrigo y Gabriela
- Rogue Wave
- Sean Hayes
- Silversun Pickups
- Slightly Stoopid
- Sonic Youth
- Squirrel Nut Zippers
- Steel Pulse
- Stella Comedy
- Stephen Marley
- Stockholm Syndrome
- Sunset Rubdown
- Susana Baca
- Talib Kweli
- Tea Leaf Green
- Tegan & Sara
- The B-52’s
- The Be Good Tanyas
- The Disco Biscuits
- The Dodos
- The Go Go’s
- The Mother Hips
- The National
- The Waifs
- The Walkmen
- Toots & the Maytals
- TV on the Radio
- Two Gallants
- US Air Guitar
- Vampire Weekend
- Vienna Teng
- Wolf Parade
- COAT CHECK
- AGE RESTRICTIONS
- VENUE INFO
Do you have seating?The Independent is a general admission, standing room only venue with a few first-come, first-serve seats. If you prefer to sit, try to arrive when the doors open to snag one.
I can not stand for long and/or have a disability. Can I reserve seats?Absolutely. Specialty seating is available upon request via email@example.com. Please contact us at least a day before hand to reserve seats.
Is the club wheelchair accessible?Yes. Please contact us ahead of time at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know what show you are planning on attending so we can hold a space for you. ADA restrooms are available for you as well.
Can I bring a camera?It depends on the band but usually you can bring a small camera. Please do not shoot with a flash- it blinds the musicians and, besides, your pictures will look better for it.
Can I bring a professional-grade SLR camera to shoot for my blog/ mag/ zine or to put really great pics up on my Facebook page?No, not without permission from the band's mgmt and agents. Please contact email@example.com at least one week before the show to arrange for this.
Can I make an audio recording of my favorite band to make a ton of money off of or to just share with friends in my mom's basement?No.
Do you have somewhere safe where I can put my coat/ bag/ small animal?Yes, we have a coat check. Price is $2 per item although some items (rabbits, rodents, etc) may cost extra.
The music is too loud; do you have anything to ease the pain?We sell earplugs for $1/pair at the coat check not to mention a fine array of cocktails at the bar.
I'm under 21 and just hafta see my favorite band ever- can you please let me in?Sorry, we're 21+ only, with no exceptions.
I'm over 21 and have the scars to prove it. Problem is that my friend took my ID and melted it to use in an art exhibit- can I still get in to see my 2nd favorite band?
We'll need to see another form of ID. A passport is great, but if you don't have one because you do not travel might we suggest getting a passport and doing some traveling? Otherwise, if you bring a document that shows your DOB (like a birth certificate or a DMV temp ID), we'll need something with you name and photo on it too.
Are you hiring?We might be, thanks for asking. Please send your resume and some words of inspiration/ encouragement to firstname.lastname@example.org
Do you need any interns?Sure, it's possible- send us a nice email and even a box of cupcakes to help us decide.
I heard that you have a Street team- is this true?Nope, that's one of those myths like Led Zeppelin played the Independent with Big Foot sitting in on drums. Simply not true.
What time will the show start and what time will it end?That depends on the start time and the number of acts on the bill. Usually the first act goes on around 45 minutes after doors open.
Do you have a mailing list?Yeah, step right up and sign here! You'll receive email notifications for upcoming shows, presale tickets, special offers and more. Don't miss out!
I play in what could potentially be your third favorite band. How can we play The Independent?Please don't send us a promo package in the mail. Save a stamp and a tree, and please save us from clutter! Instead, send us an email to email@example.com. Make sure you include a myspace and website link where we can check you out. We receive countless submissions on a daily basis so we can't promise a reply. However if we like what we hear we will be in touch.
Do you have a dress code?No, we don't. We just ask that you please wear clothes.
How do I buy tickets online?Please visit Ticketfly to buy them now!
All of our shows have online ticket sales and it’s recommended to purchase them in advance as shows very often sell out.
How do I buy tickets without paying service charges?We've locked someone up inside our Box Office to provide tickets to you without any additional charges.
Our walk-up ticket window is located at the Independent and is open Monday through Friday from 11am until 6pm. It re-opens on all show nights from an hour before the doors open until at least 9:30PM. You may purchase tickets to upcoming shows at any of these times. We accept cash or credit card (Discover / Mastercard / Visa).
I'm on the internet reading this right now but do not understand or trust the web. Can I buy tickets over the phone from your Box Office?The Box Office does not take phone orders but you're able to purchase tickets via Ticketfly toll free at 877.435.9849.
Will you have tickets for tonight's show at the door?I donnoe, it depends I guess. We definitely recommend purchasing them in advance as shows very often sell out.
My buddy told me that tonight's show is sold out- do you think anyone will be selling tickets out front if I come down?The Independent neither recommends nor condones buying tickets from anyone other than our friendly Box Office or Ticketfly.
I bought a ticket to a show but can't come because I'm travelling to Budapest to learn how to make goulash from a world famous Hungarian chef that same night. Can I get a refund for my ticket?No, sorry- unless there's a band cancellation all sales are final.
I bought a ticket to a show but can't come because a dangerously insane Hungarian chef got angry at me for nothing in particular and blew a palm-full of paprika in my eye. Can I put my ticket under a different name at Will Call so my friend can use it?Yes you can change the name at Will Call. Just log onto the account that you made at ticketfly.com and select the Change Name at Will Call option. Or give a call to the Box Office at 415.771.1421 during business hours to arrange a name-change. Your friend will need to bring his/her ID to the Box Office on the night of the show to pick up the tickets.
Does the Box Office sell tickets to other Another Planet Entertainment shows?We do sell some APE tickets to shows at various venues around the Bay Area including Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival, Treasure Island Music Festival, The Greek Theater and more. These tickets are cash only, and subject to at least a $1.00 service charge. Please call the box office at 415.771.1421 for a list of APE tickets currently available.
Call me crazy but I'm the type of guy that likes to imbibe in a few well-mixed yet affordable drinks while I listen to live music in a club- do you have a bar?Yes, we have a full bar that services a wide array of delicious libations.
Cal l me crazy but I'm the type of person that loves to eat a plate of hastily prepared nachos covered with microwaved beef and a sorry excuse for cheese while I listen to live music in a club- do you serve food?We don't serve food but can recommend some great spots in the neighborhood for you (none of which serve bad nachos). Check out this link here.
Where are you located?The Independent is centrally located in the Alamo Square district of the always-beautiful city of San Francisco. Our address is 628 Divisadero St. San Francisco CA 94117. We're splat-dab in between Grove and Hayes streets and directly across the street is a bright orange building and a yellow one.
Where can I park?There's some street parking locally but spots can be hard to come by. ABC Parking runs two lots- one at 400 Divisadero, in the Shell parking lot on corner of Oak. The other is 425 Divisadero , at the Laundromat right off of Oak. Cost is $12. There's an attendant present between 7pm-10pm and you can leave your car there until 3am.
How do I get to the club via public transportation?Check out this link - 511.org
Can I easily catch a cab home at the end of the show?Sure, Divisadero is a pretty busy thoroughfare and it's never too difficult to flag a cab down.