After years of fighting with Nob Hill neighbors about the kinds of crowds a consistent concert venue would bring to their hood, Live Nation's mission of giving the Masonic Center new life comes to fruition next month. The gorgeous venue, located across from Grace Cathedral in cinematic Hitchcock hill territory, has been renovated by the concert promoter after it came to an agreement on 50 different conditions last year with the Nob Hill Association. The lofty hall now boasts an updated sound system, stage, bars, and flooring. The now 3,300-capacity space is on par size-wise with the Warfield and the Fox in Oakland and has already booked big talent for the fall season.
So who's playing there? Select picks include:
Modest Mouse - Sept. 26
Pixies - Sept. 30
Daryl Hall & John Oates - Oct. 17
Placebo - Oct. 23
Broken Bells - Oct. 28
The 1975 - Nov. 18
Full lineup here.
Although it's a hike to get up there, the Nob Hill Masonic Center is a stunning place to see shows (I've seen great concerts by Air and Antony and the Johnsons there pre-renovation). Now that Live Nation has sunk so much time and cash into the historic hall, expect regular programming of major headliners there to come.
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