Venue Spotlight is a weekly review of a music venue in the Bay Area, designed to help you separate the standouts from the less-than-stellar. This week I’m focusing on the Warfield—here are my five reasons for attending:

1. History. The Warfield’s been around since 1922, which means it’s seen its fair share of famous acts. Al Jolson was there! The Clash was there! The Grateful Dead played a whole lot of shows, if you’re into that sort of thing.
2. The look. Check out that classy marquee outside. The Warfield was built as a vaudeville theater (see above re: Al Jolson), so despite the somewhat sketchy surroundings, it still has a bit of that “blast from the bast” feeel.
3. Proximity to BART. Speaking of the sketchy surroundings, you probably don’t want to spend a whole lot of time hanging out around the Warfield. Lucky for you, it’s a mere five-minute (if that!) walk from Powell BART. Way more convenient than many other San Francisco venues.
4. Spacious interior. There’s plenty of standing room in the Warfield. But don’t worry, you can get right up close to the stage if you want—or congregate by the bar, if that’s more your scene.
5. Eclectic acts. You never know who you’re going to see here, from alternative rock to indie folk to death metal. No matter what your tastes, you’re bound to find someone to your liking playing at the Warfield. Check the website for a full schedule of upcoming acts.

Community Venue Spotlight: 5 Reasons to Go to the Warfield