The San Francisco live music scene has expanded in recent years and concertgoers have many choices when it comes to attending shows. The Independent, a 500-person capacity venue in the city’s NOPA district, is a relatively small venue that attracts a wide range of acts. The venue features everything from established artists looking to play an intimate show to up-and-coming bands looking for their big breaks.
By being accommodating and taking a friendly, laid-back approach with bands, the Independent has built a strong reputation among touring acts. The venue’s superior sound and small size also make it appealing to music lovers looking for a positive concert-going experience. Ultimately, the Independent is a prime model for how smaller, independently-owned venues of its type can compete and even thrive in the same music landscape as corporate conglomerates.