Top Choice Live Music in Bakersfield

Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace

For fans of the Bakersfield Sound, this is the first stop – just look for the huge neon homage to Buck’s famous red, white and blue guitar. Part museum, honky-tonk and steakhouse (dinner from 5pm, brunch 9:30am to 2…
Cinema in Sacramento

Crest Theatre

A classic old movie house that’s been restored to its 1949 splendor. Hosts indie and foreign films and the annual Trash Film Orgy (trashfilmorgy.com) on Saturdays in July and August.
Cinema in Visalia

Visalia Fox Theatre

A 1930s ‘talkie’ movie palace, the Fox has a stunning East Indian temple–themed interior and occasionally hosts film screenings, live music concerts, stand-up comedy and special events.
Live Music in Sacramento


Quality jazz, R&B and the occasional salsa or indie act in a classy joint. Just beware of the potent martinis.
Concert Venue in Davis

Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts

Major theater, music, dance and other performances take place at this state-of-the-art venue on the UCD campus.
Film in Davis

Varsity Theatre

Davis' beloved art house movie theater has discerning programming and occasional Q&As with filmmakers.
Performing Arts in Sacramento

California Musical Theatre

This top-notch company holds court at the Community Center Theater and the Wells Fargo Pavilion in town.
Performing Arts in Davis

Palms Playhouse

For rhythm ‘n’ blues, folk and good cover bands, go up the road to Winters.
Arts Center in Bakersfield

Bakersfield Music Hall of Fame

Housing a small theater, recording studios and displays on local legends, this space celebrates past icons and fosters new talent. Check the schedule for local up-and-comers, who take the state-of-the-art stage and …
Live Music in Bakersfield

Trout’s & the Blackboard Stage

The legendary Trout’s, north of town, is the only remaining honky-tonk in these parts, hobbling along after half a century as a testament to hell-raisin’ days past. Hundreds of old guitars hang from the ceiling of t…