Ticketfly headquarters are located in California, so it’s no surprise that the ticketing company works with some of the Golden State’s most iconic venues. From San Francisco to San Diego, Ticketfly has partnered with hundreds of tastemaker venues that use the ticketer’s powerful integrated marketing and ticketing software and top notch services to help them define the music scene within their communities. So members of the ‘fly staff walked us through some of their favorite spots for live music from SoCal to NoCal, and why.


The Casbah in San Diego

The Casbah opened in 1989 as a 75-cap venue that hosted Nirvana and the Smashing Pumpkins. It moved to its current 200-cap location in 1994.

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“This legendary west coast venue is the place to play in San Diego. It’s ground zero for San Diego’s excellent indie rock scene including bands like Rocket from The Crypt, The Locust, Drive Like Jehu, and Three Mile Pilot, among others. The Casbah has hosted unforgettable, intimate shows from so many of the most important underground bands from the last 25+ years. It’s a small room with a big sound, super friendly staff, great bar and back-room area for hanging out with pool tables, pinballs, and video games.”— Chris Appelgren, Content Marketing Manager

The Roxy in Los Angeles

The world-famous venue opened in 1973—the grand opening was celebrated by a 3-night performance by Neil Young. The upstairs On the Rox lounge became one of the hottest hangouts for Hollywood celebs. The Roxy hosted some of the earliest performances for the likes of Sex Pistols, Bill Idol, Depeche Mode, Red Hot Chili Peppers, No Doubt, Bush, 311, Counting Crows, Incubus, Maroon 5, Kings of Leon, and Young the Giant.

“Lou Adler and the other club partners were integral to the transformation of the Sunset Strip. The Roxy absolutely revitalized the area and made it a go-to destination for celebrities, music fans, everyone.” — Jeff White, Sales Director

The Catalyst in Santa Cruz

“This is the nightclub in Santa Cruz. It’s been around forever [40+ years]. One of the top 5 most magical show going experiences of my life was at The Catalyst.” —Dakin Hardwick, Training Specialist

Troubadour in Los Angeles

“Another legendary LA venue. This one is family-owned and has long been one of the country’s “must play” venues and one of Rolling Stone’s top rock clubs in America. It played some of the earliest shows from so many legends, like Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, Elton John, Neil Young, Fiona Apple, Lilly Allen, & so many more.”— Jon Levy, Venue Success Specialist

Largo at the Coronet in Los Angeles

“The Largo is one of the best spots in town for comedy. Lots of artists, especially comedians, developed characters or concepts there, like Fred Armisen and Larry David. One of my favorites is Judd Apatow & Friends. Judd Apatow does a few standup sets and then invites his friends up and you never know what to expect. The last time I was there, Ryan Adams wrote a song on the spot with Judd and the audience. Something else unique about the Largo is their ‘No photos, no phones’ policy. You have to turn your phone off and put it away. It makes everyone so present. Lastly, the Largo is a real family-style operation—people come to work there and never leave.” — Acacia Newlon, Product Marketing Manager

Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse in Berkley

“Freight & Salvage is the most acoustically perfect venue I’ve ever been to. It’s also a non-profit community arts organization dedicated to supporting traditional/world music, which is really cool.”—Dakin Hardwick, Training Specialist

Echo & Echoplex in Los Angeles

“The Echo/Echoplex has a very “adventurous” booking policy. They host Bootie LA, their awesome soul dance night, as well as Emo Nite LA, the wildly successful monthly gathering for emo fans to reminisce and maybe be treated to a DJ set or live performance by one of their heroes. Skrillex just played his first From First to Last set in ages at Emo Nite in February. And their free Monday Night Music residency is pretty legendary, it’s given lots of bands their start. They also used to have rollerskating, though they may have banned that now!”— Acacia Newlon, Product Marketing Manager

Yoshi’s in Oakland

“Yoshi’s has built itself into one of the world’s most-respected jazz venues. It has an awesome sound system and they’ve branched out into different types of music to keep fans coming back.” — Jeff White, Sales Director

Hollywood Forever in Los Angeles

“Hollywood Forever is actually a bunch of different venues and series in one really unique setting. It includes the smaller Masonic Lodge for up-and-comers and the Fairbanks Lawn for larger concerts, as well as the Cinespia summer movie series and one of the largest Dia de los Muertos festivals in California.”— Jon Levy, Venue Success Specialist

The Independent in San Francisco

“The Independent is the best venue in the Bay Area to catch major emerging indie and electronic acts. You’ll likely see bands that play the Indy playing Outside Lands, the Fox, the Greek, Treasure Island Music Festival, or Life Is Beautiful within the year.” —Dakin Hardwick, Training Specialist

Exchange LA in Los Angeles

“This venue is housed in the old LA Stock Exchange building. It’s a huge open room with ceilings that must be 60-feet tall, a mezzanine that overlooks the dance floor, and a giant LED wall behind the stage. When you put incredible sound and lighting in such an amazing and historic building, it’s hard to top. This is definitely one of my favorite rooms, not only in LA, but in the entire country.”

“The two owners (Adi McAbian and Camill Sayadeh) are some of my favorite operators in nightlife. They are smart, down to earth guys that were successful in other ventures and got together to create one of the best experiences in LA nightlife with Exchange. Adi and Cam are bringing their tech backgrounds into play here also, venturing into VR and augmented reality, all in an effort to create experiences that are one-of-a-kind.” — Steve Kushnir, Resident Deal Maker

Taylor Mims

Taylor Mims

News Editor at Amplify
Taylor Mims is Amplify's News Editor. She is a Los Angeles native and received her Masters in Creative Writing from Cal State Long Beach.
Taylor Mims

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