Culture | March 11, 2022 11:05 am

The 22 Can’t-Miss Concerts Coming to San Francisco This Spring

It's the best live-music season in recent memory, so grab those tickets before they sell out

Charli XCX, Dua Lipa and Paul McCartney are just a few of the artists playing in the list of our favorite concerts in San Francisco for spring 2022
Dua Lipa, Paul McCartney and Charli XCX are just a few of the performances slated for the spring.
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Masks are starting to come off (at long last), and so far, we’re looking at the best live-music season in S.F. in recent memory. (Fact: We can no longer remember anything before March 2020.)

Herein, we’ve compiled an eclectic bunch of shows — and a couple of festivals, too — for the months to come. Whether you want the stadium experience or something more intimate, these are the can’t-miss shows of the spring.

Note that some indoor venues are still requiring masks and proof of COVID-19 vaccination for entry. Double check before you go.

Because as he gets older, he’s found a slick blues groove 

John Mayer, March 18 and 19, Chase Center, San Francisco

Because smooth funk is the name of the game with this winning mashup of NOLA, Bay Area and Brooklyn sounds

Pimps of Joytime, March 24, Starline Social Club, Oakland

Because she’s sizzling hot right now

Charli XCX, March 26 and 27, The Fox Theater, Oakland

Because you have to hear for yourself why she won the Best Pop Vocal Album Grammy in 2021

Dua Lipa, March 27, SAP Center, San Jose

Because have you even lived if you haven’t streamed “The End of the World” for three solid days?

Billie Eilish, March 29, Chase Center, San Francisco

Because “The Voice of Broadway” is bringing the Great White Way to the West

Betty Buckley with Christian Jacob, March 30 to April 2, Feinstein’s at the Nikko, San Francisco

Because even without Fleetwood Mac, rumours are that this guy can shred

Lindsey Buckingham, April 5, Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco

Because two totally different New Orleans bands are in the hall

Tank and the Bangas, Big Freedia, April 8, August Hall, San Francisco

Because electric blues played by the best never get you down

Keb’ Mo’, April 21 to April 24, SFJAZZ Center, San Francisco

Because this Bay Area psychedelic rock favorite always brings the rolling papers

Moonalice, April 22, Great American Music Hall, San Francisco

Because exploring his family legacy is a cosmic jazz experience

Ravi Coltrane, April 28 to May 1, SFJAZZ Center, San Francisco

Because when one of the world’s hottest Latino Reggaeton stars comes to play, we’re in

J Balvin, May 1, Oakland Arena, Oakland

Because it’s a sure sign the pandemic is waning when a Kiwi arrives in town

Lorde, May 3, Bill Graham Civic Center

Because after watching eight hours of “Get Back” we’ve just gotta see this legend’s “Got Back” tour

Paul McCartney, May 6, Oakland Arena

Because when funk meets psychedelia, the show is always mind blowing

St. Paul and The Broken Bones, May 6, The Fox Theater, Oakland

Because a new NorCal music fest is a cause for a full-day celebration

Mill Valley Music Festival featuring Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals, Lettuce and more, May 7, Friends Field, Mill Valley

Because this is one rapper who proudly admits to loving his Auto-Tune voice processor

T-Pain, May 10, The Warfield, San Francisco

Because you know you want to hear “Yellow” one more time live

Coldplay with guest H.E.R., May 15, Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara

Because if you love rock ‘n’ roll, you’ve gotta see both these legendary bands at least once in your life

Steve Winwood and Steely Dan, May 25, Concord Pavilion, Concord

Because you loved the Super Bowl halftime show and need some more aging rap stars in your life

Mount Westmore featuring Snoop Dogg, E-40, Too Short and Ice Cube, May 27, Oakland Arena, Oakland

Because your kids will be clamoring to go along to see this Disney Channel teen phenom

Olivia Rodrigo, May 27, Bill Graham Civic Center, San Francisco

Because this may just be the greatest music, wine and food festival ever

BottleRock Napa Valley Festival featuring Metallica, Pink, Luke Combs, The Black Crowes and more, May 27 to May 29, Napa Valley Expo, Napa