The Best Music to See in Marin This August

Nothing beats listening to live music with friends on a warm summer night. Get out and explore Marin’s music scene at some of our favorite venues. Here’s the best live performances happening in August.

Jenny Kerr Band

August 4

Peri’s Tavern

Show 9 p.m. – $10
Jenny Kerr, Best Live Music in Marin, August
Photo by Bruce Forrester

California’s gifted Americana singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist weaves together the traditions of blues and honky tonk while retaining a voice singular and pure.

Jerry Hannan Band

August 4

Rancho Nicasio

Dinner reservations 5 p.m.–8 p.m./ Music 7 p.m.

Beloved Marin-based singer is perhaps best known both for being one half of the Mad Hannans, as well as the songwriter behind the song “Society,” made famous by Eddie Vedder on the Into the Wild soundtrack.

Hot Buttered Rum

August 6

Rancho Nicasio

BBQ’s on the Lawn Series
Doors 3 p.m./ Show 4 p.m. – $30
Hot Buttered Rum, Best Music Marin, August
Photo Courtesy of Glenn Mar

Hot Buttered Rum is a non-conventional six piece Bay Area bluegrass band with roots in Appalachia and branches in California. With the core members together over 20 years, they’ve honed their sound and their live show to be something out of this world.

The Sam Chase & The Untraditional

August 11

Smiley’s Saloon

Show 9 p.m. – $15

San Francisco-based The Sam Chase entertains his audience with high energy folk music and unique songwriting.

Eddie Roberts and the Lucky Strokes

August 12

Sweetwater Music Hall

Doors 8 p.m./ Show 9 p.m. – $23

The New Mastersounds’ guitarist and bandleader leans into his individual strengths in this band, and that sensibility is evidenced through his recruitment of Mississippi-based guitarist and vocalist Shelby Kemp as well as the Tampa Bay-based Galbraith sisters for a new tour de force ensemble.

Chris Shiflett (of Foo Fighters)

August 17

HopMonk Novato

Doors 7 p.m./ Show 8 p.m. – $20

Punk veteran, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Americana and rock singer, and modern day guitar hero for more than 25 years, Chris Shiflett has blurred the lines between genre and generation, balancing his full-band projects with a thriving solo career.

Hannah Juanita & Mose Wilson

August 17

Smiley’s Saloon

Show 8:30 p.m. – $15

Hannah Juanita and Mose Wilson offer their audience a heavy, groovin’ honky tonk show filled with heart melting harmonies — everything lovers of country, blues and Americana will enjoy.

Mike Hellman and Band with special guest Laura T Lewis

August 17

Papermill Creek Saloon

Show 7 p.m. – $10
Mike Hellman, Best Live Music Marin, August
Photo Courtesy of Kyson Dana

Mike Hellman is an Americana country artist who hails from Santa Cruz. Singing songs with substance, conviction, and grit, Hellman is a well-known troubadour with a bent for the unconventional.

The Airplane Family

August 18 & 19

Sweetwater Music Hall 

Doors 8 p.m. / Show 9 p.m. – $40

The Airplane Family reunites original and legacy members of Jefferson Airplane, Grateful Dead, Hot Tuna, Bob Weir’s RatDog, David Crosby band, New Riders and JGB.

AJ Lee & Blue Summit (Cookout Concert Series)

August 19 

HopMonk Novato

Doors 4:30 p.m./ Show 6 p.m. – $20
AJ Lee Blue Summit, Best Live Music Marin, August
Photo Courtesy of Snap Jackson

The latest full length project of this world-renowned, Santa Cruz based bluegrass band entitled I’ll Come Back debuted in August 2021, with national touring support of the record ongoing.

Steve Poltz (Cookout Concert Series)

July 16

HopMonk Novato

Doors 4:30 p.m./ Show 6 p.m. – $30 advance tickets

Our beloved Steve Poltz is back to share his latest album Stardust & Satellites. This Nashville based songwriter has developed quite the cult following due to his exuberant performance style and eclectic solo catalog.

Eric McFadden

August 19

Peri’s Tavern

Show 9 p.m. – $10

Superstar guitarist Eric McFadden brings his new project Sgt. Splendor to Peri’s for the very first time, featuring Kate Vargas and Angeline Saris!

Barry Sless, John Varn, Michael Pinkham, Tommy O’Mahoney

August 25

Peri’s Tavern

Show 9 p.m. – $20

The hottest new band out of Fairfax is this quartet of renowned Marin-based musicians — with The Lone Wolf opening, it promises to be a special night!

Pete Floyd

August 27

Rancho Nicasio

BBQ’s on the Lawn Series
Doors 3 p.m./ Show 4 p.m. – $25
Pete Floyd, Best Live Music Marin, August
Photo Courtesy of Ted Thomas

Pete Floyd is the premier Pink Floyd tribute band led by two Pete’s, Pete Delaney and Pete Hale, both on guitar and vocals. Backed by Teal Collins and Paige Clem on harmonies and fresh from shows at Sweetwater, Felton, The Chapel, and the Novato Art and Wine Festival, this is a show you don’t want to miss!

Dale Watson & His Lone Stars

August 27

HopMonk Novato

Doors 4:30 p.m./ Show 6 p.m. – $30

Country star Dale Watson’s latest album Call Me Insane was recorded in Austin with veteran producer Lloyd Maines and carries on in the tradition of Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson with his own brand of American roots music.

Emilie Rohrbach

Emilie Rohrbach has taught music and theater to grades pre-school through 8th in San Francisco and Marin counties for the last 20 years. She has been a freelance writer for Divine Caroline for five years, and her writing has appeared in Narratively, Hippocampus, Common Ground, Travelers’ Tales, and Marin Magazine, among others. She is passionate about Room to Read, Shanti Bhavan, and Destiny Arts and serves on the board of Knighthorse Theatre Company.