What is it about live music that is so compelling? We can listen to recorded music all day and never feel the same emotions or moved in the same way as we do when the music is being made, right there, in front of us.

At the Workshop, we talk a lot about being able to improvise in the moment. For our teaching artists, it’s important to be able to listen to the youth in the classroom and take direction from what they want to do, what they’re excited about during the lesson and sometimes you have to be able to scrap the whole thing and go with the momentum.

This is the same with live music. What musicians make in the recording studio is often very different than what they perform live. A band also has to listen to the audience, see what they get excited about and sometimes, scrap their set plan and go with what’s working.

Making sure your audience, or your students, are engaged is a sure fire way to be successful. What was the last live show you went to? Did you feel like an active member of the performance or were you just a passive listener? As arts advocates, our staff also participates in arts activities outside of the Workshop. Here are the last few shows we went to. You can also check out our playlist. See it Live

Beverly, Individual Giving Manager

I’ve been to a few recently, but my favorite so far are the Mango Kingz.

Anne, Program & Communications Manager

The Del McCoury Band at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass. It was super fun to see all of the humanity. Hardly Strictly is one of those San Francisco things you really have to see to believe.

Larry, Program & Administrative Assistant

I actually caught teaching artist Aisha Fukushima at Oakland Art Murmur! Check out her Raptivism Page.

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Karena Salmond, Program Director

Dinosaur Jr. at the Fillmore. Totally reliving my grunge years.

Jessica, Executive Director

Wilco and Jonathan Richman at the Greek!

Ivy, Finance & Operations Manager

A musical, Cats. It was a hit at the time.

Laurie, Institutional Giving Manager

A terrific and very interesting local creative jazz ensemble — Nathan Clevenger Group. Before that, Andrew Bird I think.