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The 25 best live music acts of 2016

Best live music acts of 2016

The 2016 BAMS List: Showbams covered many excellent bands, musicians and DJs throughout 2016 — the following 25 acts are our favorite live performers of the year.

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Chris Robinson Brotherhood put the pedal to the metal at LA’s newest home for jam bands

Chris Robinson Brotherhood

SHOW REVIEW: The Fonda Theatre appeared to serve the five-piece well, and it felt like a good way to celebrate a Saturday night in LA.

At the Fox Theater Oakland, Tedeschi Trucks Band float beautifully in the balance

Tedeschi Trucks Band

SHOW REVIEW: Between Susan Tedeschi’s powerhouse vocals and Derek Trucks’ slide-guitar genius, Tedeschi Trucks Band are one of those acts that transcend a person’s taste in music.

A brotherhood led by Chris Robinson conjures connectedness & growth

SHOW REVIEW: After enjoying upwards of eight hours of CRB’s music over two days, I feel confident when I say that is exactly what this band is doing: growing together.

SF Shows of the Week // GO4FREE to Deerhoof, Cold War Kids, Fred Falke or Chris Robinson Brotherhood

Win a pair of free tickets to one of our “Shows of the Week” in SF from November 17th-23rd.

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival: San Francisco at it’s best

FULL REVIEW & PHOTOS: Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival proved to be as fun and free-spirited as ever, and the late sole-benefactor Warren Hellman was on everyone’s mind.

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival: 10 best looking sets

FESTIVAL PREVIEW: From up-and-comers to living legends, here are the best looking sets at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival 2012, a free three-day music fest in Golden Gate Park.

New Music Tuesday: Bob Dylan • The xx • The Avett Brothers • The Presets • The Raveonettes • Calexico • Chris Robinson Brotherhood • David Byrne & St. Vincent

Bob Dylan - Tempest

Every Tuesday, we focus on new music releases by naming our top tracks and supplying the latest videos for select albums.