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.

Mayer Hawthorne pours his soul out to kick off Twilight Concert Series at the Santa Monica Pier

Mayer Hawthorne

SHOW REVIEW: As he demonstrated for a packed crowd, the Grammy-nominated artist is as much the sum of his influences as he is his own entity.

Decanting BottleRock 2014 before its return to Napa

FESTIVAL PREVIEW: The second year of BottleRock Napa launches May 30th with The Cure, OutKast, TV On The Radio, Deerhunter, Thee Oh Sees and many more.

Outside Lands 2014: Lineup locks, likely acts & long shots

FESTIVAL RUMORS: As we inch toward springtime, some Bay Area music freaks (like us) are beginning to speculate who will be gracing the stages in Golden Gate Park come August.

Mayer Hawthorne swoons sold-out crowd in Oakland

SHOW REVIEW: Mayer Hawthorne proved to be a polished showman, swooning the crowd with his soulful singing and his proficiency on a multitude of instruments.