Red Curtain Addict Top Concert Picks: November 2018

We all know experiences make the best gifts… And the holidays are coming up fast! Make sure to treat yourself, family, and friends to a few concert experiences happening this season! We are lucky to live in the Bay Area with so much to do and see and we have a great list of concerts that are guaranteed to show you and your loved ones a great time!

Scroll below to browse our top concert picks for November!

Oct 16th – November 11th: Waitress at SHN!

WAITRESS is about, you guessed it… a WAITRESS and an expert pie maker, Jenna who dreams the way out of her small town and loveless marriage. She goes to a nearby city to compete in a baking contest and the town’s new doctor may offer her a chance at a fresh start! But you will have to see it for yourself to see if Jenna can summon the strength and courage to rebuild her own life and live her dreams.

Addict Insider: It is not just another great Broadway show to attend. WAITRESS made history by filling four of the top creative roles with women! (Sara Bareilles, Jessie Nelson, Lorin Latarro, and Diane Paulus… In addition to these fabulous rockstar women, the costume designer and musical director are also women! Sara Bareilles said she was “proud to be part of an all-female team”. Timing couldn’t be more perfect and we are looking forward to seeing the masterpiece these ladies created.

November 13th: Tommy Igoe a Steely Dan Event


Tommy Igoe will be performing an arrangement of Steely Dan featuring Tony Lindsay from Santana and Drew Zingg on guitar from Steely Dan. For those of you who don’t know, Steely Dan is an American rock band founded in 1972. They are known for blending elements of jazz, traditional pop, R&B. The Rolling Stones called them “the perfect musical antiheroes for the Seventies”. So if you love Jazz mixed with a bit of R&B and rock this is a performance worth checking out! 

If you are looking for something new to try, this is a great concert to attend. Whether or not you are a jazz, big band, or rock fan Tommy Igoe puts on an unforgettable show! It is a perfect date night as you can get dinner and a show at Yoshi’s is a Jazz Club and restaurant. 

Addict Insider: The women behind Yoshi’s Jazz Club is Yoshie Akiba, 73 years old! She grew up as an orphan near a US Military base in Japan. Her love for music helped her express herself and get through hard times and brought her from Japan to Baltimore and shortly after in started Yoshi’s Jazz Club where they have been keeping live music live now for 46 years!

November 15th – November 18th: Broadway San Jose, Chicago

With over 6 Tony Awards, 2 Olivier Awards, a GRAMMY, and now the longest running Broadway show in history there is no better time to see Chicago! This classic production has everything that makes Broadway great!

Based on the Award-winning film Chicago live on stage is set to recapture the magic and will leave you in awe! It has everything you would want to see and expect in a live performance. Great music, fantastic outfits, and catchy tunes that get stuck in your head, this is a fun show to not miss!

Addict Insider: Chicago has been staged in numerous productions around the world, and has toured extensively in the United States and the United Kingdom and has performed over 7,500+ times! 

November 15th – February 3rd: Cirque Du Soleil VOLTA

Volta is the title of Cirque du Soleil’s big top show which is themed around extreme sports; the show storyline is about a popular game show host named Waz, who has been blinded by fortune and fame, but starts a personal quest to find again his true self by going through his memories, after discovering a group of free spirits who encourage him during this process. If fame doesn’t provide freedom and acceptance, then what does? You will have to find out by checking out Volta

Under the Big Top, at AT&T Park, this energetic, urban and contemporary performance VOLTA, is a captivating voyage of discovery that showcases never-before-seen under the Big Top acrobatics in a visually striking world. The music is inspired in part by the adventurous spirit that fuels the culture of street sports, VOLTA is about finding yourself and unveiling your personal powers.

Addict Insider: We are doing a private experience and meet and greet with the cast! Member ticket details coming soon! Teaser alert, you will get to meet these world-renowned, acrobats, street performers, and artists!!!

November 16th: Requiem For Ghost Ship, Oakland Symphony

The Oakland Symphony is putting on a concert of remembrance as a token of appreciation for the families impacted and ones lost by the Ghost Ship Fire that happened in an Oakland warehouse in 2016. The Ghost Ship Fire was the deadliest fire in California since the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and the Oakland Symphony it putting on a concert to support the community and the families who will also feature Oakland Symphony Chorus, the performance contemplates death as a part of life, one that embraces its beauty and sorrow.

The concert features guest cello soloist Matthew Linaman, Oakland Symphony’s 2014 Young Artist Competition Winner. The program also includes Brahms’ Requiem featuring the Oakland Symphony Chorus with Soprano Patricia Westley and Baritone Robert Sims. The evening will also feature Leonard Bernstein’s “Take Care of this House” from the musical 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

We are really excited about what the Oakland Symphony is up to this season and are looking forward to some of their upcoming concerts. 

November 17th – December 9th: It’s a Wonderful Life, SF Opera

Is a 1946 American Christmas fantasy comedy-drama film about a man who has given up his dreams in order to help others, and whose imminent suicide on Christmas Eve brings about the intervention of his guardian angel named Clarence who shows George all the lives he has touched, and how different life in his community would be if he had never been born. It’s a Wonderful Life is considered one of the most critically acclaimed films ever made. It was nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

Addict Insider: The film has been recognized by the American Film Institute as one of the 100 best American films ever madeAnd that is why we are excited that the San Francisco Opera is doing this production with music by our very own Bay Area legend Jake Heggie! It is perfect timing for the Holidays and a great way to remember how to be grateful for all we have this Holiday Season.

November 23rd – November 25th: MTT CONDUCTS BEETHOVEN’S NINTH, SF Symphony

The reason why we love Beethoven’s 9th Symphony is yes, it is amazingly beautiful to listen to, but it also because we are equally super fans of Beethoven and what he was able to accomplish when we lost his hearing! He was able to replace what he heard with his imagination and his imagination was endless.

Beethoven’s 9th is Fueled by principles of freedom and equality, he crafted the Ninth Symphony in an epic struggle between despair and transcendence to reach new heights with the words “all men become brothers.” We recommend this timeless classic as the amazing SF Symphony will be accompanied by the Grammy Award-winning San Francisco Symphony Chorus!

Addict Insider: Beethoven gave his first public piano performance when he was 8 Years old! His entire life was dedicated to music and we, now to get relive the past, with the present while listening to it be performed by some of the worlds best!

November 24th – December 9th: The Velveteen Rabbit, ODC Dance at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater

Something to add to your holiday traditions, now in its 32nd year, this full-scale production has played to nearly 200,000 people around the country. Intended to encourage children to engage, create and imagine, the show is suitable for children ages 3 and up, and for the child in every adult.

The story centers on the enduring relationship between a boy and his stuffed rabbit. Told from the perspective of the rabbit that yearns to become real, the story explores the deep bond that the boy and rabbit develop over time in spite of the rabbit’s increasing shabbiness. The Velveteen Rabbit‘s message is timeless. This is a great production to see with your kids and your family!

We are excited about this production because for the first time Red Curtain Addict will be joining ODC/Dance at a special precursor event leading up to the performances. Select characters from The Velveteen Rabbit will be at the Embarcadero Ice Rink on Saturday, November 17th from 12-4pm, for an afternoon of ice skating. People who come will receive a special discount code for tickets to the show. Beyond the meeting the characters, there will be live bunnies to pet and play with from SaveABunny Bay Area, a non-profit that shelters and treats neglected rabbits. Join us for an afternoon/evening of fun and make a new holiday tradition this year!

And there you have it! There are so many events and concerts happening in November but we make sure to give you the best we recommend. Get out and support your local arts scene and share your experience using #RedCurtainAddict for a chance to be featured on our site!

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