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Just Seeds Artists' Cooperative

Arcata (5hrs n of bay area, 7hrs s of Portland)

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Humboldt DIY

Breakfast All Day Collective
An arts and music collective. We strive to provide outlets for music, art, self-expression, activism, and community empowerment. We are here to help the DIY/DIT (Do It Together) community grow and thrive. Our ethics are rooted in Feminist/Anarchist/Queer theories and we strive to promote egalitarian and respectful spaces for community to come together. We love to help touring and local acts with shows. We are open to anyone that wants to be a part of the collective in any way possible, to talent or skills required. BAD Collective is not a physical entity. It started because we love music and art and the people who bring those things into our lives. We make radical beautiful little acts of opposition to the drudgery of lamestream life. Also, we like breakfast.
Last Updated 13 June 2015

Berkeley (borders north Oakland)

Other Resources:
The List | Diy Sf | BAY AREA WTF?!?!???!?!

Garden Shows
House concerts where people can come and listen to local and traveling bands. They occur once a month and are continuing to grow as each event passes. Please understand that since these are located outside in a residential area, they are more likely to attract noise complaints and fines and to ensure that those do not occur, I ask for the shows to be completely acoustic events (i.e. no amplification allowed).
Last Updated 13 June 2015

La Peña Cultural Center
A vibrant community cultural center with a national reputation and a global vision that promotes peace, social justice and cultural understanding through the arts, education and social action. As a welcoming gathering place, La Peña provides opportunities for artists to share diverse cultural traditions, to create and perform their work, and to support and interface with diverse social movements. La Peña also host Cafe Valparaiso a Latin American restaurant.
Last Updated 13 June 2015

Longhaul Infoshop
An anarchist resource center and community space. Our goal is to provide the shell for a space that feels alive with people, projects, and ideas. The Infoshop is a combination of a lending library, computer room, zine making space, activist reading room, and a social gathering space. Throughout the year we host a wide array of events which include music, performance art, lectures, film screenings, and much more. If you are interested in putting together an event at the Longhaul, please get in contact with us! NOTE: We unfortunately are unable to host amplified sound anymore.
Last Updated 13 June 2015

Cathedral City (115 miles se of Los Angeles)

The Coachella Valley Art Scene
A community organization dedicated to developing and promoting art, music and culture in The Coachella Valley. sarah at thecoachellavalleyartscene dot com
Last Updated 13 June 2015


1078 Gallery
We're an art gallery and we pay artists. every. single. show. We also book locals and promote the events for touring bands, assuring some sort of crowd and a good time :)
Last Updated 28 November 2016

Coachella Valley (119 miles se of Los Angeles)

Blue Hill Records
Coachella valley diy booking and promotion. Supporting local, nation, and foreign artist. Also operating a label, send us a message at and stay updated on facebook (linked above).
Last Updated 13 June 2015


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Chico Underground Show Info

Davis (15 miles w of Sacramento)

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KDVS Events

KDVS 90.3 FM
Student/volunteer-run community radio at UC Davis that hosts frequent house shows, in-studio performances, comedy nights and an annual festival in May.
Last Updated 13 June 2015

Eureka (nw CA)

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Humboldt DIY


Bitter Buffalo Entertainment Co.
Provides indie rock, math rock, folk, punk, jazz, hip-hop, dance music, and more to the Fresno music scene. We would love to hear what you have. We want to make connections and lasting friendships. We can be your outlet to Fresno. Let's plug in and party.
Last Updated 19 September 2015

Chinatown Youth Center
This space is run by students/musicians/artists/activists & other like minded D.I.Y. people. It is all volunteer based and we mainly host D.I.Y. underground band all ages shows/art shows & certain workshops. We also are very active in our local community and donate some of our proceeds to local charities like Food Not Bombs.
Last Updated 13 June 2015

Pink Teeth DIY
DIY promoter.
Last Updated 13 June 2015

PowerPuff D.I.Y
My name is Summer Caldera. I'm a D.I.Y promoter.
Last Updated 13 June 2015

Goleta (9 miles w of Santa Barbara)

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a terrestrial radio program that airs live every thursday from 10pm-1am on KCSB 91.9FM out of The University of California, Santa Barbara campus. this show is hosted by me, Hoshwa, and anyone else that wants to come help! i play music. i also often have bands play live. 5432fun at gmail dot com
Last Updated 13 June 2015

Hesperia (79 miles ne of Los Angeles)

Lost Tapes Project
My name is Collin and I host DIY shows in Victorville and Hesperia. thelosttapesproject at gmail dot com
Last Updated 26 June 2015

La Jolla (part of San Diego)

The Che Cafe
An all ages entirely volunteer run, vegan cafe, co-op, and venue that's been helping support the San Diego music and arts scene since 1980.
Last Updated 13 June 2015

La Puente (20 miles e of Los Angeles)

Bridgetown DIY
An egalitarian safe space for all ages that will provide music, art galleries, activities, film, but more importantly a creative culture for our community. We do not tolerate discrimination; therefore, no sexism, racism, homophobia, violence, or any type of discrimination at all times. This is a sober space, so NO ALCOHOL or DRUGS. We take this rule very seriously, so be aware. Music, art, self-expression, and community empowerment is our main prerogative because we believe that our community deserves better. Consequently, Bridgetown is here to establish the DIY Ethos to our community, and raise awareness of social issues and events for anyone that wants information. We are also open to anyone that wants to be apart of the collective and open our minds with their knowledge. Bridgetown does not belong to anyone because it belongs to everyone. We want all types of "everything" to be here: indie, punk, hardcore, screamo, emo, folk, folk-punk, surf, rock, art, clothes swaps, etc, so contact us! We want you here. Lets rage!
Last Updated 13 June 2015

Lancaster (69 miles n of Los Angeles)

Punk is Dead
I'm a DIY promoter/festival organizer based in South Cali. I organize an annual all ages DIY punk/metal/hardcore fest under which I also book and promote DIY shows. I book mainly in the Antelope Valley. The venues I mainly book at are the Britisher, which is a 21+ bar and the Lancaster Moose Lodge, which is all ages. I book at the Britisher only on Thursdays and Saturdays. Any day of the week for the Moose Lodge. I am also accepting submissions for my annual festival which will be taking place Halloween weekend in Lancaster, LA, and Riverside. Accepted genres are punk, hardcore, thrash, crust, dbeat, grind, powerviolence, death metal, doom metal, sludge metal, and black metal. The best way for bands to contact me is thru the festival Facebook page (linked above) or thru my email
Last Updated 13 June 2015

Long Beach (24 miles s of Los Angeles)

Freak Style Booking
DIY/DIT NON-PROFIT ALL AGES Punk / Post Punk / Hardcore / Indie / Folk / Shoegaze / Garage / Psychedelic / Surf / Alternative / Hip Hop + more.
Last Updated 13 June 2015

Los Angeles

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I want to help your touring band. All types of music welcome. Send me an email with a link to your music and the date you need a show. Please email me at least 2 months in advance of your show, preferably 3.
Last Updated 09 0ctober 2016

Heavy Gel
We primarily function as a community print and design studio. We also host workshops, and curate art and music shows. info at heavygel dot com
Last Updated 13 June 2015

The L.A. Fort
We are a DIT (do it together) membership run creative space for arts and education. We love helping touring folks. We believe that each event should be special and that everyone should be treated with respect. We aren't doing live music anymore thanks to the police crack downs but we can still host talks, workshops, craft nights, etc.
Last Updated 13 June 2015

Make It Happen Music
We're a music and art orientated shop in the heart of Downtown. We sell musical instruments and pro audio gear, do recordings, transfers, artist development and we've started hosting live events!
Last Updated 29 September 2015

Origami Vinyl
Record store that hosts in-store events ONLY for bands who have a recent release on vinyl. sean at origamiorigami dot com
Last Updated 13 June 2015

An art gallery/space in echo park. Also functions as a record label called Pehr label. We host art exhibits and small live music shows.
Last Updated 13 June 2015

A studio and performance laboratory for wild and rigorous experimentation in dance. The space provides a platform for local, national and international artists of all disciplines to explore their distinct and overlapping aesthetics and interests. Located in Lincoln Heights, Pieter’s performances, artist residencies, workshops, classes and subsidized rehearsal space nourish Los Angeles’s artists and support the growth of Los Angeles’s creative community.
Last Updated 13 June 2015

Riot Grrrl Los Angeles
Creating safer spaces for people of color, female bodied & gender queer peoples; Intersectional, sex positive & Trans*-inclusive: Shows, workshops and more. Contact Mars on facebook (linked above) or
Last Updated 13 June 2015

Merced (equidistant from Bay Area, Central Valley, SoCal & Yosemite)

Laguna is an inclusive, safe space house with people from all over the world - India, Ireland, Lebanon, Pakistan, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Spain, and the USA. We welcome humans of all ages and art of all genres (music, dance, poetry, films, etc.). Artists are supported with a free place to sleep and are welcome to sell merchandise before/during/after their show. Shows are typically hosted once a month in conjunction with international potlucks. Artists are encouraged to bring whatever equipment they need with them. We have 5/5 on all our Facebook page reviews and look forward to having you join in on Laguna's eclectic, casual vibes :) ndove7[at]gmail[dot]com **Punk-metal groups Cc: macguna[at]gmail[dot]com
Last Updated 30 November 2016


A.H. Art & Music Collective
A music and art group made up of uber oogle aging hipsters inspired by our ancestors like 924 Gilman St. Project, OFF THE AIR, Burnt Ramen, The Plea For Peace Center, and all the other DIY and independent all-ages spaces we grew up with that give art and music a home. We just want to keep the ball rolling in our town while we can. AxHx aims to put on one all-ages show per month, sometimes more, sometimes less, for local and touring independent bands/musicians/artists.
Last Updated 13 June 2015


The Bat Cave
DIY house venue and practice space.
Last Updated 31 July 2015

Oakland (just across the bay from San Francisco)

Other Resources:
The List | Diy Sf | BAY AREA WTF?!?!???!?!

Local Bands:
Adam Balbo

Geoff Saba
I am a performer (Forest Floor, etc.) engineer/producer (Itinerant Home Recordings) and general Enthusiast. I hold sound in high holy reverence. I love to put shows on in alternative venues and belong to an extensive network of sweethearts that share this love. I have had shows in a secret grove of redwoods in the Oakland Hills, Sutro Bath Caves (too hot at the moment), foreclosed houses, and in hat stores. I also regularly interface with venues all over the Bay. Let me know if you need help! If I'm not able to help you this time, I'll send you in the right direction.
Last Updated 27 June 2015

Ojai (34 miles e of Santa Barbara)

Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts & Happy Valley Cultural Center
The Center is devoted to an expansive approach to the arts, whether with our exhibitions, performances or arts education.
Last Updated 13 June 2015

Sacramento (15 miles e of Davis)

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Gold Lion Arts
We’re a small arts space focusing on DIY music and events. We’re open to touring improv, electronic, acoustic, jazz, classical, instrumental, New music, etc. Please no punk/metal/loud stuff. We have no PA and are very small.
Last Updated 30 August 2016

San Diego

Shoebox Collective
99% of the bands I've worked with are in the punk rock community (but don't let that deter you from reaching out to us). We can't always guarantee a show, but we can get you in contact with the right person (pretty much anywhere between San Diego, CA & Seattle, WA) and do what we can to help. We run a radiocast/ podcast where we interview bands and spotlight local unsigned and independent label artists. Contact us to submit your music or set up an interview. We also can record your band, see some of the stuff we have on our bandcamp at You can reach us through the Shoebox Facebook page at or send me, Devito, a message at
Last Updated 29 September 2015

San Francisco (just across the bay from Oakland)

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The List | Diy Sf | BAY AREA WTF?!?!???!?!

The Chapel @ The Convent Arts Collective
A 25-person artist & musician collective in the Lower Haight. The gorgeous building is a former convent, and is currently a huge house full of creative people, artist studios, music rehearsal and recording rooms, performance spaces, and so on. We hold a variety of events in our Chapel, Basement or Rooftop Mural Garden, including, but not limited to: eclectic live music, indie films, comedy shows, themed parties, yoga classes, and more. Please get in touch with me if you are a touring band, filmmaker, or other sort of artist who is interested in playing a non-club venue. Contact Neeti at, with the dates of your show request in the subject line.
Last Updated 30 April 2016

Fortress Callosum
We have a comfy little warehouse space near San Francisco Civic Center where we rehearse, make giant puppets, and host shows about once a month. To make sure that the shows are worthwhile, we will find a suitable local band to play with you. Audiences are quiet and attentive, and the rooms sound best with acoustic-only or lightly-amplified music. We are always very excited to host performance art / puppetry!
Last Updated 13 June 2015

I put on a bi-yearly free, all ages outdoors generator show called FuckFest. Im always looking for outta state bands to play this. I start booking for the FIRST event (FUCKFEST outdoor generator) usually around the beginning of each year and the show is in July or Aug. I start booking the SECOND event (FESTFUCK(outdoor generator) or WeDontGiveAFuckFest (in door DIY warehouse venue) and the show is on OCT l. PLEASE do not contact me about playing FuckFest outside of these dates. I book shows besides these events as well. I book Punk, Metal, Grindcore, Power Violence, Folk Punk,Experimental(to an extent), Oi!, Ska, Hank3 Style Country Rock. Pretty much anything that fits into those genres. I dont have the connections for DubStep, Electronic, EDM, or anything like that! Sorry!
Last Updated 19 September 2015

Max Farrell
I'm in a band called Kilroy from the SF East Bay. I can help book shows all across the bay area for touring and local acts.
Last Updated 03 November 2016

The Sylvan Annex
I book intimate house shows once or twice a month for touring acts in the attic of The Sylvan Annex in San Francisco's Richmond District. It's a tiny room so we try to keep shows on the quieter side, but not to an extreme degree. Through my band The Yellow Dress I also have a number of other venue connections diy and otherwise, and often have a fest or something else in the works. I'm always happy to try and find something for likeminded folks! Contact me through the Sylvan House facebook page [linked above] or email me at dpweiss (at) gmail (dot) com.
Last Updated 13 June 2015

San Luis Obispo

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Santa Ana (32 miles w of Los Angeles)

Top Acid
A vintage store and DIY music venue in the beautiful East End of Downtown. We are constantly working to create a community built around great artists and musicians. It's a space available for anyone and everyone to express themselves and be free!
Last Updated 30 June 2015

Unit B
Unit B is, unfortunately, closed indefinitely. However, the community that sprouted around Unit B is strong and will return with a newer, better, still DIY version by end of summer. In the meantime, please try these awesome places in Southern California: Bridgetown DIY in La Puente, The Dial in Murrieta, The Fort in LA, Maya's Cafe in Corona, Aladdin Jr in Pomona, Blood Orange Info Shop in Riverside, The Smell in LA. If you need any help booking, Mark from Unit B can still help you, please email him at, and updates on the new location will be posted on the facebook page (linked above).
Last Updated 14 June 2015

Santa Barbara

Other Resources:
Santa Barbara Music Scene | SB DIY

A multi-purpose art space at a batting cages. Located in an industrial part of a quiet beach town, we've been able to use the space for a variety of music, art and performance events since fall 2014. Santa Barbara is a small town and we are only able to accommodate 4-6 events per month. Please check out calendar at SBDIY.ORG and feel free to reach out with the minimum needed information (performers, exact date, anything to distinguish you from those who don't supply this info) to
Last Updated 30 September 2016

Santa Monica (17 miles w of Los Angeles)

Almost Holden Collection (AHC)
A multimedia studio/gallery dedicated to facilitating and presenting audio, visual and print collaborations by independent artists. We offer great studio rental prices, provide opportunities for artists of different mediums to interact, collaborate and workshop amongst each other, and our events and classes are the most exciting thing happening in DIY/DIT on the westside. Contact us through facebook (linked above) or
Last Updated 13 June 2015

Tujunga (18 miles n of Los Angeles)

Artisyn Studio
An open space of creativity where anything is possible. Students come to learn how to engage in a multitude of creative forms of expression including how to paint, play musical instruments, and edit videos. There are no limits inside of The Studio.
Last Updated 13 July 2015


Valencia DIY
I'm Jake, I go to CalArts, I'm a philly transplant, and am looking to host one or two events a month at the on-campus facilities including: a cafe, resident halls and Annex stage. Preferably interested in one acoustic/low-key show and one full band show.
Last Updated 19 September 2015

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