Live Music

Live Irish Music in San Francisco

Enjoy the Sounds of Ireland

This local bar & Irish pub in San Francisco is all about bringing the culture of Ireland to the residents of San Francisco, whether it's showing international sporting matches or bringing live Irish music right to our bar. Come in and enjoy the live music while dining in our Irish restaurant, specializing in fish and chips which goes with any style of music. Make sure to check our happy hour specials as well. The Chieftain is always featuring new musical talents right here at our pub.  Also be sure to check our Facebook page to be the first to know of our live music gigs. 

Featured Talents 

The Chieftain hosts live performers every  Friday and Saturday, often featuring new musical talents.

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James Parr
March 31st, April 8th & 14th
Join us at the Chieftain for a great night of acoustic music with James Parr
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Dustin Saylor 
Saturday April 22nd and April 29th
Join us at The Chieftain for a great night of acoustic music singing compliments of the talented Dustin Saylor. 
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 April 1st, 7th, 15th, 21st & 28th
Join us at The Chieftain as we listen to Damir Stosic. Damir's versatility of music styles from romantic ballads to contemporary rock make him a popular choice with a wide variety of audiences.
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Sunday Night Open Traditional Irish Session 
 Open Traditional Irish Session with an assortment of musicians. Start time 6.30pm until whenever. 
Usual instruments are fiddle, flute, guitar, whistles and bodhran along with occasional singing. 
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The Irish Newsboys
April 13th @ 7.00pm

We are a band of Bay Area journalists and classic-rock icons who play traditional Irish music with a folk-rock flavor. 

Several of us also play in other bands, and for nearly a decade we have had terrific fun banging out Irish tunes together on the first Friday of every month at the historic Lefty O'Doul's bar in downtown San Francisco (soon to open again after relocation) — in addition to pulling gigs in between at various venues including the Chieftain pub, Monkey House, San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Parade and charity concerts for the Salvation Army and Napa State Hospital’s lock-down ward.

We're proud to include several icons of the Woodstock era and the great Bay Area rock cauldron in our number, and the whole idea is have a good time and help people enjoy Celtic music that can make you laugh, shout and sometimes fetch up a tear.

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