I plan to visit Bakersfield in mid-September for a two-night stay. Can anyone advise where I can find the best live music bars and where I might stay somewhere within walking distance?
What days of the week will you be here? Any particular style of music you're interested in?
I believe Buck Owens Crystal Palace has live country music nightly, but sometimes it's paid concerts for bigger names so check the website before you go.
Temblor Brewing is near Buck Owens and has jazz music every Tuesday night 6:30-10 pm. https://temblorbrewing.com/ so if you stay near there, that's a couple options for you, especially if you will be here during a weekday.
I know a few other places that do live music occasionally but it's hit or miss, and maybe not walking distance to a hotel.
Sandrini Public House, Wine Me Up, Imbibe, Pyrenees, Ethel's Old Corral are a few that come to mind.
I can help out more if I know the dates.
Many thanks to everyone who has replied. I'm particularly partial to roots/alt. country, nothing too loud.
Unfortunately, I'm only able to visit on Sunday, 23 and Monday, 24 September which, I'm guessing are not particularly good nights for live music.
I was curious to hear JenAzz's comment about the number of nights stopover. I had originally planned to go to Mojave then Santa Clarita on my way to stay in Santa Barbara. Because of the 'Bakersfield Sound' I was thinking of going there instead.
The Bakersfield Sound was from the 1970's, and Bakersfield has changed since then quite a bit. Locally, you'll find rap, norteno, metal, punk and most other genres. A good way to check out local music is to throw the city's name into a tag on Bandcamp, as such: https://bandcamp.com/tag/bakersfield
If you've never used SongKick, they also have Bakersfield as its own location, and their lists are generally well kept-up: https:/…20919-us-bakersfield
But, you're absolutely right: Sunday and Monday are not usually good for local live music.
Mojave and Santa Clarita are not going to offer much for live music options. One of the better random Central Valley options is the Cellar Door in Visalia. I've been there a couple of times to see bands as they tend to attract some good acts. Though Visalia is out of your way: http://cellardoor101.com/events/
Otherwise, you're much more likely to be able to see live roots and country music in the LA area than anywhere else. LA has a vibrant music scene and has music at multiple clubs every night of the week.
Hope that helps.
Thanks for all that, Colinaz. I may need to re-organise the trip slightly. I may have to do that anyway, depending on how the wildfires progress!
You would probably love to visit Buck Owen Crystal Palace as there is a lot his memorabilia from the Bakersfield Sound era, but unfortunately there is no live music Sunday and it's closed on Monday.
You'll also be here during the Kern County Fair, but the nights you're here the concerts scheduled aren't country. There also is no decent hotel within walking distance.
If you can't rework your schedule, depending on how much you're into the Bakersfield sound, you might consider stopping in for lunch at Buck Owens on your way through on Sunday to see the collection of memorabilia. If you were to rework your schedule to enjoy a live concert here, one night be enough.