About Us

SFBayAreaConcerts.com (SFBAC) began as a way to highlight great concerts in and around the Bay Area with quick reviews, setlists, pictures and clips from the shows.  The team is made-up of true music enthusiasts who are passionate about the bands and artists that we highlight.

Since 2006, we've done our best to feature the artists that we think you should be aware of, so if you have tips or are interested in coverage, don't hesitate to reach out at info@sfbayareaconcerts.com with your suggestion!

Kevin Keating (Founder / Sr. Editor / Photographer) Kevin first rocked out with Steve Vai and Whitesnake at the Spectrum in Philadelphia on April 14th, 1990 and has been hooked on live music ever since.
Best shows: 
  • Nine Inch Nails @ Blossom Music Center (Cleveland), Sept. 24th, 2022
  • Nine Inch Nails @ Echoplex (LA), Sept. 6, 2009
  • Nine Inch Nails @ Key Club (Morongo), Mar. 31, 2006
  • Dredg @ Bottom of the Hill, June 26, 2003
  • Pearl Jam @ Trocadero (Philly), April 10, 1992
  • Pink Floyd @ Veteran's Stadium (Philly), June 2-4, 1994
  • Ministry @ Roseland Ballroom (NYC), April 14, 1996


Sean Reiter (Contributing Reviewer / Photographer)
Sean’s a lifelong Bay Area concert fan starting back in the 80’s at The Stone, Ruthie’s Inn, Mabuhay Gardens and the Cow Palace. Now, equally at home with jazz, americana, alternative or metal, he strives to capture the human (and superhuman) moments of live performers doing what they love. His band photo portfolio can be seen here.
Best shows:
  • Y & T @ Marin Civic Center, 1983
  • Jetboy with opener Guns n’ Roses @ The Farm, 1986(?)
  • Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers @ The Fillmore, 1999
  • Foo Fighters @ Bottle Rock,  2017
  • Dead & Company @ Eugene, Oregon, 2018
  • Metallica 40th Anniversary Shows @ Chase Center, 2021


Matt Pang (Contributing Reviewer / Photographer)
Matt is a Bay Area native and music enthusiast with a strong passion for highlighting live music. Growing up with punk rock and hip-hop influences, as well as technology, Matt has combined his love of music and photography. More of his work can be viewed here.
Best shows:
  • Kanye West and Kendrick Lamar @ SAP Center (10/22/2013)
  • Travis Scott and Young Thug @ The Warfield (3/29/2015)
  • D'Angelo & The Vanguard @ Fox Theatre (6/7/2015)
  • Sampha @ Swedish American Hall (10/30/2016)
  • Frank Ocean @ Lovebox Music Festival (7/22/2017)
  • Tame Impala @ Chase Center (9/15/21)


Paul Caparotta (Contributing Writer / Interviewer)
Paul is obsessed with all types of music. When he's not slinging pixels in the digital media space you'll probably see him at the Great American Music Hall or Cafe Du Nord. Check out more of his music musings at Twelfth Note.
Best shows (that Paul can remember):
  • Sugarcubes, P.I.L. & New Order @ Mann Music Center (Philly) Jul. 14, '89
  • Morrissey @ Garden State Arts Center (Homdel) Jul. 11, '91
  • Portishead @ Hammerstein Ballroom (NYC) Dec. 5, '97
  • Apples in Stereo @ Great American Music Hall, Oct. 9, '01
  • John Cale @ Le Trabendo (Paris) Feb. 7, '07
  • Colin Meloy @ The Fillmore, Apr. 30, '08

Kate Haley (Contributing Reviewer / Photographer)
Kate hails from the Deadhead ranks of the way back. With a firm belief that music is a collaboration of the stage and the energy the crowd brings, she’s all-in, having a blast photographing the show that’s going on both on and off the stage. You can find more of her photography here.
Best shows:
  • Grateful Dead @ The Palace (Auburn Hills), March 23rd, 1992
  • The Family Crest @ The Great American Music Hall, April 12th, 2018
  • Ani DiFranco @ The Rio Theatre, June 30th, 2018
  • Dead and Company @ Shoreline Amphitheater, July 3rd, 2018
  • Grateful Dead (Traffic opened) @ Sam Boyd (Las Vegas), June 24th, 1994
  • Grateful Dead @ Soldier Field (Chicago), June 26th, 1992


Ken McCain (Contributing Reviewer / Photographer)
Ken was born in the SF Bay Area, and raised on radio, records and arena rock! Having an appreciation for many genres of music, he'll cover rock, country, jazz, or reggae anywhere from Santa Cruz to Oakland to SF on any given night. Many of his shows can be seen at this link.
Best shows:
  • Rush - 1984-2015
  • Day on the Green #1 (w/ Metallica, Ratt, Scorpions, Victory, Y&T, Yngwie J. Malmsteen) @ Oakland Coliseum, August 31, 1985
  • Monterey Jazz Festival @ Monterey, CA (Met Dizzy Gillespie in a smoky little night club!), 1989
  • Depeche Mode (Devotional Tour) @ San Jose Arena, November 12, 1993
  • Santana (Original Lineup) @ The House of Blues at Mandalay Bay (Las Vegas), March 21, 2016
  • Y&T @ The Fillmore, April 3rd, 2016


Akshay Sawhney (Contributing Reviewer / Photographer)
Akshay honed his musical interests shopping for cheap classic rock LPs at Long Island garage sales in the early 90s. While the NYC Hardcore scene was in full effect, Akshay was catching shows by Les Paul or Page & Plant. Years later he would put on his own shows as president of the Penn State Jazz Club, eventually moving to SF in 2003 to continue his love for music, tech & photography. Check out his portrait & event photography.
Best shows:
  • Les Paul @ The Iridium Jazz Club (NYC) , 1996
  • Makanda Ken McIntyre @ HUB Ballroom (State College, PA), 1998
  • Charlie Hunter @ Penn State University (State College, PA), 2003
  • The Noisettes @ Rickshaw Stop (SF), 2009
  • Robert Plant @ BBC Electric Proms (London), 2010
  • Little Richard @ B.B. King Blues Club (NYC), 2012

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