Legendary Concerts at the Santa Barbara Bowl

The Santa Barbara Bowl, built in the 1930s, has hosted many amazing shows throughout its history. The Bowl has been home to many big names in music over the years, as a venue to stop at when traveling between Los Angeles and San Francisco. Some highlights that we picked out are:


Bob Marley + The Wailers - November 25, 1979

Bob Marley and his band, the Wailers, went on tour in the Fall of 1979 to promote their album, Survival. Marley had been diagnosed with cancer two years earlier, and this was the second-to-last tour for Marley. His entire set was recorded, and would eventually be released as in DVD format in 2003 called “Bob Marley” The Legend.

Jack Johnson - October 13 & 14, 2010

No stranger to Santa Barbara or the Bowl, Jack Johnson headlined two shows at the Bowl on his 2010 Tour for “To The Sea”. He played a two-hour set after opener G. Love, and his mellow and lighthearted demeanor graced the audience of families and children alike.  To The Sea was one of the top-selling albums that year, and both sold-out nights of his Bowl performances were filmed and became the official music video for “To The Sea”.

Radiohead - April 12, 2012


Just last year, Radiohead stopped by Santa Barbara en route to headline the first weekend of Coachella, for a show that sold out within minutes. Amidst a dreary and haunting evening, Radiohead performed a set list of old songs like “Planet Telex” and many newer songs from King of Limbs. Radiohead mesmerized the rain-soaked crowd, with an incredible stage set up of lights and LED screens.

Read Jacob’s full review here.

Joni Mitchell - September 1979

Another hallmark concert at the Santa Barbara Bowl in 1979, was Joni Mitchell’s performance with an incredible band. The show featured Pat Metheny on guitar, Lyle Mays on keyboards, Michael Brecker on saxophone, Don Alias on drums, Jaco Pastorius on bass, and The Persuasions on vocals. The live performance was recorded in its entirety, and was released as her Shadows and Light Album the following year in 1980.

The Santa Barbara Bowl has been a standout venue for many many iconic artists, what are some of your favorite concerts you’ve attended at the Bowl?

Staff Picks: Favorite Local SB Restaurants

If you’ve ever been to Santa Barbara, you know that there are a bunch of amazing local spots to grab breakfast, lunch, or dinner at. From Japanese to French cuisine, we’ve got some special local restaurants that are dear to our hearts here in Santa Barbara. The staff has chosen their ultimate favorite places, which I’m sure was extremely hard, as there are just so many great eateries sprinkled throughout Santa Barbara county. 


Jacob chose Bouchon. “The most fresh farm to table comfort food paired with hand picked wines. Worth every dollar.”

Matt picked a French favorite, Renaud’s. “Love the chicken sandwich on their freshly baked French roll.”

Mike went for the ramen at Itsuki. “Amazing Ramen and Udon, great sizzling plates, highly recommended in their new location, although sadly they moved 8 miles farther away from me! I still proudly support.” 

Sean picked a great local favorite, Lily’s Tacos. “They have eyeball tacos (which are delicious by the way).”

Haaris also chose Lily’s Tacos and added Brophy Brothers and Metropulos. He just can’t get enough of Metropulos’ Friday Gyro special!

Tracy loves Zaytoon. “Best atmosphere in a restaurant I’ve ever been to, I love taking people here. The salmon with basil cream sauce is insane.” 

Calia loves sushi, so she had to pick one of the best sushi restaurants in town, Arigato. “I love Arigato. Probably some of the best sushi I have ever had! Their restaurant has a great vibe, too. Love bringing my friends here when they are in town and craving some top of the line sushi!”

Steve chose Julienne. “Best food in town.”

Our first Italian pick, Tad went for Gino’s Sicilian Express. “Love the slice/salad special.”

Drew went all out, choosing his favorites for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. “Breakfast: Scarlett Begonia, guaranteed to give you a great day. Lunch: Burger Bus, respect for places that obsess over each ingredient. Dinner: Los Agaves, I would direct deposit a chunk of my paycheck here if it were possible.”

Justin closes up our list with Jane. “One of the first ‘casual yet fancy’ restaurants I went to in Santa Barbara and you’ve gotta love a restaurant that has a stellar burger on the menu next to the roast lamb shanks. Also their fries are phenomenal and they have soft-serve. Just sayin’.” 

Now you know what places to hit when you’re in the Santa Barbara area! Where should we eat for lunch today?!