SoFar Sounds brings the magic back to live music in Santa Barbara
Featuring incredible artists playing to the best audiences in the world
Founded in 2010 and based… all over the place including right here in Santa Barbara, Sofar Sounds is an expanding network of artists and music lovers with a mission to “bring the magic back to live music.” Check out this video.
SoFar shows are more showcase previews than what you’d see at a club. On the SoFar website, users can view upcoming shows in Santa Barbara. The lineups are not advertised ahead of time. Close to the show date, just the neighborhood and the time of the show are listed and only those who get tickets can attend. They’ll receive the details in a private email.
This communal music collective prides itself on hosting these secret, intimate concerts. You can “apply” for tickets, which are $13 to $15. If you are accepted, you will be sent the show details the day before the event. Once you get there, each artist will play for 20 minutes while you and a couple dozen other attendees sit on the ground, watching.
It’s your lucky day! You can apply for a ticket to the upcoming show, which will be held in a secret location in The Funk Zone, Santa Barbara.Wednesday, June 14th. Arrival time: 6:30pm – 7:00pm. Let me know if you get in!
SoFar’s model worked well enough to get 60 countries on board. Richard Branson’s Virgin empire is now a financial partner, and the company collaborated with Airbnb recently.
Many houses, apartments, and coffee shops in and around Santa Barbara have been hosts to these cozy gigs. When you attend a Sofar Sounds show, it is not hard to realize just how impactful the performances are for both the artist and audience.
The shows are heavily branded, and attendees are encouraged to take pictures and videos on their phones during performances and post them to Facebook and Instagram. There are short breaks, but you are discouraged from leaving until all of the performances have finished.
Are you going to attend the upcoming SoFar Sounds event in the Funk Zone? If you do, I would love to hear about your experience! Meantime, I would be thrilled to show you what’s on the market in Montecito, Hope Ranch or any of Santa Barbara’s upscale communities. Just check out my comprehensive website then call me at 805.886.9378 or email me at [email protected]. Who knows, maybe you’ll host a SoFar Sounds event at your new home. I’m definitely attending that one!