Get ready to rock, Santa Barbara! Or roll. Or swing. Or snap your fingers. Whatever the case may be, there's a music venue for you. Although live music can be a little tricky to find in the sleepy city by the sea, it's not impossible. Let 10Best be your guide to the best live music finds in Santa Barbara.
If you don't read any further, come away with this: do not miss an opportunity to see a show at the Santa Barbara Bowl. This stunning outdoor amphitheater books all the biggest stars from April through September every year - from local boy Jack Johnson to legendary acts. Bob Marley played his last show here, in fact. Adding to the wow factor is the aerial view of town.
If you're looking to have a fun night out with friends, visit one of the local bars to catch a live band in the act. The Velvet Jones and Soho both host bands regularly. Or head to the James Joyce for Irish folk music and other jazzy live acts almost every night of the week.
For a more sophisticated evening, look up the schedule at the Lobero theater. This beautiful venue is home to symphonies, ballets and other visiting guest artists.