Music in Downtown
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If reruns on television have lost their appeal, head on down to Downtown Fullerton where you are certain to find lively entertainment sure to meet your tastes seven days a week.
Thursday nights from April through October the Fullerton Market has music in the Downtown Plaza on Wilshire, next to the Fullerton Museum. Musical Entertainment starts at 6:30pm until 8:30 each Thursday.
For example, Matador Cantina, 111 N. Harbor, has built its reputation around having both the longest bar in downtown and the only place in Orange County with dueling pianos.
Each weekend night, the dueling pianists engage each other in a lively musical competition complete with cheering crowds, forceful piano chops, and crazy antics. The crowds and the piano players, together, compete for the title as the wildest side of the cantina. Headlining pianists include Douglas Pipes, Patty Lund, Aruna, and Steve Haas.
Meanwhile, jazz reigns supreme at Steamers Cafe, 138 W Commonwealth, where owner Terrance Love notes "Jazz fans know that great music feeds the mind and soul, and that the perfect accompaniment to an evening's listening is, of course, great food and drink."
Terrance proudly refers to Steamers Cafe as "Orange County's Premiere Jazz Club" because of its national reputation for featuring famous jazz performers from around the world. Terrance is also proud to offer a diverse menu designed to "feed the body" while enhancing the jazz experience. Soon he will be adding an outdoor patio and a full range of liquors to better satisfy his swelling following of customers.
Steamers offers jazz, including solo pianist John Paris, every day from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., a 17-piece big band jazz every Monday evening, and a mix of jazz performers every night the rest of the week. There is a $5 cover charge on Friday and Saturday nights, and all ages are always welcome.
Chomp, 181 E Commonwealth, is a relatively new arrival to the downtown and features a 36-seat sushi bar complete with a live shark tank and "loud and crazy" sushi and Tepan chefs to entertain you while you dine. The restaurant features a live band on Thursday nights, and transforms into a "high energy" night club every Friday and Saturday night with a wild DJ and daring customers who take turns at their favorite songs in the Karaoke bar.
Back Alley Bar and Grill, 116 ½ W Wilshire, also has something going on almost every night of the week, starting with free pool on Mondays and Tuesdays, and live disco music featuring local band "Jungle Boogie" on Tuesdays. Local DJ Jay-me and guest DJs liven things up Wednesday nights, while Thursday nights feature Reggae music by "Jativa" or "Dominion Status." Every Friday and Saturday night, Back Alley sets our historic downtown to rumbling with various local bands playing rock, jazz, jamb, and Reggae.
Although Stadium Tavern, 305 N Harbor, is new to the area, plans are in the works to offer live rock 'n roll cover bands on Friday and Saturday nights.
The popular gathering spot Heroes Bar and Grill, 125 W. Santa Fe, features live a band every Thursday night, with music choices ranging from rock, blues, Top 40, to Marenge, Salsa, and Reggae.
The Continental Room, 115 W Santa Fe, offers live entertainment six days a week, including traditional jazz and lounge acts and free live jazz from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Fridays.
McClain's Coffee House, 817 N. Harbor, features live acoustic folk and blues music Thursdays through Saturdays. Tyrone Wells plays every Thursday night to large crowds, and the owners promise that every weekend there is always "something new." In addition, local artists are invited to display their work every month.
Mulberry Street Ristorante, 114 W Wilshire Ave, offers Karaoke on Friday and Saturday evenings in a format called "grab the mic" night. On Sunday evenings a saxophonist sets a sultry mood with classy compositions to compliment the gourmet food and candle-lit atmosphere. On Wednesdays and Thursdays a classical guitarist performs. And on the last Saturday of each month, the local rock band "Tag" raises the volume for a special night of home-grown music.
Stubrick's Steakhouse at 118 E Commonwealth prides itself as being the Downtown's only authentic Irish pub, and offers live Irish music on Wednesdays, while live blues performances are offered every Friday and Saturday night. Strubrick's headliner blues performer is "Blue Baron," who commutes from Northern California twice a month to entertain the pub-goers.
Joe Florentine, owner of Florentines Downtown Grill, 102 N. Harbor, offers live piano music Friday and Saturday nights. Plans are in the works to expand the existing restaurant to the corner of Harbor and Commonwealth, and will include an outdoor patio, dance floor, upscale bar, and a "grandiose" entrance at the corner. Lunch will be served Monday-Saturday and there will be jazz brunches on Sundays when the new facility opens late summer.