Stockton's rich music tradition can be enjoyed from the campuses at University of the Pacific and Delta College to the grassy lawns of Victory Park, from historic theatres to popular restaurants. Whether its classical or jazz, pop or old-fashion rock 'n' roll, you'll find plenty from which to choose.
One of the oldest continuously performing orchestras in California, the Stockton Symphony draws a strong following of music lovers from the greater Stockton area. Music director Peter Jaffe conducts both classical and pops performances. Most performances are held at the Atherton Auditorium at San Joaquin Delta College, but once a year at Pops & Picnic concert is held at the Alex G. Spanos Center at the University of the Pacific.
Hours: Classic and pops concerts Saturday 6 PM, pops also on Sundays at 2:30 PM
Stockton Symphony Association
Whirlow's Tossed and Grilled quick service restaurant features live music every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Recent performers have included The Penetrators Groove Band, Joni Morris, Big Ray Blues Band, Cruzin Blues, Miss Lizzie and Her Cadillac Kings, and Mokelumne Crossing. On Mondays student jazz musicians from local high schools perform, Tuesdays Karaoke.
Regular Hours: Music usually begins at 6:30 or 7:00 PM
Whirlow's Tossed and Grilled
The Bob Hope Theatre includes a number of musical stars in its program of shows. Among the recent performances in 2016 were Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band and The Beach Boys. For 2017 the lineup includes Lecrae, Come Together - A Beatles Tribute, and Emmanuel. The 2000-seat theatre boasts a state-of-the-art sound system.
Bob Hope Theatre
The Stockton Empire Theatre includes a nice mix of musical performances into its programs. Among recent performers at the Empire were The Rattlesnakes.
Stockton Empire Theatre
Stockton's Concerts in the Park are held during the summer months at Victory Park. This popular venue attracts thousands of Stockton music lovers. The concerts are free. Many spectators bring picnics and lawn chairs.
Hours: Wednesdays, June - August, 6 PM
Concerts in the Park
The Faye Spanos Concert Hall at the University of the Pacific is host to college's Conservatory's Concert Series, Resident Artist Series, Friends of Chamber Music concerts, Stockton Opera, and other performances. For a schedule of upcoming events at the Spanos Concert Hall, check Upcoming Events.
Faye Spanos Concert Hall