Cup O Joy
Cup O Joy is a Christian music venue. They have been in operation for over 25 years. The venues hosts over 100 concerts each year, and admission is always donation-based. All concerts are smoke free and alcohol free in order to maintain a family-friendly atmosphere. Cup O Joy hosts everything from blues to gospel, mellow acoustic to hard rock. They host comedy shows and they also have an Open Mic Night once a month.
Of humble beginnings, The Cup (as it is lovingly called today) began in 1989 in a rundown brick building which had served as a shoe store and a later a print shop. With the help of many volunteers and a lot of patience, The Cup began to gain momentum. Today, the venue has state-of-the-art sound and video, a refreshment bar, an entertainer’s lounge and kitchen, and an expansive library. Since opening its doors, The Cup has hosted an eclectic mix of local performers and popular Christian artists such as Shawn McDonald and SuperChick, among many others.
Concerts are held Friday and Saturday nights from 6:30 until 10:30pm with shows almost always starting at 7:30pm. Attendees love the venue’s inviting atmosphere, which lends itself to a close, one-on-one artist / audience relationship unlike most conventional concert venues. Because of this, the Cup O’ Joy has been a Best of the Bay finalist in the Best Live Music category every year since 2010.