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With so many fabulous spots to see live music right on the UC Berkeley campus, there's practically no reason to ever head over into San Francisco. One of the oldest and longest-standing venues is The Greek Theatre, also known by its longer name, The William Randolph Hearst Greek Theatre.

Built in 1903 on the University of California Berkeley Campus over an already-existing grassy knoll used for live music performances, construction was entirely financed by William Randolph Hearst, of newspaper fame. The design of the theatre was heavily influenced by seminal Greek theatre Epidaurus.

In over a century, The Greek Theatre has been the site of numerous riveting live music performances, as well as a number of important Berkeley traditions. Each graduating class celebrates its commencement there. A number high schools also use the theatre for their graduation ceremonies, too. Perhaps one of the biggest on-campus traditions, The Big Game Bonfire Rally takes place at The Greek Theatre yearly before the big Stanford versus Berkeley game.

Some of California's biggest pop and rock music festivals take place here, as does the famous Berkeley Jazz Festival. A number of modern-day luminaries and rabble rousers have given speeches here, including President Theodore Roosevelt, Michael Moore, and The Dalai Lama. With almost 8,000 seats, it's also a hugely popular music venue for 20somethings in the Bay Area. Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, Radiohead, The Dave Matthews Band, and Bob Marley have all played shows at The Greek Theatre.

Located in the heart of the University of California Berkeley campus, a number of hotels are just a short walk away, including Hotel Shattuck Plaza. Cal Hotel, and Nash Hotel.

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