Video Games Live!™

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Gamers and non-gamers alike, don’t miss this explosive, one-of-a-kind entertainment experience! Be immersed in the most popular video games of all time in this concert featuring exclusive cutting-edge video screen visuals, state-of-the-art lighting and special FX, video game music arrangements, unique interactive segments, and more. Created, produced, and hosted by industry veteran and superstar Tommy Tallarico, Video Games Live™ has been heralded as "Captivating!  Bombastic!"  (The New York Times) and  “Ingenious and fantastic!” (Los Angeles Times). 

“Incredibly compelling, powerful and emotional.” —THE WASHINGTON POST  

Come early for exciting pre-concert activities in the lobby:

  • GUITAR HERO COMPETITION: Give it your best shot in a Guitar Hero competition starting one hour prior to the concert. Winner plays on stage with the San Francisco Symphony!
  • COSTUME CONTEST: Don your finest video game character costume! The winner will be selected from the stage just prior to the concert.
  • ULTIMATE GAMER VIP EXPERIENCE: Starting at 6:30pm, this VIP experience includes special reception, goodies, and priority access to the post-concert meet and greet. Sold separately through Video Games Live! (You must also have a concert ticket to enter Davies Symphony Hall). Click here to buy VIP tickets.

After the concert, join a meet and greet reception with game industry luminaries, including the composers of Monkey Island, among others! (Free for all ticketholders.)




Tommy Tallarico


Emmanuel Fratianni


San Francisco Symphony


Music from Final Fantasy, World of Warcraft, Super Mario Brothers, a special 25th anniversary Zelda celebration, and more!

Concert length is approximately 2 hours.

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Footage from the first performance of Video Games Live:

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  1. Thu, Jul 25, 2013 at 7:30pm

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  2. Fri, Jul 26, 2013 at 7:30pm

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If you would like assistance purchasing tickets for patrons with disabilities, please call the box office at (415) 864-6000.

Pre- and post-show Events

Special events before and after Video Games Live include a Guitar Hero competition, costume contest, and meet-and-greet with video game industry insiders!

Come early, relax, and treat yourself at the Tier with a Twist on the Second Tier. A fresh way to take in a concert this summer, the Tier with a Twist offers food and drinks in the updated Second Tier bar. The added bonus? Take your beverage to your seat and use the free wifi! It’s the Second Tier—with a twist.

It’s official: Summer has arrived. Kick back with summer’s signature cocktail, the Midsummer Melody—a refreshing mix of Pimm’s No. 1, citrus, and fresh cucumber and mint. What more could you want on a summer night in the city? Cheers.  

Program Support

Lead Sponsor
Summer & the Symphony


Supporting Sponsor
    Summer & the Symphony    


July 25 supported by


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