We are a Latin owned and operated art gallery supporting local and international artists. We support all types of artists with no bias against gender, ethnicity or sexual preference.

We feature art exhibits as well as local and international bands from a broad spectrum of musical genres.

Feel free to check out our events page for upcoming exhibits and shows, and if you are interested in renting our gallery for a showing or an event, click on our booking page for information on reserving the gallery.



Alta Poesia

Todos los vecinos de mi barrio duermen siesta,
pero hay chicos que golpean puertas fastidiando:
piden pan y no dejan
escribir los mejores poemas sobre el hambre.

Jorge Montealegre



Closed in Support of the BOYCOTT

by the orders of conmadante PRIMO




DJ EKG y el Nagual

Brass Liberation Orchestra

Plus a Surprise Special (unowho)

Sat May 6th:

Voodoo Cabaret

ART, Music & Photography

Gisela Tangui,
Wiseproof Avatare
Master Drummer BoloKada
Opera singer Maxine Berstie
The Inra
Salvadore Cruz
Raphael Foresteri
Anthony Oralando
Steve Hass

Voodoo Cabaret: ArtSFest 2006: Hot Voodoo Rock Party!!!

Come spontaneously combust with The Voodoo Cabaret AfroCrusade, San Francisco’s Underground Rockstars, on Saturday, May 6th at the Balazo Art Gallery and be part of ArtSFest, the bay area’s most eclectic annual celebration of the arts.

Doors open at 8pm for cocktails. Complimentary Middle Eastern feast provided by Rami’s Mommy of Healthy Spirits. DJ Kquest playing funkadelic groove music.

Live entertainment starts at 9pm with Steve Haas in Brazil. Performance artist Monique de Magdalena rides the “Red Pony”. Earthling Trio jams to the Voices of the Earth. FatChanceBellyDance, a dance phenomenon as unique as the city of San Francisco. Chaotron deconstructs the Babylonian scapegoat ritual for a world gone mad. Gisela Tangui and Voodoo Cabaret featuring The Indra, Richard Cruz, WiseProof and his “Harmogenous Dooji” plus special guests infuse the evening with original song, dance and African rhythms masterly played by world-class drummers.

While vibrating to the music, indulge yourself with Fine Art Photography Nudes/Projections by Keith Hutter, paintings/multimedia by Apollo Cabrera, Inner Shades, Objectivity Designs, T. Salomon, and Travis T. Paine.

The spiritual orishas and loas are definitely coming so you should be there too!

Tixs are $10, $15, $20, $25. Choose what suits you. Advance tixs at inticketing.com
Balazo Gallery, 2183 Mission Street @18th, San Francisco, 415.255.7227

For more info visit afrocrusade.com. balazogallery.com, artsfestsf.org, fcbd.com, hutterimages.com, apollocabrera.com innershades.com, travistpaine.com


10pm $10-25 donation

Thus May 11th:

Benefit for League of
Filipino Students

Echo of Bullets
Amerikans Anonymous
anmd more tba

Fri May 12th:


Art By:




Sat May 13th:

Dead Ringers
Fucking Buckaroos
Red Medicine


Wed May 17th:

Born Dead
-Stormcrow www.myspace.com/stormcrowcrust
-After The Bombs (Canada)
-Kontempt (Canada)
Peligro Social


Fri May 19th:

Los Dryheavers
Tride & True
Nuts & Bolts
Resist Control


Sat May 20th:

And A Few To Break
Robocop 3
Four Quarters
Say Bok Gwai (chinese hardcore)
Plus 1 more


Wed May 24th:

Element 94

more bands TBA


Thurs May 25th:

Caracol Zapatista Benifet Para la Nueva Campaña


Fri May 26th:

Tragedy Andy
Paradise Hills
One Way Letter (Negative Progression Records)
Shining Through
Big City Dreams
This one is going to be $10, All Ages, Show at 8pm.


Sat May 27th:

The Yes Go’s.
The Swillerz
Violent Discharge
The Street Whores
DJ Tony Dushane
all ages show…8:00pm. 6$


In June, as many as a dozen species may burst their buds on a single day.
No man can heed all of these anniversaries; no man can ignore all of them.
– Aldo Leopold


Fri June 2nd:
Bands TBA

Sat June 3rd:
Mexican Art Show
Sun June 4th:

Tues June 6th:
bands TBA

Wed June 7th:
brookside (NY)
Nick Nofun
Wed June 14th:
bands TBA

Tues June 13th:
bands TBA

Wed June 14th:
bands TBA

Fri June 16th:
bands TBA

Sat June 17th:
bands TBA

Sun June 18th:
bands TBA

Thurs June 22nd:
bands TBA

Thurs June 22nd:
bands TBA

Sat June 24th:
bands TBA

Thurs June 29th:
bands TBA

Fri June 30th:
bands TBA

Thurs June 22nd:
bands TBA


some say we should keep personal remorse from the
stay abstract, and there is some reason in this,
but jezus;
twelve poems gone and I don’t keep carbons and you have
paintings too, my best ones; its stifling:
are you trying to crush me out like the rest of them?
why didn’t you take my money? they usually do
from the sleeping drunken pants sick in the corner.
next time take my left arm or a fifty
but not my poems:
I’m not Shakespeare
but sometime simply
there won’t be any more, abstract or otherwise;
there’ll always be mony and whores and drunkards
down to the last bomb,
but as God said,
crossing his legs,
I see where I have made plenty of poets
but not so very much

Charles Bukowski
Sat July 1st:
bands TBA

Mon July 3rd:
bands TBA

Wed July 5th:
bands TBA

Fri July 7th:
bands TBA

Sat July 8th:
bands TBA

Thurs July 13th:
bands TBA

Fri July 14th:
bands TBA

Sat July 15th:
bands TBA

Mon July 17th:
bands TBA

Tues July 18th:
bands TBA

Thurs July 20th:
bands TBA

Fri July 21st:
bands TBA

Sat July 22nd:
bands TBA

Thurs July 27th:
bands TBA

Fri July 28th:
bands TBA

Sat July 29th:
bands TBA

Please be respectful to our neighbors when loading in & out. You will get extra points with us the next show or maybe a 12 pack

a)Balazo 18 rents out its space for music, art opening and private parties.

Our current policies for music events are that we rent out our space for two different prices, 21 and over for $180.00 and all ages shows are $250.00. This payment is due 2 weeks prior to secure/book the dates for the bands. The bands book their line up and place the cover charge. The initial $250 or $180 from the door that is/if made goes back to the bands then we split the rest 80/20: 80% of money for the bands, 20% of money for The Balazo. Also if the initial $250 or $180 is not made back at the door, that amount is what is given to the artist/bands.

For Art opening and private parties, proposals should ber sent to [email protected]

b)We require the payment 2 weeks before to secure the date,You can send the deposit to 2183 Mission St to hold the date, making out the check to ‘Balazo 18 Gallery’. If we don’t have the deposit by then, we reserve the right to cancel the show and try and find something else to fill that date. Starting a week before the show, if you cancel or pull out, we keep the deposit.

c)Any flyers for your event can be brought to The Balazo to be handed out and the earliest the better. Any illegal posting’s that is against any city ordinace bearing the Balazo18 Gallery name will be the sole responsibility or the artist/promoter. Fines will be the responsibility of the artist/promoter. We promote on our website, email list, and for big shows, in the local weeklies and papers, as well as radio shows and ticket give-aways. We expect that you will do your fair share of promotion for the show.

d)As soon as the band line up,including music descriptions/websites to be linked is known we would like to receive that info and any info about the bands so we can post it on our website: balazogallery.com

e)Load in at 7:00pm

f)Sundays through Thurs start at 7:30/8:00 pm and end at 11:00pm. And we ask that everyone be out by 11:15. Time mangement is the responsibility of the organizer of bands. Shows cannot go over the time stated above.

g)Friday and Sat Shows start at 7:30/8:00 end at 12 midnight. And we ask that everyone be out by 12:15 Time mangement is the responsibility of the organizer of bands. Shows cannot go over the time stated above.

Any additional information feel free to contact us….thanks> Balazo

Please Read Over Contract Examle That Will Be Signed Day Of Show

Contract Agreement
The purpose of this document is to establish an agreement between El Balazo 18 Art Gallery and event organizers.
Event organizer is to give a rental fee of the amount of $250/180 USD for all age’s event or event two weeks in advance prior to event date.
At the event, personnel of El Balazo 18 Art Gallery will charge according to the amount organizers decided upon.
*NOTE: El Balazo 18 Art Gallery will supply change money
at the beginning of event with the amount of $60 USD. This will be reimbursed to Balazo 18 Arty Gallery at the end of the night
At the end of event El Balazo 18 Art Gallery and organizer will count money gathered and will separate the amount given for rental fee. The rest will be divided between both parties with the percentages of 20% for El Balazo 18 Art Gallery, and 80% for the Organizer.
________________________ (event organizer), agrees to rent El Balazo 18 Art Gallery for the event occurring on, _____________.
The rent representing (place date) ____________ event(s) at the gallery will conclude the monetary exchange between both parties. (Name of organizer)____________ agrees that he/she has received the initial charge, if that amount was made back from the door and after initial $250/180 is taken out, and after the 20/80 split that had been agreed on.

This 20/80 split is made after the initial $250/180 for all age’s shows has been made with 20% going to Balazo and 80% going to the organizer.

Bands or Organizer will be responsible for any damage that is incurred to the stage area or equipment of Balazo Gallery.

Any Fliers illegally posted will be the responsibility of the organizer if a fine is incurred to Balazo Gallery

Please e-mail only