All of us small time, two bit Bay Area musicians dream of playing the Great American some day. It's a hard place for a local band to fill, which is why most will continue to dream for the forseeable future. But when you go see a show here, it's still just small enough that it's not intimidating to go talk to the band afterwards. And even if you're pushed to the back of a crowded show, you've still got a good view of the action. Many bigger touring acts come through here, even the occasional European Avant jazz outfit, which I guess qualifies the place as an eclectic programmer. The room is amazing. Totally old-school movie theater style with gilded balconies and a killer sound system. I've seen some memorable shows here.