Live from The Barn! A History of UCR’s Legendary Venue

Throughout UCR’s history The Barn has served as a cultural center-point with performances from Pete Seeger, Blink-182, No Doubt, Sublime, and countless others. UCR Today & The UCR Magazine are looking back at The Barn’s long and rich history and taking a look forward at its bright future.

Make sure to watch this amazing video with interviews & live archival footage of the barn. Do you have a favorite memory of The Barn? Tell us in the comments below!

Read the UCR Today Article

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  • EJ says:

    Way back in the day, the place was always packed during Scot’s week for Bill “The Fox” Foster.

  • Lisa says:

    Dancing at the Barn every single time No Doubt played there is one of my favorite memories of my years at UCR (’88-’92)

  • Judy Stolpa Neveau says:

    Still remember that we hung our UCR mugs on hooks and I don’t think we washed them all semester..

  • Anonymous says:

    I enjoyed the local talent. I still have a recording of John Zoeckler and Eric Stamits performing. Also one of Sally Thomas and Jim Cooper.
    Barn highlight as far as “name” entertainers go was Doc Watson.

  • I still have recordings of John Zoeckler and Eric Stamits as well as Sally Thomas and Jim Cooper.
    Barn highlight as far as “name” entertainers goes was Doc Watson.

  • Bob Schultz says:

    I remember that Jackson Browne played a benefit at the Barn on June 22, 1974 and the guy from the organization that would benefit introduced him as “Jason Browne.” I also remember amazing folk artists including Doc & Merle Watson, John Hartford, Tom Paxton, and Riverside’s own Steve Gillette.

  • maryploppins says:

    Holy crap why did I think this place closed shortly after I graduated in ’98?? Glad to find out I was wrong; I loved The Barn. I remember seeing Stanford Prison Experiment a couple times, Braid, Get Up Kids, etc. There was a also a show where No Knife was supposed to play but they unfortunately crashed their bus or something and couldn’t make it (not a serious accident, luckily). 😉

  • Todd says:

    Saw my first live show ever when I was still in high school at the barn with Incubus playing in 1997. Tore it up in the mosh pit and hung from the rafters, still one of my best memories of a live performance. Also, I saw the last show the Barn ever had when Kottonmouth Kings played, never got in the front door though lol, got arrested for disorderly conduct…good times.

  • Bob says:

    Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee in the 1960’s.

    At one time, I was asked to redesign the lighting for the Barn, but it was a TINY place!

  • I played the Barn a couple of times in 1966-67. Acoustical folk. Used to be part of a trio that played on same bill as The Association. It was lively, it was pretty much drunk. I remember putting a friend’s face out of the spaghetti he had passed out in so he could breathe when we went to Sandy’s. Everyone was more interested in trying to pick someone up than the music, but to be fair, I was that way when I wasn’t playing. Went to Berkeley the next year and played at the 7th Seal and other places. Kept John Fahey from getting arrested one night before he played the Golden Bear. Went to Europe after grad and busked on Carnaby St. in London and other places. Recently edited a book by a Russian, The End of The Computer, ebook on Amazon. Quite a thrill ride. Patrick Conner

  • Pete says:

    I saw Lee Ritenour there in about 76, one of the best shows I have ever listened to. His band was a who’s who of the time, Alex Acuna, Abe Laboriel Sr., Steve Forman, Ernie Watt. It was the second show and they played forever.

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  • Andrew Ciervo says:

    I went to some great punk, hardcore, and ska shows in 1997-1998. Some of the most memorable shows were Millencolin, Riverfenix, Dance Hall Crashers, and Voodoo Glow Skulls. Shows were only $5 – $10 and they usually got crazy.

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