As you probably know, BISS runs ticket giveaway contests every week. We asked our subscribers why they love the BISS List for a chance to win tickets. These are some of their answers...

From: deeann
Date: Thu, Jan 12, 2012 at 7:10 PM
Subject: I like the bisslist because...
To: BISS List

Bisslist offers a green approach to bay area music listings so I no longer must buy an entire Sunday SF Chronicle just for the pink section's club happenings! Thanks bisslist!

From: Lorna
Date: Thu, Jan 5, 2012 at 7:23 PM
Subject: Bill Graham B-Day Bash 1/7 tickets!
To: biss@bisslist.com

1.     I love BISS List. I subscribe because it's one of a kind and promotes all the music I like to listen to and dance!


From: daphney n
Date: Thu, Dec 29, 2011 at 10:25 AM
Subject: Win Tickets to Trombone Shorty? 12/31/2011 or 12/30/2011
To: Biss List

It's the best, most informative listing of shows to see all around the bay. I recently moved to Indianapolis (aka Indiana Apolis, Flatsville Apolis, insert any other aka here to describe that sad, sad place) and back to SF even more recently, and the Biss List kept me informed of all the things I was missing and where I knew a bunch of my friends would be. Everything on the list is somewhere I want to be. The music listings are exactly what I'm looking for in regards to genre and have the best venues. Now that I am home again and just getting back in to the scene I know that Biss will lead me to exactly what I want in entertainment, the most exhilerating shows across the bay. Thank you for that! It's nice to feel like you are still apart of the growing music scene eventhough I have been absent for too long.

Daphney N

From: hed space
Date: Mon, Dec 26, 2011 at 9:20 PM
Subject: Win Tickets!
To: bliss list

Happy Happy Merry Merry!!

Hello wonderful BISS folks. Hope Santa was good to each and every one of you.
No lumps of coal for this group. You guys are the best and deserve nothing but that.

So the new year brings new shows and of course you've got tickets to the best of them.

So I was interested in the tickets you had for the Bill Graham Birthday Bash 1-7-12 at the Fillmore.

Why do I subscribe?
Because Pammy G and her crew know how to throw down a good time any place at any time!!

Dave P
So here's a very good friend that loves the local music scene as much as any of us. He'd love to be kept in the "know"

And why should I win?
Well the above mentioned Dave has been real helpful with me recently with my little fractured elbow incident. He took me to the ER on that 1st night when it happened. He's also helped me to and from the hospital a few times.He's a great guy and a good friend.
Anyway I'd love to take him to the Fillmore just to say thanks. I know he'd really like this show and I know I will too.

As always keep up the good work and I'll keep spreading the good word!!!

~~Have A Safe And Very Happy New Year~~


From: Jamie Ohalloran
Subject: Re: BISS 12.22.11 - Bayonics / Holidaze Allstars / Jazz Mafia / Will Bernard / Happy Holiday from BISS!!
To: "biss@bisslist.com"
Date: Friday, December 23, 2011, 6:09 PM

Wow, cracker and camper van tickets would be superfantastic.

I love BISS because you help wash away my breeder blues. I only get hall passes with free tickets thea days;-).


From: jason
Date: Thu, Dec 22, 2011 at 6:30 PM
Subject: win tickets maceo Parker new years eve show yoshis
To: Pamela Gerstein

I would love to win tickets to the Maceo Parker new years eve show at Yoshis in san francisco

I always look at your website for upcoming shows it is way better than having to subscribe to different radio, tv and ticket news letters to find upcoming shows.

I love Maceo Parker dating back to his days working with James Brown, (would not sound the same without Maceo), I have not been out on new years in years, and want to go, (will be alone on christmas and want to go out and celebrate a new years eve in style.

san francisco

From: randy
Subject: Entry for "AN EVENING WITH BRIAN MCKNIGHT" - Wed, 12/21/2011
To: biss@bisslist.com
Date: Thursday, December 15, 2011, 6:00 PM


I'd like to enter the contest for Brian McKnight tickets.

He is so super talented! He can do it all - from composing to performing.

1) Why do you subscribe to The BISS List?

Because it turns me on to a lot of shows that I didn't know were happening.

Thanks for giving me a shot!


From: Jerry Garcia
Subject: tickets for Ghosts of Electricity please
Date: Wednesday, December 14, 2011, 4:56 PM

1. The reason I look at bisslist is to see what shows are going on in my area. I live in Richmond CA so the bisslist has all the good shows around me. Also they give you the chance to win tickets to these shows and who doesn't want to win tickets?

Thanks and have a Grateful Day,

From: Xochitl
Subject: Cash'D Out
To: biss@bisslist.com
Date: Tuesday, December 13, 2011, 4:26 PM


Wanted to see if you are doing a ticket givaway for Brick & Morter on Friday.  I am definitely going and would love the tix.

I subscribe to BISS because I love to be in the know of what's going on in the city AND because Pam said so!

Thanks, Xochitl!

From: Nora
Subject: Pharcyde @ Yoshi's...Dec 17
To: biss@bisslist.com
Date: Thursday, December 8, 2011, 8:07 PM

You are receiving this email because I am subscribed to the coolest, most reliable music entertainment newsletter in the bay area.  The BISS LIST is my number one website to go running to when I want to boogie my ass off all week.  Its perfect in so many ways but mostly because it never lists shitty Emo bands, death metal, or crappy pop that I could care less about.  BISS lists everything great and I know when BISS is involved awesome people will be at a show to make my happy ass even happier.  Plus, I'm always super stoked when the sparkly, wonderful, women of BISS are shakin' it next to me with big smiles.  And when I can't choose between shows, BISS suggests how to go about my night...and I appreciate those decisions being made for me when I am indecisive.   
BISS has helped my knowledge and love for music grow immensely and I am forever grateful for that.  I have even been turned on to new live music due to this wonderful list. Seriously, who needs jambase or the guardian when you have the BISS list?  My life in the Bay rocks and it keeps getting more rad and I have BISS to thank for part of that. The BISS list FuCkiNg ROCKS and I love it!!!!!

From: Larry
Subject: Dragonsmoke, Friday Dec9th, 2011 - INDY
To: BISS@bisslist.com
Date: Wednesday, November 30, 2011, 10:55 AM

I am really hoping to win some tickets to this show...
I tell everyone I know to subscribe to BISS LIST...I read it
religiously almost 3 times a week..
I read it because Pam and crew have the same taste in music that I have.
Sure wish I could go out more often, but my lack of a full time job
prevents me...

Anyway I hope you have a great day - I love BISS LIST


From: Tom
Subject: it would be awesome to win tickets for the New Parish tomorrow!
To: biss@bisslist.com
Date: Wednesday, December 7, 2011, 4:24 PM

I would LOVE to win two tickets to The Naked and Famous, The Joy Formidable with Grouplove at The New Parish, Oakland, CA on Thursday, 12/8/2011.

And another thing, I subscribe to BISS because it is the number one source for what's going on in music in the Bay, and I can always be assured of a good booty-shakin' when I put myself in the capable hands of BISS!!!


Thanks so much,

From: Janna
Subject: WIN TIX Marco B at INde 12/4
To: "Pamela Gerstein"
Date: Thursday, December 1, 2011, 8:11 PM

I humbly request (beg you) for tix to see Marco on Sunday 12/4.
I love him to bits. His music moves me like no other has in a very long time.
Truly I swoon;) But I also appreciate the depth of his musical mastery. His fingers flow across the keys and make magic.
It is my birthday on 12/12. Maybe this can be an early present?
I so appreciate your list, and you have been very generous in the past.
This is why I love you so much.
You are music lovers and know how to get us out and about.
Thanks for all you do,
In friendship,

From: Pete
Date: Thu, Dec 1, 2011 at 6:10 PM
Subject: Martin & Blades Duo with Krasno! 12/16
To: Pamela Gerstein

I subscribe to the Biss List because it's a great way to get a heads up on shows that are coming up in the Bay Area. I know and trust that the recommendations will be funkalicious, and if I'm looking to see live music at the last minute, I can always just check the email to see what's happening that night. Not to mention all the opportunities to win tickets.

Keep up the great work!

From: Doug
Subject: OHMphrey!!!
To: biss@bisslist.com
Date: Tuesday, November 29, 2011, 4:33 PM

Holy crap! I'd love to win tix to this! I remember seeing OHM open for Umphreys in LA way back in 2003. It was great. Then they joined forces and it's so good! I'm a long time BISS loyal reader and I try to share on FB as much as possible. You hands down are my favorite local music list. And Pam you know this, because we run into each other at shows about 2-3 times a week.

See ya there!

From: Sean
Subject: New Orleans Suspects 12/1/11 or 12/3/11
To: biss@bisslist.com
Date: Thursday, November 17, 2011, 6:25 PM

To whom it may concern,

I am writing to enter to win tickets to either 12/1/11 or 12/3/11 for the New Orleans Suspects.  First I will tell you why I subscribe to the Biss List.  I subscribe because your list is the easiest one stop list for viewing all of my musical choices for the bay area.  Your list is concise yet tells subscribers all relevant information concerning each musical event.  I also like how you have the chance of winning tickets to some of the best music in the bay area not just in San Francisco.  Second I will tell you why I should win tickets.  I have been a frequent visitor of New Orleans for nearly 20 years.  I have done 14 out of the last 15 Jazzfests and truly appreciate New Orleans music.  I have already purchased tickets for Friday 12/2/11 but would like to attend additional shows.  Due to budgetary concerns it will be difficult for me to make more than one show without winning tickets.  I appreciate the chance at winning and hope you have a wonderful day.


From: Kris
Subject: ****Win Tickets*****
To: biss@bisslist.com
Date: Friday, November 18, 2011, 3:32 PM

I would like either night of the Jackie Greene shows at the Fillmore 1/25 or 11/26.

I suscribe because it makes me feel alive!!!! I get the up to date information on the BEST SHOWS IN THE BAY!! What would I do if Biss list went away!!!

I have been a fan of Biss List since I have found you folks. I have shared pretty much every event you have shared with us at the Boom Boom Room, and have gained at least 10 of my friends who promised to add your address to their inbox!!!! I absolutely adore Jackie Greene and want my butt in one of those seats!!! Or standing there! I don't care I just wanna be there!!!!

Thanks for this oppurtunity.

From: Sue Ellen
Subject: BUDOS BAND Nov 19 Mezzanine .. win tixs!! Yeah! :)
To: "BISS List"
Date: Friday, November 11, 2011, 9:40 AM

Would love to win  tixs to see BUDOS BAND Nov 19 at Mezzanine!  Yeah!  :)  Answers etc below

1) Why do you subscribe to The BISS List?

From: drumzenbass
Subject: Stephen Stills @ Regency 11/18!!!
To: biss@bisslist.com
Date: Monday, November 14, 2011, 3:04 PM

1) Why do I subscribe to the BissList?
Because there is NO better source, at newstands or online, to find information about all the shows I want to know about in San Francisco and the Bay Area! Because the BissList is there whenever I need it, and it is frequently the ONLY place that I find listings for special, below-the-radar shows. Because BissList cares about the San Francisco music scene, including venues, bands, and fans! (I could go on and on...)

From: Stephen
Date: Mon, Nov 14, 2011 at 2:06 PM
Subject: FELA!!! Thurs. Nov. 17th
To: Biss at Bisslist

1)   Why do you subscribe to The BISS List?

Because you guys pick the cream of the crop as far as shows around town. As there is so much going on, I appreciate being informed about what you recommend.

From: Max
Subject: Feist with Chilly Gonzales 11.14.2011
To: biss@bisslist.com
Date: Friday, November 4, 2011, 12:17 PM


Two-part answer:

1) I subscribe to the BISS list because music is the most universal language that we have, and finding and sharing the experience of live music creates the most real connections that I know. The list helps keep me on that track.


From: Paul
Date: Thu, Nov 3, 2011 at 4:47 PM
Subject: JAZZ MAFIA PRESENTS: EMPEROR NORTON SUITE, Yoshi's, Friday, 11/4 Late Show
To: biss@bisslist.com

Hi Pam!

Just hoping to poach tickets to go see Emperor Norton! I've heard most of the recording, but haven't seen it performed yet.
  1. I subscribe to the BISS List because I know that when I want to hit the City and see a show that the entire weekend schedule for music that appeals to me will be vetted by someone who's taste reflects my own (thank you kindly, Ms. Gerstein!).

Thanks so much for always having the scene sussed! I just realized you have a Google Calendar set up: genius... subscribing now. Thanks!


From: Tina
Subject: *Win Tickets* ALO 10/28/11 @ GAMH
To: biss@bisslist.com
Date: Sunday, October 2, 2011, 5:38 PM

I just subscribed to the Biss list because I heard it was the best list of live music in the bay area around!  I'd love to win tickets to the ALO show at the Great American Music Hall on 10/28/11 because I'm a full-time student and free tickets to a show would be a treat and would allow me to hang out with all of my friends at a fantastic venue. :)

From: Phaedra
Date: Fri, Oct 21, 2011 at 3:30 AM
Subject: Warren Haynes/win tickets
To: list biss

I love Biss list 'cause it's the funkiest list in town!!!....& they throw down tickets to the funkiest shows!!!

Would love LOVE to win Warren (mf) Hayens Tix for the Warfield on the 29th!!!!


From: Paul
Date: Wed, Oct 19, 2011 at 6:30 PM
Subject: Orgone ticket contest!
To: biss@bisslist.com

Much love,

p.s.  BISS is by far doing more promotion for clubs and bands than anyone else.  I know I speak for others when I say thank you very, very much.

From: Naomi
To: biss@bisslist.com
Date: Thursday, October 13, 2011, 6:55 PM


I subscribe to the BISS LIST because I live for live music and the BISS LIST is a great source of information for the goings-on around town!

Thanks, folks!

From: Lobster
Subject: Jerry Joseph and The Jackmormons10/15/2011
To: biss@bisslist.com
Date: Thursday, October 13, 2011, 5:28 PM

1) Why do you subscribe to The BISS List?

I live in Santa Cruz and the best way for me to get info about shows in the bay area is the BISS list.
I no longer get the pink section and I have so many emails/spam already that it's nice to get all the listings in one place. You guys rock!

I'm hoping you can hook me up for tix!


From: Susan
Date: Thu, Oct 13, 2011 at 9:50 PM
Subject: Adrian Belew Power Trio 10/18/2011
To: biss@bisslist.com

The BISS list is the best for concert info and contests! I love the BISS list!

Would love to win tickets to this one. Love Adrian Belew! I am a huge prog head!

Thanks for considering me,

From: vince
Subject: Sun, 10/2/2011 Queensryche **WIN TICKETS** "The Regency Ballroom, San Francisco, CA"
To: biss@bisslist.com
Date: Tuesday, September 20, 2011, 9:32 PM

Why do you subscribe to The BISS List?

I subscribe because the Biss List keeps me informed and up to date on upcoming shows around the bay area. There are people that just enjoy a live performance & this gives the fan the opportunity to see a show they might not have had the means to see. I have been a fan of Queensryche since the 80's & to see them in a small club would be amazing!


From: Paul
Subject: Win Tickets to Branford Marsalis!
Date: Thursday, September 15, 2011, 9:57 PM

Hi BISS List,

I would LOVE to win tickets to see Branford Marsalis on the Wednesday, 9/21 show at Yoshi's San Francisco!  I'm following the rules and answering the questions, so here goes!:

1. I subscribe to the BISS list as of right now as I found you on Branford's Facebook page.  I'd never heard of you but what a cool site!  Even if I can't make it to live music (I'm a bit far away), I love seeing who swings through.


From: Stephanie
Subject: Stanton Moore Trio - 9/17
To: BISS@bisslist.com
Date: Friday, September 9, 2011, 9:20 AM

I subscribe to the BISS list to stay alert to upcoming events!  On the last BISS list I found out about a Booty Contest hosted by George Clinton that I had no idea about.  Keep doing what you do!


From: Evan
To: biss@bisslist.com
Sent: Sunday, September 11, 2011 3:10 AM
Subject: A LOT LIKE BIRDS & JUST LIKE VINYL @ Brick and Mortar

1) Why do you subscribe to The BISS List? My friend told me about it
and it's a great tool to use to find out about upcoming shows.


From: Andrew
To: biss@bisslist.com
Sent: Thursday, September 1, 2011 3:25 PM
Subject: 9/9/11 JJ Grey & Mofro - Please!!!

I subscribe to the BISS List to keep me up to date on all the funkiness that is coming to town, and all the opportunities to boogie!  I would love to win tickets to this show because JJ Grey is one of my favorite artists.  His music is dripping with that dirty southern soul, and is such a fantastic vehicle for his story telling.



From: brent
Date: Thu, Sep 1, 2011 at 3:40 PM
Subject: Fri, 9/16/2011 Stanton Moore Trio
To: biss@bisslist.com

I subscribe to the BISS list because it always has the coolest upcoming shows

showcased, and I always find out about a great band that I've never heard of!

And, I tell my friends to check out BISS....



From: JonS
Date: Thu, Aug 25, 2011 at 9:37 AM
Subject: Eric Mcfadden & friends ticket giveaway for tonight.
To: BISS@bisslist.com

I subscribe to the biss list because they seem to like many of the same shows I do, there have been a few shows that would have gone under my radar had I not seen em on the biss list. I've been following you on facebook but not sure if I'm actually on the email list, if not I would like to be..

From: Lauren
Subject: BIRD CALL !! 8/27
To: biss@bisslist.com
Date: Sunday, August 21, 2011, 7:17 PM

1) Why do you subscribe to The BISS List? BEcause it's the best source for me to find out about local, hip, affordable shows - and it's an easy, online format, so I often share it on facebook, twitter, and my own pages!

From: Lee
Subject: tickets for boom boom saturday with gypsophonic disco
To: biss@bisslist.com
Date: Sunday, August 7, 2011, 3:49 PM

I subscribe to the Biss List because I can live vicariously in New Orleans knowing what all the real hip west coast live music fans are listening to.  I should win tickets to this show because it is the only time I have ever entered a contest with a dj whose influences are bounce and klezzmer music and alex won't put me on the list and I could give a shit about sts9 at the independent.   see ya next week

From: Hawk
Date: Thu, Aug 4, 2011 at 3:56 PM
Subject: Sean Leahy 8/5 at GAMH - win tickets?
To: biss@bisslist.com

Pam and crew:

I love the Biss List and everything you gals and guys do, I always
hear about the good shows from you.  I used to use Jambase more, but
now I'm a Biss Lister!



From: john
Subject: Ghosts of Electricity Sat 8/6/11
To: biss@bisslist.com
Date: Friday, August 5, 2011, 12:39 PM

1) Why do you subscribe to The BISS List?
Cause Pam has by far the most informative and accurate info on music happenings in the bay area and
if enough people support her she can quit her day job and never have to fuck w/ tech support again.

From: Justin D.
Subject: Aug. 5 new monsoon (et al) great american music hall
To: "biss@bisslist.com"
Date: Friday, July 29, 2011, 8:35 PM

about me and why i should win tickets for this show:
i am a huge music fan, and stoked for the biss site as another way to stay in touch with what's happening, especially since i am a fan of nearly anyone you advertise, plus pam has become my hero...
peace love happiness

From: Rachel
Subject: Juno what ticket contest
To: "biss@bisslist.com"
Date: Thursday, August 4, 2011, 3:46 PM

Hi Pamela!

I subscribe to BISS list because you're fucking awesome!

And if it weren't for you I never would have discovered Juno what!

Love ya,


From: Jason
Subject: **win tickets** Jerry Joseph - New Parish
To: biss@bisslist.com
Date: Friday, July 8, 2011, 11:54 AM

Why do you subscribe to The BISS List?

I subscribe to the BISS list because they have their finger on the
pulse of the varied & diverse live music scene in San Francisco.  I
don't know this for a fact, but i believe that finger is also sparkly.
They inform me of where all the fun stuff is on a regular basis.

thank you BISS list!!


From: Max
Subject: Yonder Mountain String Band - 4/22 @ The Thrillmore
To: biss@bisslist.com
Date: Thursday, April 21, 2011, 9:00 AM


1) Why do I subscribe to The BiSSList?
Because its the most informative blog for the best funky, fun musical happenings in the San Franscisco Bay Area. I didn't find it up until recently -- but its everyone I ever wanted in every city i travel too. I only wish they had BiSS for every funk capital in America! Cheers Y'all! See you soon.