Elbo Room Owners: We're Not Closing

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Not going anywhere any time soon.
Last week, we posted about a report on local real estate blog SocketSite pointing out that the owners of the building that houses the Elbo Room had put together a very preliminary plan to replace the bar and club with a residential structure. The plan is very tentative and has not been formally filed, but as the news spread, it was taken by some to mean that club's closure was imminent. As the owners of the Elbo Room clarified in a statement yesterday, this is not the case:

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Report: Elbo Room Could Be Torn Down to Make Way for Housing [UPDATED]

Categories: Clubs, Uh Oh

Update: The property owners submitted a preliminary document to the city last year that outlines plans for the building that would replace the Elbo Room. They have not submitted a formal plans, so the city doesn't yet consider this an official project. (Here is the city's assessment of the initial proposal.) At this point, it's not clear whether the owners will begin the process to replace the Elbo Room -- we're trying to reach them to find out. Even if they do, nothing is happening to the club soon:

Original post: Real estate blog SocketSite is reporting that the owners of the building housing the Elbo Room -- the popular bar and nightclub at 647 Valencia that's home to, among other events, the long-running Dub Mission party -- have submitted are developing plans to tear down the existing building and replace it with a five-story, mixed-use residential structure.

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New Ownership, Renovations Coming to Cafe Du Nord -- Future of Live Music Unclear [UPDATED]

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Update, 5:31 p.m.: MacNiven writes in a follow-up email: "I am intending for live music to stay [at Cafe Du Nord]... Once the hall re-opens, my ultimate goal would be to have a better live music experience than exists now."

Original post: Rumors have been circulating for months about the possible sale and/or closure of Cafe Du Nord and the Swedish American Hall, two beloved live music spaces that share an old, beautiful building with bar and restaurant at 2170 Market. The club is in the process of being sold. While the full picture of what's happening to it isn't clear yet, here's what we know based on email conversations with Dylan MacNiven, the man behind restaurants Woodhouse Fish Co. and West of Pecos, who is managing the revamping of the building and is slated to take over its liquor license:

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Rickshaw Stop Announces 10-Year Anniversary Festival

Upstairs at the Rickshaw
So Rickshaw Stop, the funky little club near Civic Center on Fell Street, is turning 10 years old next January. In its decade on the S.F. scene, Rickshaw has hosted a frankly crazy number of big names, like M.I.A., Vampire Weekend, Tune-Yards, Toro y Moi, Matthew Dear, Neon Indian, Jesse Ware, and many more.

To celebrate the considerable achievement of keeping a good live music club open in S.F. for 10 years, the Rickshaw's owners are throwing a special week of shows in January. Headliners announced so far include Mikal Cronin and the Spits, but there's a "SUPER AMAZING HEADLINER AND SUPPORT ACT" that the club can't announce until November 24. Tickets will be available individually starting Wednesday, Oct. 23, but the venue will be selling a week-long pass for $65 that will get you into all the shows. Here's the schedule so far:

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Red Devil Lounge To Close, Shrinking Live Music Options on Polk Street

Categories: Bummer, Clubs

Inside Red Devil Lounge
The Red Devil Lounge, a roughly 18-year-old live music club on Polk Street, is closing at the end of this year to make room for -- yep, you guessed it -- another craft cocktail bar. That's via Inside Scoop, which reports that owner Jay Siegan will focus on promoting shows at other venues like DNA Lounge and Cafe Du Nord.

Red Devil Lounge has long occupied an odd niche in the city's live music scene, booking a mix of cover bands, lesser-known artists, and a once-in-a-while big name like Nikka Costa or KRS-One. It wasn't one of the city's most important clubs, though its loss, along with the passing of Kimo's, continues the evolution of Polk Street from a gay haven to a weirdo oasis to a place where (mostly) straight people go to get drunk and meet other (mostly) straight people. And it furthers the evolution of San Francisco from a place with plenty of small stages for artists of all stripes to strut their stuff into a playground for the young and spendy.

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Super Diamond, S.F. Neil Diamond Tribute Band, Turns 20

The first time Randy Cordero covered a Neil Diamond song, he did it as a lark, never dreaming that it would become his full time job for the next 20 years. "In 1988, I was the singer and songwriter of a regular rock band," Cordero recalls. "Sometimes I'd do open mics, playing my own songs solo, with an acoustic guitar. One night, at a club that drew a lot of punks and alternative music types, I dropped 'Sweet Caroline' into the set. I didn't think I'd get a response, except maybe to piss people off. Everybody loved it. I did it again at the next open mic and it kind of snowballed from there." Cordero did his Diamond impression with his acoustic guitar for a few years as Surreal Neil, and the reaction was always positive. In 1993, he put together Super Diamond, a full-on rock band, and they've been going strong ever since. They're still one of the top draws at Bay Area clubs, not to mention the casinos of Las Vegas, and making a comfortable living. Ahead of the band's 20th anniversary show at Bimbo's 365 Club tonight, we spoke with Cordero about how Super Diamond came to be, his approach to interpreting Neil Diamond's songs, and the time Diamond himself unexpectedly came out onstage.

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Rolling Stone Names Great American Music Hall the Sixth Best Club in America

Hey, look! Another exercise in presumptive list-making! This edition comes from your rock godfathers at Rolling Stone, who have just declared San Francisco's Great American Music Hall the No. 6 club in America.

Great American Music Hall, you will recall, is the stunning former bordello at 859 O'Farrell St. with the ornate balconies, the long, narrowish wood floor, and the excellent sound. The club hosts both headlining sets from rising local bands, pricey fundraisers played by the likes of Elvis Costello and Nick Lowe, an lots of artists in between. (Including, to name a few, Animal Collective, Jeff Tweedy, and Jonathan Richman.)

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SOMA Club 330 Ritch Closes After Weekend Shooting

Categories: Clubs, News

330 Ritch has closed after an early morning shooting inside and around the club.
330 Ritch, a SOMA nightclub that often hosted live hip-hop shows and DJs, closed indefinitely yesterday after three people were shot in and around the club early Sunday morning.

The shooting victims -- two men in their 20s and one man in his 30s -- are expected to live, according to the SF Examiner. But the Ritch Street club, which is tucked away in an alley between Brannan and Townsend streets, surrendered its entertainment permit to the city on Monday, meaning it will no longer operate.

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Bay Area DJs Battle It Out at the Red Bull Thre3style Contest, 1/24/13

Categories: Clubs, Last Night

Jose Z. Lim, Jr./Red Bull Content Pool
The Red Bull Thre3style Contest, featuring DJs D-Sharp, Dstrukt, J. Espinosa, Mei-Lwun, and Richie Panic
Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013
The Independent

Better Than: Being stuck in a crowded arena of people sucking on pacifiers wondering whether you are baby-sitting or just better off never going out again.

In a region that has helped launch the careers of such superstars as DJ Qbert, Mark Farina, and Kaskade, there always remains the question: Who will be the latest up-and-coming DJ talent to emerge from The Bay?

Thankfully, the Red Bull Thre3style competition, which has quickly supplanted the DMC as the world's preeminent DJ battle, exists to answer this question for fans in the Bay Area and across the globe.

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The Lucky Horseshoe Bar Is Bringing More Live Music to Bernal Heights

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The Lucky Horseshoe, at 453 Cortland Ave. in Bernal Heights
Lisa Marie Delgadillo hasn't owned The Lucky Horseshoe bar in Bernal Heights very long. "April first will be two years," she says. "I opened the doors and started cleaning."

Before that, the place was known as Skip's, and it was controversial, attracting both lovers and haters. Supporters called it a friendly place with live blues and soul music. Detractors didn't like the aroma or the decibel level. Opinions among neighbors seemed polarized at cultural extremes -- it was "yuppie" versus "detritus of the neighborhood."

Fortunately, Delgadillo and her partner Eric Embry appear to be doing the impossible: splitting the difference via hard work, a love of the neighborhood, and an impressive commitment to live music.

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