Nothing like a new, constrictive, anti-dance law to galvanize an army of ravers. A spate of reported drug overdoses — and at least one death — inspired San Francisco Assemblywoman Fiona Ma to introduce new legislation that would outlaw raves in California. The text of AB 74 (dubbed “the anti-rave act”) will make it a misdemeanor for anyone to hold a public event with prerecorded music that lasts more than three-and-a-half hours. Possible punishments include a $10,000 fine, or twice the revenue generated by the event — whichever is more. Mostly aimed at outside promoters, the bill doesn’t apply to events that are hosted by a proper venue, so long as they accord with the venue’s business license.
Just eighteen months after opening, San Francisco’s Coda will be closing on the first of the year, according to a press release that went out this afternoon. “After showcasing hundreds of bands, serving thousands of meals and mixing countless cocktails, Coda is sadly closing its doors on January 1st,” the release said.
When it opened last summer, the supper club — which featured live music six nights a week and until recently was the weekly home of the Jazz Mafia — was almost immediately heralded as a sign of an impending San Francisco jazz renaissance. But it appears that despite the club’s initial buzz and lineup of high-profile local musicians, the tough economic climate has gotten the best of Coda. “Despite our best efforts, the challenges of our economy proved too strong” the release said. “It breaks our hearts to close.”
In the release, owner Bruce Hanson promised that the Coda team will still be involved in the local music scene.
The club is currently not answering its phone.
The 19th edition of Noise Pop announced its first confirmations for its 2011 festival this morning. Held February 22-27, the long-running music festival will feature performances by Yo La Tengo, Best Coast, Dan Deacon, Wavves, Ted Leo,
and others. The list (still developing) after the jump...
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Weezer at the Nob Hill Masonic Center in San Francisco on November 29 & 30, 2010. Photos by Clay Lancaster.