Jack London district venue Kimball’s Carnival — one of Oakland's few remaining R&B/hip-hop clubs — has closed its doors. Instagram user actualglenn tipped us off to the closure, and a post two days ago on Kimball’s' Facebook profile confirmed it: “It finally close for good now Kimball had a good run now we are at e one.” No one answered the phone at Kimball’s — which has suffered from a reputation of violence over the years — but the mention of “e one” appears to be a reference to the East Oakland billiard hall/sports bar/comedy club E One Entertainment.
Lookie here, we've got Atoms for Peace, Beck, Animal Collective, Major Lazer, James Blake, Real Estate, Little Dragon, Sleigh Bells, Phantogram, Antwon, STRFKR, Tricky, Holy Ghost!, Japandroids, Cayucas, Deep Sea Diver, and more; the exact schedule hasn't been announced yet but if this year is like previous ones, acts will be roughly divided along genre lines, with one day featuring more rock and the other focusing on dance and electro. Tickets for the festival, which happens October 19 and 20 on, you guessed it, Treasure Island — go on sale this Friday, May 31, at $130 for a two-day pass (though they get more expensive the later you buy, so move fast).
The eighteen-day San Francisco Symphony musicians' strike may be over. As reported by the SF Symphony, the administration and musicians have reached a tentative agreement for a new 26-month contract. The new contract is still being finalized over the next several days, at which time more details of the agreement will be released. All concerts this week will resume as scheduled.
Reports from Michelle Shocked's show on Sunday, March 17 at Yoshi’s San Francisco have surfaced on the Internet and include the folk singer quoted as saying: ”You can go on Twitter and say ‘Michelle Shocked says God hates fags.’”
Don't crack the old Carnegie Hall joke to anyone at the San Francisco Symphony this week ("Could you tell me how to get to Carnegie Hall?" "Practice!") — the ongoing musicians' strike has resulted in the cancellation of the orchestra’s three-city East Coast tour, which was supposed to happen from March 20-23 and would have included two nights at, yes, New York City's Carnegie Hall.
Musicians of the San Francisco Symphony announced that they are on strike as of March 13. The Thursday, March 14 performance of Mahler's Ninth Symphony has been canceled, and tickets can be exchanged or refunded.
Just kidding, but seriously, we just learned this sad, sad news: Sam Adato's Drum Shop is closing its doors on Monday, December 24. The nearly twenty-year-old drum shop, located on 9th and Folsom streets in San Francisco, sells new and vintage equipment, and is one of the few places — besides A Drummer's Tradition in San Rafael and Drum World in San Mateo — catering specifically to drummers in the Bay Area, and one of the last remaining independently owned instrument shops in the city.
Sam Adato's was special because of Mr. Adato himself, a true drummer's drummer who always had an ear to lend or a suggestion to solve a problem, no matter if you were a beginner or a pro drummer. Known for his curly long locks and Eighties rocker look, he provided the kind of customer service that you don't often find at places like Guitar Center.
In response to an SF Weekly report on Tuesday that Yoshi's San Francisco has filed for bankruptcy, a representative denies the jazz club and restaurant has filed for Chapter 11. Lisa Bautista, director of marketing and public relations at Yoshi’s SF — the sister venue to the original Yoshi's in Oakland — said the owners of the Oakland club have filed what's called an involuntary bankruptcy, a petition to the court to put the San Francisco location into Chapter 11 if it cannot reach an agreement with its partners.
Pike Long remembers what it was like to be underage, queer, and searching for something fun to do. "When I was a teen, I was a raver," said Long, coordinator for the San Francisco-based non-profit Health Initiatives for Youth. "Back then, all my friends were using drugs and selling drugs. I want people to feel like there is someplace to go that offers a creative outlet, not just 'let's get high and have sex.' " Now Long, with the help of local non-profit Health Initiatives For Youth, is hoping to create an alternative to house parties with a new drop-in center for queer and trans youth: QTY Treehouse (1924 Franklin St., Oakland), which opens tomorrow, Friday, November 9, with a kick-off party at 6:00 p.m.