Eli’s Mile High Club (3629 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Oakland) has not had an easy go of it. Five years ago, Jason Herbers and Geoff Melville bought the historic blues venue in order to transform it into a punk and metal club, but battles with neighbors over noise meant the place needed significant sound-proofing and shows needed to end early, and upgrades had to be made to get the place up to code in order to obtain a cabaret license. Today, however, the venue is going strong, and Herbers wrote in an email that he and Melville are making significant upgrades to their venue and kitchen (read this week’s What the Fork column on page 45 to hear more about the food offerings). To celebrate, Eli’s is throwing a five-year anniversary party on Saturday, Sept. 7, featuring local acts such as Ghoul, Fang, Damon & the Heathens, Sharp Objects, and Unko Atama. The entire bar will be half-off, food samples from the new menu will be available, and an art show will include works by Sam Flores, Carolyn Lebourgeois, Mike Jaso, and more. As an added incentive, the first sixty attendees will also get a free bottle of Gloria Ferrer champagne. “Rock n Roll exists in many forms all over the world and we’re happy to be the ones who bring it to this great city,” Herbers wrote.