Two SF institutions under attack converge for the latest Save KUSF benefit show, Tuesday, April 26th, at the Eagle Tavern (8pm, $tba). The show is topped by Thee Oh Sees and Ty Segall, two acts that are consistently awesome live like few others. Get there early for Carletta Sue Kay and The Sandwitches.
On the Eagle Tavern front, the Save the Eagle Tavern Facebook page is tracking the latest in the roller coaster ride that is the effort to protect this venerable bar. According to SFist, the Tavern will now remain open through May (and possibly later). Also, in case you missed it, check out Victor Krummenacher’s piece in the Guardian about the Eagle’s special meaning to him and to San Francisco:
The Eagle isn’t really as much a bar as it is an oddball equivalent of the old school public house, the bar that also has become a community center. Add to all of this a history of more than 30 years, far enough back to when leather was really the outsider community within the community, old enough to have lost a lot of clientele and fought hard to stay in business during the AIDS crisis. Old enough to have weathered the shifting demographic of SoMa during the dot-com and Web 2.0 economic tidal shifts. That’s called institutional endurance, and its rare. You can ask any bar owner or restaurant owner about this.
The Eagle Tavern, for all of these reasons and many more, is culturally significant in this town. Should it close so that an owner (who doesn’t live in town and who has shown callously that he doesn’t give a damn about the community) can “clean it up” and make, presumably, a straight bar that caters to the bridge-and-tunnel scene (or even a new, trendy gay bar focused on younger clientele), we as a city are going to lose something that simply cannot be replaced.