Since opening in 2012, The Chapel has stood on Valencia Street as a beacon of live music, a bastion of night life and a symbol of hope in the city’s uneasy social landscape. It is one of the more important things to happen to San Francisco in the last decade, (a scientific fact that I unearthed by multiplying free cult film screenings by killer rock and roll shows, dividing by Sunday Mass, and then raising that to the power of how fucking cool the space is). And like The Fillmore and The Independent before it, it will endure the inevitable noise complaints that plague club owners and remain a city staple for generations to come.
Of all the wonderful things they’ve given us over their nearly two-year existence, their residencies have set a new standard for what music establishments can do for bands and audiences alike: consistent exposure and multiple chances to see your new favorite band, all backed by superb sound for very decent prices. For the last three weeks of August, The Chapel has dedicated itself to Black Cobra Vipers and French Cassettes, two San Francisco outfits who will hold down a co-residency featuring Charlotte, NC’s Flagship.
“It’s relative ‘new-ness’ on the scene has had a large effect on revitalizing the Cause,” says Black Cobra Vipers singer and guitarist Greg DiMartino. “The Cause”, the raison d’être of any musician, is of course the music, and in this particular case, the music in the Bay Area.
He continues, “With the city’s rapidly shifting identity,