A few months ago a two-alarm fire tore through The Riptide, a salty bar and music venue sequestered in one of the last neighborhoods to escape the full smack of gentrification, the Outer Sunset. Located a block away from Ocean Beach and off the L, it’s a haven of boozy warmth and local entertainment in a fog-dazed area mostly known for being the residential, far-off ‘burbs of San Francisco.
Thankfully, Slim’s and Great American Music Hall have decided to each host a benefit concert to aid in raising the funds necessary for restoring the innards of The Rip.
This Monday, Slim’s will be throwing a benefit show featuring local acts and Americana favorites: The Sam Chase, Mitch Polzak & The Royal Deuces, and Whograss. Be sure to hunt through your kitchen cupboards beforehand, because they’ll also be holding The Riptide’s annual food drive, in partnership with SF Food Bank.
The Sam Chase cut their teeth at The Riptide back in 2011. Sam Chase had this to say about getting his start at the venerable venue: “In the beginning, we found ourselves playing the Riptide a lot. It was always a built in crowd of like-minded drunks looking for a good time. The Riptide would give us free reign to be on our worst behavior and in many ways, that is what we needed in order to craft what eventually became the type of show that we bring to clubs all across the country. When you got a gig