Music and…: Five Ways to Think About the Crackdown on SF Venues

In the midst of enjoying a series of sold-out, locally-headlined shows during last week's Noise Pop festivities, there was just enough of a gap between bands, drinks and good times for me to have a real downer of a realization: if the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) has its way, many of the great venues hosting Noise Pop shows would be put out of business. Places like Bottom of the Hill, Cafe Du Nord, Slim's, and the Great American Music Hall. Chances are pretty good that if you've been to see a show recently, you've been to a [...]

All Ages Venues Update: Charges Against Great American Dropped

All Shook Down and NBC Bay Area brought some welcome news yesterday in the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control's (ABC) outrageous crackdown on all ages SF venues, a conflict that has enveloped some of the City's best places to see shows. On Monday, an administrative law judge recommended that case against the Great American Music Hall be dropped due to because "the regulation relied upon by the ABC was ambiguous." Following that decision, the ABC announced that it was dropping the charges against Great American. As All Shook Down notes: The ruling falls in line with public opinion that the [...]

The Famous unleash Come Home to Me

Local indie/alt-country band The Famous release their second album Come Home to Me this Thursday at Cafe Du Nord. The band describes the new album as a "blast of indie rock fused with hard-edged Americana that continues in the direction established on their debut, while venturing into fuzzed-out garage-blues, New Orleans swamp jazz, and Tex-Mex flavored surf." For the record release, they'll be joined onstage by Joe Goldmark (pedal steel) and jazz trombonist Charlie Wilson, both guest musicians on this newest 11-tracker. The Famous - "Come Home to Me" In addition to making their new CD available for [...]

The latest on the ABC and local venues: why promises of change aren’t enough

A Bay Bridged reader tipped us off to this post over at the Chronicle's City Insider blog, the latest in the paper's coverage of the ongoing conflict between the state Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control and some of the City’s best venues, including Bottom of the Hill, Cafe Du Nord, the Great American Music Hall and the DNA Lounge. You can find our previous posts about this issue here and here for more background, but here's a quick recap: the ABC, charged with issuing and enforcing alcohol licenses throughout the state, has been challenging the liquor licenses of a number [...]

Progress in the ABC/venue conflict?

Is a sigh of relief in order? The Chronicle's Marisa Lagos wrote a follow-up today to her eye-opening piece in Saturday's paper that examined the state Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control's seemingly arbitrary use of its expansive power in challenging the liquor licenses of some of the City's most established and well-regarded clubs, including Bottom of the Hill, the Great American Music Hall and Cafe Du Nord (and as we learned via a comment on our post, the DNA Lounge as well). State Sen. Mark Leno and Alcoholic and Beverage Control chief Steve Hardy met on Monday to discuss the [...]

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Must-read Chronicle story on the ABC and SF live music

Via The OCMD, the San Francisco Chronicle wrote an absolutely astonishing story this weekend about action by the state Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control targeted at some of the City's best venues, like Bottom of the Hill, Cafe Du Nord and the Great American Music Hall. This early sentence should get your attention: Those venues could be forced to close, owners say, if the state Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, better known as ABC, continues to impose rules that club attorneys argue are legally questionable and often unrelated to booze or safety issues. It's not uncommon to hear about a [...]

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