A Shining New Club As of Saturday, Aug. 1, the entrance to 915 Columbus, home of the 7th Note Showclub, will offer two choices: heaven and hell. Since the opening of the space last November, the right-hand door led to what people have come to expect from the club; tame partiers dancing to live salsa and techno DJs. Now, door No. 2 is the gateway to "Red Rum," a sinister Saturday night rock club in the basement featuring a mixture of live punk and metal bands, go-go girls, and theme rooms. Sound familiar? A little like the original "Terminator" at Big Heart City? It should. The brains behind the new space, Edward "Ace" Annese, is a former "Terminator" promoter and DJ from '92 to '94. Associations aside, Annese assures Riff Raff that this isn't the resurrection of an old club, but rather the spirit that's been missing in the S.F. music scene. "I loved the old 'Terminator' and 'Bondage A Go-Go,' but since I left I've always wanted to do something that mixes all of my interests," says Annese. "It's a combination of both the spirit of those clubs and a mixture of Ozzfest and the Warped Tour in one." Once inside the red-walled club, patrons will be greeted by plenty of promotional giveaways, a large room with the main stage, and myriad smaller rooms catering to exotic/erotic entertainment as well as chill spaces featuring old cult movies. Riff Raff sadly reports that opening night won't feature any elevators flowing with blood or appearances by finger-talking Danny Torrance (two episodes, like the words "red rum," taken from The Shining). Instead, American Heartbreak and Big Shrimp will provide the live entertainment, while DJ Ace spins hard rock between sets. Considering the extreme shortage of rock clubs in the city, we happily welcome any new room featuring good ol' rock 'n' roll, and plenty of liquor. (R.A.)
8,000 and Counting The Last Day Saloon, the Richmond neighborhood's sole live rock venue, celebrates its 25th anniversary with three big shows, the first of which is Friday, July 31. Representing 30 years of music, the Mother Hips play in July, Motown act Pride & Joy performs in September, and the Strand Brothers visit in October. "It's incredible the amount of bands that I've had," says owner David Daher. "When I went back to put something together for the anniversary I realized that I've had almost 8,000 bands in here over the years." Since Daher built the club back in the early 1970s it's become one of the oldest same-owner venues in the city. "Just staying in business for 25 years is quite an accomplishment, but being in the club business and still working four or five nights a week is really something," says Daher. The secret to his success? "You just got to keep up with what the young people want to hear." (J.D.P.)
GVSB On Friday, July 31, the DJ party "Sister" will finally let the boys be girls. Residents of the all-female DJ party -- Polywog, XJS, Charlotte the Baroness, and Forest Green -- will forgo their "no males on deck" rule for a night of complete DJ role reversal: males in drag and the women in suits. It should be a good chance to hear some of San Francisco's best DJs playing with the wheels, as well as gender roles, in a four-hour set. In the house and presumably hose will be DJs Andrew Smith, Push, Bre-ad, Joe Rice, Galen, and Solar. "Sister" will take place at the Minna Street Gallery; tickets are $5 dressed up and $12 dressed down. (R.A.)
Riff Raff riffraff: Robert Arriaga (R.A.), Johnny DiPaola (J.D.P.), Karl D. Esturbense (K.D.E.), Jeff Stark (J.S.), Silke Tudor (S.T.), Heather Wisner (H.W.), and Bill Wyman (B.W.). Send Bay Area music news, band stories, or petty gripes to email@example.com, or mail it to Riff Raff, c/o SF Weekly.