The Dance-Punk Pioneers of ESG Are Calling It Quits: Their Journey Through the Bronx, the Haçienda, Paradise Garage, and S.F.

ESG in its current incarnation

It's 2006, electroclash is on its last legs, and Mezzanine is just three years settled into its locale on Jessie street. The buzzword on everyone's lips is no wave, a rediscovered genre of art music from '80s New York that plays with the form and structure of punk, disco, and hip-hop. Looking to capitalize, Mezzanine books seminal Bronx no wave group Emerald, Sapphire, and Gold (a.k.a. ESG) for its debut San Francisco tour date. One crazy evening later, the venue was set to become the hotspot that we've all grown to know and like. It seems the stuff of fantasy and broad generalization — and granted, that story was absorbed on a bar stool — but look back and you'll see that ESG has a certain finesse when it comes to clubs. And now, after 34 years, ESG is calling it quits on a farewell tour that will roll through Mezzanine this Saturday, March 3, its only West Coast stop.

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