Three years ago, a Bay Area-born bass player named Joe Lewis launched Bluesix, a tiny, mostly acoustic live music room in the Mission District. Creating an intimate, musician-run venue was a dream for Lewis, who had
previously booked shows in places like Revolution Cafe, and who plays in several Bay Area bands. The homey venue he started has since become a hub, hosting an eclectic mix of local music nearly every night of the week.
But while Bluesix has good billings and a steady following — local favorites such as Honeycomb, The Blank Tapes and Mark Matos & Os Beaches have played there — the club doesn't have something that all live music venues need to survive in the long term: city permits.