Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Robert Earl Keen
Glide Ensemble and the Change Band
Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012
Better than: Any other spot in this city that's under construction.
There was funky New Orleans jazz, down-home country-rock, and ecstatic gospel singing — so it was a joyful and appropriate opening for a music club and restaurant intended to be the West Coast home of New Orleans' Preservation Hall Jazz Band.
The Mission District's newest live venue, known as the Chapel, opened its doors to the public last night, bringing an enthusiastic crowd inside for a first look at the renovated 1914 mortuary. All around were signs that the place isn't quite finished, from the bare floors and handwritten signs to some missing wood paneling, exposed drywall, and even a few bags of concrete sitting on the dusty floor.