The fight is apparently underway to save a beloved jazz club on Haight Street. Word spread quickly this week after the owner of luxury club, Sarah Wilde, reportedly sent a letter to local musicians saying the 33-year-old concert hall was closing. No exact date or reason was given, but it apparently has something to do with the owner of the building.
Cathy Lemons, who is the singer of the group lucky loserswas one of the artists who received the letter and posted it on facebook. “It is with sadness and a hint of disbelief that I have to let you know that Deluxe is closing. we don’t need a GoFundMe. We need the multi-billion dollar real estate company that owns our building, to allow a fraction of their portfolio to remain occupied by small businesses, artists, the unsigned musician, the carpenter, waitress and single parent,” the letter reads.
Lemons expressed some of his own frustration and disappointment with the post while calling the mayor and asking the local press to intervene. town. And me, for my part, I had it. London Breed, when do you stop turning around? The press is the only way to shame the city! Can my fellow musicians write the local news stations? Contact your local supervisors to complain? Can you contact London Breed? Can we do SOMETHING? “, says Lemon in his message.
Supervisor Dean Preston asked the Club Deluxe owner how his office could help him stay open, and according to The Chronicle, he is now apparently considering naming the place for San Francisco heritage status. “Club Deluxe is an incredible venue and an important part of the fabric of the Haight and San Francisco live music scene. We have reached out to the owner of the business and are exploring if there is a way to keep Club Deluxe at this place “, Preston tweeted.
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The calendar page for Club Deluxe shows that there are still shows scheduled until Sunday, and according to the letter, there could be many more shows this month to say goodbye to the club. “For the time that remains, I would like to propose some dates to those of you who have been there for so long. I’m not trying to make Groundhog Day a Hartley’s Orchestra vibe, but I would like to offer the opportunity to anyone who would like to play again, and who is not yet on the schedule this month, the chance to grab a set”, the letter states.
There’s also still plenty of hope that City Hall officials will step in and help Club Deluxe live, perhaps in a new location, but we’ll just have to wait and see. Wilde certainly supports this idea. The letter says, “I would like to move Deluxe. I would like it to continue. I don’t know exactly how or when. And, like moving into a new home, the family will be the same, but life will inevitably change.”