We Won't Make the Obvious Joke Last month, Riff Raff reported the sale of downtown jazz club Julie Ring's Heart & Soul to unknown parties. Now, the new owner and his plans for the venue have been discovered. Rob Palmer has spent the good part of this month transforming Heart & Soul's swingin' ruins into what will henceforth be known as the Red Devil Lounge. The new space will be a combination cocktail lounge and restaurant, complete with live entertainment and red and black decor, says Palmer. "It will be a fun dining and cocktail lounge experience. Kind of a trendy place." Plans for entertainment are still being hammered out. Presently, Palmer says he wants to book live acts that range from blues and jazz to mainstream rock. Riff Raff suggests maybe a DJ night with the (self-proclaimed) sinister master of all that's dark and creepy, DJ EVL (who works at "Masquerade"). Then again, Masquerade's decadent door policy (where more bondage gear equals cheaper admission) might follow, and having crass prices at one S.F. club is enough. Either way, the Red Devil Lounge's grand opening is set for early October, with some kind of entertainment in store -- even if it just turns out to be watching a roomful of people feel particularly hip and nasty. (R.A.)
Waiting for Robot As Idiot Flesh filled the Maritime Hall with fire and demons from hell on Friday, Aug. 22, an unlikely group of people patiently awaited the entrance of Giant Robot II. 53-year-old blues legend Charlie Musselwhite, Curtis Salgato, and Musselwhite's guitar player, John Whitmeyer. Apparently, all three bluesmen are big fans of Buckethead, Giant Robot's frontman, and his infamous guitar playing. Even with Buckethead's bizarre stage persona and unsociable manner, the veteran players could not help being impressed. Perhaps there's room for a few KFC buckets in Musselwhite's band. No? (S.T.)
Selvin Watch -- Got My Mojo Workin' Edition Joel Selvin wrote about John Lee Hooker opening up a blues club in the Fillmore last week. He quoted someone as saying that Hooker would be joining the likes of B.B. King and Buddy Guy. Selvin explained: "Fellow bluesman King has clubs in Memphis and Los Angeles, and Chicago blues guitar great Guy owns a South Side place called the Checkerboard Lounge." Well, no. Guy gave up the Checkerboard, the city's most storied blues club, back in the '80s. (Its bookings are now unremarkable.) For the last eight years, he's owned and run Buddy Guy's Legends south of the Loop. (B.W.)
Guided by Beer On Saturday, Sept. 6, Artists' Television Access' Other Cinema will present "On the One": music clips by the likes of Duke Ellington, Eartha Kitt, Frank Sinatra, and Spike Jones, plus more recent music videos, and then Banks Tarver's Watch Me Jumpstart, a video about Guided by Voices. Also, live music and an open bar, starting at 8 p.m., at 992 Valencia (at 21st Street). Call 824-3890. (J.D.P.)
Riff Raff riffraff: Robert Arriaga (R.A.), Michael Batty (M.B.), Johnny DiPaola (J.D.P.), Karl D. Esturbense (K.D.E.), Jeff Stark (J.S.), Silke Tudor (S.T.), 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. No flack, please.