Taking a page from onetime bitter rivals (and now just rivals) Another Planet Entertainment's handbook, Live Nation (the live concert spin-off from radio/billboard barony Clear Channel, now its own entity) have announced plans to remodel, makeover, and otherwise update SF's venerable Masonic Center - just as Another Planet had a hand in upgrading Oakland's Fox Theater.
According to a press release, "Live Nation has been promoting single-night events at the Center since 1972, booking some of the Country's most memorable entertainers including Frank Sinatra, The Chieftains, Thelonious Monk, Jay Leno, Feist, and Van Morrison." (Curiously, Live Nation didn't form until 2005, according to Wikipedia, so they must be referring to the company's former incarnation as Bill Graham Presents. We could also take umbrage at listing Feist --who's from Nova Scotia, which is in Canada -- as one of America's "most memorable entertainers," but that would be petty, as would mentioning that Van Morrison is originally from Ireland, so we won't.)
Regardless, SF has a dearth of large capacity venues--the Masonic seats
3,000--and the lack of an open floor for dancing (which Live Nation
would install) has made going to shows there a somewhat staid, if not
downright boring, experience. Live Nation also plans to put in a new
stage and upgrade the main auditorium's acoustics. Here's the catch:
the proposal for renovation still needs to be approved by the San
Francisco Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors, and Live Nation
is asking SF music fans to email Planning Commission President Ron
Miguel and Board of Supervisors President David Chiu and let them know you want to see this happen.
Questions? Direct them here.