Mezzanine celebrates 10 years in the game with a series of anniversary concerts this April. And while the downtown nightclub kicked off in 2003 with a laser focus on DJ and dance music events, next month's roster of performances perfectly encapsulates how Mezzanine has evolved into a venue for many kinds of artists.
Atlanta upstart rapper Trinidad James -- perhaps best known for launching the catchphrase "Popped a molly, I'm sweatin', woo!" on his single "All Gold Everything" -- kicks off the birthday month with a live appearance on April 4.
See Also:Electronic music will be celebrated in this series with gigs from Dillon Francis (April 11), Mezz regulars Simian Mobile Disco (April 18), and Booka Shade (April 19), and Kanye signee Hudson Mohawke (April 20). Indie rock fans have plenty to delve into with Yeasayer (April 12), Polica (April 13), and James Blake (April 16-17) -- though Blake's shows are already sold out so you'll have to look for tickets elsewhere. There's also a benefit for Surf for Life featuring New Zealand reggae artists Katchafire (April 21) and a cameo by soul great Shuggie Otis (April 26). "We wanted to celebrate the past ten years by paying homage to returning acts, such as Simian Mobile Disco and Booka Shade," says marketing director Shane King. "We're also looking forward to the years to come. Debuting new and innovative talent had always been a priority, and we wanted to reflect that in the anniversary line up. Mezzanine's booking team Brian Tarney and Samantha Davis have done an incredible job of showcasing the various genres that frequent our stage and working with Mezzanine's favorite regular promoters to round out a very exciting month of April." Happy Birthday, Mezzanine! It's hard to imagine nightlife in S.F. before you showed up.