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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Red Devil Lounge To Close, Shrinking Live Music Options on Polk Street

Posted By on Wed, Sep 25, 2013 at 8:29 AM

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The Red Devil Lounge, a roughly 18-year-old live music club on Polk Street, is closing at the end of this year to make room for -- yep, you guessed it -- another craft cocktail bar. That's via Inside Scoop, which reports that owner Jay Siegan will focus on promoting shows at other venues like DNA Lounge and Cafe Du Nord.

Red Devil Lounge has long occupied an odd niche in the city's live music scene, booking a mix of cover bands, lesser-known artists, and a once-in-a-while big name like Nikka Costa or KRS-One. It wasn't one of the city's most important clubs, though its loss, along with the passing of Kimo's, continues the evolution of Polk Street from a gay haven to a weirdo oasis to a place where (mostly) straight people go to get drunk and meet other (mostly) straight people. And it furthers the evolution of San Francisco from a place with plenty of small stages for artists of all stripes to strut their stuff into a playground for the young and spendy.

Whatever you thought of Red Devil Lounge's live shows, the club's calendar is largely booked until the end of the year, and the place is not without its fans. Money speaks for itself, we suppose, but does this city, much less Polk Street, really need yet another place to buy expensive cocktails?

See also: When Pork Belly Replaces the Punk Club: Fears About the Future of Music in Affluent S.F.

-- @iPORT

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