Owners of Live at the Rrazz had to close their Van Ness Avenue location after just six days of performances last month because of noise issues, but a spokesman said the nightlife spot may still return.
The club, which hosted live performances, moved to the former Cadillac dealership at 1000 Van Ness Ave. after holding events at the Rrazz Room in the Hotel Nikko from 2008 through 2012. Read More
When singer Kim Nalley utters her final notes on New Year’s Eve, it will mark not only the end of 2012, but the end of the Rrazz Room — at least at the Hotel Nikko. The hotel announced Monday that the venue’s contract would end Dec. 31.
“We wish the Rrazz Room all the best in the future,” general manager Anna Marie Presutti said.
Alas, the feelings are not mutual. Read More
It’s a good deal: Jerry Martini never gets tired of playing songs by Sly and the Family Stone, and people never get tired of hearing them.
The San Francisco-bred saxophone player, one of the band’s original members, brings The Family Stone — along with co-founders Cynthia Robinson (vocals, trumpet) and Greg Errico (drums) — to the Rrazz Room this week for a particularly special series of shows. Read More
Who’s in townFormer New York Times reporter Daniel Simpson talks about “A Rough Guide to the Dark Side,” a memoir. [7 p.m., Modern Times Bookstore, 2919 24th St., S.F.]Lectures‘Spotlight on Iran’: The series presents a talk on U.S. policy regarding Iran. Former U.S. ambassadors William Luers and Frank Wisner and retired Adm. Eric Olson speak. [6:30 p.m., Westin St. Francis, 335 Powell St., S.F.; RSVP: www.worldaffairs.org] Read More
Valerie Simpson has got a solid solo act.
On Tuesday, in one of her first performances since the death last August of her husband and musical partner Nick Ashford, the veteran R&B singer-songwriter charmed her Rrazz Room audience, showing no signs of being nervous, though she said she was.
“The hardest thing for me to remember,” she said, “is to keep singing. I’m used to singing half the song.” Read More
People don’t always connect the dots to the fact that Lucie Arnaz, who is spending the week at the Rrazz Room starting Tuesday, is legitimately Latina. “I don’t play that side of me very often,” says the daughter of Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball, “though I’ve always said that if I didn’t have that side of my family I don’t think I’d have the rhythm or any kind of musical ability at all.” Read More
Sexy, sassy soul singer Karyn White didn’t look like she has spent 17 years out of the spotlight at Thursday’s opening gig of a three-night run at the Rrazz Room. Alluring in black – tank top, skin-tight pants and sparkling stilettos – White crooned, growled and belted late-1980s-early ’90s hits and new tunes from her 2012 release “Carpe Diem.” Read More
Black Friday alert for all Bay Area cabaret fans! The Rrazz Room, San Francisco’s most cocktail-cool nightclub, is offering some special online deals, today only (www.therrazzroom.com; 800-380-3095). First, there’s a 30 percent discount on all gift card sales if you utilize the coupon code “Thanksgiving” when purchasing. A great deal in itself. Read More
Around the same the time Megan Mullally was settling into her breakout role as Karen Walker on “Will & Grace,” she also was building a band called the Supreme Music Program. The fruits of those labors will be on display at five performances in The City this weekend.The Oklahoma City native serves as the band’s de facto artistic director, and though she didn’t write the show’s songs, she says they represent a close expression of who she is as an artist. Read More
Asked about his gig in The City today, appearing with Scott Nevins for the first time, Wilson Cruz laughs. “By the time we get there, we will either have something really brilliant, or we’ll have baked cookies for the audience and we can all sit there, eat and have a big love fest,” Cruz said in a recent interview. Cruz and Nevins share the bill at the Rrazz Room tonight in a unique teaming that could spawn future similar ventures from the two eclectic performers. Read More