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From our Archives: 1952

November 6th, 2014

1952 was a great year for Bimbo’s 365 Club!  For all you SF history buffs, it was the first anniversary of the opening of the 365 Club at our current location and it was a not-to-miss event! On July 17, 1952 we kicked off a week-long celebration with Derle Knox’s Orchestra and the Dorothy Dorben’s Dancers to celebrate the first year of business in North Beach. As part of the celebration, a sculpture in the lobby was installed praising our Dolphina, The Girl in the Fishbowl. Carved from the purest white marble by artisans in Italy, she still greets every guest today. The aquatic theme of the Terrace Lounge was also unveiled, featuring paintings of Neptune and his mermaids by the famed artist Julian Ritter. The club decor reveal of our one year anniversary was a great celebration and the real Dolphina swam in her fishbowl socializing with the guests all week long.

Though a Dolphina sighting has been more of a rarity these days, she never misses joining the party on New Year’s Eve! She told us that this year’s celebration with Nick Waterhouse, Marc & the Casuals, and The Cottontails may be her favorite year yet. And we thought it was the champagne!

Interested in celebrating the turn of the new year with us and Dolphina?  Grab your tickets here.

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The Asteroids Galaxy Tour – Oct 17

October 9th, 2014

Bombastically thrilling are words commonly used to describe The Asteroids Galaxy Tour’s live performances. With live horn sections, keys, and the usual collection of instruments and joined by a handful of friends on tour, the core members Lars Iverson (writer and producer) and Mette Lindberg (songwriter, frontwoman) are hardly shy about putting together a good performance. In fact, that’s what they love to do.

The music by Iverson and Lindberg for The Asteroids Galaxy tour has always been a true DIY venture with self-recording and producing. Modern technology and tools have afforded this hard-working Copenhagen pair to create the music and publish their brand on their own. After their first demo’s recording in their apartments and mastering the sound with ProTools, the self-published work reached as far as Amy Winehouse’s management who offered them their first show as an opener for Winehouse. At the time Lindberg was contemplating following in her father’s footsteps as an engineer, but loving the stage and performing her music live threw her life in a completely new direction. In fact she found what she was good at, and she hasn’t stopped moving since.

Hitting the road to promote didn’t stop them from recording a new album at the same time. As life on the road kept them busy, Iverson created a mobile recording studio to keep their creative process captured while touring, and thus publishing more work as they rove around the world. As planets in motion with a collective energy, there’s no question about their namesake with what they do.

You can experience the sound and creative process of The Asteroids Galaxy Tour by viewing the videos for their hits My Club and The Golden Age, but what to expect for their live performance on our stage on October 17? Well you’ll just need to grab your tickets here and feel the live energy for yourself!

Zola Jesus with a live brass ensemble – Oct 8th

October 6th, 2014

Zola Jesus is a realization of knowing a place in the world. Nika Roza Danilova has gone from being an outsider, experimental, teenage noise-maker to a fully-fledged, internationally-celebrated, electronic-pop musician. It was a huge accomplishment, and, despite her age (young), her origins (mid-western, desolate), her accelerated scholastic achievements (high school and college were each completed in three years) and her diminutive physical size (4’11″, 90 lbs), she has triumphed. She has emerged as a figurehead — a self-produced, self-designed, self-taught independent woman.

Zola Jesus’ new album Taiga is at once challenging and accessible, and is undeniably branded with what Nika terms a “piercing ambition.” Such encompassing purpose, she explains, would be impossible without a newfound sense of personal and artistic self. The album is a declaration of that purpose; one laced with jarring clarity in both its content and production. “For me, it feels like my true debut, because it is the first time I have felt so open and liberated,” she explains. Watch the absolutely gorgeous video for her new song, “Dangerous Days”.

Zola Jesus is not a singer, she is a musician. Zola Jesus is not a band, it is a solo project. Her prior tours consisted of special engagements with each performance as they included music halls, art galleries, and museums. With the rich brass tones on the album Taiga, her upcoming limited fall tour finds her on stage with a brass ensemble. Always challenging herself to evolve, Zola Jesus in an artist in motion.

The Taiga album tour by Zola Jesus is a limited engagement and kicks off on our stage on October 8.  Tickets are still available, but don’t wait too long. You do not want to miss this once in a lifetime show.

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Remembering Robin WIlliams

August 13th, 2014

With heavy hearts, we remember the great Robin Williams. A man with vast talent, a generous heart, and a gift to bring joy to the world is truly something to mourn the loss of. We feel that the world has lost their favorite uncle this week.

We cannot forget all the laughs we had with Robin Williams as there was never a shortage with humor with him, on and off the stage. When he arrived at the club for any occasion, it was always a delight to be in his presence. He engaged with staff, fans, and fellow artists in a very genuine and humble way. Our first of many, many sold out performances with Robin Williams was in the fall of 2001- a time when people were in need of a laugh in the darkness of the 9/11 wake. One of William’s great gifts was to not ignore the events, but to find humor around them to help get through.

We also cannot forget Robin William’s incredible generosity. With over 40 sold out shows at our venue, he chose to give proceeds from every show to a hefty list of local and international non-profits such as the Marin Food Bank, U.S.O, Doctors Without Borders, Seacology, and Rocket Dog Rescue. The gifts of laughs and gifts of giving were never-ending in his life.

We will never forget one of the greatest entertainers of our time. Robin Williams will always be near and dear to our hearts.

Love, The Family and Staff of Bimbo’s 365 Club

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The signed tour poster in the Bimbo’s office.

Markéta Irglová comes to Bimbo’s 365 Club on Oct 23rd!

August 11th, 2014

Czech-born singer-songwriter Markéta Irglová may have not been prepared for the instant fame from her starring role in the movie “Once”, but it positioned her quite nicely on top of the international music scene. The hit independent film was conceived to be director John Carney’s homage to music from a musician’s perspective. A screenplay in the works for six years, the film came to fruition with casting Irish troubadour Glen Hansard (Frames frontman) and the young Markéta Irglová as the two main characters, both who took on the music composition roles for the film. The soundtrack for the movie was written as the film was underway, making the body of the work all encompassing for the cast and crew. The working chemistry was more than simply making a film, and the magic and romance of the songwriting process between Hansard and Irglová caught on film captivated the hearts of fans, musicians, and moviegoers alike. From the viewing at the 2007 Sundance Film festival, “Once” amassed several accolades to the songwriting pair including two Grammy Awards and an Oscar for Best Original Song “Falling Slowly”. The film inspired a touring Broadway production that went on to receive 8 Tony Awards and is still traveling the world including a very successful month-long run at San Francisco’s Curran Theater.

Markéta Irglová has been offered several acting roles from her success in her first and only movie, but she insists on staying true to her musical background. Taking pause from The Swell Season, her collaboration with Hansard, Irglová thrives in her own right as a solo artist. This Fall we find this talented songwriter touring North America toting her second full-length album, Muna, which is slated for release in September. The album’s namesake means “to remember” in Icelandic, and remembering that which has been forgotten is a recurring theme throughout this record. “I had been to Iceland for the first time with the Swell Season,” Markéta says. “I fell in love with it then and was sad to leave, although I knew someday something would bring me back. I am inspired by the open space, the wilderness of the nature, the strong energy coming from the land. There is a harmony, a balance, something that allows for a freer flow of creativity. It is easier to be one with oneself and one with everything and everyone around. This makes for better art, in my opinion.” You can hear a brand new track from Muna, “This Right Here.”

Don’t miss Markéta Irglová on our stage on October 23. Joining her are Frames veterans Joe Doyle and Rob Bochnik. Israeli songstress Rosi Golan will also be touring in support for the North American tour. Tickets are available here.

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Pinback returns on October 2nd!

July 24th, 2014

Celebrating a decade since the release of Pinback’s iconic album, ‘Summer In Abaddon’, Rob Crow and Zach Smith will be hitting the road this fall on a 25-stop North American tour dedicated to playing the album in its entirety. The 11-track album isn’t the first of the duo’s Pinback discography, but has been noted by critics as the strongest and most influential music produced by Crow (Goblin Cock, Thingy, Heavy Vegetable) and Smith (3 Mile Pilot). Recorded in the back room of Smith’s house and Crow’s bathroom, ‘Summer In Abaddon’ is the evolved realization of a sound that was in the works for more than six years. Though it took time to process this work as their lives were filled with highs, lows and other distractions, the final album hit the stores as a ripened masterpiece. Within the reaction to the release lies the knotty paradox of ‘Summer in Abaddon’: Pinback’s darkest hours inspired their finest moment.

We’re delighted to have them back at Bimbo’s 365 Club on October 2-  not only because we love them so, but also because we hosted the original 2004 ‘Summer in Abaddon’ record release tour. In November of 2004, Pinback took to our stage and played to an awe-struck crowd for two sold-out nights in a row.

In addition to this fall’s 10th Anniversary tour, Pinback will be releasing a limited edition 180-gram maroon-colored vinyl reissue of ‘Summer In Abaddon’ exclusively available at their live performances and website.  Grab those albums and tickets early as the sweet offerings of summer are always limited. Tickets for Pinback’s October 2nd show with Sacramento’s Tera Melos are still available (although they are going fast!) and you can grab them here.

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Clairy Browne & The Bangin’ Rackettes return – Sept 18th!

July 7th, 2014

We’ve hardly recovered from swooning over Clairy Browne and the Bangin’ Rackettes last October, but are we ever excited to have them back! Hailing from Melbourne, Australia, the steamy & eclectic crew of musicians have been taking the United States by storm with their vivacious blend of soul, surf, and rhythm & blues. Their ultra-energetic performances may have your body swinging to the music, but don’t forget to keep your eyes on stage because these stunning ladies have some fine dance moves themselves. Their live show is an experience from start to finish and we know they will bring down the house once again! Check out their video for the song “Love Letter” and you’ll know this is a band not be to missed.

If you missed them last October, then here’s your chance to see them- grab your tickets for September 18 soon, because they are going fast!

Clairy Browne & The Bangin’ Rackettes at Bimbo’s 365 Club, October 18, 2013

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Butch Whacks & The Glass Packs – The Final Shows

June 24th, 2014

Each time we said farewell we knew it wasn’t forever, but Butch Whacks & The Glass Packs are signing off on their Annual Farewell Show this year after saying 33 annual good-byes since 1971. The Final Shows. The Last Laffs. It’s a sentimental farewell for us this year as Bimbo’s 365 Club has been a part of their history since 1988. It’s been a wild ride all these years with this motley crew and their colorful fans, but we’re so choked up that we’ll let Butch say the final farewell:

TO OUR FANS
Now it’s time to say goodbye to all our company and you – patrons of the arts, friends, family and fellow travelers- have been great company for over forty years. We deeply appreciate the opportunity you have given us year after year to share our passion for the sounds of Top 40 radio etched in our heads as kids and the paradoxical grafting of current cultural and political events to the mythos of our shared musical past. Most of all, we are in your debt for the lifetime friendships, and the brotherhood that we Glass Packs have forged with each other and with you, our fans, on this exhilarating journey. It was once written of us in the Vancouver Sun that we make the audience believe that if you were brazen enough – no, crazy enough – no, drunk enough! – you too could get up on stage and do what we attempt to do naturally after 33 annual performances…  So, if you are that crazy and wish to stand in our floppy shoes next year, well, have at it. In 1961, the Showmen wrote in wax that Rock and Roll will stand forever. Together, we have done our part. We will miss you, and the theatre filling, with our billing up there in lights.  -Butch.

The finals shows are Thursday June 26, Friday June 27, and Saturday June 28. Friday and Saturday are already sold out, but tickets are still available for Thursday night’s show. Get ‘em while you still can. This time it really is Farewell!

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Unforgettable Performers & Legends at Bimbo’s 365 Club: Charles Pierce

June 23rd, 2014

We like our camp with a whole lotta glam and the evenings we had with Charles Pierce in the 1970s were ones that hold a special place in our hearts. One of the most famous female impersonators of our time, Pierce truly was “the Master and Mistress of Surprise or Disguise.” His career included acting and radio announcing but as a female impersonator, Pierce left his audiences weak with laughter. He brightened our lives with his wicked and sometimes irreverent impressions of film stars ranging from Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, Tallulah Bankhead, Carol Channing, Katharine Hepburn and even “Mrs. Olsen” of the Folgers coffee commercials. Restaurateur Les Natali, who produced several of Pierce’s shows at Bimbo’s 365 Club in the early 1970s (a Blue Thumb LP was made of this show!) remarked, “I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Charles as a fan and a friend for thirty years. He was always fun to be with, on stage and off, so witty, so sharp, so perceptive, and always ready with a line to provoke a laugh. What made Charles happy was making other people happy. And he was the best. I will miss him dearly.”

Even San Francisco’s toughest critic, Herb Caen, was so impressed with Pierce that he gave him the official title “Male Actress” in a SF Chronicle review.
“There’s nothing wrong with showbiz that talent can’t cure. By talent I mean Male Actress Charles Pierce, who, outrageously gowned filled Bimbo’s wall-to-wall five nights running last week. He returns July 20, and don’t miss him! Unless you think that camping is something that belongs only in the great outdoors. Charles is an indoor camper, and the best!” —Herb Caen, San Francisco Chronicle

Happy SF Pride everyone!

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Dolphina has new friends! And they’re Ezralites!

June 5th, 2014

We have cause to celebrate with Better Than Ezra’s return to San Francisco AND the addition of new goldfish in Dolphina’s fishbowl! Both warrant such joyous announcements that we decided to mash them both up and give you this underwater music video. Because these things are so GOOD.

Better Than Ezra is returning to play San Francisco after a five year hiatus and toting a better-than-grunge new album, “All Together Now.” The band that broke out in the 90’s with hits ‘Good’ and ‘Roselia’ have shaken their adolescence angst with 13 record releases and the formation of the BTE Foundation, a charity committed to preserving the cultural heritage of New Orleans and Southern Louisiana. Throughout the years, the entertainment community has joined Better Than Ezra and has raised over $850,000 for various causes in and around New Orleans. What was once good keeps getting better as BTE has emerged with a signature pop/rock sound on the new album including the hit ‘Crazy Lucky.’ The new album hits to stores on September 6.

Catch Better Than Ezra on our stage on September 19 and don’t forget to swing by and say hello to Dolphina’s new friends in the fishbowl. Better Than Ezra tickets are available here.

Click the photo to see a music video from the Dolphina Cam!
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