The Rrazz Room, one of San Francisco's top destinations for cabaret, R&B, jazz and other musical fare, has found a new home.
The nightclub opens its doors this week at the historic Cadillac Building, at 1000 Van Ness Ave., with a slate of shows that includes Russ Lorenson's tribute to the great Bobby Darin (2 p.m. Thursday), jazz vocalist Frank Jackson (8 p.m. Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday) and Jonathan Poretz flipping through the "Sinatra Songbook" (7 p.m. Sunday).
It's a new chapter for the Rrazz, which had operated since 2008 at Hotel Nikko but was forced to move after the hotel reportedly decided to end its contract with the club. The last Rrazz event at Hotel Nikko was a New Year's Eve blowout with terrific local vocalist Kim Nalley.
The breakup did not go peacefully. Reports say the club has sued the hotel, asserting that the owners wouldn't renew the contact because they felt the Rrazz Room was drawing too many black patrons and had urged it to book fewer R&B acts. Anna Marie Presutti, Hotel Nikko's vice president and general manager told the Huffington Post, "The lawsuit is full of outrageous allegations, which we adamantly deny."
Meanwhile, the club, now known as Live at the Rrazz, will break in the new digs in fine fashion over the next few months. Here are some of the highlights of its upcoming schedule:
Details: 8 p.m. Jan. 17, 7 and 9:30 p.m. Jan. 18-19, 7 p.m. Jan. 20; $55-$65.
Details: 8 p.m. Jan. 30-31, 7 and 9:30 p.m. Feb. 1-2; $40-$45.
Details: 8 p.m. Feb. 7-8, 7 and 9:30 p.m. Feb. 9; $35-$40.
Details: 8 p.m. March 27-28, 7 p.m. March 29-30; ticket prices and on-sale date TBA.
Details: 8 p.m. April 24-26, 7 and 9:30 p.m. April 27, 7 p.m. April 28; ticket prices and on-sale date TBA.
For more information on all things Rrazz, go to www.liveattherrazz.com.
Still Untouchable?: I used to listen to the Untouchables all the time, back when the band was as much a part of my day as my two favorite subjects -- Play-Doh and naptime.
OK, so maybe I have my dates mixed up. A tad. Maybe I was actually a little older when I was introduced to, and fell in love with, the L.A. soul-ska band's 1985 album, "Wild Child." What's that adage about a music critic never revealing his/her age?
My interest in the Untouchables deepened once I saw the band in concert and was floored by its mod-revival style and high-energy live show. I followed them intently for a few years and then, for some reason, just stopped.
Now one of my New Year's resolutions is to reacquaint myself with this old favorite. It's a pledge that should be a lot easier to keep than some of my others, including the ones about getting to bed at a decent hour and not crying when Roger Federer loses a tennis match.
In fact, I plan to make good on that first resolution Friday when the Untouchables perform at the Blank Club, 44 S. Almaden Ave., San Jose. Showtime is 9 p.m. The Inciters and Champions, Inc. are also on the bill. Tickets are $10 (408-292-5265, www.theblankclub.com).
To be honest, I have no idea whether the Untouchables can still deliver the goods onstage. I only hope that the San Jose concert will feature some "Wild Child" cuts (especially the great "Mandingo") and not undermine any of my old memories of the band. After all, I still cherish those memories from, um, kindergarten.
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