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:


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  • Jefferson Starship: I never thought that I'd start off this new year by highly recommending Jefferson Starship in concert. Sure, the tip would've made sense in 1973 or 1983 -- but 2013? However, the band was so good during its last Rrazz Room run, which fell almost exactly one year ago. Indeed, the Paul Kantner-led Starship easily soared above my low expectations in 2012 and even ended up on my list of the year's Top 10 concerts.

    Details: 8 p.m. Jan. 17, 7 and 9:30 p.m. Jan. 18-19, 7 p.m. Jan. 20; $55-$65.

  • Keiko Matsui: The Japanese keyboardist-composer is one of the biggest acts in the smooth jazz/new age realm. She's released about 20 CDs, which have collectively sold millions, and charmed legions of fans with a sound that blends elements of jazz, blues and traditional Japanese music.

    Details: 8 p.m. Jan. 30-31, 7 and 9:30 p.m. Feb. 1-2; $40-$45.

  • Cuba Gooding and the Main Ingredient: The top-notch R&B troupe was certainly no stranger to the charts in the '70s, when it delivered such smashes as "Just Don't Want to Be Lonely," "Happiness Is Just Around the Bend" and the immortal "Everybody Plays the Fool." The group is led by the still-powerful singer Gooding, who is probably best known these days for being the father of Oscar-winning actor Cuba Gooding, Jr. and actor Omar Gooding.

    Details: 8 p.m. Feb. 7-8, 7 and 9:30 p.m. Feb. 9; $35-$40.

  • Jacqui Naylor: The sensational jazz-pop vocalist is famous for her "acoustic smashing," in which she mixes the lyrics of a jazz standard with the music of a rock song (or vice-versa). Past "smashes" include a version of Rodgers and Hart's "My Funny Valentine" on top of AC/DC's "Back in Black" and Led Zeppelin's "Moby Dick" swimming in Webster and Burke's "Black Coffee." Naylor will be celebrating the release of her ninth recording, the intriguingly titled "Dead Divas Society."

    Details: 8 p.m. March 27-28, 7 p.m. March 29-30; ticket prices and on-sale date TBA.

  • Jerry Butler: "The Iceman" is nothing less than one of the greatest soul singers of all time. The 73-year-old crooner, who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1991 as a member of the Impressions, is known for such blockbuster hits as "Your Precious Love," "He Will Break Your Heart," "Moon River" and "Never Gonna Give You Up."

    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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