Tenants of San Francisco practice space Moss Street Rehearsal Studios received 30-day eviction notices Aug. 13, bringing an end to the business after 35 years.
The rehearsal space, located at the corner of Moss and Folsom streets, is a turn-of-the-century Victorian subdivided into eight monthly practice units and one residence for an on-site manager. According to its owner, the space was founded in 1983 by musicians, including one who roadied for the Grateful Dead.
Jake Rodriguez, a nine-year Moss St. tenant and an experimental artist who performs as bran(…)pos, described it as the best practice space he’s encountered in the Bay Area. He called the eviction and news of the Hemlock Tavern’s closure a “1-2 punch by the Bay.”
Groups that have rehearsed at Moss St., which local artists describe as a fixture of San Francisco’s underground rock scene in the 2000s, include Thee Oh Sees, Burmese, Sic Alps, Erase Errata, XBXRX, Total Shutdown, and the Flying Luttenbachers.
Pam Dubier, a Sotheby’s realtor specializing in overseas investment and “high-end Northern San Francisco neighborhoods,” according to her website, bought the building and the business in 2007. The 30-day notices, posted to all occupied units, came from Daniel Bornstein, an attorney known for hosting eviction “boot camps” for landlords.