Known for its ear-to-the-street booking and ace slate of regular parties such as Gameboi and Popscene, the Rickshaw Stop is a staple mid-size music venue in San Francisco.
And amid increasing difficulties for independent clubs in the city, the 400-capacity Fell Street venue is celebrating 15 years of business with four nights of concerts.
The show series started Wednesday with indie-pop groups Diet Cig and The She's. Sean Hayes headlines Thursday, with Tiny Telephone Recording operator and songwriter John Vanderslice as main support. Popscene co-presents Friday's sold-out show featuring Capital Cities and Planet Booty, and things wrap Saturday with electropop outfit Coast Modern and Y Axes.
Tickets, ranging $20-$25 per night, are still available.
Christopher White and Waldo Williams, respectively a touring cyclist and bike messenger, founded the Rickshaw Stop to throw parties in a former television studio in 2004, as they recount in a recent interview. "We threw open the doors and threw caution to the wind," White said.
They also hired Dan Strachota, a longtime San Francisco music journalist, as an in house talent-buyer, and the club has developed a reputation for pairing touring acts bound for bigger stages with proper local openers.
In the video below, Strachota gives a presentation on defunct San Francisco music venues at the Rickshaw Stop last year as part of Nerd Nite.