Rickshaw Stop Celebrates 15 Years With Show Series

Save ArticleSave Article

Failed to save article

Please try again

Songwriter Sean Hayes headlines day two of the Rickshaw Stop's anniversary celebration. (Courtesy Sean Hayes )

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.