Performers at Rickshaw Stop
Rickshaw Stop - San Francisco's Quirky, Indie Music Venue
Rickshaw Stop, in the formerly rough Tenderloin district in San Francisco, is a large, 4,000-square-foot music venue that serves up the newest and hippest young indie bands. The quirky, unpretentious atmosphere makes for a killer night out.
Rickshaw Stop History
Rickshaw Stop lives in a large space with high ceilings that, in a past life, was used as a TV studio. In January 2004 the space was converted, and opened its doors for the first time as the unique music venue it is today. Decorated with giant red curtains and vintage rickshaws, the large space has a cozy, hipster feel. Around the venue you'll also find skee ball and foosball, in case you want to take a break from the dancing downstairs.
Rickshaw Stop Events
This music venue is primarily known for hosting newer indie bands and DJ dance nights. Past shows have included M.I.A., Vampire Weekend, Courtney Barnett, Aloe Blacc, Grimes, Chromatic, Slow Club and many more. The Rickshaw Stop boasts a fully stocked bar, but many of their show are all-ages events. Because of the types of events, the crowd tends to be a younger, rowdier bunch.
Rickshaw Stop Seating Layout
All tickets at the Rickshaw Stop are general admission, as there is no real seating in the main concert area. Upstairs in the balcony, there is some minimal seating in the rickshaws, but in general you are encouraged to join in the revelry on the ground floor and dance along with the band or DJ performing that night. The high ceilings of the venue create for quite the raucous sound experience, and while the huge curtains draped around the venue do help, expect to leave with your ears ringing.
Tenderloin, San Francisco, California
The Tenderloin district has a storied and notorious history. Long known as one of the most dangerous and crime-ridden neighborhoods in San Francisco, it has recently seen an arts revitalization that has begun to change its seedy reputation. It has long been home to the city's Theater District and was known for having many speakeasies and dance clubs during prohibition, so the arts have a long history in the neighborhood. The historic Great American Music Hall has called this area home since 1907 when it was rebuilt after the earthquake, though until 1974 it was known as Bianco's. The Warfield, built in 1922 as a vaudeville theater, is also located in this district, and while it fell on bad times for a while, it was revitalized after Bob Dylan played the renowned venue a visit in 1979 and played 14 shows there.
The Rickshaw Stop also hosts "Nerd Night" once a month, which features lectures on interesting topics, bands, acrobats, trivia and a slew of other shenanigans.
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