San Francisco’s PianoFight bar closes after 16 years

San Francisco’s PianoFight bar closes after 16 years
San Francisco’s PianoFight bar closes after 16 years

Bay Area’s renowned performing arts venue, PianoFight, has announced that it will soon be performing its final act. Today, the site announced that it will be closing its two Bay Area locations, San Francisco and Oakland. The last day for both will be March 18.

“PianoFight started because we thought there could be a different and fun way to do things,” artistic director Rob Ready said in a press release posted on the venue’s website. “We wanted to lower the barrier to entry so more people could perform; provide an infrastructure for artists to focus on art; program in an eclectic way to cross creative media; and selling burgers and beers so artists can build their communities over a meal.

Originally launched in 2007 as a collective of Bay Area artists producing their own play, it grew into a production house offering four stages, multiple rehearsal studios, an art gallery, restaurant, bar and even offices for young talents. artists. Basically, PianoFight was a place built for a community of artists to share their talent.

The San Francisco location at 144 Taylor St. was home to the first Original Joe’s, which now has North Beach and Daly City restaurants. Since taking over the location in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood in 2014, PianoFight executives estimate the space will have hosted around 6,800 performances. The press release said the venue had paid out $1.3 million to local artists since its inception and created $25 million in “local economic activity.”

PianoFight is scheduled to close its San Francisco and Oakland locations in mid-March.

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According to the press release, annual performances at the “busiest performing venue on the West Coast” included SF SketchFest, the San Francisco Improv Festival and the San Francisco Frozen Film Festival, to name a few. .

In May 2020, PianoFight opened its second location, in Oakland. PianoFight Oakland, at 1540 Broadway, has become a home for students from the Oakland School for the Arts to practice their craft.

The pandemic led to the difficult decision to close cinemas, according to Ready. Ultimately, staying open much longer became financially unsustainable.

“Of course, it’s sad to close. But we are so grateful and so proud of what we have been able to do,” executive director Dan Williams said in the press release. “We have hosted comedy, drama, music, dance, drag, magic, burlesque, circus, podcasts, movies, video game tournaments and game shows. We said yes to everything because we could, we wanted to, and it was more fun than saying no.

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