What’s Shaking Down SF Music Venues?

That’s the worthy subject of tonight’s Flux Summit, which bills itself as “San Francisco’s premier electronic music industry event.” In case you didn’t know, SF music venues (but not East Bay ones, as far as I know) have been the subject of all kinds of ridiculous fines by the California Department of Alcohol Beverage Control (aka ABC) as of late, and it’s threatening to shut these venues down. In a nutshell, in order for venues to be all ages and serve alcohol, they have to technically be “restaurants” and serve a certain amount of food. Venues, like the DNA Lounge, have spent as much as $140,000 to satisfy ABC’s all-ages requirements, like building a kitchen, according to their web site (hence, the venue is closed for most of the month).

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