Hillcrest venue The Ruby Room closed its doors Monday, and will reopen July 1 as The Merrow.
The Ruby Room co-owners Sean and Brittni Cute an nounced last week that theyre selling their shares to a business partner, Paul Joseph Smith, wholl take over the space and give it a revamp.
Smith tells CityBeat that hell maintain the bars Irish, nautical feel—hence the new name, which is a mermaid of Scottish and Irish mythology—but hell make the place a bit classier and dial back the live music. Hell keep the clubs monthly drum n bass night, SD Union, but says some music styles might not be as common.
I think, aside from the name change, a change in management and a slightly new look inside and out, youll still find a cool place to hang out for a drink and catch some shows, Smith adds in a follow-up email.
Tucked away on University Avenue, The Ruby Room is a popular haunt for punk, metal, drum n bass and local music. There are also weekly art events, and every month, the club hosts Nerdcore Night, a showcase for decidedly geeky hip-hop.
Sean Cute says he and wife Brittni want to keep putting on shows. Theyve been scouting out locations for a new Ruby Room and plan to open a new place by the fall. Seans also working on a book about running a venue, titled What the Hell Do I Know, and Brittni wants to go back to working on abstract photography.
Without a bar to run, theyll be able to chill out some more, too.
Weve got a tiredness in our bones that a good night of sleep cant quite fix, Sean says.
Last week, a prankster got the better of Drive Like Jehu fans hopeful for a reunion by posting a hoax flier on the message board of The Fest, a Gainesville, Fla., music festival.
The flier depicts the inkwell that appears on the bands Yank Crime album, with the statement Get Stoked and the festivals web address.
Festival organizers removed the message-board post shortly thereafter and posted a statement on The Fests homepage debunking the rumor.
This is 100% not true, it reads. All band announcements will be announced on this website, per usual activity.
Drive Like Jehu has not performed together since 1994.