I was invited to play a show at Underground SF, a club on lower haight in San Francisco over a month ago. This was my first show, and with big artists that actually influenced my work. I traveled 3 hours (one way) to arrive Thursday night for the show. They let me in early; I got to sound check, hung out with the djs for the night, and met enduser (pretty big in breakcore).
Right before they started letting people in, the bar bouncer went around to id everyone. I told him i wasn’t 21. but that i was there only as a performer and that i would leave immediately after my set. I had a flashlight shown on me while he asked the bartender what to do with me. They all agreed that I couldn’t stay and asked me to leave. I informed them that it was legal for entertainment to be underage as long as they were only present for their performance.
here is a quote from Alcoholic Beverage Control: “25663.5. Notwithstanding Section 25663 or any other provision of law, persons 18 to 21 years of age may be employed as musicians, for entertainment purposes only, during business hours on premises which are primarily designed and used for the sale and service of alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises” This is California law, and was verified by SFABC.
They weren’t about to negotiate and told me I had to leave.
This was perhaps the biggest letdown of my entire life.