The Riptide is a bar in the Outer Sunset that has been beloved since its first delicious, sea-foamy beer. It’s a place that has a swell of regulars, and makes strangers into friends nightly. This past month, The Riptide was devastated by a two-alarm fire that gutted the building. In an area that’s mostly ocean waves and succulent gardens, The Riptide has been the anchor for a community of musicians, artists, genuinely Sunset folks to come together and evolve. Please join us in helping in the efforts to ‘Rebuild the Riptide’ through this Benefit Concert! Featuring The Sam Chase! Tom & Richard Frost (of Powder), Whograss.
On this night, we will also be holding The Riptide’s annual Food Drive, benefiting the SF Food Bank. So, please bring your non-perishable, non-breakable food items for donation! Let’s celebrate the bar we love so dearly, and help bring it back to life again.
The Sam Chase got their start at The Riptide back in 2010. “Our first show as a band was at The Riptide on October 8th, 2010. I had booked the show a month before the date planning on playing solo. After booking, they told me that I should have a band because solo acts tend to get “eaten alive.” Not wanting to be eaten alive I rang up a handful of friends and put together a 2 hour set in 30 days with The Functional Alcoholics. It was because of that incredible night that the band continued and it is because of the Riptide that The Sam Chase & The Untraditional are still here making all of my musical dreams come true.”
The Sam Chase has a voice like a Nun on the lam with a mouthful cigarettes and curse words in a lonely bar, drunkenly dancing next to a broken jukebox. His songs are scribbled, not written, on lipstick and sweat stained motel bedsheets because he likes the way the ink bleeds. His guitar runs on diesel and leaks like the morning after too much Whiskey. His is a show you’ll probably want to tattoo on your body so everyone will know that you knew him before he was cool.
Hailing from the hills of San Francisco, California, Sam and his band whom he lovingly refers to as The Untraditional, take to stages all over the country with a virulent and frenetic passion which many history buffs might liken to the Norse warriors known as The Berserkers, who were known to have fought their battles with an uncontrollable, trance-like fury. Norse literature notes that they would work themselves into a rage before battle, consuming drugged foods, and dressed in nothing but their enemies blood. The Sam Chase and The Untraditional do maintain that spirit, but leave the drugged foods and enemies blood up to the discretion of the crowd.