SF Chronicle: Slim’s nightclub celebrates 30 years by looking back, moving forward

Slim’s is celebrating its 30th anniversary this month the best way it knows how. Starting Monday, Sept. 17, the South of Market nightclub will host a weeklong concert series with more than a dozen acts, including indie rockers Built to Spill, thrash metal veterans Exodus, bluegrass outfit Brothers Comatose, the pop-punk band Aquabats and blues guitarist Elvin Bishop.

Since opening its doors in 1988, the low-profile venue at 333 11th St. has served as a nerve center for the San Francisco music scene. It’s the place where big-time acts like Radiohead, Bruno Mars and Beck staged their first Bay Area concerts.

The 500-person capacity club has also provided a home for local acts making their way into the world, left-field musicians who don’t quite fit into traditional rock clubs and road warriors simply seeking to reconnect with their fans in a more intimate setting (Pearl Jam, David Bowie, Foo Fighters, Snoop Dogg and Metallica all played shows there — often incognito — at the height of their careers). - SF Chronicle

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